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Need for Speed: The Run

by Electronic Arts
 Ages 16 and Over
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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Platform: PlayStation 3
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

Platform: PlayStation 3
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  • ASIN: B004YI75DO
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.4 x 16.5 cm ; 113 g
  • Release Date: 18 Nov. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,709 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PlayStation 3

Manufacturer's Description

It’s called The Run. An illicit, high-stakes race across the country. The only way to get your life back is to be the first from San Francisco to New York. No speed limits. No rules. No allies. All you have are your driving skills and sheer determination as you battle hundreds of the world’s most notorious drivers on the country’s most dangerous roads. In Need for Speed The Run, you’ll weave through dense urban centers, rocket down icy mountain passes and navigate narrow canyons at breakneck speeds, all the while evading a relentless police force prepared – and willing – to use lethal force to take you down.

Key Features:

  • From the Golden Gate to the Empire State — Compete in The Run, an illicit race across the most iconic and treacherous roads from San Francisco to New York. There are no rules and no allies in the cities, deserts, mountains and canyons than stand between you and the finish line.
  • You are Jack’s Competitive Edge — Jack is in a race for his life, but he’s got something the competition doesn’t: You. Keep Jack one step ahead of the dangers from his dark past, both inside and outside the car. It’s up to you to get Jack to New York in one piece and ahead of the competition.
  • Beat Your Friends — Connect to Autolog. Compare your times against those that matter most. Compete to be the best. Autolog now tracks your entire career – making every second of every race count in the battle to be the fastest to New York.
  • Racing Powered by Frostbite 2 — The powerful new Frostbite 2 engine, created by the award-winning DICE studio, advances technical achievements to deliver a gameplay experience with an unprecedented level of visual detail, environmental immersion, and emotional impact.
  • Compete in High Octane Multi-Player Racing — The most accessible online racing experience ever offered. With matchmaking technology, join races already in progress instead of waiting in lobbies. Create a party with friends, pick a playlist of your favorite challenges and compete for supremacy across every stage of The Run. By mastering all of the playlists you can level up and earn access to exclusive vehicles, upgrades and abilities.

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What is wrong with everyone? This game is great! 20 Dec. 2011
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Don't often write reviews, but I was surprised by how differently this game is perceived by different people.
I've played pretty much all the NFS games on various platforms. I've experienced a quite diverse level of enjoyment depending on the installment I was playing. My favourite by far remains NFS Hot pursuit on the old Gamecube. That was just superb.
So I was curious about 'The Run'. The cops were in it, and you had a set course to run. No tuning of cars (barring the odd body kit) and no real chance to buy/upgrade you car either unless you actually unlock it first.
In fact, it felt a bit like the old Cannonball run movies......

So the game itself. It's not rocket science and it plays a lot like previous NFS games. The graphics were ok, but nothing special. Sound is good. Handling is arcadey, as you would expect. Drifting round corners is a lot easier than you think it's going to be. It's bascially not a hard game to pick up at all. The resets are not a bad idea as it means you can crash out three quarters of a way through a race, and not have to start from scratch. I admit, it's cheating a bit, but I prefer that rather than having to redo a full 10 minute race.

The cop roadblocks are fairly easy to avoid, or blast through. In fact, I found that the cops were just a nuissance,but I also never really felt like I was in any danger of being taken down. It's inevitably a bad judgement call that will send you flying off the side of the road, rather than pressure from the police. So I'm not going to say they add much to the game play. The only thing they add is traffic. When you're trying to pick a gape between two racers just in front of you, and a police car nudges you off target by an inch, it can really annoy you, but that's about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I had fun playing The Run but as I write I find myself dwelling on the negatives. It's unfair to draw bad comparisons with the classic screwball movie Cannonball Run. As awesome as a video game adaptation would be, this isn't one and only shares the race across America premise. All the same, it's impossible not to think back to Burt Reynolds, his moustache and a legendary supporting cast when you get dumped in the boots of a nonentity with a buzzcut called Jack Rourke. You're supposed to help him save his life by getting him to New York in first place but all I wanted to do whenever a cutscene came up was to drive him into a concrete wall at 200mph. Characterisation and storyline are so passe that you wonder why the developers bothered to throw money at cutscenes when they only serve to alienate the gamer. You couldn't come up with a scenario blander than this. Moreover, many of these cutscenes feature on-foot Quick Time Events, which, for those unaccustomed, means you get to follow button prompts to make these cut scenes that you don't want to watch play out. Salt in the wounds. You can't avoid them, pressing the X button at various points makes you run when all you want to do is press it to skip.

Another comparison The Run suffers from is with its 2010 predecessor, Criterion's Hot Pursuit. In developer Black Box's defence, there are few who can match the work of Criterion. And, yes, the Frostbite 2 engine does a great job here, the handling is fine and the races can be incredibly exhilarating in first person mode, which is how everyone should play it. Some of the stages look fantastic, notably the snow-covered Rockies. It's not a bad game once you're on the tarmac (or dirt, snow, ice and anything I might have forgotten) by any means. Other aspects let the side down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A great idea, terribly executed. 7 Aug. 2012
By F41
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
The premise of this game is brilliant - a coast to coast run against scores of high performance cars with cops to avoid on the way. Think Cannonball Run or (ignoring the game's pointless plotlines) Gumball Rally and you're not too far off. Unfortunately, the gameplay is hugely misjudged and the sense of this epic race is completely lost in the short stages, each with a set number of opponents to overtake.

The staging just kills the flow of the game and makes the whole thing dull and repetitive. Would have been much better to have a target of what your position should be at any point and a sense that you can work hard to catch up or even push yourself ahead of target if you're doing well, rather than 'Get to position XX by the end of this stage.' Add to that some pretty ropey physics (lift off the throttle and you can take most corners at whatever speed you fancy) and you have a disappointing and thoroughly unsatisfying experience.

Even the ever-changing scenery as you pass through the states doesn't really add to the game as it should. The arrival in Vegas in particular should have been something really special, but it was just a few lights, loads of cops and a really terrible button-pressing getaway scene, then back on the road for the next stage.

It's just not rewarding enough to make you want to bother getting all the way to New York. And given how good this game could have been, that's a real shame.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need For Speed Newbie 27 Jun. 2012
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I read a few online reviews that suggested this game is not that good, but I still went ahead and ordered it (I prefer to try things for myself than rely solely on reviews). Having never played any of the games in the Need For Speed series, I was quite keen to try it out as a newcomer. The graphics are fantastic, the gameplay is brilliant and it is one of those games I just cannot switch off - it really does keep you hooked.
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