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Need for Speed: The Run
PC, XBox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii

Reviewed on: PC
Black Box
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Rated: "T" for Teen

CHEATfactor Game Review
by Joe Sinicki

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User Rating:        6
Presentation: 6

The setup for The Run was practically pre-written; take Cannonball Run...and that's pretty much it. Visually, it's standard, while the audio is somewhere in between - the soundtrack is used well, but the voiceovers are some of the worst of the year.

Gameplay: 5

The Run takes a different, more arcade-style route, and the results aren't that great. Unresponsive handling, lackluster action sequences and goofy QuickTime events make this one of the more disappointing titles of the year.

Lasting Appeal:

With two other Need For Speed games released this year, one great and one decent enough --odds are you won't be playing The Run for very long at all.

Overall: 6
The Run can only be seen as a major step back. It's built on shoddy mechanics, goofy premises and a horribly bland story. There are plenty of great racing games on the market and this is not one of them.
CHEATfactor: 6

Most racing games flaunt their cars. They flaunt the insane amount of rides, how realistic they are and what it feels like to drive them. Need For Speed: The Run is different though. The cars seem like an afterthought in favor of...the ability to get out of the car.

Yeah, you can see where this is going.

In a year with two quality Need For Speed games and a slew of other high quality racing titles, Need For Speed: The Run feels like a step back, a fraud almost. The actual racing mechanics themselves feel lackluster when compared to similar games and even the Hollywood blockbuster style storyline feels boring and uninspired. The Run could have been a quality action romp, but instead it's one of the most disappointing games of the year.

From the get-go, The Run could have been great. The game, which finds you as a contestant in a cross country race from San Francisco to New York, is basically a rehash of the 1981 Burt Reynolds movie Cannonball Run. In truth, there's nothing wrong with that - the game takes you on some pretty cool trips, from the hills of San Francisco to the fields of Middle America, the tunnels of Chicago and finally the bustling streets of New York City. The game recreates these locales in pretty impressive styles and most looks just as you'd expect it to.

"Everything in The Run feels incredibly scripted and as a result, less than thrilling."


To the developers credit, they manage to get some pretty varied (well, at least early in the game) missions into these locales. In some stages you'll be pitted against a clock because you'll need to make up time against other racers, and others you'll have to avoid cops and gangsters in Hollywood style action sequences. They're really well done, but odds are you won't notice; these sequences are presented as QuickTime events, so you'll be more focused on pounding on the button that appears in the corner of the screen to fully enjoy what the developers have done here.

It's a shame then that this Hollywood style treatment isn't found throughout the entire game; namely the plot...or lack thereof.  Everything in Need For Speed: The Run feels incredibly scripted and as a result, less than thrilling. There's no room for error in this incredibly linear tale as you'll always need to complete each of the game's objectives in the right order to move on or your trying again. Cops and other NPCs all behave and speak the same way, and in some sections it doesn't matter what you do, the game shoehorns you into quicktime event action sequences.

"...customization is completely gone here."


The most disappointing aspect of The Run is just how few of options there truly are. You can't fine tune your car or buy new parts for it; hell - customization is completely gone here. You'll pick up new cars along the road and in gas stations, but if you don't like them, your only option is to wait until you find a new one. This takes a lot of the replay value out of the game when compared to other Need For Speed games, and is especially apparent in the online mode. No longer are you racing against player's own creations, you're just racing against pre-made cars with attributes set by the computer. Where's the fun in that?

Of course, this would all be forgivable if The Run was a great driving game, but it's's not even a decent one. Gone are the fine tuned machines and mechanics from previous games in favor of arcade style controls that feel tacked on. Cars often feel floaty as if they don't have any weight to them and handling can be incredibly frustrating. It's often that you'll be chased by a group of pursuers, making good time, but be screwed over by one curve and have to start the whole race over again.

Need For Speed: Shift and Hot Pursuit served as rebirths for a racing franchise that had gone stale. They introduced new mechanics and were a blast to play through. In that sense The Run can only be seen as a major step back. It's built on shoddy mechanics, goofy premises and a horribly bland story. There are plenty of great racing games on the market and this is not one of them. 



CHEATS USED: Freeze Opponents, Super Brakes, Super Acceleration

The biggest problem with Need For Speed: The Run is how inaccurate the handling is, and using the trainer from for the game I was able to improve on a ton of that. Using options like freezing other cars, super acceleration and super brakes, the game became a lot easier and a lot easier to manage. Most importantly, I didn't get as frustrated having to constantly restart every race.

Think of the trainer as your mechanic for your copy of the Run, even if the game itself doesn't let you change much.



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User # 1341370
posted: 3/11/2012 3:51:50 PM -  Report Post                edit post

I will say that the graphics are very good. But both the game and the story is very small.

[Edited by manzer732, 3/11/2012 3:52:24 PM]

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User # 1309392
posted: 1/20/2012 6:47:21 AM -  Report Post              I rate this game   edit post

I played this game for about 30 minutes, the graphics were pretty good but it got boring real quick. The driving mechanics were pretty bad and I didn't like the car views. You seemed to be way too close in the 3 person type view. The story (lack of) was a waste of time.

Skip this one.

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User # 883399
posted: 12/31/2011 1:55:59 AM -  Report Post              I rate this game   edit post

Well, what can I say. Played the crack version of the game and felt okay. Looked quite good to me. I wasn't expecting this game to be rated so low.. :-(

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