Product Type: Electronic Arts Xbox 360 games
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Need for Speed: The Run (Xbox 360)
Member Name: simon020187
Need for Speed: The Run (Xbox 360)
Advantages: A fascinating storyline, great action sequences and some stunning sound effects & graphics!
Disadvantages: Main game mode is short and it seems to crash every now and then!
Need For Speed The Run is yet another game from the Need For Speed car racing game series but this time around it adds something different. You can now interact with the movies in the game. As you watch the movies a certain sequence of buttons will pop on screen and you most press or bash repeatedly to carry on with the game. Need For Speed The Run is astonishingly the 18th game in the series and one of the best in my eyes. The game was developed by EA Black Box and published by Electronic Arts and is available for the PC, PS3, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Apple Macintosh and of course the Xbox 360. The game also portrays like a movie with the cut scenes and also the story to the game is one of the best for a Need For Speed game. There are two different versions of the game one is the normal version and there is also a limited edition version available for purchase. Another great thing about the game is the fact the two main characters are voiced by Sean Faris (lead role in the movie Never Back Down) and Christina Hendricks (who has been in lots of TV series and films). Need For Speed The Run adds fast paced races and action sequences that are sure to get your blood boiling!
=== STORY ===
You are Jack Rourke who after a bad run in with a mob who wants him dead, wakes to find himself stuck in his car with his hands solidly taped to the steering wheel. He also notices that hes in the scrap yard just about to be crushed to death. After a scene Jack escapes and steals a vehicle and now the mob are hunting him down. He luckily escapes and meets with his associate Sam Harper and she tells Jack about a street race called 'The Run' in which is a 3000 mile race starting in San Fransisco and ending up in New York City. Sam tells Jack that the prize for winning this race is $25,000,000 but the only problem is that there are over 250 other races competing for the cash. He is also informed that the mob that wants him dead is also on his tail and the police are also on the lookout for illegal street racers. Now Jack must set off on his 3000 mile journey and tackle all the obstacles in his way. Can Jack beat The Run and earn the money he desperately needs to pay off his debt to the mob after him? Or is it already too late!
=== GAMEPLAY ===
Need For Speed isn't just about racing anymore because The Run involves much more than that. Your character Jack goes through everything in this game and I have to say the game really surprised me. The game has taken a slight step in a direction that other racing games have never before taken and in my opinion its good. The game is different and has a ton to offer gamers. There are a total of 3 proper playable game modes and all of them are fairly good. The main game mode is called The Run which is a single player game mode and where everything exciting happens. There are a total of 10 different stages in The Run and each stage has a certain amount of events but the best thing is the whole of the game mode is put together a bit like a movie and this works incredibly well. In the game mode The Run you will take on numerous events that will feature numerous obstacles and some of which seem like a normal car racing game. You will have races where you have to pass a certain amount of cars before the finish of the current track (keeping in mind its all connected to one big race). There will also be races where you have to pass through checkpoints before time is out and others which include beating rivals or avoiding things like roadblocks or the police force.
There are also scenes in which Jack will be on foot because he will lose his car in strange ways. An example is where hes involved in a massive crash and his car is turned on its roof on a train track with an oncoming train and you have to get him out before the train hits and to do this you must press or bash the corresponding buttons. Now this is definitely new to a street racing game like Need For Speed and it certainly offers variety. If you do get hit by the train or what ever else stands in your way then don't worry because you can either restart the stage again or you can use a rewind. Rewinds take you back to the last checkpoint you reached but if you are out of rewinds then the stage must be restarted. I'm not a fan of the rewinds because I feel they make the game incredibly easy with them and its barely a challenge. Also in this game mode you will be driving on different terrains and surfaces which can alter the way you drive. You will end up traveling in snow, rain and thunderstorms or even through deserts. Also your car can take damage so be careful not to get it badly damaged or you must restart from the last checkpoint or stage. You will also notices that nitro is back and better and there are now petrol stations you can visit to change your car to something faster or better suited for the conditions you're driving in.
Another game mode that is quite important to Need For Speed The Run is the Challenge Series mode. This mode is fantastic and features different routes and different events that you can tackle to try and beat. This is another single player mode and the aim is to do what ever it tells you to do but better than your Xbox Live friends. You also earn medals in this game mode which start from bronze and go all the way up to gold and even better. Each event has the medals and a time to beat which could be your friends or the computers. This mode is great fun to play and adds a lot of variety in the challenges. The other playable game mode is Xbox Live which is one of the main features in this Need For Speed game. You can compete in solo objective events against other people for bragging rights. You also have to pick a playlist at the start which features different things such as muscle cars which every online gamer must use one of their muscle cars. This mode is fantastic and definitely adds something new to a racing game. I'm not 100% sure how many cars are on the game but there are definitely over 70 unique cars. Also you now gain levels in the game which is accomplished by earning XP (experience points) from winning races or doing certain stunts and tricks.
Need For Speed The Run is very different from every Need For Speed game that has been released and this is one of the first games in the series that I can remember that doesn't feature things such as upgrade shops to install new parts to your cars or a shop to put some cool looking vinyls and decals or to get a new paint job. I also think this works to the games advantage because you're in one massive race to the end so there really isn't much time to customize your vehicles. The game does have a few problems which really annoy me because of how long I have waited for the game. The game tends to crash or freeze now and again and at first I thought it might of been my console but its doing it on my mothers and my cousins and I also know its not the game because they also have it. Another disappointment is the shortness of the main game mode The Run. Its one of the best modes I have ever played but its severely let down by the length of it which is very disappointing. On the game there are a few other bits to mention such as Extras which can be accessed from the main menu and it features the actual game manual to the game, a place to enter your codes for the game and a place to visit for some free goodies from EA. You also have an autolog to keep track of records with yourself and friends. All in all there is a lot about the game for it to be considered different but in a good way.
=== GRAPHICS & SOUND EFFECTS ===
Something that impressed me when I first played the demo to the game was both the graphics and sound effects and after receiving my game and playing it in full I was even more pleased especially because it had been touched up and made even better. The graphics are possibly the best I have seen for a street racing game and I have to say that the movies in the game are phenomenally executed with the way you can interact with them. Also the main character actually does look and sound exactly like Sean Faris which is a definite bonus to the game. You can tell his face has been put onto the main character and he looks like a really solid looking game character. Also what impressed me was the look and design of the cars and layout of each event because its really well crafted and suits the game tremendously. Plus the sound effects the cars give and the sound effects that take place in all of the action sequences are fantastic. I also love how the weather effects each race and how they are brought into the game. There are also a lot of surprises in the game that involve the graphics and sound effects but they all look and sound brilliant. It is definitely a plus side to the game and you will love witnessing the superb graphics to Need For Speed The Run.
=== DIFFICULTY & LONGEVITY ===
The games difficulty and longevity is a little varied because it all depends on what game mode you play and how you play the game. The main game mode The Run is very short but does get a little harder as you get further on in the game. Also this mode can be played on numerous difficulties which go from easy all the way to extreme. You can earn better rewards by doing it on a harder setting but it is quite tricky on a harder setting. 4 hours in and I had completed the main game mode which is pretty poor but because you have to go through on other settings it does seem slightly more respectable. The controls to the game are fairly simple but the movie scenes could be a little difficult if you have slow reactions because the button bashing pops up when you least expect it. Challenge Series mode is possibly the hardest mode in the game and that's mainly because its hard to earn the best medal available. Its quite simple to get anything from silver and lower but quite tricky to get anything higher and this game mode can last quite a long time because of this. Xbox Live modes can last a while and the difficulty varies with online play. Overall I feel the main game mode is short but its made up by the Xbox Live modes and Challenge Series.
=== FINAL THOUGHT ===
Need For Speed The Run has to go down as one of my favourite Need For Speed games with the likes of Most Wanted and Carbon. This is one of the first street racing games to feature something new and offer gamers a unique gaming experience. I also think the game is much better if you have your Xbox 360 connected to Xbox Live because of the online features. The thing that impresses me the most about Need For Speed The Run is the fact its not just a street racing game because it does feature one of the most enthralling storylines and some of the best action sequences to a game yet. A very solid game that has plenty to offer.
There are a total of just 36 achievements and most are acquired as you playthrough the main game mode and the others are spread through other game modes. I would definitely recommend the game because of the stunning story and because it really is something different and unique. Need For Speed fans that are expecting the same sort of game will be pleasantly surprised with the added features but could be slightly disappointed with the length of the main game. If you like a good racing game then this is right up your street because its racing at its best with the added bonus of action sequences that bring the game to life. The game manual can be found in the settings on the game. The game also has an age rating of 16+.
The price of the game always varies depending where you get the game from. I have noticed that a lot of online places sell the game cheaper than most game shops. I got my game for £39.99 from Gamestation and to be honest I don't usually pay that for games but I did do my homework about the game and played the demo so thought I would go for it. I have to say I am very glad I went for it too. The game is on Amazon for around the £34.97 which is quite a bit better. I think the game is worth it because its fun and quite addictive. The limited edition usually retails about a fiver more than the normal version.
The limited edition to Need For Speed The Run features a bunch of exclusive cars to use in the game and 5 exclusive challenges to tackle in the Challenge Series mode!
Overall one of my favourite Need For Speed games that I would give a very reasonable 9/10!
Review also on Ciao under the username: simon020187!
Summary: One of the best racing games with a fantastic story!