Product Type: Electronic Arts Xbox 360 games
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Need for Speed The Run on Xbox 360
Need for Speed: The Run (Xbox 360)
Member Name: mole92
Need for Speed: The Run (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Good storyline, fast paced racing and excellent graphics
Disadvantages: Storyline is incredibly short, long loading times and too many connection problems on Xbox Live
Need for Speed Run is one of the latest racing games from EA at the moment. I'm not a big fan of Need for Speed games but when I seen the trailer for Need for Speed Run I thought I had to get it. Luckily it was one of the gifts I received at Christmas.
When you first hit the main menu you will get the choice to race in the run, go on Xbox live or attempt to complete challengers in the challenge series. You can also enter the autolog by pressing the back button on your Xbox controller.
In the run you play as character called Jack Rourk. Jack is a small time driver who is in debt to a mob that has put a price on his head. The only way Jack can pay back his debt and remove the price on is head is by winning The Run. The run is a 3,000 mile race across the US against over 200 other drivers.
As you make your through the run you will have various objectives to complete, some of the objectives will require you to pass a number of opponents before you reach the finish, or you might have to claw back lost time in a time trial against the cloak. If you fail to get to a checkpoint before the time runs out or wreck your car you will be sent back to the previous checkpoint and lose a reset. As you get closer to first place in the run you will meet certain rivals who are also in the run, some rivals want to win by beating you to the finish and some rivals want to win by taking you out of the run permanently. Every rival has their own driving style and their own reason why there in the run.
As you make your way through each section you will notice the stretch of tarmac changes which means you will never get given time to learn where to brake or where to turn for a shortcut. In one section you will find yourself trying to dodge the busy traffic in Las Vegas and in another section you will be trying to find your way through the icy roads in the snowy mountains. In each section you will find gas stations on the side of the road. If you pull in to these gas stations you will be able change cars and choose different car kits and paint jobs. As you go through each section you will find that certain cars work better in certain environments.
Another thing you will notice as you go through the run is the new feature EA has added to their high speed racing where you have to press a range of buttons to get through certain scenes. Every now and then these scenes will pop up and pull you out of the racing action, forcing you to press certain buttons on your Xbox controller to get through the scene and back on the road. I really enjoyed these scenes as it was something different from just racing and each scene keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what's going to happen next.
Even though the storyline is incredibly short and can be easily finished within a few hours I really enjoyed racing through the run. One minute I was racing rivals and opponents the next I was mashing different buttons on my controller to survive. At times it seemed that no matter how fast I was going the other opponents would be the most of 2 seconds behind me but I find that better than being miles in front. The only thing I find annoying in the run is the loading times. It seems to take a well over a minute for each event to load up. At times I feel I could of put the kettle on and made a cuppa before the next race loaded up.
In the challenge serious you basically try and complete a challenge in the fastest time to earn a medal. The medals you can earn are bronze, silver, gold and platinum and there are over 40 challengers to complete. In some challengers you have to beat opponents and in others you have to finish with in a certain time while dodging the rush hour traffic. Every track in the challenge serious is from one of the tracks in the run and you can only choose from a few cars in each challenge.
I didn't find the challenge serious as fun as racing in the run and after completing a few challenges I got bored of racing round a track just to earn a shiny medal.
When you first go on Xbox Live you will be put in a player group were you can invite up to three friends to join your player group before you look for an online lobby. In each lobby you race with up to 7 other players on tracks from the run. Before a race starts everyone in the lobby will vote for which event they want to do. One event could have two long tracks across the desert and the other might have four small tracks in the city. After an event has been chosen a wheel will spin round and whatever it lands will be the bonus prize for the top three players at the end of the event. The bonus prize can be anything from a brand new car to extra xp points. There is also single and team objectives you can try complete in each race to earn extra xp towards your driver level.
I find Xbox Live good and bad. If the connection is good you can usually get a full lobby of players to race against and each track seems to be well built with lots of room for overtaking. I like the idea of an extra bonus for the top 3 sometimes it's a new car but it's usually extra xp. The annoying thing about Xbox Live is the ridiculous loading times. The loading times seem to go on longer than single player as at times it can take up to 5 mins just for the next race to load up.
Overall the graphics and racing in the run is great. The game is fast paced and the cars are how they should be fast with responsive handling. I enjoyed racing through the run there was lots of surprises from trying to survive by pressing a sequence of buttons to racing rivals with unexpected guests. Xbox Live racing is good but half the time you get lagged out or the game crashes and the challenge serious is quite boring as all you do is race round tracks from the run in different cars.
At £40 I wouldn't recommend Need for Speed the run as there are too many problems with the game. The runs storyline is incredibly short, the loading times are ridiculously long and there are lots of connection problems on Xbox Live. The game is probably worth picking up if it's within the price range of £10 to £20.
Summary: Good story mode and graphics but everything else seems to be dissapointing
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