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Running in the wrong direction, Need for Speed: The Run
Need for Speed: The Run (Xbox 360)
Member Name: Ri0TTs
Need for Speed: The Run (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Amazing detail and quality in cars and tracks
Disadvantages: Lacks previous good points such as free roam and individuality
After two hard years of which EA games has worked frantically hard to increase the reputation of its Need for Speed franchise, it has gone and dragged its self back in to the slums with its new game Need for Speed: The Run. This game just brings back all those unwanted memories of what exactly pretty much destroyed it's outstanding reputation in the first place and has convinced me not to purchase any more of their games after this one, well until I see improvement anyway.
Having had a few high respected games such as Hot pursuit, shift and Shift two which was created by the Burnout Team at Criterion and Slightly mad studios, EA have took need for speed back to the EA black box, which did to be fair create one good game known as Need for Speed: Most Wanted, but another three disastrous games, Need for Speed Carbon, Undercover and Prostreet.
Very similar to the games mentioned above, Need For Speed: The Run, it is a kind of cinematic game, action-packed arcade racer which lacks any open world ambitions and the power of free roam, for a much more linear stream of events where by EA choose what happens for you.
To my surprise though, expecting Need for Speed: The Run to be remotely as bad as the execrable Need for Speed: Undercover, it actually wasn't. One of the most frustrating things about this game is that is is in actual fact, almost very good, but since there are a multitude of different faults that need addressing for this game, it in my opinion, is one of the most irritating games I have played so far this year.
So you might be asking yourself now is there anything good about the game, and if so what is it ? Well let me just tell you that the free roaming urban exploration of the Need for Speed Most Wanted/Carbon/Undercover cycle has completely disappeared which is very disappointing and probably one of the things that made the previous need for speed games remotely good, but they have also taken out those distracting, hideous video cut scenes at random points in the game. Instead, The Run is the tale of an illegal race from the West coast to the East coast of America, beginning in San Francisco, crossing the desert, the Rockies and the mid-western plains before ending in Chicago and New York. The downside of this is that you'll have to suffer an unbearable street-punk hero, some lifeless voice-acting and some wretched quick-time-event action sequences, but the upside is a glorious high-speed road trip across the varied terrain of the USA.
With DICE's Frostibite 2 engine in charge - as used in Battlefield 3 - Need for Speed: The Run frequently looks magnificent. Forza 4 and GT5 might deliver more detailed cars, but nobody has crafted tracks that look this stunning, and races through national parks and down treacherous mountain roads are full of lovely vistas with abundant track side detail. The race is broken up into sections, each consisting of several individual races, and while some of the urban chunks get a little generic, each section has its own look and feel and its own stand out moments.
Whether you're racing opponents and an avalanche or dodging the cops on a stormy plains road, The Run does a nice imitation of a car-chase heavy movie, and the crashes and general vehicle wreckage are brilliantly done. It's no wonder Michael Bay could deliver such an enticing trailer; The Run is right up his street.
And it can be hugely exciting. While the events are basically limited to straight races, checkpoint races, elimination events and boss battles - all with or without chasing police - the high speeds, strong course design and obstructing traffic do a good job of raising the adrenaline at times. In fact, there are periods when The Run is a joy to play.
My Rating 3/5*'s (Star's)
Summary: Crushing reputation killer for the need for speed series, they produce the run. No free roam
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