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Need For Speed THE RUN – Demo Review

Review by Cheri Green


Hello, NFS.  It’s been a while.  Not since Most Wanted have I picked up another game from this 18-title franchise.  The buzz surrounding this newcomer made me want to jump all over the demo.

You come onto the scene as Jack, a “marked man” that needs to win this insane race in order to save his life.  Three thousand miles, two hundred competitors and twenty five million grand prize.  The goal seems basic:  Get yourself from San Francisco to New York.  In NFS fashion, you’ll have to dodge oncoming traffic, police, harsh terrain, and use your wits and driving skills to put the pedal to the metal over the 300 KM playing field.  The Run is by far the biggest NFS game, out tracking it’s previous title “Hot Pursuit.”

There’s a multitude of awesome “firsts” for this installment.   NFS: The Run uses Frostbite’s Engine 2 technology, which contributes to the crisp visuals and your car’s road hugging physics, and makes this the first non-shooter game to use it.  This is also the first NFS title where you exit the car and travel on foot, a neat element that I’m curious about.  Exclusive for you with the serious need for speed, a designed 2012 Porche 911 Carrera S, and the Pagani Huayra.

As for the Demo’s first level, you hit the ground running…Literally.  The first race you’re thrown into is in the desert, with a “Pass Ten Opponents” as a challenge.  I almost wasn’t ready for the power the 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo I was was given.  I had to remember to maneuver myself accurately, or I’d spin out on the sudden golden arrowed TURN RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW curves and completely set myself back.  Guess what? There’s zero room for failure in this game.  Your ability to drift on curves, or slide past someone without touching them will bring you to victory faster.  Where Most Wanted and other titles encouraged you to hard core damage everything around you (even gave you points for crashing into other cars), this game said, “Haha. No, way.”  I beat my challenger gamer friend at a mere 2.20 seconds.   Next demo level, you’re about 1,900 miles away from your New York destination.  It’s an icy, slippery slope called Independence Pass with the instructions “Get Down the Mountain.”  I have to admit right here I completely wrecked my car twice.  I was totally unprepared for the falling avalanche of rocks, debris, snow and fire that were being tossed at me left and right while I’m tapping out at my top speed of over 190mph.  While boulders were dropping onto the track and falling beside me, internally I was screaming at myself, “LEFT!! RIGHT!! LEFT!!  RIGHT!!”  Getting yourself off of a crumbling frosty mountain by far was a challenge, but one I am proud to say beat on my first run.

If you love racing, competition so crazy you’ll want to start throwing things around the room when in that last split second you made what seemed to be a good decision at the wrong time and completely threw the race, sexy fast custom made cars and a whole lot of adrenaline pumping action, then let’s see if you can try to beat me.

Need For Speed: The RUN hits stores November 15, 2011 for all consoles including the Nintendo DS and Wii.

Need For Speed The Run Official Website

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