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Need for Speed: The Run [Download]

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Teen Origin
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews) 69 / 100

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Platform: PC Download
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Platform: PC Download
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  • ASIN: B0060NQT9W
  • Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,481 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Platform: PC Download

From the Manufacturer

On one side of this country lie the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and cable cars — on the opposite coast there are massive skyscrapers, the Statue of Liberty and the endless glow of Times Square. What separates these two great cities is nearly 3,000 miles of roadway through dense urban centers, over epic mountains, aexcross arid deserts and in constricted canyons.

Need for Speed The Run
Evade the Police
Evade the Police
A race to get your life back!
A race to get your life back!
Gorgeous car designs
Gorgeous car designs


With no speed limits, rules or allies available, only Jack's determination and driving skills will keep him going in this heart-stopping race to get his life back. Thrills and excitement hide around every corner of this breakneck race across the country, but so do the police — and the men who want him dead. Evading these ruthless forces in one town won't be enough. You must have the Need for Speed.

Key Features:

  • Open up the 700 HP untamed Lamborghini Aventador and frighten your rivals, bully back the cops in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and experience the sheer power and pinpoint handling of the most highly anticipated car of 2011, the Porsche 911 Carrera S
  • Put your driving skills and new elite cars to the test with new racing events, fresh content, new chances to battle your friends on Autolog and earn rewards and achievements
  • Be the first to cross the finish line as you speed across the country from San Francisco to New York in an illicit, high-stakes race
  • Race as Jack, a marked man who must make it to New York City ahead of the competition, the police and the men who want him dead
  • Grip the wheel, put the pedal to the floor and use your slick driving skills and sheer determination to keep Jack alive inside and outside of the car
  • Battle hundreds of the world's most notorious drivers on the country's most treacherous roads
  • Snake through dense urban settings, plunge down icy mountain passes and carefully traverse narrow canyons at breakneck speeds
  • Evade a relentless police force that is ready and willing to use any means necessary to take you down
  • Connect to Autolog and compare your best times against your friends in a race to New York where every second counts
  • Engage in high-octane multiplayer racing and join races already in progress with matchmaking technology, create a party with friends and pick a playlist of your favorite challenges and vie for racing supremacy across every stage ofThe Run
  • Level up and earn access to more vehicles, upgrades and abilities by mastering the playlists
  • Powered by the new Frostbite 2 engine, created by the award-winning DICE studio, delivers an amazing level of visual detail, immersive environments and emotional impact

Prepare for the race of your life in Need For Speed: The Run. This extremely illegal, high-stakes race across the country requires only slick driving skills and your sheer determination to be first. There are no rules, no allies and most importantly, no speed limits in this dangerous competition. Battle against hundreds of the world's most infamous drivers on the country's most hazardous roads. As you rocket down icy mountain passes, snake through dense urban centers and steer through narrow canyons, beware the unyielding police force determined to bring you down — by any means necessary, including lethal force. Put the pedal to the floor in the 700 HP Lamborghini Aventador on the highway to leave the cops and your rivals in the dust. Drive across the U.S. with the American classic Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and show your enemies that you will be bullied by no one. Slide behind the wheel of the most highly anticipated car of 2011, the Porsche 911 Carrera S, and experience the raw power and tight handling. With the power and precision of these elite cars, you'll want to put them to the test. Shift into another gear with five racing events, fresh content, new chances to combat your friends on Autolog and earn rewards and achievements included. Are you ready for the drive of your life?

System Requirements
  Minimum Specifications: Recommended Specifications:
OS: Windows Vista SP2 32-bit Windows 7 SP 1 64-bit
Processor: 3.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Equivalent 3.0 Mhz Intel Core 2 Quad or AMD Equivalent
Hard Drive: 18GB
Video Card: AMD: 512 MB RAM ATI Radeon 4870 or higher performance
NVIDIA: 512 MB RAM NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT or higher performance
AMD: 1024 MB RAM ATI Radeon 6950
Additional Info: Requires Origin account for installation and activation


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120 of 129 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lazy Design November 19, 2011
Platform for Display:PC Download|Verified Purchase
This game is beautiful. The graphics are actually gorgeous, and the designers of the Frostbite 2 engine and the people who implemented it to should be proud of themselves.

That said, if I were a game designer on this and someone asked me what I'd been working on for the last two years...I'd lie.

1. There are quick-time events scattered throughout the game that demand that you push X, Y, A, B, etc. in a limited amount of time or you will die. On a PC, you may not be using a controller with these labels, and if you remap, it doesn't change what flashes on screen, so you get to die 30 times while trying to figure out which button they want you to push when they flash B at you insistently.

2. If you remap your controller, the game will forget you did so when you next start the game. So prepare to remap every single time.

3. The game has a system wherein if you get by a checkpoint and crash, you can then restart at that checkpoint. You have a limited number of these in a stage. Obviously, if you crash in the first leg (which will happen very frequently for reasons I will explain), you're better off just restarting than taking the deduction on the number of checkpoint restarts. The game shouldn't deduct one until you clear a checkpoint. How in the world did a tester not point that out?

4. The cars handle horrifically, but don't worry. On many of the courses you can just bounce off the track barriers and take hairpin turns at speed.

5. On the other hand, there are roads running parallel to the main street that if you get on them, your game ends. Or if you touch the arrow barriers marking the track, you will lose. Sometimes if you touch the grass on the shoulder, that's it. Other times you can drive many meters off the road in a shortcut.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars They need to stop milking the franchise July 20, 2012
By MaxK
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
The name Need For Speed used to mean something. The early 2000s could be seen as the series's prime, with great titles like Underground 2 and Most Wanted.

The name today doesn't mean anything anymore. Most Wanted was my favorite game of all time and I got The Run with the hope of re-experiencing the good old days. The two games are made by the same people at Black Box studio.

How can they fail this so spectacularly?

The good:

Good graphics.

The game features a variety of roads to drive on. From snowy mountain roads to arid, sand covered roads that travel through the desert.

The bad:

The story is bad. You start out in debt with some bad guys. You sign up for a race. You win the race. You get the money and solve your problem. That's it.

There are special rivals in the game. They are better drivers than the rest. And there's a total of... 5 of them. How's that for a challenge? They didn't even bother adding more rivals so basically the game makes you beat all of them twice.

Except the first and last rival you don't get to interact or anything with them. The other three rivals. Well the game shows you their name. Their background and why they're in the race. All this is done through text on the screen. That's it.

Car damage is bad. Fender bender and crumpled door along with shattered glass is about everything you will get.

The reset system is stupid. Not because of its existence but because how the game treats which instance to count as a reset. Say you enter a corner too fast and your car goes sideways. If your rear tires slide on the dirt for too long the game counts that as a crash and resets you.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars EA has done it again for PC gamers, good and bad November 24, 2011
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Although the game is decent and fairly enjoyable, plus it's not buggy like last year's release of Hot Pursuit 2010 (the multicore issue that took them 6 weeks to get straightened out for the PC!!!) They've limited PC users of this game once again.

First of all, I think EA games needs to remember where their roots are; namely PC gamers. I've been a dedicated NFS gamer since 1998. And although I could get a console and have the ability to buy the car add-ons as well as other console exclusive features, my gaming system out performs any console out there. Hell, my graphics card alone could buy an XBox & a PS3. But I'm sorry, I'm a PC gamer, mainly because no console out there can produce the visual quality a good gaming system can produce. DirectX 11, 32X AA 32xAF (or better), textures, shadows, volumetric light, & visual FX all maxed out at higher rez than HD, that NO console can even come close to. I think the 360 can't do anything past 4x antialiasing, same with the PS3. And yes, for you console gamers, you say there's no difference, well, you obviously have never seen the visual qualtiy a REAL gaming system can produce.

But, here's my beef with EA games last few year's Need For Speeds, not just The Run, it's several of the last NFS releases that EA games has come up with; I can't buy the expansion pack that unlocks the cars or gives you additional cars, or tracks, or races. In past games, namely Shift 1, I couldn't get the Ferrari pack, Pro Street was the same thing, and so on and so on. With, The Run, played on the 360 you can buy some car package that unlocks all the cars for you. But will that be available on the PC? Of course not.
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