7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
OK Game, But Has Quite A Few Drawbacks,
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Need for Speed: The Run - PC (Video Game)
The game's alright, but not as fun as Most Wanted (my first and favorite NFS game). It also has its drawbacks (I'll try to remember them all).
1. Game can crash randomly, which can be a big annoyance if you're in the middle of or are about to finish a hard race/chase and you're winning. It happened to me. What's worse is that there's no patch on the NFS official website.
2. You can only revert back to a checkpoint for a limited number of times. After you've used up all of your "lives", you'll have to restart the race from the beginning. This is the first time I've seen this in a NFS game (the last one I played before this was Carbon). This really blows when you're in a tricky race. Seriously, I don't feel like restarting a hard, long-winded race after I almost won it.
3. Speaking of checkpoints, it'll automatically reset you back to the last checkpoint if you go off-road in the slightest. This got old fast.
4. It tends to forget your controls settings. I changed the accelerate/brake keys, and it changed back to default several times. I finally got fed up and stuck with defaults. (While I'm here, I think I'll share my displeasure that you can't use arrow keys for accelerating and braking).
5. It's not easy to change cars. Instead of having a safe house, you have to find a gas station, which isn't in every race, and can easily be missed if you're not paying attention. Also, heading in to a gas station to change cars costs you race time.
6. You can hardly hit anything without wrecking your car (and causing a checkpoint reset). This does make the game more realistic, but also more tedious if traffic's heavy, or there's a police roadblock where you can only hit the wooden barricades.
7. As far as I can see, there's hardly any car customization in career mode. You can't change the car's looks or performance parts. You're only stuck with what the game gives you.
8. Career mode gets boring and repetitive after a while. It's basically just gaining positions and working your way to the #1 spot. There's no variety of races like in Most Wanted.
9. Lack of fun with cops. Instead of being able to mangle their cars up in Most Wanted, they're just an obstacle. There's also no bounty or cop chase milestones.
10. There's really no reward for beating rivals, such as getting their car. They also appear randomly in The Run, so there's really no storyline behind them. They're just like the other regular racers.
11. Career mode's pretty short. The game officially has me logged at about 2 hours. It's actually longer, when you consider how many checkpoint resets I've had due to crashing or going off-road, or having to repeat a race because the game decided to crash. I was able to beat the game in a few nights playing an hour per night.
12. When installing the game, it forces you to register through Origin. Not only is it annoying having to download the program and open an account, but it also makes offline game loading time slower with its "AutoLog".
13. Quite a few cars (including the 2011 Shelby Mustang) handle like shopping carts.
After beating career mode, it's not fun enough to make me want to play again, but I do enjoy playing online with other people. It's not the best NFS game, and the multiplayer is probably the only thing that makes the game worthwhile.