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1.0 out of 5 stars They need to stop milking the franchise, July 20, 2012
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This review is from: Need for Speed: The Run - PC (Video Game)
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. Keep in mind that this happens even through you didn't hit any object and half of your car IS STILL ON THE TARMAC.

The rubberbanding is stupid. You could be doing top speed and the cop will still blow past you as if you're standing still.

The way you eliminate the cop cars is stupid. Say you're being chased. You can take the cops out by hitting their car. In one instance I found myself accidentally hitting a cop car from the side. His car went through the barrier and down a cliff. I thought to myself "Well, that's the end of him". Two seconds later as I'm doing top speed the SAME COP CAR BLEW PAST ME and started the chase again.

The game is way too short. You can beat it in about 4 hours.

Some cars are very hard to handle. Like the Shelby Mustang. That car is a boat that only wants to go straight. Good luck trying to steer it.

Overall very bad game. I'm disappointed that this came from Black Box. The studio that made my favorite game of all time (Most Wanted). This franchise is pretty much dead to me. Need For Speed hasn't introduced a good title since '05. Do not buy.
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