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The weakest Need for Speed I have ever played - but okay at best, mediocre at worst.
on July 22, 2015
The Run was complicated. I was expecting a NFS game where I would do the usual like in past games of the series. Just as soon as I started playing it, I was in a long road trip speeding through a trail that would lead me to NYC (one of my favorite cities and states ever). This NFS - in terms of music and sound volume - is very loud than previous games. While playing it, it's like watching a movie in a movie theater but actually playing it.
The game itself comes off like a high-adrenaline action movie and it ends like a high-adrenaline action movie. The Run can be tough in some areas though. There were some races that were linear for me to beat. Like I just said It is very different from previous entries. It's good but it wasn't really all that great. This felt like I was playing a Fast and the Furious game than a Need for Speed one. It barely acts and sound like it. Heck, it's like EA just blended elements of Forza Motorsport - if that Xbox exclusive racing franchise actually HAD storylines - and The Fast and the Furious movies into this. Steering controls is very weak. I say it is weaker here than in let's say Need for Speed Undercover.
The only good thing about this game for characters would have to be the game's casting of Christina Hendricks (ala Mad Men) as the game's lead female character (Sam Harper) supporting Jack [Rouke] (the main protagonist you are playing throughout these lethal races) on his journey to race around the country of the USA from the sunset strip of San Francisco, California to the bleak, wet, loud, metropolitan streets of N.Y.C. Speaking of Hendricks, I would never really think she would ever appear in a Need for Speed game. Over the years that I ever played a NFS game where some of the most recognizable actresses/models that I've glared my eyes at (like Brooke Burke in NFSUG2, Emmanuelle Vaugier in Carbon or Maggie Q in Undercover) that I would ever expect Christina Hendricks being a character in these games. Kudos to EA/Black Box for casting her to play such a supporting character. Also 2 models of Sports Illustrated fame are in this too but they wasn't featured much often.
The soundtrack on the other hand, I am not a big fan of. Sure Brian Tyler is a great composer and all but I never really was a big fan of this soundtrack for this game that much. Sure it's action packed and it has the feel of adrenaline but it's meh to me.
In conclusion, The Run is perhaps the weakest out of all Need for Speed games. It's barely worth playing. I just wished before I played it that the game would be like past games but then I realized it was an entirely different game. This is perhaps the most divisive game in the series. I can tell you this, there is some good DLCs and an okay graphics engine. If you are a long-time fan of the series you are going to be in for a very disappointing ride to NYC.