Written by Johnathan Bodily
Need for Speed: The Run
We were recently given the opportunity to review Electronic Art's latest addition to the Need for Speed franchise. Need for Speed: The Run.
Our only exposure to this title prior to it arriving at our door was the game play videos that they were releasing here and there, and then of course the commercial that was directed by Michael Bay. From that point on, our expectations were high! By high, I mean astronomically high.
Electronic Arts has outdone themselves with this one. Utilizing the Frostbite 2 engine that was designed and built for the Battlefield first person shooter games they have taken the graphics to a new level entirely. When I fired up my system, my son remarked how life-like the imagery was for the main character. I was almost convinced that it was an actual photo and not a CGI interpretation of a person.
Then of course came the Swimsuit models from Sports Illustrated that shared their likeness for the game, and they are pretty standard CGI for a game. However, the detail and overall video quality is off the charts.
Need for Speed: The Run plays like any other previous NFS title except that everything feels smoother, transitions are flawless, and the look of the cars and the different driving aspects between models is fantastic.
Need a challenge? Swing through the gas station and swap cars to something that suits you better, or to a vehicle that will allow you to drift around corners like a pro.
This is definitely on the recommended list for anyone looking for a great racing title for the Child, Dad, Sister who loves gaming and racing, etc... I'd go so far as to say if you have a race driver friend/family member who doesn't already have Need for Speed: The Run get it for them!
9.5/10 stars on this one ladies and gents! EA knocked this one out of the park!