Need for Speed : The Run, First Impressions

I recently lost my mind and installed the new Need for Speed game on my PC. I must have had a brief flight of insanity, as anyone who’s followed the series has noticed, the newer crop of NFS games have the entertainment value of a dolphin carcass.

After reading much the same on reviews, including details like it being more or less a console port, and using the same engine as Battlefield 3 but capping at 30fps and having no AA. No AA? I didn’t blow half my month’s pay on computer components to play games that look like high-res Mappy.


The premise is that you’re racing across America to save your paraplegic girlfriend from being thrown in a ball pit. Or something. It’s not really that interesting. All you need to know is that, as usual, the women are rendered to the tastes of drooling 13 year olds across the globe. The Frostbite graphics engine is used to good effect in that regard at least.

When I said “race across America”, did you have thoughts of hitting the open road, overtaking the other 250 odd competitors in one burst of NOS? Well tough. It’s just a series of short to long-ish races with just 1-8 other racers. Just like the other games.

Gameplay sucks. The cops are retarded. Eraser eating, petrol fume sniffing mouth breathers. For example, when setting up a “road-block” to stop a car, they always leave an SUV-sized gap in their formation that’s protected by a barrier seemingly made of toothpicks, smack in the middle of the road. It’s like they think we have cataracts in our eyes preventing us from seeing the gaping hole in their cunning plan of entrapment.

"He'll never get past this!"

Hilariously, each time I avoid the road-blocks, they’re all surprised, chattering excitedly on the radio like I drove through on on Godzilla shooting lasers out of his eyes or something. Although, this stopped being hilarious around the millionth time it happened.


4 Responses to “Need for Speed : The Run, First Impressions”

  1. February 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Tsk tsk, what reason could you have to disregard IGN and play this game??

    “as usual, the women are rendered to the tastes of drooling 13 year olds across the globe”

    Ah. Now I see.. lol

    What about the ‘on foot’ part of the game? Those were the ones that were supposed to entertaining.

    • February 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      The on foot part was annoying as hell. If you played battlefield you’ll remember the “interactive cut-scenes” where you have to repeatedly bash the key shown onscreen to do various moves. This is pretty much that. “Hammer space to keep running! Now quickly press enter to kick that dog!”

  2. 3 jumpingpolarbear
    February 3, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I love the first versions of Need for Speed. Need For Speed Porche Unleashed was my absolute favorite 🙂

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