Game Room: November Roundup

Need For Speed: The Run
Photo: Electronic Arts

Need For Speed: The Run

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Systems: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC

Need For Speed: The Run puts you behind the wheel in a 10-stage cross-country race starting in the Bay Area and ending in the Big Apple. The plot is pretty silly, but the racing action delivers plenty of thrills and spills. The Run runs on the same graphics engine that was used for Battlefield 3, so there's plenty of eye candy as the campaign race progresses from one scenic location to the next. The Run features a basic array of races in which you have to overtake a certain amount of rivals in a given leg or pass a specific car or simply race against the clock. The gameplay is linear, and each stage has a fixed amount of continues, so if you use them up the entire leg must be repeated. EA's Autolog system allows you to compare your race times with (and compete against) people on your friends list, which in addition to a solid array of multiplayer options adds nice replay value to The Run.

Score: 8 out of 10

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