Archive for category Need for Speed: The Run
People sometimes forget that the Need For Speed franchise started back in 1994. There have been around 20 games in the series with Need For Speed Rivals being the latest addition, and also the first to punch in the latest console era.
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Cast your mind back to a distant past, November 15 in the year 2011 to be exact. Modern Warfare 3 and Skyrim have just been released and Uncharted 3 has been out for 2 weeks already… even Whitney Houston is alive. Need for Speed: The Run was released on this day. Now you might be asking what was so significant about this event to be brought up now? Was Need for Speed: The Run a truly amazing game that slipped us by? Let’s find out in our review. Read the rest of this entry »
E3 showed off some PS3 gameplay for Need for Speed: The Run at E3 this year, and it is rather obvious from the trailer that it’s taking the series in a completely different direction. It starts out pretty standard, with the main character getting involved in a street race. After causing one opponent to wreck, you continue on with the race, until you’re side-swiped by a couple cops.
After an on-foot chase (yes, you read that right, but I don’t think you control it outside of a QTE here and there), you hide in an alleyway, where more policemen are searching for you. After one leaves, you round the corner, fight the other officer, and then steal the cruiser, where your new goal is to now escape the city. Though your escape is set on a linear path, bullets from the PD’s helicopter bounce off of you, threatening to kill your vehicle.
Eventually, you make it to the train yard, and wreck after the helicopter shoots a tanker and causes it to explode. The car is flipped on a train track, and now you have to escape before the train runs you over. More QTEs take place, but, in the video, the main character manages to escape before the train hits him. I am sure if he didn’t make it in time, it would have been game over.
Is a lot of this ridiculous and make-believe? Yes, especially helicopters firing rounds with a busy city chasing a criminal. But is it intense? Yes. With that said, I’ll have to keep my eye on this one and see what it has in store. Until then, I’m not quite sure if I like the on-foot sections or not, let alone the abundance of QTEs. Especially for what is essentially a racing game series.
To see the 7 minute gameplay demonstration, check it out below!
Although not officially announced, the new Need for Speed title, called The Run, is scheduled to hit store shelves this November (SHIFT Unleashed 2 was released maybe a month ago in comparison, but both have different development teams). Not much is known about the title beyond that (for now, anyway), but what we do have is what appears to be a leaked trailer.
I can’t say for certain what the game is about, but given what you can pick up from the trailer, you’re, essentially, running for your life, as the game hints at it taking place from San Francisco up to what looks like New York City, and as the slogan at the end suggests (The Race For Your Life).
It also appears to be more story-driven than the past few titles; probably more so than ever. Seems interesting to say the least. Stay tuned for more information as it releases.