EA Inc.’s Need for Speed: The Run for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 is a white-knuckle racer that pounds speed and excitement through trademark U.S. locations for a $25 million grand prize.

Need for Speed: The Run includes The Run Career Mode; Challenges to compete in challenges and earn medals, rewards, and unlock new cars; and Multiplayer to compete with up to eight racers or form a Playgroup to complete group objectives for rewards.

Need for Speed: The Run

The title features vehicles from global manufacturers including Ford, BMW, Nissan, Chevy, and Porsche to relay a combination of arcade and simulation physics. Each car holds a distinct weight and feel to maximize potential for street or off-road races.

Each race in The Run yields a different objective, including gaining a select number of positions, gaining time by hitting checkpoints within a time limit, or battle races that require the user to overtake an opponent before time expires. The goal is to race from San Francisco to New York and rank first overall.

Races are very fast and hold obstacles like traffic, police cars, and road blocks. Certain tracks include mountain driving that require minute brake and acceleration adjustments to win.

Controls are solid with each vehicle and hold just the right combination of arcade and simulation physics. Vehicles can still rundown traffic signs and standard crashes, but a full-speed crash will result in a checkpoint reset. A total of five resets are offered per race.

In addition, users can use nitro for an extra boost to overtake vehicles. Driving at high speeds earns nitro faster.

Multiplayer is fast and fun with up to eight online racers that can participate in themed races from Muscle Cars to Underground Street Racing. The net code can stutter at times though it is mostly stable.

The graphics engine is solid at 30 frames-per-second. The Frostbite 2 Engine offers well-built vehicles andn complete draw distance to view upcoming turns and incoming traffic. From urban streets to mountain sides to the desert, the engine yields well-produced locals and lighting effects.

The sound engine is great with roaring exhausts, bursts of nitro and devastating collisions. The soundtrack includes some orchestral pieces, rock, or other music to match the track location.

Need for Speed: The Run is a solid new entry in the franchise that provide fast and furious racing online and off. In a take-no-prisoners race, this vehicle is worth the ride.

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