Is There a Story?
Yes. In Need for Speed: The Run, players will take the role of Jack, a man who has fallen into some bad company that has threatened his life. He discovers the only way to get out of his predicament with his heart still beating is to win a cross-country race from San Francisco to New York.
Forget About the Story. What About the Cars?
Like previous entries in the series, Need for Speed: The Run will feature a number of real cars. The following cars have been confirmed:
Audi R8 Coupe 5.2 FSI Quattro
Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake
Porsche 911 GT2
BMW E92 M3 GTS
What's the Deal with Getting Out of the Car?
For the first time in the series, players will have to play through sequences on foot in Need for Speed: The Run. While this may sound tedious, all of the gameplay outside of the cars is controlled by quick time events and appears to work much like the action sequences in Heavy Rain.
What Cities Are Featured?
Need for Speed: The Run includes tracks in real U.S. locations including:
What's the Multiplayer Like?
Need for Speed: The Run will feature both online and local multiplayer. Doing well in multiplayer will unlock new cars and other perks. Autolog will also return in this version, tracking your times against your friends with in-game, web, and mobile access to your profile.
How Realistic Are the Physics?
At E3, the developers said they're positioning the game mid-way between a classic arcade racer and a simulation. They said the game will be easy to pick up and play for newcomers, but will feature more in-depth controls for racing veterans.
How's It Looking?
We haven't gotten our hands on Need for Speed: The Run yet, but everything we've seen looks pretty good. The developers are using the same engine used in Battlefield 3, so there are plenty of pretty explosions. We're skeptical of controlling the character outside of a vehicle, but we won't be able to make a definitive call on that until we get to play the game.Screenshots