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E3 2011: Need for Speed: The Run finally thinks outside the car

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EA showcased some gameplay from the upcoming Need For Speed entry The Run, revealing that the game will feature both in-car and out of car action. The game will also apparently incorporate the Autolog feature into the main story, tracking your progress on a massive coast to coast race, Cannonball Run style.

While it’s skeletal at the moment, the main character, Jack, is trying to make it from SF to NY as quickly as possible while dodging the police and apparently, the mob. The live gameplay looked like the kind of drift heavy arcade driving we expect from the NFS series, high on action, speed and gnarly crashes. That’s right, I used gnarly in 2011, deal with it.

While promising on paper, the on-foot gameplay seems mighty heavy on QTEs. In fact, from what we saw, the on-foot gameplay looked like it was all QTEs. After being violently ejected from his car, the main character Jack was chased by a helicopter across rooftops, making sure to PRESS CIRCLE before every jump. Hopefully the final product will have a little more diversity in these sections, as QTE’s tend to get old pretty quickly. PRESS X TO CONTINUE READING.

The Run is scheduled for a Holiday release, on November 15th.

June 6th, 2011

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14 comments

  • Dinosor - June 7, 2011 5:45 a.m.

    Guys, I pressed X and my browser closed.
  • AttroPheed - June 7, 2011 4:37 a.m.

    I hope in addition to QTEs there are long underwater stealth escort missions where it only saves a checkpoint before a long unskippable cutscene that you have to re-watch each time you're killed, are spotted or the stupid AI you're escorting decides to soak up some crossfire with their face.
  • Tito45 - June 7, 2011 4:01 a.m.

    this is very cinematic and thats not a bad thing, but it seems like this game is going to be holding us by the hand alot.
  • Fr00b - June 7, 2011 3:53 a.m.

    he had to press TRIANGLE not CIRCLE!!!! and it kinda seems like mafia II if u have to steal cars often then.
  • tiben36 - June 7, 2011 2:22 a.m.

    instead of hitting every closed windows, why didnt he got out by the rear windshield, it was clearly opened idiots making racing games makes that
  • GrandmaSlayer - June 7, 2011 12:57 a.m.

    Need for Speed going back to the streets f*ck yeaaah! :D
  • Spybreak8 - June 7, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    I laughed when I watched it because it felt like I was watching Cops: The Video Game. Big NFS fan but I'm going to ignore this one and wait for the next totally opposite game.
  • MySistersMenstruationTastesFunny - June 6, 2011 11:17 p.m.

    Like any other franchise, and as much as i love most N4Ses, there is no reason this needs to be an annual release.
  • FOZ - June 6, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    Racing looked fine. The non-racing parts looked terrible. That's not "on-foot gameplay" or anything that was entirely quick time cutscenes. And why do the police have helicopters blowing up half the city to catch one guy?
  • Reaver_Beaver - June 6, 2011 11:07 p.m.

    I watched this, and all I can think about is Tony Hawk Underground, where the shittiest parts of the game were when you were forced off of your board. This screams exactly that.
  • bloodyreign1 - June 6, 2011 10:56 p.m.

    looks terrible...boring racing and QTEs
  • Z-man427 - June 6, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    Ejected from the vehicle, eh? Hmm... I am become skeptical.
  • fatdog12300 - June 6, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    I mean I missed pressing X.
  • fatdog12300 - June 6, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    When's it coming out? O missed pressing X, I had to stop reading.

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