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Need For Speed: The Run is the 18th instalment in the long-running Need For Speed series of racing games, developed by EA Black Box and published by Electronic Arts.

Since the release of Need For Speed: Undercover, Black Box has been working on a new title to continue the action focused street-racing gameplay of their previous games. This title had an extended development window to give the developers a chance to create a game with more quality than the previous ones, which only had 1 year of development. According to EA Games, Black Box has been working on The Run since 2009, so the game had a development time of about 3 years before being released. Need For Speed: The Run uses DICE's Frostbite Engine 2.0, which is the same game engine used in the first-person-shooter Battlefield 3.

Need For Speed: The Run features a fictional storyline and characters. The basis of the game is an "illicit, high stakes racing" through the United States, from San Francisco to New York, with stops through many other locations. The cops play an important role, as they will pursue the player during the game. Sean Faris is Jack Rourke, one of the best drivers around. Jack’s arrogance has led him into a debt he can't repay. The mob has put a price on his head. Christina Hendricks stars as Sam Harper, a woman with ambition, street smarts and a penchant for fast cars. Sam is the only person who can help Jack. Sam fronts Jack's buy-in for The Run, with a winner takes all of $25 million. With Sam as his eyes and ears, all Jack needs to do is win.

The game shipped in two editions, the normal one and a Limited Edition, which comes with 5 additional events and 3 exclusive cars: the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 and the Porsche 911 Carrera S. More cars and events are available if the user has pre-ordered this version of the game. See "Pre-order Packs" below for more info.

A time-limited demo was released on 18th October 2011 on Xbox LIVE Marketplace, and a PlayStation 3 demo was released on 19th October 2011 on PlayStation Network. The demo for both platforms was available until 1st November 2011. The demo features a race in the Desert Hills of Nevada, and the player has the chance to drive the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Valentino Balboni. After that race, the player will face a treacherous shortcut in Independence Pass. If the player can refer a friend, he/she will unlock the Porsche 911 Carrera S. A PC demo was not released.

The official word:

It's called The Run. An illicit, high-stakes race across the country. The only way to get your life back is to be the first from San Francisco to New York. No speed limits. No rules. No allies. All you have are your driving skills and sheer determination as you battle hundreds of the world's most notorious drivers on the country's most dangerous roads. In Need for Speed The Run, you'll weave through dense urban centers, rocket down icy mountain passes and navigate narrow canyons at breakneck speeds, all the while evading a relentless police force prepared – and willing – to use lethal force to take you down.


  • Developer: EA Black Box
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: 15th November 2011 (North America) and 18th November 2011 (Europe)
  • Available on: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • Official website:

Game info

Pre-order Packs

If you pre-order the Limited Edition of the game from Amazon, you will get the Underground Challenge Series Preorder Pack, which adds three events and two cars inspired by Need For Speed Underground: the Nissan 370Z, similar to Rachel's Nissan 350Z, and the Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32), similar to Eddie's Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34). If you pre-order the game from Gamestop you will get the Most Wanted Challenge Series Preorder Pack, which adds three events and two cars inspired by Need For Speed Most Wanted: the BMW M3 E92 GTS, similar to Razor's BMW M3 E46 GTR, and the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302, similar to Razor's Ford Mustang GT. If you pre-order the game from Origin you will get the Carbon Challenge Series Preorder Pack, which adds three events and one car inspired by Need For Speed Carbon: the Audi R8, similar to Dariu's Audi LeMans Quattro.

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