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access_time June 6, 2011 at 2:20 PM in Features by Josh "Clyde" McIllwain

Need For Speed Goes On Foot?

The Need for Speed series goes somewhere… different.  Is that good or bad?

EA’s latest iteration of the popular Need for Speed series, titled Need for Speed: The Run has been hinted at for some time.  During the company’s E3 press conference today in Los Angeles, the game was officially revealed to the public for the first time.  And I think it’s safe to say, it’s not quite what people were expecting.

For the first time in the series’ history, Need for Speed will allow players to leave their cars and run around on foot.  This might conjure images of Grand Theft Auto or Saint’s Row, but based on the footage from The Run’s trailer, it seems these on-foot segments are also races.  Gamers will be chased across rooftops and down streets and from the clips shown, it seems as if the running sections still control like a racer.  Believe me, I’m as perplexed as you are right now.

The Run also employs the ever-famous Quick Time Event, requiring players to press specific buttons when prompted to vault over ledges or maneuver around dangerous obstacles, like your own crashed car.  We don’t know yet if the game will take place in an open-world environment a la Burnout: Paradise, or if it will be more mission-based and linear.  We will have to wait and see how this intriguing entry to the Need for Speed turns out over the next few months.

Need for Speed: The Run is scheduled for release on November 15 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC and Nintendo DS.

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