NFS The Run: Hot Girl – Vampire/Money – Fast Cars

November 18, 2011, By George Lang

The formula just works: Start with “hotness” personified in Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks; throw in a little “vampire money” with Sean Faris from Vampire Diaries; add a few cranking Need for Speed (NFS) vehicles; lots of money; and you’ve got a recipe for success. And, after all, isn’t that what “real” life is all about anyway?

Just try making a game about going to work, coming home, cooking dinner, washing dishes, and tucking the kids in after hot chocolate; not many are going to buy it (well, I know a few sentimental folks). Being a housewife and a mother can be fast-paced and exciting sometimes I suppose, but it’s just not the same as avoiding uncontrolled careening tractor trailers by a hairs breadth; now that’s the ticket (see In-Game video below).

Electronic Arts’s NFS: The Run uses staggeringly realistic graphics, “all-new performance capture technology [that] pushes the boundaries of character animation allowing us to perfectly capture Christina and Sean’s likeness” (DeLong, Executive Producer, Need for Speed), coupled with excellent narrative performances from the two protagonists.

There is a plot, albeit a drawn out street race to fame and fortune; but the ultimate booty ($25 M) makes up for the patient process. The three thousand mile race from San Francisco to New York is laced with exciting crashes and surreal events. It is definitely not for the faint of heart.

EA’s always had the touch when it comes to action-packed sports games. Now they’ve outdone themselves with their latest and greatest racing thriller, Need for Speed: The Run “released November 17 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Nintendo Wii and 3DS” (VideoGamer). It sells for $49.99 (Origin).

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