Matt Wadleigh states, "That said, Need for Speed: The Run impressed me. It isn't perfect, but it isn't nearly as bad as it could have been. It does a lot of things remarkably well, and the cinematic camera style is incredibly immersive and a benchmark for the genre going forward. It stumbles a bit incorporating a storyline into one of the least amenable genres for storytelling, but these instances are few and far between. Load times and collision detection could use some work, but I look forward to playing the next game in the series."