Bone-idle.ie writes "The “Need for Speed” brand has seen three very different titles from three different studios in the last 12 months since Hot Pursuit arrived this time last year. Shift is taking a very different route and perhaps branching out into a defined series of its own. NFS “The Run” needed to try something to make it stand out and went the route of letting you get out of the car for the first time and incorporating a storyline on top of the games racing element, this is implemented through a series of cut scenes and quick time events.
You play as a young petrol head who has racked up a debt to the mob that he cannot play, you start out tied up and trapped in a car about to be dropped into a hydraulic car compressor. By hitting the right buttons at the right time you are able to advance the QTE’s and escape"