NGN: "The Run is yet another annual release by EA for the once-popular Need for Speed franchise. A series which has struggled in recent years, and attempted to reinvent itself with a sim-based spinoff Shift, once again returns to the hands of original developers Black Box. Last year’s Hot Pursuit, a solid remake of a previous title with the same name, did well to revive the arcade racing thanks to Criterion Games. The previous game from Black Box, meanwhile, was a very disappointing Undercover. It’s been said that Need for Speed: The Run was in development for three years, but even with so much time and a genuinely fresh idea for a racing game structure, The Run is anything but great and is unable to carry on the momentum after Hot Pursuit’s success."