E3 2011's Most Anticipated: Need For Speed: The Run

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Game: Need For Speed: The Run
Publisher: EA
Likelihood of E3 2011 showing: Certain

With two very different Need For Speed iterations skidding onto the tarmac well within a year, it seems EA is looking to provide a double-garage of driving with a sim-based racer taking up one half and a more extreme arcade affair occupying the other.

From what we've seen and heard about Need For Speed: The Run, which is admittedly little, it looks like the first of 2011 is going to be the latter, a street-based, collision happy escapade of what could be termed combat racing.

In fact, to all intents and purposes, The Run sounds very much like the next in line to get the Hot Pursuit treatment, which was last spooned out by Criterion for 2010's Need For Speed contribution of the same name.

EA's already said that Need For Speed: The Run will see you "weave through dense urban centres, rocket down icy mountain passes and navigate narrow canyons at breakneck speeds, all the while evading a relentless police force prepared - and willing - to use lethal force to take you down." So far, so similar.

What is interesting though is that Black Box is behind the wheel once more, having developed a number of successful Need For Speed titles in the past including franchise favourite Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 in 2002.

Another head turner is the use of DICE's Frostbite 2.0 engine, which was unveiled to awe-inspiring effect earlier this year with the jaw-dropping Battlefield 3 as its vehicle.

Two completely different games, sure, but there's already speculation about what Frostbite 2.0 could carry from its military background to the tarmac. Impressive lighting has been a stand-out feature in Battlefield 3 trailers to date along with environmental damage, which could suit an action-packed NFS edition considering contributions to the driver's market from the likes of Split/Second and Motorstorm Apocalypse.

The teaser trailer that was leaked last month is the only visual representation we have to date and, while it does suggest a pan-American adventure it's a bit too choppy and cinematic to give any kind of in-game representation.

With assumed hero Jack waking in an over-turned car on a train-track, the tone is set, however, and what ensues is a Fast and Furious-style game of high-velocity cops and robbers giving some indication to prior events. Naturally, everyone seems to drive the kind of wheels James Bond puts on his Christmas list, with Pagani, Audi, Aston Martin, Carroll Shelby and Lamborghini all getting a mention.

Hot Pursuit are still the words stuck in our minds then but, with only a flash of what's to come on offer, we're keen to see what the latest Need For Speed can bring that we haven't experienced already. If nothing else, the return of Black Box to the franchise and the inclusion of Frostbite 2.0 means The Run is holding our attention for now.

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