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Need For Speed: The Run - Dissected

Trailer Analysis: Some blurry glimpses from the first footage...

A relatively short Dissected this week folks, mainly because the subject lying on our examination table is a devilish specimen which refuses to give much away.

EA gave us (perhaps reluctantly) the first blurry glimpses of the next instalment of Need For Speed, burning down the tarmac in a vehicle called 'The Run'. Like we say, it's a choppy, unclear trailer, letting slip a sense of speed and urgency more than anything else. But we think we can pick up on some of the finer potential gameplay details... Maybe.

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The trailer starts with the sound of a glass-splintering crash and the reveal of an unconscious, upside-down fellow called Jack, according to the echoed female voice calling his name. It doesn't take a genius to work out that Need For Speed: The Run is going to be a character and narrative driven game, then, and this is the result of nippy driving gone wrong.

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The next few flashes of imagery start to fill in some of the smaller details of what we can expect. Licensed cars, for example, in the same vein as Hot Pursuit, seem to be included judging by this Audi R8.

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Police cars seem equally hefty, although we can't quite make out the model from this blurry snap, and it looks like The Run will be revisiting the Cops 'n' Robbers theme, again, similarly to the Hot Pursuit games.

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Things start to look a bit Fast and Furious when we get a glimpse of this confident looking woman behind the wheel who also seems to be part of the chase. We also assume she's the one calling Jack's name.

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Adding to the action-racer movie feel is the image of Jack kicking a Police officer in the chops before stealing his patrol car. Does this represent a set-up cutscene or could it allude to an actual in-game, non-driving mechanic? After what we saw happen to Driver years ago, we kind of hope it isn't the latter.

To be honest, we think we'll stay firmly in the driving seat in Need For Speed: The Run and. judging by the map graphic with a route indicator burning across the US, it looks like we'll be touring at speed right across the US. The name 'The Run' and the strap-line 'The Race for Your Life. The Race of Your Life' also suggests Jack is some sort of fugitive and we'll be going on one epic dash from the law.

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San Francisco, New York and Denver are amongst the locations highlighted and we can see flashes of all kinds of environments from city streets (with police helicopters in pursuit) to mountain roads (including exploding rock-faces?) featuring, but will they be gestures towards their real-life locations or accurate recreations?

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The final scenes open up Jack's predicament, he's still in that cop car but he's overturned on a train track with a train very much on the way. Next stop? The back of Jack's head.

It looks like our hero (anti-hero? Villain?) makes it out just in time in what we hope will be just one of many exhilarating near-misses in a high-speed chase across America.

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