Need for Speed: The Run

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Need for Speed: The Run
Need for Speed: The Run cover
EA Black Box
Electronic Arts
Russia 1C-SoftClub
Frostbite 2
Release dates
Windows November 15, 2011
Metacritic 69
Monetization Sponsored
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing
Vehicles Automobile, Off-roading, Street racing
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, North America
Series Need for Speed
Need for Speed: The Run on HowLongToBeat
Need for Speed: The Run on IGDB
Need for Speed: The Run guide on StrategyWiki
Need for Speed: The Run on MobyGames
Need for Speed: The Run on Wikipedia
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Need for Speed: The Run is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person and third-person racing game in the Need for Speed series.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Origin (unavailable)
All versions require Origin DRM.
Signature Edition Booster Pack was included in the 1.1 update.
Italian Pack, and Heroes and Villains Pack were not released for PC.
Supercars Pack was not released for PC, but the vehicles are in the game files, and can be unlocked.
Due to online servers shutdown, the game will softlock on "Connecting to Autolog servers ...", the only solution is to restrict the internet access for the game.

Version differences[edit]

Limited Edition content includes the Lamborghini Aventador, Porsche 911 Carrera S, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and 5 exclusive challenges.

Game data[edit]

General options menu
General options menu

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\NFSTR\settings\*.*

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\NFSTR\settings\*.*

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.


Video options menu
Video options menu
Advance video options menu
Advance video options menu

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Can be customized via Racer_S Camera Control utility
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
In-game Vsync caps the frame rate at 30 FPS. It is recommended to enable it in-game (if in-game Vsync is disabled, then car engine sounds are broken) and disable it in Nvidia Control panel (to remove input lag and stuttering caused by Vsync).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Gameplay is uncapped after ver 1.1 update, but cutscenes and menus are capped at 30 FPS. High frame rates break engine sounds and cause tire smoke to become thicker and move faster, often filling your entire screen in snowy areas.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

DSR Supersampling AA can be enabled for GeForce GTX 600 series or later video cards with the 344.48 WHQL or newer drivers. Windows 8.1 users should run the game in Windows 7 compatibility mode to increase stability and performance. If DSR is not displayed correctly (part of the display is cut off of the monitor), exit the game, toggle the desktop resolution to a higher setting in the Nvidia Control Panel, then reboot the game. The desktop resolution can then be reverted to native.


In-game input options menu
In-game input options menu

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Xbox 360 Controller hints are shown, even if you don't use it for menu. Unplug the controller to see hints for keyboard.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Button prompts
Xbox 360 Controller hints are shown, even if you don't use it for menu. Unplug the controller to see hints for keyboard.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio options menu
Audio options menu

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Only music can be turned on/off
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Related files originally available in initial release but not selectable. After ver 1.1 update, the language no longer able to be used.
Latin American Spanish


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
Online services were shut down on August 31, 2021.[1]

Issues fixed[edit]

Player car slows down, doesn′t accelerate[edit]

Unplug all controllers[2]

Game Crashes in certain races after a few minutes[edit]

Run the game at 30fps.
  1. Turn the in game Vsync on. It should cap the game to 30fps.
  2. If somehow it doesn't cap it to 30fps, in the resolution dropdown, select a resolution with 30fps
  3. After passing the crashing areas, you can play the game again at your desired FPS and Vsync off.

Can't run under a Virtual Machine[edit]

This issue only happens with some .exe launchers.
Turn off the Virtual Machine Platform
  1. Open "Control Panel" and go to "Programs".
  2. Click on "Turn Windows features on or off".
  3. Search for "Virtual Machine Platform" and uncheck it.

VR support[edit]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


No middleware information; you can edit this page to add it.
Uses the Enlighten middleware for Global Illumination.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHz or AMD Equivalent
System memory (RAM) 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 18 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 4870
Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 10 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
Controller Keyboard or Gamepad or Steering Wheel
Other 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection