Need for Speed: The Run - Achievement Guide
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There are 42 achievements with a total of 1200 points.
 
 Welcome to The Run (25 points)
Complete Stage 1
 

This is story related and can not be missed. Difficulty does not matter. Select The Run from the main menu and then start new to begin this.

 
 Walk in the Park (25 points)
Complete Stage 2
 

This is story related and can not be missed. Difficulty does not matter.

 
 Vegas Baby! (25 points)
Complete Stage 3
 

This is story related and can not be missed. Difficulty does not matter.

 
 Cop Out (25 points)
Complete Stage 4
 

This is story related and can not be missed. Difficulty does not matter.

 
 Mr. Plow (25 points)
Complete Stage 5
 

This is story related and can not be missed. Difficulty does not matter.

 
 Thunder Road (25 points)
Complete Stage 6
 

This is story related and can not be missed. Difficulty does not matter.

 
 The Windy City (50 points)
Complete Stage 7
 

This is story related and can not be missed. Difficulty does not matter.

 
 Got to the Chopper (50 points)
Complete Stage 8
 

This is story related and can not be missed. Difficulty does not matter.

 
 Hot Pursuit (50 points)
Complete Stage 9
 

This is story related and can not be missed. Difficulty does not matter.

 
 I Heart NY (50 points)
Complete Stage 10
 

This is story related and can not be missed. Difficulty does not matter.

 
 Coast to Coast (50 points)
Complete The Run on any difficulty
 

This is story related and can not be missed. You will unlock this at the same time as I Heart NY when you complete stage 10.

 
 Win at Winning (30 points)
Play through The Run on Extreme Difficulty
 

Extreme is not available from the beginning. You must complete the game on any difficulty setting to unlock it. You can then either replay the whole story on extreme or go to Stage Select within the The Run menu and select Stage 10. Play through this on whatever difficulty until you get to the last race. Now pause the game and select gameplay settings and change the difficulty to Extreme. This will restart the race. Complete the race and this unlocks.

 
 What else you got? (15 points)
Beat a Friend Recommends
 

Go to Challenge series and select any race you have unlocked that a friend has put a time on. Beat their time and this will unlock. If you do not have any friends playing this then either find one in the achievement trading thread or use a second profile on your own console and add it as a friend. Set a time with that profile and then beat the time.

 
 Show Off (15 points)
Post a photo using Photo Mode
 

This requires the Online Pass. Go to View Cars in the menu and select any car. Now press and then take a photo with the button. Once it is uploaded this will unlock.

 
 Current Events (10 points)
Read a News Article
 

On the menu press and then press 4 times and this should unlock.

 
 All for one (15 points)
Complete a Group Objective
 

Refer to One for All.

 
 Gold Rush (20 points)
Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the “Coastal Rush” Challenge Series
 

This requires skill. Aside from that, using these vehicles will give you the best chance of winning gold (or better):

  • What a Rush: VW Scirocco R
  • Urban Muscle: Ford Mustang Boss 302
  • The Pretenders: VW Scirocco R
  • Time Hunter: Camaro SS Hunter
  • Midnight Rush: Aston Martin One-77

 

 
 National Gold (20 points)
Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the “National Park” Challenge Series
 

This requires skill. Aside from that, using these vehicles will give you the best chance of winning gold (or better):

  • Mountain Men: BMW 1 Series Coupe
  • Offroad Mayhem: Subaru Impreza WRX STI
  • Ford Challenge: Ford Focus RS
  • Tioga Run: Dodge Challenger SRT 8
  • King of the Road: McLaren MP4-12C

 

 
 Nevada Gold (20 points)
Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the “Nevada Dreams” Challenge Series
 

This requires skill. Aside from that, using these vehicles will give you the best chance of winning gold (or better):

  • Dry Heat: BMW 1 Series Coupe
  • Outrun: BMW 1 Series Coupe
  • Vegas Velocity: Dodge Challenger SRT 8
  • Sin City Street Race: BMW 1 Series Coupe
  • Lotus Battle: Lotus Evora

 

 
 Valley Gold (25 points)
Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the “Desert Valley” Challenge Series
 

This requires skill. Aside from that, using these vehicles will give you the best chance of winning gold (or better):

  • Feel the Heat: Audi RS 4
  • Hell on Wheels: Lotus Exige Cup 260
  • The Edge: Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe
  • Rally Challenge: Subaru Impreza WRX STI
  • Dust in my Eye: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

 

 
 Winter Gold (25 points)
Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the “Winter Blast” Challenge Series
 

This requires skill. Aside from that, using these vehicles will give you the best chance of winning gold (or better):

  • Snow Battle: Audi RS 4
  • Ascension: Lotus Exige Cup 260
  • Double Black Diamond: Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe
  • Black Mountain: Lotus Exige Cup 260
  • Just Drive: Pagani Huayra

 

 
 Interstate Gold (25 points)
Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the "Plains Interstate" Challenge Series
 

This requires skill. Aside from that, using these vehicles will give you the best chance of winning gold (or better):

  • Dirty Drifter: Aston Martin V12 Vantage
  • Road Runner: Mitsubishi Motors Lancer Evolution X
  • The Gap: Audi R8 V10
  • NFS Edition Showdown: Mitsubishi Motors Lancer Evolution X
  • Locals Only: Porsche 918 RSR

 

 
 City Gold (25 points)
Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the "Windy City" Challenge Series
 

This requires skill. Aside from that, using these vehicles will give you the best chance of winning gold (or better):

  • Hard Action: Aston Martin V12 Vantage
  • Oncoming: Mitsubishi Motors Lancer Evolution X
  • Lower the Wacker: Porsche 911 GT3RS 4.0
  • GT-RSpecV Showdown: Nissan GT R SpecV
  • Street Legal: VW Scirocco R

 

 
 Industrial Gold (25 points)
Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the "Industrial Run" Challenge Series
 

This requires skill. Aside from that, using these vehicles will give you the best chance of winning gold (or better):

  • Lakeshore Battle: Aston Martin V12 Vantage
  • Interstate Loop: Renault Sport Megane R.S.
  • Industrial Run: Aston Martin V12 Vantage
  • Tunnels and Trains: Audi RS 4
  • Industrial Strength: Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4

 

 
 Rural Gold (25 points)
Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the "Rural Track Attack" Challenge Series
 

This requires skill. Aside from that, using these vehicles will give you the best chance of winning gold (or better):

  • Hazard County: Ford Mustang Boss 302
  • Traffic Jam: Porsche 911 GT3RS 4.0
  • Porsche Attack: Porsche 911 GT3RS 4.0 or 918 RSR (Teh Phantomz recommended)
  • Lost Serpent Pass: Porsche 911 GT3RS 4.0 or Sesto Elemento (Teh Phantomz recommended)
  • Panic Attack: Pagani Zonda Cinque

 

 
 East Coast Gold (25 points)
Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the "East Coast Express" Challenge Series
 

This requires skill. Aside from that, using these vehicles will give you the best chance of winning gold (or better):

  • The Jersey Double Back: Porsche 911 GT3RS 4.0 or Sesto Elemento
  • The Situation: Lamborghini Murcielago or Sesto Elemento
  • Drive Hard: Corvette Z06 or Audi R8 V10
  • Drive Hard with a Vengeance: McLaren F1 or Sesto Elemento
  • Live Free or Drive Hard: Porsche 918 RSR or Sesto Elemento
  • The Final Event: McLaren F1

 

 
 New Car Smell (15 points)
Reach Driver Level 5
 

Refer to Legendary.

 
 Street Racer (15 points)
Reach Driver Level 10
 

Refer to Legendary.

 
 Professional (15 points)
Reach Driver Level 15
 

Refer to Legendary.

 
 Champion (15 points)
Reach Driver Level 20
 

Refer to Legendary.

 
 Veteran (25 points)
Reach Driver Level 25
 

Refer to Legendary.

 
 Legendary (30 points)
Reach Driver Level 30
 

By playing through story challenges and multiplayer achievements you should be around level 20. After that comes the grind. You could just play online if you enjoy it enough or find a challenge to grind through. If you choose to play online then try to find someone to group with as you will get more XP for doing Group Objectives.

Refer to these videos for ways to earn experience quickly:


 
 Choices... (15 points)
Complete 15 online objectives and unlock all Playlists
 

When you go into Xbox Live mode you can select a few playlists. Within each of these is a list of objectives. You get a small selection at one time to aim for. When you complete one of them it will usually unlock a new one to aim for. Complete 15 of these over a mix of any playlists you wish and you will get this achievement. The last playlist unlocks when you complete your 15th objective.

 
 One for all (50 points)
Complete 5 Group Objectives
 

Within the Xbox Live menu you can press to Create a Playgroup. With this you need to invite a friend. You can create a group of up to 4 (including you). You will then get a group objective to aim for. Complete 5 of these to get the achievement.

 
 Bonus Wheel (75 points)
Win this Bonus Wheel reward in Multiplayer
 

When you complete a playlist of races on any online playlist mode you will get to pick the next location of races. Once the votes are done the bonus wheel will spin. At random it may land on "75 G achievement for first place session". If you get this then you have to finish first in the session. That means be the highest point scorer by the end of the session, not just in 1 race.

If you tie for first place then all players that are in the tie will unlock it. I unlocked this with 2 other racers. All of us had 50 points to tie first

 
 King for a Day (25 points)
Become a Stage Leader in The Run (fastest time posted)
 

Whilst playing through The Run you will see a list of your friends scores. You have to beat the overall time that your top friend has set within any 1 stage to get this. If you do not have any friends playing this then either find one in the achievement trading thread or use a second profile (with gold account) on your own console and friend it. Set a time on any stage with that profile and then beat the time with your main profile. If this doesn't unlock afterwards, go into Stage Select under The Run menu to get it to unlock

 
 Roman Gold (50 points)
Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the “Italian Challenges” Challenge Series
 

There are 5 challenges in this playlist. All times listed below are for Gold medals:

  1. The Running of the Bull (2:25) Diablo SV (only car available) You must run from the cops, make use of the shortcuts (there's only 2) and corner efficiently in this Time Challenge.
  2. World Rally Reunion (2:38) Lancia "MUD" (only car available) Lots of offroad in this Sprint Race, so make sure you stay on it.
  3. Autosprada Attack (2:30) Maserati GTMC (only car available) Beat the Clock style race, avoid traffic and corner efficiently.
  4. Family Business (2:05) Zonda R (only car available) you must beat 2 rivals (also in Pagani's) down the mountain.
  5. Neptune's Wrath (2:30) Maserati MC12 (only car available) you must beat a rival.

 

 
 Global Gold (50 points)
Earn a gold medal or better for each event in the “Italy vs. The World” Challenge Series
 

There are 5 challenges in this playlist. All times listed below are for Gold medals.

  1. Land of the Raging Bull (3:15) You have a choice of cars, I personally used the Lamborghini Superleggera; due to ease of handling in this Spring Race.
  2. Shore Runners (2:35) Again you have a choice of cars, I used the Lamborghini Superleggera in this Spring Race.
  3. Autobahn Attack (2:10) I personally used the Lambo Elemento, avoid contact with walls, traffic and the cops at all costs.
  4. Bangers and Smash (2:15) You have a choice of many cars, this is a Battle Mode Race. I used the Lancia "MUD".
  5. Veni, Vidi, Vici (3:20) Again, you have many cars to choose from, this is a Sprint Race on a snowy track. I used the Zonda Cinque "SHADOW" as it's very easy to drive.

 

 
 Italian Guide (25 points)
Complete 5 solo objectives in the "Italian Motor Racing" Playlist
 

Refer to Italian Hunter.

 
 Italian Scout (25 points)
Complete 10 solo objectives in the "Italian Motor Racing" Playlist
 

Refer to Italian Hunter.

 
 Italian Tracker (25 points)
Complete 15 solo objectives in the "Italian Motor Racing" Playlist
 

Refer to Italian Hunter.

 
 Italian Hunter (25 points)
Complete 20 solo objectives in the "Italian Motor Racing" Playlist
 

This is a complete list of the solo objectives. You'll need to complete all 20 to unlock all of the associated achievements.

  1. Place first in any race with the Lamborghini Superleggera Tier 4: This can be tricky as depending on the Tier race you are doing, there are 2 Superleggeras. There is a flat black version, and then there's a lime green version. You want the Lime Green Superleggera. Get a win with it.
  2. Place first in any race with the Alfa Romeo 8C Tier 4: Depending on what Tier race you have, it's the first car on the left.
  3. Place first in any race with the Lamborghini Diablo Tier 4: The default Diablo is yellow. Pick that car and get a win!
  4. Place first in any race with the Pagani Zonda R Tier 6: This is generally a Tier 6 race, it will say specifically "Zonda R" in the description of the car, farthest to the right.
  5. Place first in any race with the Maserati MC12 Tier 6: This is the Mas that looks much more like a street racer. It will say specifically MC12 on it.
  6. Place first in any race with the Lancia Tier 4: The Lancia you actually need is the NFS edition Lancia HF (color blue) which is unlocked once you complete 5 of the Italian solo objectives (listed above).
  7. Accumulate six seconds of draft with the Maserati MC12 Tier 6: Just stay behind another player's car and draft it.
  8. Pass fiveracers with the Pagani Zonda R Tier 6: easy enough, just pass some players in any playlist with this car.
  9. Place firest in any session with the NFS Lamborghini Diablo SV Tier 6: You must place first in an entire session with this car.
  10. Place first in any session with the NFS Maserati MC Stradale Tier 6: You must place first in an entire session with this car.
  11. Place first in any session with the NFS Alfa Romeo 8C Tier 6: You must place first in an entire session with this car. This car unlocks once you complete ten solo objectives.
  12. Complete a race without taking damage to the NFS Alpha Romeo 8C Tier 6: You don't have to win it, just finish, avoid cars and sharp corners at all costs.
  13. Complete ten clean pass with the NFS Maserati MC Stradale Tier 6: Accumulate ten clean passes in a session.
  14. 20 near misses with the NFS Lamborghini Diablo SV Tier 6: Accumulate near misses over multiple races/sessions. Just pass traffic by very close.
  15. Place first in any session with "MUD" Tier 5: You must place first in an entire session with this car.
  16. Complete 15 passes using nitrous with "SUNSPOT" Tier 5: Just boost past those racers!
  17. Reach top speed for 15 seconds using "SUNSPOT" Tier 5: Put the pedal down and reach max speed for as long as possible - this accumulates over time.
  18. Make five jumps with "MUD" Tier 5: just get some air five times!
  19. Complete 20 dirty passes with "CRIMINAL" Tier 5: Hit your opponent as you pass them Do this 20 times.
  20. Place first in any race using "CRIMINAL" Tier 5: just win any race.
 

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