Need For Speed: The Run Takes Online Pass Ridiculousness To New Level

I was recently playing Need For Speed: The Run for review. It was a full, retail copy that came with an online pass, as is par for the course with EA (and other publisher’s) games these days. I did not use the pass, however, as I would not be keeping the game – it is the property of the office and will be passed onto someone else in the future, who will need the online pass to be able to play the online mode for review.
That’s just how it works.
Yesterday I settled down post-6pm to take screens...