Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (NA)
Third party DRM: OriginPlease note that the free third-party service, Origin, must be used to activate this title.
"a game that even the most casual of video game racing fans must experience." - Gamerevolution.com
"pure over-the-top driving entertainment. The cars and environments are gorgeous, the crashes are spectacular, and the new Autolog feature breathes new life into the time-honored tradition of video game competition among friends." - IGN.com
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit launches you into a new open-world landscape behind the wheel of the world's fastest and most beautiful cars. From Criterion, the award-winning studio behind the Burnout series, Hot Pursuit will redefine racing games for a whole new generation.
You'll experience stunning speeds, takedowns, and getaways as you battle your friends in the most connected Need for Speed game ever. Through Need for Speed Autolog and its innovative approach to connected social competition, your Hot Pursuit experience will extend beyond the console onto the web, constantly moving your gameplay in new and unique directions.
Loaded with action, this game will challenge you to become Seacrest County's top cop or most wanted racer. For the first time ever in a Need for Speed game, you'll be able to play a full career on either side of the law. Whether you're a lead-foot speeder or a cop with a mean streak, make sure your aviators are spotless and your driving record is anything but.
Career – For the first time in Need For Speed history play full careers as both cops and racers. Whether playing online with friends, taking on friends challenges or the single player career, players will earn bounty that levels them up and unlocks new cars, weapons and equipment.
Need For Speed™ Autolog – In Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, your friends drive your gameplay experience. Autolog is a system that links friends directly to each other’s games, enabling them to compare and share all their experiences, pictures and challenges. Autolog instinctively delivers challenges based on what your friends have been doing, creating a hugely dynamic, socially competitive experience.
Cars –In Hot Pursuit, the cars go from hot to hotter. Experience the thrill of driving the world’s most desirable high performance cars at incredible speeds. Feel the power of busting suspects in supercharged cop interceptors like the Lamborghini Reventon or outsmarting the law as a racer in high performance supercars like the Pagani Zonda Cinque.
* Weapons and equipment* – Take down suspects with a variety of cop weapons like spike strips and call in extra support including road blocks as the chase intensifies. Racers have a range of evasion equipment at their disposal to outsmart the cops including jammers that block cop communications and jam their weapons.
Seacrest County – Explore a world inspired by the California coastline with desert, forest, seaside and mountainous regions. The open world of Seacrest County helps deliver the most intense cop pursuit moments ever.
Good Looking but Blandbwrussell | July 8, 2013 | See all bwrussell's reviews »
This is an odd entry to me in the NFS franchise. It's a reboot of an old series, the last of which was one of my favorite childhood games, with some of the elements of later games and very little of the fun from the originals. It feels like they tried for realism (more on that in a bit) and sacrificed fun in the processes. Hot Pursuit 2 (2002) had you dodging flaming barrels dropped from helicopters while this one has dramatic crash cams. There is no customization, absolutely no reason to jump into the open world, and zero plot. I'm sure this is an affect of the move to Criterion who seem to think every racing game fan wants nothing more than shiny cars and big crashes.
Perhaps the strangest issue is the driving physics. They are just plain wrong. Essentially they are setup to slide around every corner which makes fine control something of an impossibility. This really becomes a problem when the game starts penalizing you for touching walls and traffic in time trials.
The games saving grace is the ability to play as a cop and bust up races. In these cases the constantly interrupting crash cams seem justified and are satisfying compared to frustrating when you hit an oncoming car for the n-th time while your car slides instead of turns.
In the end I can't recommend this game, even on sale. There is little depth so it quickly becomes bland and repetitive, getting to the end turns into a grind.
Fun Game, But Lack a Challengethegaminglyfe | June 10, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »
Recently, Need for Speed has been drifting away from there roots. The one thing that me and the fans want are the crappy cars so we can have that amazing feeling when you save up enough money to get that shiny lamborghini. When you start this game, you start off with some amazing cars. The game is fun, with some strange handling that leads to some satisfying drifts. The game modes are fun, but make no sense like racing cops? It's a good game and I recommend it.
An overall enjoyable experience...Kratzer | June 3, 2013 | See all Kratzer's reviews »
This is another in the Need for Speed series that is a great arcade racer, but makes me wish they would just go back to their roots a little. There is sort of a career mode where you follow a set course of objectives for either the police side or racer side and try to duke it out against one another. Some of the police challenges just involve driving to a race, which I thought was weird. The story is crap, but you would expect that. They are basically just trying to paint an impossible picture and move on, but it doesn't really affect the game. The thing I miss is saving up money from winning races to buy the one car you were after. This game just throws car unlocks at you like it doesn't care as you "level up." Another gimmick of racing games I don't particularly care for.