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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

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After years of street racing and closed circuits, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit returns to the series' roots - scenic tracks, cops versus racers face-off, and, of course, exotic and super cars.

The game is set in the Seacrest County, the land of sunny beaches, snowy mountains, hot deserts and high forests. Its roads are extremely popular within racers community and, hereupon, are filled with cars from all over the world. Because of that, the local police department has to be at one level with law violators in order to keep citizens safe.

You begin the career as a racer and a cop simultaneously. Each one has 20 ranks to achieve, gaining in reward new cars. The racing events are divided into four groups, based on participating car types: sports, performance, super, exotic and hyper, unlocked only when the previous one is finished. Unlike the similar Burnout Paradise, they are accessible only from the map. As a racer, you will experience sprints, time trials and races, with or without police presence. The Law Enforcer's job is a reverse side of the coin - fight the racers and bust them by different means.

Like in old Need for Speed games, the accent is made on the most powerful cars of the world, with Subaru WRX STi, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X at the very bottom and Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport with Koenigsegg CCXR Edition at the top, total of 64.

The game also has an online multiplayer mode (with some extra online game modes made available by the Armed and Dangerous Pack DLC). The new Autolog system is introduced with this mode, with the system tracking the player's friends' records and encourages the player to compete with their times.


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Joystiq Xbox 360 Nov 09, 2010 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
1UP PlayStation 3 Nov 15, 2010 A 100
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Nov 09, 2010 9 out of 10 90
We Got This Covered Xbox 360 Dec 01, 2010 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameSpot Xbox 360 Nov 17, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot PlayStation 3 Nov 17, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
4Players.de PlayStation 3 Nov 18, 2010 85 out of 100 85
PCActu Windows Nov 27, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network Xbox 360 Mar 07, 2011 8.4 out of 10 84
Xboxygen Xbox 360 Dec 01, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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  • GameSpy
    • 2010 – Racing Game of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • 2011 - Best PC Racing Game in 2010 (Readers' Voting)
  • Spike Video Game Awards
    • 2010 - Best Driving Game

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