Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2

Critic Score User Score
PlayStation 2
88
3.8
GameCube
72
3.5
Xbox
77
3.3
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Description

The Need for Speed series returns, this time reverting back to the 'chase' arcade experience instead of a racing simulation. Top speed racing is the name of the game, where you must outchase not just the opposing drivers, but the cops.

Choose from a selection of today's (and yesterday's) top sports cars, including the Ferrari F50, Porsche 911 and a range from the likes of Ford, Corvette, BMW, Lotus, Mercedes, Aston Martin, the McLaren F1 and a lot more.

The competitive race mode allows you to take on other drivers and beat them to the line. A selection of tracks allows you to not only dodge incoming traffic, but perform deadly jumps and stunts to receive points. These points, combined with the points recieved from your finishing position, can unlock new cars and tracks.

The Hot Pursuit mode combines all the major elements of the competitive mode with the chance to out run the cops. They will throw everything at you to try and stop you, including running you off the road, setting up road blocks and unleashing an attack helicopter equiped with missiles. Three busts by the cops ends the race.

Screenshots

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows As the cop you have to ram the speeders to earn points. Make sure your siren is on so that the local traffic will get out of your way.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows The cops use their usual arsenal of tactics to stop you from running away. Of course, you can fight back.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows The second motif is a Hawaiian one. Including volcanos and villages with huts. It also looks like Pride Parade is happening sometime soon.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows This car is obviously too fast for these small Mediterranean streets. This is the third motif which combines elements of coastal Mediterranean towns.

Alternate Titles

  • "极品飞车:闪电追踪2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Need for Speed: מרדף לוהט 2" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Need for Speed: Poursuite Infernale 2" -- French title

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User Reviews

Adrenaline-soaked racing... PlayStation 2 silentgreen (8)
A boring arcade Windows Paranoid Opressor (167)
The last true Need For Speed game Windows Steve Hall (322)
Same episode, only the cast got more glamorous. Windows SifouNaS (1317)
Truly awful PlayStation 2 bob pitbull (26)
I feel like I'm driving. No, I mean that. PlayStation 2 alex block (3)

Critic Reviews

PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Oct 04, 2002 9.6 out of 10 96
Shin Force Xbox Jul 07, 2003 9.6 out of 10 96
Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Oct 10, 2002 9.6 out of 10 96
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Oct, 2002 8.75 out of 10 88
Gameplanet PlayStation 2 Oct 28, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
HonestGamers PlayStation 2 Oct 12, 2002 8 out of 10 80
4Players.de GameCube Nov 01, 2002 76 out of 100 76
X-Power Xbox Nov 24, 2002 7 out of 10 70
Level Windows Dec, 2002 69 out of 100 69
GameSpy Xbox Nov 01, 2002 68 out of 100 68

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Trivia

Version differences

The PC, Xbox and GameCube versions are much more limited in comparison with PS2 version which was developed by Black Box Games instead of EA Seattle.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2002 – Best PS2 Simulation of the Year
    • 2002– Best PS2 Simulation of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2002 – #4 Best PS2 Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2002 – #5 Best PC Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • GameSpy
    • 2002 – PC Racing Game of the Year (Readers' Choice)

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