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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 Your character in the car is animated to the point that he will switch gears when the engine actually switches gears.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows The beautiful vistas can also be a hindrance, blinding you with sunbeams or with fog.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows There are three motifs in total for locations. They are all coastal, with the first one feeling a bit like Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows It's not a need for speed game without the jump-cam!

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

Gaming Nexus PlayStation 2 Oct 11, 2002 9.7 out of 10 97
Gaming Age PlayStation 2 Oct 04, 2004 A- 91
4Players.de PlayStation 2 Nov 01, 2002 88 out of 100 88
PC Zone Benelux Windows Dec, 2002 83 out of 100 83
Gameplanet Xbox Nov 06, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
UOL Jogos Windows Oct 31, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
4Players.de GameCube Nov 01, 2002 76 out of 100 76
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpy Xbox Nov 01, 2002 68 out of 100 68
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox Oct 24, 2002 13 out of 20 65

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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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