Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2

Critic Score User Score
PlayStation 2
88
3.8
Xbox
77
3.3
GameCube
72
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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 driving as the police car in Hot Pursuit
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows Bumping a police car is easy here
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows The lamborgini murcielago

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

Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Oct, 2002 A- 91
GameCell UK PlayStation 2 Apr 04, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Officiel Nintendo Magazine GameCube Dec, 2002 8 out of 10 80
UOL Jogos Windows Oct 31, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Action Windows Nov 14, 2002 78 out of 100 78
IGN GameCube Sep 27, 2002 7.3 out of 10 73
X-Power Xbox Nov 24, 2002 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Oct 24, 2002 14 out of 20 70
FiringSquad Windows Nov 26, 2002 70 out of 100 70
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Oct 28, 2002 14 out of 20 70

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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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