Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2

Critic Score User Score
Windows
78
3.5
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 The main menu
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 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 Car selection. There are two unlocked cars to begin with with many which can be bought with points you earn in game.

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

GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Sep 30, 2002 5 out of 5 100
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Nov 01, 2002 89 out of 100 89
Game Captain Windows Nov 05, 2002 82 out of 100 82
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov 14, 2002 82 out of 100 82
GameCell UK PlayStation 2 Apr 04, 2003 8 out of 10 80
4Players.de Xbox Nov 01, 2002 79 out of 100 79
GameZone Xbox Oct 14, 2002 7.8 out of 10 78
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Oct 28, 2002 14 out of 20 70
Level Windows Dec, 2002 69 out of 100 69
GameSpy GameCube Nov 01, 2002 69 out of 100 69

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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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