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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 Another staple of a Need For Speed game...the small town to drive though, with a gas station that dings when you drive through it.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows Busted! During the busting, the animation takes place in-game.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows The Hot Pursuit Championship Tree
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows racing down the road using the outside view

Promo Images

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Wallpaper
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Wallpaper
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Screenshot
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Screenshot

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

Shin Force Xbox Jul 07, 2003 9.6 out of 10 96
Mygamer.com PlayStation 2 Mar 15, 2005 9.4 out of 10 94
Fragland.net Windows Jan 07, 2003 90 out of 100 90
GameZone PlayStation 2 Oct 12, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov 14, 2002 82 out of 100 82
Game Informer Magazine GameCube Nov, 2002 7.5 out of 10 75
The Video Game Critic Xbox Nov 03, 2002 B 75
IGN GameCube Sep 27, 2002 7.3 out of 10 73
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Oct 24, 2002 14 out of 20 70
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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