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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 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 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 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 hey i can be a policeman too

Promo Images

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

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 (191)
The last true Need For Speed game Windows Steve Hall (355)
Same episode, only the cast got more glamorous. Windows SifouNaS (1326)
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
Mygamer.com PlayStation 2 Mar 15, 2005 9.4 out of 10 94
IGN PlayStation 2 Oct 03, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Fragland.net Windows Jan 07, 2003 90 out of 100 90
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Oct, 2002 8.75 out of 10 88
Consoles Plus GameCube Dec, 2002 84 out of 100 84
UOL Jogos Windows Oct 31, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The Video Game Critic Xbox Nov 03, 2002 B 75
IGN Xbox Sep 30, 2002 7.1 out of 10 71
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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