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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
88
3.9
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 In car view. Sadly there's no dashboard.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows The Hot Pursuit Championship Tree
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 The cops use their usual arsenal of tactics to stop you from running away. Of course, you can fight back.

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)

The Press Says

IGN PlayStation 2 Oct 03, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Netjak PlayStation 2 Oct 18, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Gaming Target Xbox Apr 10, 2003 8.7 out of 10 87
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Oct 07, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov 14, 2002 82 out of 100 82
GameZone Xbox Oct 14, 2002 7.8 out of 10 78
Game Over Online Windows Nov 08, 2002 72 out of 100 72
IGN Xbox Sep 30, 2002 7.1 out of 10 71
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 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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