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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 choosing a track to race on
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 The lamborgini murcielago

Promo Images

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

UOL Jogos PlayStation 2 Nov 28, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Oct 04, 2002 9.6 out of 10 96
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov, 2002 87 out of 100 87
Gaming Target Xbox Apr 10, 2003 8.7 out of 10 87
Consoles Plus GameCube Dec, 2002 84 out of 100 84
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov 14, 2002 82 out of 100 82
4Players.de Xbox Nov 01, 2002 79 out of 100 79
PC Action Windows Nov 14, 2002 78 out of 100 78
Joystick (French) Windows Dec, 2002 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Xbox Nov 01, 2002 68 out of 100 68

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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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