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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2

MobyRank MobyScore
Xbox
77
3.3
Windows
78
3.5
PlayStation 2
88
3.9
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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 There are three motifs in total for locations. They are all coastal, with the first one feeling a bit like Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows The main menu
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows There are also cop versions of many cars for the "Be The Cop" game.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows Here's a pack of racers doing whatever it takes to et ahead of each other. This is another available view in-game. A third person type over the shoulder view. Not very practical for actual racing.

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

Mygamer.com PlayStation 2 Mar 15, 2005 9.4 out of 10 94
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Oct, 2002 8.75 out of 10 88
4Players.de PlayStation 2 Nov 01, 2002 88 out of 100 88
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov, 2002 87 out of 100 87
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Oct 07, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
ActionTrip Windows Oct 23, 2002 80 out of 100 80
GameCell UK PlayStation 2 Apr 04, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameZone Xbox Oct 14, 2002 7.8 out of 10 78
Level Windows Dec, 2002 69 out of 100 69
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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