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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 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.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows One of the two default behind car views.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows Car selection. There are two unlocked cars to begin with with many which can be bought with points you earn in game.

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

PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Oct 04, 2002 9.6 out of 10 96
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Oct, 2002 A- 91
PGNx Media PlayStation 2 Oct 25, 2002 9.1 out of 10 91
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Oct, 2002 8.75 out of 10 88
GameCell UK PlayStation 2 Apr 04, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameSpy Windows Nov 09, 2002 78 out of 100 78
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Oct 28, 2002 75 out of 100 75
FiringSquad Windows Nov 26, 2002 70 out of 100 70
PlayFrance PlayStation 2 Apr 11, 2003 7 out of 10 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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