Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (PlayStation 2)

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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.


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There are 25 other screenshots on file for other versions of this 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... silentgreen (8) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Truly awful bob pitbull (26) 0.6 Stars0.6 Stars0.6 Stars0.6 Stars0.6 Stars
I feel like I'm driving. No, I mean that. alex block (3) unrated

Critic Reviews

UOL Jogos Nov 28, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gaming Nexus Oct 11, 2002 9.7 out of 10 97
Gaming Target Oct 10, 2002 9.6 out of 10 96
GamersMark Oct 10, 2002 9.4 out of 10 94
The Video Game Critic Nov 14, 2002 A- 91
Gaming Age Oct 04, 2004 A- 91
Game Informer Magazine Oct, 2002 8.75 out of 10 88 (UK) Oct 28, 2002 8 out of 10 80
HonestGamers Oct 12, 2002 8 out of 10 80
PlayFrance Apr 11, 2003 7 out of 10 70


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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.


  • 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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Kartanym (10755) added Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (PlayStation 2) on Oct 13, 2002
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