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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit may have been a late entrant into the race, but it both grabs the checkered flag for this year and may set a land speed record for this entire class of racer.
While Blur and Split/Second may have beaten it to store shelves, when it comes to the finish line in terms of quality, Hot Pursuit decidedly takes the lead.
With so many modes and diverse rewards to uncover in Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, it almost feels like 2.5 games in one package. Plus, the fact that the online component works so incredibly, and we still can’t pick a favorite between playing as a cop or racer speaks volumes to the game’s quality. Quite simply, there is no better, more accessible racing game out there.
Criterion hasn’t rebooted the Need for Speed series, instead taking classic key elements and injecting them with new life for the current generation. It delivers a near-perfect competitive experience, in a way that few games -- racing or otherwise -- can. Hot Pursuit is not only a defining moment for the series, but for arcade-style racing, period.
This review almost didn't happen. Aside from the fact that we received the review code late, there was one factor above all that put the review in doubt: Autolog. EA's new social networking/leaderboard-type-thing, Autolog is a ridiculously addictive beast. It nearly bought everything to a grinding halt.
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All in all, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit is an excellent game. It offers great arcade style racing with top notch visuals and an incredible sense of speed. It is a great counterpoint to the more simulation-based Gran Turismo and Forza series. If arcade style racing games are your forte, this is a recommended buy.
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is pure Arcade action, you’ll know it from the moment you power slide around a corner at 200mph in a SeaCrest County Lamborghini police car. Not since Burnout has there been a racer that offers so much joy, and to be honest we can’t see there being anything to touch this in terms of speed until Criterion release the sequel.
Otherwise, though, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is an unqualified triumph. It's stuffed with content but rarely for the sake of it, and knowing Criterion it will be handsomely supported for months to come, even though it's already the best pure arcade racing game since Burnout Paradise. For Need for Speed, it's a return to critical form to match, justify and potentially expand the series' enduring popularity.
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit is pure over-the-top driving entertainment. The cars and environments are gorgeous, the crashes are spectacular, and the new Autolog feature breathes new life into the time-honored tradition of video game competition among friends. The single-player races can become somewhat repetitive and there are some presentation issues, but overall, Hot Pursuit is a blast. If you’re looking for a high-octane racer that grabs on tight but doesn’t take itself too seriously, give this one a shot.
Criterion clearly saved the franchise from sudden death with Hot Pursuit. The game really comes close to the old glory days. The singleplayer is very varied and extensive and offers enough opposition to keep you busy for a few hours. Next to that the Autolog feature gets you in a competitive mode and the enjoyable multiplayer prolongs the replay value considerably. Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit is a must-have.
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Criterion lapt het hem opnieuw en slaagt erin om de Need for Speed-reeks weer op het juiste spoor te zetten. Niet te missen voer voor snelheidsduivels!
Need for Speed renoue enfin avec ses origines et nous offre l'un des meilleurs opus de la série depuis de nombreuses années. Si l'on peut lui reprocher l'interface un peu trop austère de son mode Carrière, on doit en revanche saluer le gameplay mis au point par Criterion qui nécessite à la fois réflexes, précision et une petite dose de stratégie. La dimension communautaire n'est pas oubliée avec le système Autolog qui pousse à sans cesse améliorer ses performances, et la prestation technique globalement de bonne facture ne gâte rien. Bref, si vous regrettiez les course-poursuites ayant fait le succès de la série Need for Speed, Hot Pursuit est un incontournable !
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is one of the most thrilling racing games around. It doesn't matter which side of the law you prefer to play on; the unpredictable nature of these events and the sheer speed at which they're played make this a tough game to put down. If you're in the market for a ride with superb handling, great looks, an impressive top speed, and more than enough room for all of your friends, this is the one you want.
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All in all, Hot Pursuit is a good return to what made Most Wanted such a good game, without all of the added junk that made previous NFS entries poorer than they should have been. If you haven't acquired this racer yet, then it may be worth a shot, especially if you're looking for that grown-up Mario Kart experience.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit osoittaa jälleen kerran englantilaistiimin rautaisen ammattitaidon. Hot Pursuit ei tosin keksi pyörää uudelleen, vaan kehittää vanhoja ideoita edelleen - ainoa täysin uusi oivallus on Autolog-toiminto. Sisältö on kuitenkin laadukasta ja viimeisteltyä.