Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (Windows)

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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.


Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows The Hot Pursuit Championship Tree
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 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 There are also cop versions of many cars for the "Be The Cop" 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

A boring arcade Paranoid Opressor (167) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars
The last true Need For Speed game Steve Hall (322) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
Same episode, only the cast got more glamorous. SifouNaS (1317) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gameplay (Benelux) Nov, 2002 87 out of 100 87
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2002 86 out of 100 86
PC Zone Benelux Dec, 2002 83 out of 100 83
PC Games (Germany) Nov 14, 2002 82 out of 100 82 Nov 04, 2002 80 out of 100 80
UOL Jogos Oct 31, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpy Nov 09, 2002 78 out of 100 78
PC Action Nov 14, 2002 78 out of 100 78
Absolute Games ( Oct 28, 2002 75 out of 100 75 Nov 29, 2002 15 out of 20 75


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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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Corn Popper (69569) added Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (Windows) on Oct 27, 2002
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