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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (Windows)

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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 One of the two default behind car views.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows Busted! During the busting, the animation takes place in-game.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows Your character in the car is animated to the point that he will switch gears when the engine actually switches gears.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Windows A police car begins the chase

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

The Press Says

GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2002 86 out of 100 86
Score Dec, 2002 83 out of 100 83
Game Captain Nov 05, 2002 82 out of 100 82
4Players.de Nov 01, 2002 82 out of 100 82
ActionTrip Oct 23, 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
GameZone Nov 01, 2002 7.7 out of 10 77
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Oct 28, 2002 75 out of 100 75
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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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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Corn Popper (69651) added Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (Windows) on Oct 27, 2002
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