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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (Windows)

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Advertising Blurbs

www.xbox.com:
    Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 stays true to the heritage of housing a stable of over 20 exclusive and exotic cars from the world's most coveted licensors including Ferrari™, Porsche® and Lamborghini™, to name a few. The game includes a variety of open road environments that truly come to life, consisting of river crossings, waterfalls, beaches, volcanoes and bush fires. Over 20 courses, some of which are more than 15 miles long, provide the widest variety of driving challenges. Animated drivers and cops give life to the drivers within the game, bringing added emotion to the world of these exotic super cars. Become the king of the road by conquering numerous racing events, all carrying rewards such as cars, tracks and high performance model upgrades. The game challenges the driver to dodge traffic, police and natural elements in high speed and high style... true NFS style! Be The Cop mode lets players actually get behind the wheel of a police car and attempt to bust those pesky law-breakers. For added multiplayer enjoyment, square off against a friend to see if justice can be served.

    • Over 20 of the most coveted licensed exotics including the Lamborghini Murcielago and Ferrari 360 Spider.
    • A variety of modes including Challenge, Hot Pursuit, Championship, Top Cop and "Be The Cop" mode, and over 90 events!
    • Realistic, detailed environments bring to life elements from the real world – rain, bush fires, sun beams, dust storms and more.
    • Manoeuvring exotic super cars through traffic and police at upwards of 200 mph puts you on the edge of your seat.
    • Open world environments and shortcuts allow for intense off-road excitement.
    • Hot licensed music keeps the adrenaline pumping.
    • Two-player split screen multiplayer support.

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (14586) on Sep 23, 2010.

"Nintendo Winter 2002" promotional booklet - GameCube:
    Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 houses a stable of exclusive and exotic cars from the world's most coveted licensors including Ferrari, Porsche, and Lamborghini. Drive these cars through Hollywood-styled chases to become the ultimate road racer, then unlock the reward of your choice with the points you collect. But it won't be easy, the opponent racers and the police have distinct and unique driving styles challenging the player to make split-second decisions in order to beat the cops and win the race. For added fun, you can play as the cops and try to bust your friends.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on Feb 26, 2006.

www.nintendo.com.au – GameCube:
    If you have a craving for cars and a penchant for power, then get ready for a Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2, a stylish street racer for the Nintendo GameCube that challenges you to evade the police while dashing for the finish line.

    Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 is an arcade racer that is packed with shortcuts, full-throttle power slides, handbrake turns, and speeds reaching 320 kph.

    As you race through more than 20 courses you will be pursued by the boys in blue at every turn. The law-enforcement is relentless and will try anything to pull you over. They will ram you, cut you off and set up roadblocks, but fortunately you will be behind the wheel of some powerful street machines.

    Featuring 22 of the most coveted exotic cars on the planet, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 will let you ride a variety of dream cars. You will start with respectable rides like the Lotus Elise and Opel Speedster and work you way up to more fancy offerings from Ferrari, Porsche, and Lamborghini to name a few. It is a pleasing stable of the ultimate streetcars and you can even view vital technical data for each car, including engine specifications.

    Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 also provides fun multiplayer modes. Two players can go head-to-head via split screen on any unlocked course. There is even a Cop vs. Speeder option so one player can attempt to bring the other to justice.

    Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 is a fun arcade racer. Motoring enthusiasts will enjoy the selection of exotic cars. There is plenty to see and do for a single player and two players can give each other high-octane lessons.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (54193) on Oct 03, 2005.

www.nintendo.com – GameCube:

    Don't know what "brake" means? Sorry, you won't learn here.



    If you have a craving for cars and a penchant for power, then get ready for a Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2, a stylish street racer for the Nintendo GameCube that challenges you to evade the police while dashing for the finish line.

    Beat the Heat

    Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 is an arcade racer that is packed with shortcuts, full-throttle power slides, and speeds reaching 200 mph. As with most racers, you apply the gas and brake with the A and B buttons respectively. You can also use the handbrake or initiate a controlled slide. At the beginning of each race you can choose either Automatic or Manual Transmission, but beginners should stick with auto at first.

    As you race through over 20 courses you will be pursued by the boys in blue at every turn. The law-enforcement is relentless and will try anything to pull you over. They will ram you, cut you off and set up roadblocks, but fortunately you will be behind the wheel of some powerful street machines.

    Featuring 22 of the most coveted exotic cars on the planet, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 will let you ride a variety of dream cars. You will start with respectable rides like the Lotus Elise and Opel Speedster and work you way up to more fancy offerings from Ferrari, Porsche, and Lamborghini to name a few. It is a pleasing stable of the ultimate streetcars and you can even view vital technical data for each car, including engine specifications.

    Game Modes

    You can compete in more than 60 different events in the two single-player modes, Hot Pursuit and Championship. In each event, you can earn a Bronze, Silver or Gold medal in each event. Perfectionists will want to return to past events and go for the gold to unlock new cars and tracks.

    The Hot Pursuit mode lets you compete in a branching ladder of 33 events on your way to becoming the Ultimate Road Racer. In this mode, the law will be breathing down your neck the whole way so you'll soon find out if you have what it takes make them eat your dust.

    The more traditional Championship mode challenges you to race the open roads, but without the threat of getting busted by the cops. You will, however have to fend off competing racers.

    Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 also provides fun multiplayer modes. Two players can go head-to-head via split screen on any unlocked course. There is even a Cop vs. Speeder option so one player can attempt to bring the other to justice. Choose your car wisely or you'll get burned by an opponent with more vehicular muscle.

    Graphics

    The deftly rendered cars in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 still have their showroom shine, so you'll see reflections of the scenery as you drive by. You will even leave a dusty trail when you take an off-road shortcut. The awkward crash animations are slightly less impressive. Watching your wheels spin on end a dozen times or more gets old fast.

    When being pursued at high speeds visibility is important. Fortunately, you have a choice of three camera angles. A nice rear-view mirror is also included so you can check out the course ahead and the heat behind at the same time.

    Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 is a fun arcade racer. Motoring enthusiasts will enjoy the selection of exotic cars. There is plenty to see and do for a single player and two players can give each other high-octane lessons. With the cool police-chase theme, Need for Speed 2: Hot Pursuit proves more fun than yet another sequel to Smokey and the Bandit. Sorry, Burt Reynolds.

    This game has been rated "E" (Everyone) by the independent Entertainment Software Rating Board. Progress is saved to a Memory Card (not included).

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (54193) on Sep 11, 2005.

www.electronic-arts.de - GameCube/PlayStation 2/Windows/Xbox:
    Dieses Spiel wird nicht mehr hergestellt.

    Rasante Rennaction im Arcade-Stil mit Weltklasse-Sportwagen - das waren von jeher die Werte der NEED FOR SPEED-Serie. Mit Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 kehrt nun die legendäre Serie zurück - so spektakulär wie nie zuvor! Tauchen sie ein in ein völlig neuartiges Rennerlebnis im Arcade-Stil.

    Selbstredend steht auch hier wieder eine exklusive Auswahl an reinrassigen und exotischen Sportwagen weltbekannter Hersteller wie z. B. Ferrari, Porsche® und Lamborghini im Fuhrpark. Also rein in den Wagen und ab auf die Strasse.

    Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 knüpft an legendäre Features an und bietet rasante Rennaction im Arcade-Stil. Rase durch eine Vielzahl von vollkommen realistisch wirkenden Landschaften mit rauschenden Wasserfällen, tollen Stränden, speienden Vulkanen, heftigen Waldbränden und vielem mehr.

    Die mehr als 20 Strecken, teilweise länger als 15 Meilen,, sind enorme Herausforderungen für jeden Rennspielfan. Animierte Fahrer und Cops bringen Leben ins Spiel und in die Welt dieser exotischen Luxuskarossen.

    Der Spieler kann zum König der Straßen werden, indem er zahlreiche Rennen gewinnt, denn für jeden Sieg bekommt er Preise wie Autos, neue Strecken und Upgrades für die Hochleistungsmodelle. Das Spiel fordert vom Fahrer viel Geschick beim Umgehen von Verkehrsaufkommen, Polizeiwagen und Naturkatastrophen bei Höchstgeschwindigkeit - eben typisch Need For Speed!

    In dem Modus "Sei ein Cop" steigt der Spieler hinter das Steuer eines Polizeiwagens und muss versuchen, die Gesetzesbrecher zu jagen. Zusätzlichen Multiplayer-Spaß bietet dieses Feature, wenn der Spieler seine eigenen Freunde jagen und der Gerechtigkeit Genüge tun muss.

    Features:

    • Mehr als 20 weltbekannte Luxuskarossen, einschließlich Lamborghini Murcielago und Ferrari 360 Spider.
    • Rasante Action beim Manövrieren der exotischen Rennwagen durch dichten Verkehr und Polizeikontrollen mit über 300 km/h.
    • Offene Streckenführung und Abkürzungen bieten intensiven Off-Road-Fahrspaß.
    • Viele verschiedene Modi, unter anderem die Modi Herausforderung, Hot Pursuit, Championship, Top Cop und Sei ein Cop.
    • Realistische und detaillierte Landschaften verbessern den Fahrspaß und die Rennatmosphäre - Regenschauer, Waldbrände, Sonnenstrahlen und Sandstürme.
    • Über 90 Events für die den Nintendo GameCube
    • Heiße Rhythmen lizenzierter Musik erhöhen den Adrenalinspiegel.
    • Multiplayer-Unterstützung durch geteilten Bildschirm für zwei Spieler.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66224) on Jun 26, 2005.

Electronic Arts UK website - PlayStation 2:

    Satisfy your need for speed in a dream machine.



    Need for Speed’ (NFS) is back and better than ever in Need For Speed’ Hot Pursuit 2! Engage in the next generation thrill of arcade racing with the spiritual successor to the highly acclaimed, award winning Need for Speed’ III Hot Pursuit.

    Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 stays true to the heritage of housing a stable of over 20 exclusive and exotic cars from the world’s most coveted licensors including Ferrari’, Porsche® and Lamborghini’… to name a few.

    FEATURES

  • Over 20 of the most coveted licensed exotics including the Lamborghini Murcielago and Ferrari 360 Spider.

  • Maneuvering exotic super cars through traffic and police at upwards of 200 mph puts you on the edge of your seat.

  • Open world environments and shortcuts allow for intense off-road excitement.

  • A variety of modes including Challenge, Hot Pursuit, Championship, Top Cop and Be The Cop mode.

  • Realistic, detailed environments bring to life elements from the real world - rain, brush fires, sun beams, dust storms and more.

  • There are over 60 events in the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.

  • Hot licensed music keeps the adrenaline pumping.

  • Two-player split screen multiplayer support.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66224) on Jun 17, 2004.

Press Release:

    THE PURSUIT IS ON AS EA RELEASES
    NEED FOR SPEED HOT PURSUIT 2



    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., October 8, 2002 – Do you feel it? Do you feel the need for speed? Well, buckle up as EA announced today the North American release of Need For Speed’ Hot Pursuit 2 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox’ video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube’. The PC version will shortly follow on Monday, October 21.

    Staying true to the legendary “Need For Speed” franchise, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 features the world’s most sought after exotics … with the added intensity of “Johnny Law” as similarly featured in the spiritual predecessor, Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit. The cops are back, but bigger than ever! Players can jump behind the wheels of 23 vehicles and 10 police variations including the speedy Lamborghini Murcielago’ and the popular Ferrari 360 Spider’. Skilled drivers will need to push their RPMs all the way to the finish line within a variety of challenging tracks and detailed environments including National Forest and the 13-mile long Tropical Sunset track.

    Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 includes four gameplay modes: Quick Race, Single Challenge, Championship and Hot Pursuit. In Hot Pursuit mode, players must out-maneuver the cops and do their best to evade police pursuit tactics such as multiple cruisers, roadblocks, spike-strips and even armed helicopters ready to put an end to those law-breaking joyriders. All versions of Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 will also feature new multiplayer head-to-head racing and “cop versus speeder” mode.

    About the PlayStation2® version This version features 15 tracks (30 total variations) and two career event trees (62 events total) where players can unlock rewards including new vehicles and tracks. Revolutionary “zone cams” enhance the pursuit and absorb the players into the action. The PlayStation2 console version is developed by EA Black Box.

    About the Xbox’, Nintendo GameCube’ and PC versions These three versions feature 12 tracks (48 variations) and two career event trees, for a grand total of 66 events. After completing each event, players will be rewarded with points that can be used to unlock new vehicles and tracks. The PC version will support up to eight-player LAN/Internet racing. The Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and PC versions are developed by EA Seattle.

    Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 is rated “E” (Everyone) and carries an MSRP of $49.99. For more information, visit the official product website at: www.needforspeed.com. Additional information can be found on the press website at www.info.ea.com.

    ABOUT ELECTRONIC ARTS Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of more than $1.7 billion for fiscal 2002. The company is the leading software developer for video game systems including the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the PlayStation, Nintendo GameCube’, Xbox’ video game system from Microsoft, personal computers and the Internet. The company publishes and distributes software worldwide. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS’, EA SPORTS BIG’, EA GAMES’ and EA.COM.



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    Contributed by skl (1140) on Feb 28, 2004.

EA Games Brochure (Australia):
    Need for Speed is back & faster than ever in Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2! Engage in the next generation thrill of arcade racing.

    Key Features
    • Featuring our local heroes, the Holden HSV Coupe & the Ford TS50.
    • Exotic cars from the world's most coveted licensors including Ferrari, Porsche & Lamborghini... to name a few.
    • Realistic, detailed enviornments bring to life elements from the real world - rain, brush fires, sunbeams, & dust storms.
    • "Be the Cop" mode lets you get behind the wheel of a police car & attempt to bust those pesky lawbreakers.

    Contributed by Kartanym (10775) on May 14, 2003.

EA.com:
    Hot Pursuit Is Back!

    Need for Speed (NFS) is back and faster than ever in Need For SpeedÂ’ Hot Pursuit 2! Engage in the next generation thrill of arcade racing with the spiritual successor to the highly acclaimed, award winning Need For Speed III Hot Pursuit.

    Drafting on its award-winning legacy, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 stays true to the heritage of housing a stable of exclusive and exotic cars from the world's most coveted licensors including Ferrari’, Porsche® and Lamborghini’... to name a few.

    Become the "Champion Road Racer" by conquering numerous racing events, all carrying rewards such as: cars, tracks and high performance upgrades. The game challenges the driver to dodge traffic, police and natural elements in high speed and high style... true NFS style! Evade any cops encountered, as getting busted just might end your career.

    Contributed by Kartanym (10775) on Feb 28, 2003.

Inside of Box - Windows:

    Outrun the cops in the hottest cars on the planet!



  • Join the pursuit and try to bust speeders. Call for cruiser and chopper support and bring the super-fast exotics to a screeching halt.

  • Hollywood-style chases keep the adrenaline flowing.

  • Tenacious law enforcement goes all out with ramming cruisers, road blocks, spike strips, and attack choppers.

  • Realistic damage shows the price of winning.

  • Beautifully detailed tracks with many shortcuts and alternative routes to help you lose the cops.

  • Feel the ultimate rush as you break 200 mph.

    Choose any vehicle in this dream car line-up:
  • Ferrari 360 Spider
  • Lamborghini Murcielago
  • Porsche Carrera GT (concept version)
  • McLaren F1
  • Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
  • Jaguar XKR
  • Mercedes CLK GTR
  • BMW Z8
  • Dodge Viper GTS
  • Corvette Z06
  • Ford SVT Mustang Cobra R
  • HSV Coupe GTS
  • Lotus Elise
  • Opel Speedster
  • Vauxhall VX220
  • And many more...

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69780) on Oct 29, 2002.

Back of Box - Windows:

    Dream Machines Getaway Speeds



    All-Out Police Pursuit

    Stunning Supercars

    Online Multiplayer Competition

    Be the Cop

    Open-Road Thrills

  • Own the road in the world's most elite exotics - Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren and more

  • Intense police pursuit with full squads of cruisers, choppers, and road blocks.

  • Immense, richly-detailed open-road courses.

  • Choose your own reward path: Unique unlock system for cars, tracks, and more!

  • Hot EA GAMES Trax including Bush, Uncle Kracker, Rush, Course of Nature, and Hot Action Cop.

    Bonus Online Racing**
    Includes access to Need For Speed Top Speed mini-game.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69780) on Oct 29, 2002.

Back of Box - PlayStation 2:

    Dream Machines Getaway Speeds



    Open-Road Thrills

    Stunning Supercars

    Be the Cop

    All-Out Police Pursuit

    Head-to-Head Competition

  • Own the road in the world's most elite exotics - Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, and more

  • Intense police pursuit with full squads of cruisers, choppers, and road blocks.

  • Immense, richly-detailed open-road courses.

  • Choose your own reward path: Unique unlock system for cars, tracks, and more!

  • Hot EA GAMES Trax including Bush, Uncle Kracker, Rush, Course of Nature, and Hot Action Cop.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69780) on Oct 27, 2002.