Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Wii

Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
Buy On
  1. Dec 19, 2010
    44
    This game feels like an afterthought to the next-gen versions.
  2. Jan 3, 2011
    40
    Far away different from the HD versions. No variety and bad graphics are the main flaws of this title. Recommended only if you're a huge fan of the Need for Speed franchise.
  3. Nintendo Gamer
    Feb 6, 2011
    39
    Poor AI, limps physics, forgettable track layouts and a general absence of excitement. [Christmas 2010, p.59]
  4. Jan 16, 2011
    30
    Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit on Wii is a very poor excuse for a racer that feels like a slap in the face compared to its PS3/Xbox 360 cousin.

Awards & Rankings

#34 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2010
#55 Most Shared Wii Game of 2010
User Score
3.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 5 out of 7
  1. Jan 14, 2011
    2
    i hate the need for speed nitro style on wii, they should bring to us a new
    need for speed with the old need for speed carbon style (the best
    i hate the need for speed nitro style on wii, they should bring to us a new
    need for speed with the old need for speed carbon style (the best need for speed for wii (from 2006...)).
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  2. Nov 19, 2010
    0
    This is not the game that has been advertised. Trailers show the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, which are literally different games. The graphicsThis is not the game that has been advertised. Trailers show the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, which are literally different games. The graphics on the Wii version are a joke. It does not even have the same tracks. I am not saying that the game is heavily modified from what you see in the trailers. I am saying that despite the same box art and the same name, you are buying an entirely different game.

    I commute for 1.5 - 2 hours a day, so I don't have any desire to drive for the sake of driving. I got this game expecting the thrill of driving supercars on the open road. Instead, I found myself literally navigating a traffic jam in a Subaru. Let me list the reasons that my daily commute in New Jersey is better than this game.

    1 -- Scenery. Even aside from the wretched graphics, the scenery itself is horrendous. On my daily commute, I can see trees and appreciate the changing fall foliage, or a light dusting of snow in winter. The worst part of my commute is when I take the Pulaski Skyway and have **** cut me off while I stare at a dreary urban wasteland of gray concrete and steel. This perfectly describes the entire game in NFS: Hot Pursuit for the Wii. The game is not set in the "open world" of "Seacrest County" as the website clearly states here: http://hotpursuit.needforspeed.com/game-info This is a lie -- EA is lying when they say this. This game is set in various cities (Dubai, Las Vegas, etc.) which all look identically awful. After playing Hot Pursuit for an hour, you will find yourself wondering whether humanity has gone down the wrong path.

    2 -- Cars. I like my 1997 Ford Taurus. It is a fine car for the job of commuting to and from work. The cars that I played in Hot Pursuit handle like refrigerators with elephants nailed to them, being pelted with other elephants. I say that after only playing two cars, because after an hour and forty minutes of playing the game, that was all I had. At the start of the game, you buy one car and then must earn money to get others. This would not be so bad if you had a decent car -- but you have to choose from a Mazda RX-8, a Camaro, a Challenger, and a Charger. I do not want to drive any of these cars. I can see them on my daily commute, but I would rather have my car, because owning a Camaro just says "I can't afford a Lamborghini," and that's exactly what it's like to play Hot Pursuit. It reminds me that life is just one big disappointment. You could say that I'm not being fair because I didn't play the whole game and unlock all the cars. But in order to get to the Pagani Zonda, I would have to slog through traffic jams for hours and hours and hours in a **** car, just because some executive say I have to. If I'm going to do that, I might as well just drive to work, earn money, and buy a real car. I got this game in order to enjoy driving supercars. I'm not saying that they should give you every car right off the bat -- I can appreciate unlockables. But they should at least give you one supercar to try out in the beginning, then let you unlock the rest. If I wanted to drive a Camaro, I could go out and buy one because they are not really that expensive. But I do not want to drive a Camaro -- I want to drive a Bugatti Veyron, and the only way I will be able to do that is in the fantasy land of video games. I have already paid for the game -- I do not want to have to do the equivalent of $2,000 worth of work (at my hourly rate) to start to have fun. At least on my commute I am not tantalized by supercars that I can't drive. I see a lot of Camaros, but I don't want them, so it's okay with me.

    3 -- Traffic. After heroically battling the traffic on my way home from work, I was delighted to find NFS: Hot Pursuit in my mailbox. Finally, a fun driving experience. After I popped it in, I was horrified to see that there is a game mode called "Rush Hour." In it, you must battle your way through a mess of 100 cars in order to get to first place. And, just like a real traffic jam, it's impossible to get around it. You have to play through every mode, on every track, to progress through the game. When I am sitting in a real traffic jam, I can at least try to relax and remind myself that it's not such a big deal if I'm a few minutes later than I had planned. I can listen to some pleasant music. In Hot Pursuit, by contrast, I must constantly try to drive like enough of an **** to push everyone out of my way and get to the front of the pack. What are we teaching our children? And the music is god-awful. At least there is an option to turn it off. Come to think of it, that is also an option for the game in general. Even in the regular racing mode, there is street traffic. If I lose a race, I want it to be because I did not race well -- not because I happened to get stuck behind a city bus, as I did during my commute only minutes before I started to play this game.

    Well, I'm out of characters, so check out my review on Amazon for the rest.
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  3. Feb 9, 2017
    9
    Uhmm.. not so sure why there's so many bad reviews..? But this game is awesome, at least that's what I think. Graphics are decent, gameplay isUhmm.. not so sure why there's so many bad reviews..? But this game is awesome, at least that's what I think. Graphics are decent, gameplay is great! I definitely recommend it! Playing it with the nunchuck or even the classic controller pro makes it easier to navigate. Full Review »