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  • Summary: Need for Speed Hot Pursuit players will experience the thrill of the chase and the rush of the escape as they play through full careers as both a cop and a racer – solo or connected. The blistering speeds, brutal busts and heart-stopping getaways are all connected via Need for Speed Autolog. This network not only connects friends for epic head-to head pursuits and races, but also enables players to compare performances and stats, thereby setting the stage for the ultimate in friendly competition. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 73
  2. Negative: 1 out of 73
  1. Dec 19, 2010
    100
    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.
  2. Dec 19, 2010
    93
    With the exception of some overly long load screens and a bit of snapback computer AI, there's not much about Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit that's hard to recommend.
  3. Dec 11, 2010
    90
    Just the simple chance to be able to get behind the wheel of a car that controls like a ballistic missile with cup holders and a stereo, and do all you can to contradict the stern message of TV shows like Police, Camera, Action that high speed police pursuits aren't the coolest thing in the world is worth the price of admission on its own. In fact, the only potential crime that could be committed here would be if you allowed Hot Pursuit to escape your attentions.
  4. Jan 11, 2011
    90
    Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit bend together the best features of two epic arcade franchise like Burnout and Need For Speed in a game that has an accessible, funny and solid gameplay structure. And then there is Autolog, the best multiplayer system ever made for an arcade game that instantly puts the player in constant challenge with thousand of other racers.
  5. Dec 19, 2010
    88
    While Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit's AI issues and lacking soundtrack keep it from racing perfection; it's still well worth your time, thanks to a huge online component and plenty of fast-paced racing action.
  6. Dec 19, 2010
    85
    The decision to let Criterion tackle the Need for Speed franchise has paid off massively. They've produced one of the simplest, yet endlessly engrossing racers of the generation, which is all down to their superb ability to balance how each race plays out.
  7. Dec 11, 2010
    25
    It's enough to make a fellow pine for the innocent days of yore, when Activision's Blur may have been a vehicle for Facebook nags, but at least it had the courtesy to include an actual game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 66
  2. Negative: 19 out of 66
  1. Nov 18, 2010
    10
    Well first off,the game DOESN'T beat Gran Turismo or Forza 3 but does give a comeback in years.. Hot Pursuit thumps and wrecks Shift in evry possible way.. The game has brought back the originality of the Need for Speed series and it really deserves recognition in every way necessary.. EA has crashed and burnt with this series but now they are croosing on the high way well done EA!!! It's an adrenaline rush from when you crash into an incoming car or use you speed boost to go to first!!!! If EA stuck with this who knows where they could of been right NOW!!!! Expand
  2. Nov 10, 2011
    10
    This is a good game. If you are a NFS fan and expect something like Underground or most wanted or something dont buy it. If you are a mainstream gamer that enjoys multiplayer or racing games that dont require that much brain power this is the game for you. I have 100% completion after 60 hours of gameplay and the multiplayer is a lot of fun but it can be frustrating sometimes. Expand
  3. Nov 30, 2010
    9
    The Good: Insanely addicting multiplayer, slick presentation, great sounds, unbelievably fun gameplay
    The Bad: virtually no customization
    options, limited single-player experience

    Graphics: 10 - One of the nicest looking games available, and yet the frame-rate is a good as it gets.
    Sound: 9 - Awesome sounds and good music, although the track selection could be better.
    Replay Value - 7 for single player, 10 for multi-player. This is a game meant to be played with others.

    Full Review below:

    When I heard that Criterion was going to develop this game, and that it was going to be an old-school Need for Speed game, I thought it was going to be awesome.

    Honestly, after playing the demo, I wasn't sure about this game. I was going to pre-order it, but ended up getting the newest Assassin's Creed game instead (a worthy purchase). I was going to wait until it ended up a GameStop or something used to get a better deal. I saw this game at Target (and Best Buy) for $35 in the Black Friday ads and decided to go for it. I waited in line for 2 hours to get this game. I wasn't sure if it was worth it...

    Believe me, it was. The demo did not do this game justice.

    Think Burnout meets old school Need for Speed. Cops vs. Racers. No story to get in the way, just good old-fashioned high-speed chases. Add some great cars, gorgeous visuals, and a silky-smooth framerate, and this game doesn't disappoint. Single player alone was worth the $35.00. The game modes are fun, especially the Hot Pursuit modes, where a group of racers try and out-run the cops. One great aspect of this game is that you can play both sides, and both sides are really fun. So it has a pretty good single-player mode. But it's multiplayer that makes this a killer game. Playing as either the cops or the racers in Hot Pursuit mode online is ridiculously fun, especially if you have a headset and can talk during the race. I haven't tried the other online modes yet, but Hot Pursuit mode is enough to keep me playing for months to come.

    The other really cool feature is known as Autolog. It's kinda like Facebook for your game. Autolog compares your times and achievements in single-player mode to those of your friends playing this game. It's a nice departure from traditional leaderboards that feature inhuman achievements made by the top players. I do wish they added some more customization options like those found in NFS: Most Wanted. It would be sick to be able to customize a police car. But these are just minor gripes.

    Bottom Line: If you don't have (or don't use) online access for your console of choice, you'll have some fun with this game, but your replay value will be limited (I would just rent it). However, if you play multiplayer with this game, you won't be able to put it down very easily. Be careful, as this game's multiplayer will eat up hours upon hours of your time.
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  4. Nov 20, 2011
    8
    The Game has the best Need for speed graphics to date, the cars handle great (Arcade Style) and the landscapes look amazing. When you step into a chase race, you really feel the music and the adrenaline that comes with it. Its the most rewarding cops and robbers car chase game there is. The matches work simple, you log in to the HUB where you see all your new and old matches waiting for you to click on. You can either be a Regular Racing Punk, or a Cop. You vehicle upgrades as well, the upgrading system does not work like NFS Most wanted. It upgrades with the time line of your matches that you've completed. There are plenty of cars to race with and plenty of matches to chase people. When you Step into a high level car chase on any of the sides (cops/punks) you are in for the ride of your Life.

    For the price of 30$ new this is well worth your money
    if you were looking for a new racing game and didn't get what you wanted from NFS THE RUN. Pick this game up. Its beautiful and riveting ------
    Cons No Open World Chases
    EA Pass needed to play Online.
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  5. Feb 22, 2012
    6
    If you like repetitive arcade racers that look good, but have terrible collision detection and AI that can pull turns on a dime, this is the game for you. Honestly, this game looks great and sounds great, but I cannot let the collision and AI problems go unnoticed considering this entire game is predicated on the concept of stopping racers or not being stopped by the cops. I have, on too many occasions, watched the AI blow through a called in road block, literally bumping the cop car out of the way, take no damage and keep going at full speed when it SHOULD have resulted in significant damage and slow down. I have, on too many occasions, t-boned a drifting car at top speed, as a police officer, only for the AI to take no damage and actually get bumped ahead. The AI never misses a shortcut or a drift, and can magically avoid traffic or simply glance off them (whereas if the player tries glancing off the car, it's damage and slow down). Multiplayer is equally a mess, with the collision detection problems magnified by lag. Maybe worth picking up now that it's in the greatest hits bin, but only if you like playing, essentially, the same tired things over and over with significant amounts of frustration. ||| @BillGR17: Sorry, I can't let this slide... This is NOT "the real Need for Speed". Go back and play the original NFS: Hot Pursuit on PC then come back and play this garbage. The difference is night and day. There was so much more to do in the original Hot Pursuit, and skill played a much larger factor. Not like this one where you have to be LUCKY to get in a position to outsmart the AI who can maneuver in ways you can't, regardless of control scheme. This game is absolutely bland compared to the original Hot Pursuit which, even though that game had its AI issues, was much closer to the ORIGINAL Need for Speed than this mess. This is Burnout Light with better graphics. Expand
  6. Jan 31, 2011
    4
    the game isn't great the car fell to heavy to drive no costumazation option lame open world and the game get quickly old after 9 hours one thing is good about the game is the graphics Expand
  7. Jul 24, 2011
    0
    OK. This game is RIDICULOUSLY HORRIBLE. The graphics are the only good thing about it. HOW DO U MAKE A RACING GAME WITHOUT MANUAL TRANSMISSION? SERIOUSLY?

    I was so unbelievably disappointed when i bought this game. If there was a way to give a negative rating, i would give this game a -500. Not only is there no manual transmission (as if that wasnt enough) it doesnt even have an adequate rating system for each car. The physics engine sucks. If you want a racing game, you need a good physics engine with MANUAL TRANSMISSION. I dont understand how difficult it would be for them to provide a patch for manual transmission. F**K EA and CRITERION. They shouldve used Most Wanted as a template.
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