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Average User Score: 7.7Mar 20, 2013Absolutely brilliant, moddable Need for Speed game. On PC with a driving wheel, it was amazing to drive around and run from cops chasing you,Absolutely brilliant, moddable Need for Speed game. On PC with a driving wheel, it was amazing to drive around and run from cops chasing you, to T-bone other cars so they would get booked by the ever present police. With this game you could either play as a racer, or a cop; and this simple detail is what made the game so fun.
The police were completely balanced, the helicopters dropped flaming (or smoking, rather) barrels in your path, calling for backup made another two police join the pursuit, and calling for spike traps spawned police and a spike strip in the middle of an avoidable road, if you knew the shortcuts.
The game had progression and you would earn money to unlock better and better cars, it didn't have an overly-aggressive customisation system, like the newer NFS titles, you picked the colour of the car you wanted to drive, and they were all gathered into 'classes', that you would only race against cars from that class. (Balanced also, mind you, the slowest car in a class could match the fastest car, if you were good enough.)
Playing as police was extremely fun, there were police-exclusive cars, whose speed and handling were near the top-rated car in each class, and you could ram into the racers to subdue them from damaging or just making them stop next to you. A skilled police officer could slide horizontally infront of cars to make them stop (a good racer can get out of this maneuver, but that's my secret and you can catch as many racers as you want in police mode, as 'on patrol' they keep spawning, and you get face against random cars, they take different shortcuts each time, it never gets old (and it's a very good way to learn the tracks.)
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2 had a wide selection of tracks to choose from, from Italian winding, hilly roads, to flatland perfect-for-speed demon straights, the library takes you from the mountainous alps, to the american woodland and you can race across the world in as many of the 2002-era exotic Opel Speedsters, Porsche Carreras and Lotus Elises as you want, not to mention the inclusion of many people's favourites, the Dodge Viper and Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
With Hot Pursuit 2 having open resource files, you can edit .ini files of any car to make it have as much (or as little) speed as you want, give each car 1kg of weight and watch them fly off the highway, or replace any car texture to whatever model or make of dishwasher you find on the internet.
This game gives countless hours of enjoyment and fun and earns from me a solid ten out of ten.… Expand