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  • Summary: 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 copsBecome 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. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Killer aerial shots, intense chases, and a rock-infused soundtrack make for a heart-pounding ride. [18 Oct 2002, p.124]
  2. The sad thing is that even when you use high res modes such as 1280*1024, you still don't get anywhere near the feeling of a true photo-realistic ambience...All things considered, NfS: HP2 is one heck of racing experience.
  3. The game has an all around solid polished look, and still manages to retain a steady frame rate without any slowdown.
  4. It certainly is a good arcade-style driving game, but it's nowhere near as fun as the PlayStation 2 version.
  5. Overall I’m disappointed by the physics of this game.
  6. The ability to be the cop and call up backup such as the chopper and spike strips is a noble attempt but just not enough. They are fun to use but a few tweaks do not make a game.
  7. Computer Games Magazine
    60
    While it's great to see it return to the PC after a three-year absence, it doesn't reach the heights of previous editions. [Feb 2003, p.67]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. PashaSonic
    Feb 26, 2003
    10
    The best game ever!!!
  2. BanM.
    Apr 14, 2005
    10
    Really cool, and fun. Cool music too. TOTAL ACTION.
  3. Evan
    Nov 18, 2005
    10
    Sick Game! Super fun in every way. Try using a steering wheel it is so much fun. The cops are way funner in this game than in the first one Sick Game! Super fun in every way. Try using a steering wheel it is so much fun. The cops are way funner in this game than in the first one because they arent perfect. The only thing that could make this better is if my computer didnt crash when i was 70% or so done. Expand
  4. RicardoM.
    Nov 12, 2002
    9
    This game is the best of the EA Games. The cars are real we can chage the graphics, controls, etc. Do not forget the patch who is out now. This game is the best of the EA Games. The cars are real we can chage the graphics, controls, etc. Do not forget the patch who is out now. Well, what i have to say more? Is better than the Need For Speed 5 Porsche Unleashed but one problem: the cars. We can't addon different cars who is very bad. Expand
  5. SlawomirJ.
    Nov 26, 2002
    8
    Well, I give 8.5. If you like arcade racing then it's game for you. It's fast and action-filled. Graphics is fantastic (on GeForce4 Well, I give 8.5. If you like arcade racing then it's game for you. It's fast and action-filled. Graphics is fantastic (on GeForce4 Ti4200 and above). Expand
  6. Nov 1, 2013
    7
    This game isn't all that great. Porsche Unleashed is much better. The graphics are nice but the tracks and races are boring. The two cons areThis game isn't all that great. Porsche Unleashed is much better. The graphics are nice but the tracks and races are boring. The two cons are that some races are way too long and get frustrating when you're just about done and crash, and the tracks don't have enough stretch to go fast. What's the point of simulating a 500hp+ car when there's not enough room to max it out? Just when you're about to pass 200mph there's a sharp turn and you have to go back to 80mph. I found that very disappointing. Also there's a chase camera which is underdeveloped, it hurts your eyes when you play in that mode. The cars never get damaged and there are no ramps to jump off. Play Porsche or Underground instead. Expand
  7. Oct 21, 2018
    3
    The worst in the series. The cars are bad, the cops are bad, traffic modelling is a catastrophe, graphics are "not-so-good", career mode is aThe worst in the series. The cars are bad, the cops are bad, traffic modelling is a catastrophe, graphics are "not-so-good", career mode is a joke. But the worst is: physics. Unbelievable! Unbelievable! Never-ever saw a game that had physics this bad. To be honest, the game would be better without physics. It's not just the worst NFS ever, it's one of the worst racing games ever.

    Pros:
    - Tracks are quite nice
    - Uninstalls quickly

    Cons:
    - Physics
    - Poor car collection
    - Poor car modelling
    - Terrible traffic modelling
    - One of the worst AI ever
    - Cops
    - Career mode
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