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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.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. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Dec 11, 2010
    91
    When the online modes work, they really sing, allowing for hours to slip away into tons of entertaining crashes and near-misses. Unfortunately, they can also be extremely broken.
  2. Jan 11, 2011
    91
    Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a really good racing game with great graphics and gameplay. The only flaw is that there is no opportunity to tune your car like in Need for Speed Underground 2.
  3. PC Format
    Jan 29, 2011
    91
    Intoxicating. [Jan 2011, p.104]
  4. Dec 20, 2010
    86
    This is not only a Need for Speed how it should be, it's also a nod to the best part of the series. What a car park! Those car chases! And the rush of speed. And online it's even better.
  5. Jan 12, 2011
    82
    Criterion Games hits the old and trusty NfS-Series with a welcome and refreshing blast from the past. It offers fast and furious oldschool-action, plenty of mileage and an overall good ride. A lack of modes, some rather bland racetypes, the always present rubberband-A.I. and a lack of challenge bothered us. But overall we liked what Hot Pursuit had to offer. A lot!
  6. Jan 12, 2011
    82
    NFS Hot Pursuit will not reinvent the genre but it is great fun and perfect for quick races inbetween. If you aren't the competetive type however the game starts to lack soon.
  7. Jan 3, 2011
    70
    This NFS/Burnout hybrid reminds me of Split/Second – it is simple, fast, spectacular, and lasts a week at best.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 152
  2. Negative: 58 out of 152
  1. Nov 22, 2010
    10
    I was waiting for something like this, an old-like NFS, and it's seems that EA listened to me. AWESOME graphics, scenery, cars, crashes,I was waiting for something like this, an old-like NFS, and it's seems that EA listened to me. AWESOME graphics, scenery, cars, crashes, EVERYTHING looks gorgeous. The only thing that I can regret for, is the "impossibility" of change things, such as graphics, driving helps, etc. But I think they will fix it, with some kind of patch. But in spite of that, it's a great game. Congratulations EA! Expand
  2. Oct 13, 2014
    10
    The thing that most people crack down on NFS Hot Pursuit are the controls. Honestly, who uses a keyboard to play a racing game? I have usedThe thing that most people crack down on NFS Hot Pursuit are the controls. Honestly, who uses a keyboard to play a racing game? I have used the keyboard myself and I have to say, IT'S AWFULLY HORRENDOUS. But is that how you're supposed to drive in real life? Using A and D to go left or right? No. I say, get an Xbox 360 Wired controller and you'll already have an amazing experience driving this masterpiece. This graphics are still amazing. The controls (now with the 360 Wired controller) is pretty damn tight, especially the drifting. The control of your car is definitely the best reason to buy this game. It just feels so BUTTERY SMOOTH. The physics engine...... seriously the cars act like 1 Kilogram ragdolls when they're busted. Online is nice. The framerate may drop significantly, interfering with gameplay. Awesome music. But overall, it's the best LATEST NFS. (Emphasis on LATEST). Just don't play this with a keyboard, you'll regret it. PLAY WITH A JOYPAD!!!!!! Expand
  3. Feb 9, 2012
    9
    Bring back the old parts of the atmosphere. Expensive cars, speeding wildly, police officers, wonderful landscapes, beautiful graphics. TheBring back the old parts of the atmosphere. Expensive cars, speeding wildly, police officers, wonderful landscapes, beautiful graphics. The Criterion games did a good job.

    One disadvantage is that sometimes it can be difficult.
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  4. Dec 1, 2010
    6
    Just wanted to express my disappointment about this game. I expected NFS not Burnout. Constant over-steering in corners, unstoppable catch-upJust wanted to express my disappointment about this game. I expected NFS not Burnout. Constant over-steering in corners, unstoppable catch-up AI and a steering that's reacting so slowly that one might think they brought this game out just to annoy people. Cant say anything against graphics and sound. Also haven't had any technical problems. But the contrast to SHIFT is just immense. Cant recommend it to any racing gamer. Expand
  5. Nov 20, 2010
    4
    They've managed to catch the "Hot Pursuit" spirit and looks, in fact, sometimes it even looks like remade NFS:HP2. However, the gameplayThey've managed to catch the "Hot Pursuit" spirit and looks, in fact, sometimes it even looks like remade NFS:HP2. However, the gameplay department has nothing to do with the NFS franchise. It is about ridiculous power drifts that take place easily, and unresponsive cars that have a hard time turning. It should have been called Burnout: Hot Pursuit, because it does play like that.

    As a PC game, it's a weak port. Graphical options are resolution, shadow detail and motion blur on/off. It does run well on mid range computers, but it has unexplainable stutters even on powerful rigs. Oh, and IT DOES NOT SUPPORT AA.

    If you liked Burnout, this might be the charm for you, if you are a hardcore Most Wanted/Underground fan, skip this.
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  6. Jul 28, 2013
    3
    Huge disappointment of a game for 3 big reasons and thousands of little reasons:

    1. No graphics options for the PC (as usual from EA). if
    Huge disappointment of a game for 3 big reasons and thousands of little reasons:

    1. No graphics options for the PC (as usual from EA). if it wont run well its either turn down the resolution or remove the shadows?!

    2. Physics is awful. Im all for arcade style racers but the direction controls are there to direct how much drift you get rather than actually turning corners.

    3. Loads of little annoyances such as 14 seconds into a game, i've just reached 100mph in my BMW M3. I swear it said it did 0-60 in 4.2. you can never get ahead of the competition. they ALWAYS catch up! doesnt matter what car you have, its the looks and sounds that differ, handling, speed and acceleration are the same.

    The old NFS's were great as arcade racers so buy them instead.
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  7. Apr 5, 2019
    0
    This game had me quit and uninstall it after mere 5 hours of playing it. I WANTED to like it, because i love driving games, cop 'n robbersThis game had me quit and uninstall it after mere 5 hours of playing it. I WANTED to like it, because i love driving games, cop 'n robbers type action and on top of that it's made by Criterion. Except that it takes all what was executed well in Burnout, throws it away and delivers total utter garbage. The only positive I can find is that the graphics look nice. Presentation is bland at best, cutscenes and loading sequences are unskippable, monotonous and infuriating, no customization, no manual shift, cars of the same class all handle the same despite being RWD, FWD or AWD and they all drive like motorboats, downright cheating rubberbanding AI that makes your driving skill irrelevant, boring and repetitive tracks with no personality and finally horrible invasive always on DRM even for single player. If you have any love for yourself, stay away. They still have the guts to charge $15 for it (on steam) in 2019. Expand

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