Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
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  1. 100
    Between its ripping sense of speed, edge-of-the-seat gameplay, and impressively original and deep features, [its] glorious PS2 debut just smokes.
  2. Hot Pursuit not only gives you the keys to more than 20 exotic cars, it also gives you the unsurpassed joy of leaving traffic cops in the dust.
  3. GameNow
    Brings together all the best bits from every other driving game of the past five years. [A+; Nov 2002, p.64]
  4. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Has everything I've ever wanted from a sports car racing game: Cool rides, some of the best engine noises ever committed to a gaming sountrack and most importantly, a sense of incredible speed and power. [Nov 2002, p.186]
  5. From the second that they catch you in their radar, these boys are all over you like white on rice and these guys are not afraid of trading paint to put you into a guardrail or two. Just getting through the course without getting pinched is an accomplishment in itself.
  6. The soundtrack is exceptional, offering rock and techno play-lists, and a fully customizable jukebox feature letting you filter any tunes or even whole genres however you like.
  7. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    One of the most wicked arcade-racing games I've ever played. [Nov 2002, p.284]
  8. Very few racing games in the past few years have actually been thoroughly invigorating, and this title comes through in the clutch to deliver a singular racing experience that is nearly unmatched.
  9. The best arcade racer to hit the PS2. With it's combination of really fun gameplay, good delivery, terrific tracks and robust modes, this is definitely worthy of gracing the collection of any console racing fan.
  10. An amazing game, which is much better than its predecessors on the PC.
  11. Quite simply, the best arcade racer in years and a worthy follow-up to its PlayStation granddaddy...if you have a PS2, that is.
  12. GMR Magazine
    Strangely, the best version is on the least-powerful hardware. [Feb 2003, p.93]
  13. Cheat Code Central
    It's fast, furious and one of the best times I've had playing vid in a long time.
  14. PSM Magazine
    Phenomenal tracks, control, and police interaction combine to create one of the most unique and challenging arcade racers ever - and the best on PS2. [Oct 2002, p.26]
  15. 90
    It has an excellent reward structure to keep the player motivated through all of those challenges.
  16. netjak
    To be dead honest with you all, I can’t think of a single major flaw in this game.
  17. 89
    The best arcade racing game available for the PlayStation 2.
  18. Game Informer
    Others, like myself, will instantly fall in love with the intense adrenaline rush of the chase, and be able to play this game all day and night. [Oct 2002, p.80]
  19. It might lack the polish to be genius, but there aren't many more enjoyable or expansive driving games. [GamesMaster]
  20. Not only one of the best games in this long-running series, but also one of the fastest, most visceral, and most polished racing games currently available for Sony's console.
  21. The most appealing aspect is the game's length. Hot Pursuit 2 is one of the longest racing games out there.
  22. The graphics are sweet, and the racing is sweeter still. Its pure, unashamed, high-energy fun, and it lasts for ages!
  23. Entertainment Weekly
    Killer aerial shots, intense chases, and a rock-infused soundtrack make for a heart-pounding ride. [18 Oct 2002, p.124]
  24. 80
    Probably no other racing game this year will deliver as much heart-pounding fun.
  25. Play Magazine
    The visuals at work here are arguably the best ever in high-speed, open-highway gameplay, especially considering the self-induced slow motion and course study, which is wicked cool. [Oct 2002, p.84]
  26. Far and away the fastest and most furious arcade racer available for the PS2.
  27. Though its graphics aren't as pretty as "Burnout 2's," HP2 delivers the goods: intense races, cool real-life cars being driven at law-breaking speeds, hundreds of virtual miles of terrain over which to race, a pumping soundtrack.
  28. Whilst definitely not monumental, it’s a fair distraction that’s in need of a bit of a boost.
  29. Although Hot Pursuit 2 is an excellent racer, well worth buying and stuffed with many hours of gameplay, "Burnout 2" is all that and more, without having to obey strict license agreements regarding damage.
  30. Offers a impressive amount of arcade-style fun bolstered by the number and variety of courses, challenging Hot Pursuit mode, and excellent lineup of vehicles.

Awards & Rankings

#13 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 170 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 170
  1. SamB.
    Jun 19, 2004
    The Best!
  2. Aug 10, 2014
    One of my favorite racers of all time. Plenty of cars and modes to play around with. My personal favorites are " You're the cop" and raceOne of my favorite racers of all time. Plenty of cars and modes to play around with. My personal favorites are " You're the cop" and race knock outs. My only problem with this game is the track selection. It's one of those games that simply reverses a track and calls it new. I don't have a huge problem with that just when there are 6-7 sceneries it gets old seeing the same thing after a while. Everything else is pretty much flawless with this game. Full Review »
  3. Oct 3, 2010
    The game builds on the first one and while it didn't feel as fresh it was still a nice ride and any fan of the racing genre that is lookingThe game builds on the first one and while it didn't feel as fresh it was still a nice ride and any fan of the racing genre that is looking for a fun arcade racer should pick this up. Full Review »