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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: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. Jan 3, 2011
    76
    Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a really good racing-game on the Nintendo Wii. It convinces with the typical NfS-feeling, a 4-player-splitscreen-mode, and a lot of different cars.
  2. Dec 12, 2010
    72
    While sharing the title with the new episode available for HD consoles, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit for the Wii looks like a completely different game: simpler in many ways, but packed with a good number of events and game modes.
  3. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Mar 6, 2011
    58
    Lacks any real impact. [Jan 2011, p.80]
  4. Dec 19, 2010
    44
    This game feels like an afterthought to the next-gen versions.
  5. Jan 3, 2011
    40
    Far away different from the HD versions. No variety and bad graphics are the main flaws of this title. Recommended only if you're a huge fan of the Need for Speed franchise.
  6. Nintendo Gamer
    Feb 6, 2011
    39
    Poor AI, limps physics, forgettable track layouts and a general absence of excitement. [Christmas 2010, p.59]
  7. Jan 16, 2011
    30
    Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit on Wii is a very poor excuse for a racer that feels like a slap in the face compared to its PS3/Xbox 360 cousin.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 6 out of 9
  1. Feb 9, 2017
    9
    Uhmm.. not so sure why there's so many bad reviews..? But this game is awesome, at least that's what I think. Graphics are decent, gameplay isUhmm.. not so sure why there's so many bad reviews..? But this game is awesome, at least that's what I think. Graphics are decent, gameplay is great! I definitely recommend it! Playing it with the nunchuck or even the classic controller pro makes it easier to navigate. Expand
  2. Oct 18, 2021
    9
    While the graphic is horrible this is a fun game. Tracks are mostly nice, although they aren't really designed for the game at some point, carWhile the graphic is horrible this is a fun game. Tracks are mostly nice, although they aren't really designed for the game at some point, car variety is meh imo but atleast you got decent customization with a body kit, rims and livery editor (only HP Remastered had that too). Soundtrack takes songs from the HD version and adds 4 scrapped songs. Of course there is nostalgia talking here, but even today i can mostly still enjoy this game for what it is. Expand
  3. Jan 15, 2011
    7
    Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a remake of another great game of the same name. Being that it is a remake, it has to compete with its muchNeed for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a remake of another great game of the same name. Being that it is a remake, it has to compete with its much more classic brother, and I think it did well. First, the positive aspects of the game. It had fresh ideas that no other Need for Speed game has like power-ups, a Bentley, a McLaren, a Maserati, numerous police car models, and a close relation to the originals. Also, a variety of cars was offered making it a sensation to any particular car buff. Second, the negative aspects of the game. The graphics would be amazing if it were Nintendo Entertainment System game, but for a Nintendo Wii game, they are disgusting. The whole customization feature is a train wreck the reason being is that the rims all suck and you have one choice of body kit; so basically the choice is take it or leave it (and anyone who's not brain dead would leave it), and the paint job was not thought out very well and not at all user friendly. In the paint job portion of the game, you have to use the Wii icon to aim and every time you press the A button, it hits right below the place where you want to click (because when you hit the A button, the Wii remote goes down a little because you are pressing a button) so it totally screws you over. There is no replayability to this game, and it is absolutely not worth the $49.99 price tag. With that money, you could order 5 to 9 large pizzas depending on where you order from. Anyway, I know that this game has a really bad rap, and I mentioned a lot more negative aspects of the game than positive aspects; but this game has really good game play, cars, and, best of all, fresh ideas (which these are why I rated the game an seven out of ten). Although, I would take the 5 to 9 fresh large pizzas over the fresh ideas of this game any day! Expand
  4. Jan 17, 2012
    4
    While the people in Germany still accepts video games with any kind of graphics, the rest of the world have a high demand of those. Although iWhile the people in Germany still accepts video games with any kind of graphics, the rest of the world have a high demand of those. Although i accept the graphical detail is quite considerable, especially in the buildings, they come short due to the short and bad track design, as well as a bad implementation of distance viewing, since you can't see incoming objects from away, leading to expect multiple crashes between objects, and the use of memorization more than skill, since the controls are also very bad. The Wii Wheel mode is irresponsive, and drifting is very hard to control. Even steering is hard, since, for example, turning left leads to push the car a little to the right before finally turning. ¿Have the cars been programmed basing on badly damaged real-life ones?

    The AI, is one of the worst implemented in a video game of this genre. You can easily overcome them, and their behavior is almos like the same as the non-competing ones, leading to an unavoidable abscence of challenge that makes the game like a time-trial only racing game, which is boring if the game intends to be a competitive one, and even so if it lacks online multiplayer or at least leaderboards, like their advanced counterparts.

    On the good side, there are power-ups, in pure Blur fashion. The variety of them includes waves that push cars outside of the road (or at least stop them with crashes), police pursuit transfers, which makes you able to make the police pursue other cars instead of you, among other power-ups. But with the other problems, they fall short, since the hard controls and car behavior makes you get the undesired power-ups, which makes you anger!

    The customization. Oh man, the customization! It's like it was designed for 3 year olds recently learning to customize things. You can't upgrade your cars with new wheels (only their outer metal designs), engines, etc. there's a paint mode to apply stickers to the car, but the controls are hard to remember, and this way of customization makes your car still boring, even when you can't share the designs online, or by a JPEG photo, no-thing!

    This game is (maybe) perfect for 6 year olds in classic controller or GameCube controller mode, who are starting to enter the franchise of Need For Speed for the first time, since there they will know the basics of racing in a very good way. Other people? Avoid it at all costs! Run far, far away if you see it! And if you have one, select between gifting it to a kid, or incinerating it in fire, a la Angry Video Game Nerd, as he did it in the chimeney with the NES version of "WInter Games"
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  5. Jan 14, 2011
    2
    i hate the need for speed nitro style on wii, they should bring to us a new
    need for speed with the old need for speed carbon style (the best
    i hate the need for speed nitro style on wii, they should bring to us a new
    need for speed with the old need for speed carbon style (the best need for speed for wii (from 2006...)).
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  6. Dec 26, 2010
    2
    When I saw the trailer of the game I thought: "Wow, another great racing game with great graphics", but I was wrong. The graphics suck; thisWhen I saw the trailer of the game I thought: "Wow, another great racing game with great graphics", but I was wrong. The graphics suck; this game would have been a disappointment even for PS1 owners. After ten seconds of play I shut my Wii down. Even if this game would have an excellent control system, nobody is going to experience it. Expand
  7. Dec 18, 2010
    0
    This game is absolute bulls---t. It looks like the company went back in time to 2000 and brought this back to us. Its AWFUL! If you getThis game is absolute bulls---t. It looks like the company went back in time to 2000 and brought this back to us. Its AWFUL! If you get this for Christmas, you got the equivalent of coal, no you can keep warm with coal, this is worse than coal. $50? Its worthless! Expand

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#32 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2010
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#62 Most Shared Wii Game of 2010