Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - PlayStation 3

ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (136 out of 144)

Product Details


  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Publisher: EA
  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Genre: Racing
  • Release Date: 11/16/2010

Synopsis


Fasten your seatbelt and get ready to drive like your life depends on it. Perilous mountains, arid deserts and thick forests threaten your safety at every turn as you speed through the extreme Seacrest County landscape — but the biggest hazard is hot on your tail. A cop chases you in reckless pursuit — a friend of yours until you turned away from the law. You feel the bullets from his high-powered weapons shattering your glass and whizzing past your ear, but you just stare at the course ahead, twist the steering wheel and throttle forward. It's a heart-stopping Hot Pursuit and your life's in danger at every moment. But you can't slow down now — freedom is just a few maneuvers away, and you have just one concern: the Need for Speed.

You've raced before, but you've never been in a chase like Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. This time, you can experience both the thrill of the chase and the rush of the escape all in one day as you get behind the wheel as both a cop and a law-breaking racer. All your races can be real-life competitions when you connect with your friends for online multiplayer action and compare performance and stats to up the stakes. Who will come out on top? In this Hot Pursuit, you have to prove you have the ability, guts and the Need for Speed.

Features


Experience the thrill of the chase from two different perspectives in cop and racer career paths

Need for Speed

Access the Autolog network to go head-to-head with friends in epic pursuits and races and set the stage for ultimate competition with stat and performance comparisons

Need for Speed

Autolog instinctively delivers challenges based on what your friends have been doing, creating a hugely dynamic, socially competitive experience

Earn bounty in both single-player career and online multiplayer modes to climb to higher levels and unlock new cars, weapons and equipment

Top-of-the-line cop weapons and edgy evasion equipment give you exciting ways to gain an advantage over your enemy in pursuit

Feel the power of busting suspects in supercharged cop interceptors like the Lamborghini Reventon or outsmarting the law as a racer in high-performance supercars like the Pagani Zonda Cinque

Explore the extreme, diverse environments of Seacrest County from the desert to the forest, from the seaside to mountainous regions and live an intense, challenging pursuit experience



Customer rating

4.5
95%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Top tier arcade racer

    Posted
    CravenDarkside
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Since I've burned 2 arcade-style racing games with scathing reviews, perhaps I should post reviews for what IMHO are good games. NFS:HP(2010) is certainly one. Even though I bought it when it released [price a bargain now] but hadn't gotten around to it (stuff happens...), and though I played it after playing through NFS:MW(2012) and Burnout Paradise, it holds up well: excellent graphics, excellent car selection, very good gameplay, some very good courses, and for the most part [the reason any game is played] - downright fun. Gravy on the biscuit: you can play as Racer OR Cop. It has some frustrating flaws: most egregious of which are the time-trials - nearly all time limits are much too severe for the courses, which you tend to pinball and careen around anyway, so gold frequently is out-of-the-question without dozens (literally) of attempts: some blatantly don't merit the effort, but some are tantalizingly close. Another is the absolutely myopic response of the cops: all those racers, yet only one - the player - is singled out. At least this is Burnout style racing, so all opponents can be shoved around and taken out - many stunning Kodak moments of that. One more gripe, a flaw all too common to the genre: I wish designers would get off their sadistic, infuriating habit of putting pedestrian vehicles in the wrong places at the wrong times... Events load quickly, and recover from wrecks at impact location just as quickly; some position gets lost, but only intermittently was it an obscene penalty; and the AI opponent vehicles' skills do exhibit a lack of perfection. The cars handle extremely well, with barely any sloppiness (much the opposite of NFS:TR), so staying on course is just enough of a challenge. Car inventory is weaponized(!) and wondrous to the point of fantasy, with informative voice-overs to describe them - an interesting inclusion, but more along the lines of bragging and advertising than anything else (selling points - seriously? This working stiff can't afford any of 'em...). A variant of FreeDrive is allowed, so you can relax and look at the scenery, discover pitfalls and shortcuts, practice skills, or just enjoy the speed (that long, straight, desert road in the Veyron - sigh), but the designers went about it rather sloppily, making you choose a starting route from a menu, and not having a map as you drive. From what I could see, there's no penalty for not being an online player, though many features are slanted to social networking. Finally, something I haven't given consideration before, until recently, is the soundtrack - a very good one for this game: choices complement the action well, and no odd out-of-left-field selections among them; I've gone as far as to look some songs up for download. This game is a lot of fun, but not perfect, with some invective-spewing controller-hurling moments; in the end, a game very much worth keeping.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Race/Chase Game.

    Posted
    91preludesi

    I've owned every NFS since the PS1. With each game there have been things that I've liked and disliked. Overall this is a great game. The graphics are outstanding. There are a wide selection of cars to choose from, everything from American muscle, import tuners to exotics. It's great that you're able to be a cop and chase the racers, something few games have ever done. You get two careers at once (cop/racer) and they can both be completed at your own pace. You can choose to complete the game as a cop and then go back and start your career as a racer, or alternate which mode you're playing. There are over 100 miles of roads in this game with 4 distinctly different settings. (Mountains, desert, coastal and forest.) This game does have free roam, although there is nothing to be gained from it. It's not like the games of the past when you could pick up a race simply by driving next to another racer, you simply drive around and admire the scenery. It would be nice to go to free roam and be able to chase random racers that speed by, or have cops randomly placed on roads as you speed by them and have them chase you. The Autolog feature is nice. You can see your friend's times for each race and when you beat their time you can post it for all of your friends to see and try to beat. You can also go to Photo Mode and take pictures which are then loaded to Autolog and visible at the NFS website. The online part of the game is interesting. It's nice to be able to race/chase against real people. One thing to note is that the makers can't tell time. If a race says that it's at 12:00AM (midnight), it's actually at 12:00PM (noon), so expect a day race. 12:00PM races actually take place at night.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hot Pursuit Is BACK!

    Posted
    Jacarda
    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    Out of all the need for speed franchises, I would have to say hot pursuit and most wanted are my favorites, and this game does not disappoint. While this game does not have the open world sandbox type of feel, you can choose what races you want to do, and when you want to do them, as long as they are unlocked of course. I love the way you can manipulate your opponents and run them off the road, something many racing games as of lately have been making very difficult. Car weapon systems are very well balanced, these include helicopter, road block, EMP, and the spike strip. Weapons will upgrade during play-through, making them more powerful and effective, though you will need the extra power to take down the higher powered cars. Online - Is Awesome, pit yourself in just a race against other drivers, or play a one on one cop vs racer, or if you prefer, take it on with 4 cops and 4 racers. The one problem I have with online is leader-boards, there are none, instead there is what is called a speedwall where you can compete against your friends for the best time, but there is no way to know what the record times are for all players.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Let The Rivalries Begin..!!

    Posted
    sdot217

    Need For Speed has finally returned to what has made it the a front-runner in the racing genre...and that's the high speed chases with those relentless police. Speed and a few new gadgets(only in certain races) are at your disposal to put distance between you and the other racers/cops. Driving recklessly; near misses, driving on the wrong side of the road, takedows(cop/driver), keep the Nos meter filled so you can keep that lead...ala Burnout. Now if being the lawless speed demon isn't your thing, don't worry you too can be the copper and go bust you some racers(all cop weapons included.) What i really love about NFS though...is the autolog. It's like facebook in a game. With this you can keep up with your friends performance, see what times of your they have beaten and try to take them back, post pictures of your favorite car, and most of all trash talk when you've beaten your friends times. So not only are you trying to finish 1st in every race but take all your friends times while your at it...just adds another level of competion. Bottom line NFS is a great racing title...Fun, speed, runnig from the boys...it gets no better..!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good game overall, but missing important component

    Posted
    peliroja1313

    I was so excited to get this game. My family (Husband, myself, and 3 kids) had played NFS HP2 on the PS2 until the game was worn out and wouldn't load anymore. It was a blast. So when we saw that this game was coming out we were very excited. We purchased the game shortly before Christmas, rushed home and loaded it up. Imagine my surprise when I saw that there was no quick race option, nor could you race against another player on the same console. Nope, it is all dedicated to a single player career mode, or playing against other players online. Which is fine if you have the money to purchase a second PS3 and NFS HP game for the same household. Overall, the gameplay is great. Car selection is wonderful. Graphics are killer. I am fine with the lack of vehicle customization (such as found in NFS Underground games). I am glad that there is not really a free roam mode to find all of the races. They are found by a map. You can enter a free roam to just drive around to get the lay of the land. But I was really disliking the free world aspect of the recent NFS games. So, to wrap it up. Good game overall, but very disappointed and mystified on why the creators would remove such an integral piece of the game. Not everyone wants to spend all of their time online to find "friends" just to race against someone. Hopefully, they will release a patch or something that will integrate that part of the game back in.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    There is a Need for Speed

    Posted
    Kasper56

    NFS rescued by EA from the ashes and turned into a Burnout clone. Fans of the game Burnout will recognize the game play mechanics right out of the gate. The game does a great job with it's graphics and the sense of speed during game play. It's cut and dry Cops and Robbers NFS fun with a minor drawback. Smashing into roadblocks are handled the Burnout way and not the NFS way. Causing a Crash scene to play where in NFS it allows you to plow into and through the roadblocks. It's these short almost cut scenes / animations that are the downfall of this game. Wrecking cops or other racers cause one to play and a lot of the times the game puts you in the middle of a turn when the camera spins back towards the race. Fun at first but repetitive throughout the game it gets pretty old. The saving grace for this game is the sheer number of cars you get to drive. 5 to 6 different Lambo's, Bugati's, CCX-R's....we're talking the fasted cars ever made not honda civic's. It doesn't take you long to earn new cars and fast cars for that matter. Glad to see the Franchise back and in capable hands, they just need to tweak it a bit and add some polish to it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very fun driving game

    Posted
    Scotchbrite

    I want to start off by saying this is a very fun driving game. I've have really been enjoying playing it in the evenings to unwind. I think some serious gamers might find the game a little simplistic and lacking in customization. So far the only car customization I've discovered is changing the car colors, but that's not an option as law enforcement. However I like the simplicity of it. You can choose to be a "speeder" or police. You can work on both "careers" at the same time by selecting the appropriate race. I feel like Mad Max when playing the police. I do wish the game had a playback feature. I haven't tried any of the online features aside from purchasing the Super Sports expansion pack. My biggest complaint is the game is a single player game. The only way to play with more than 1 person is online. I'm very glad I purchased Need for Speed Hot Pursuit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Playing with an online account is a MUST!

    Posted
    Phoenix654

    Criterion, the studio responsible for the Burnout series, took a swing at the Need for Speed series here and made it all sorts of good. The game isn't a sim, so don't expect Gran Turismo style controls, but it's at the same time a little less arcade-y than Burnout: Paradise was. The real enjoyable part, however, is having an account connected to the internet. If you have your system hooked up, all of your friends best times on the individual tracks will show up on your "Autolog," tracking who's the best and who needs to improve. It's a very stimulating way to play a racing game and always pushes you to be better. Of course, if you don't have an online account (or friends), this is still a top notch racing games from one of the best in the business. The controls are tight, the handling is superb and the abilities you unlock as you go are just awesome (spike strips, road blocks, faster turbo button, etc). Plus, you get to race as the street racers AND the cops in two different set of races.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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