Become Seacrest County's top cop or most wanted racer!
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Release Date: Nov 16, 2010

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Need for Speed Hot Pursuit launches you into a new open-world landscape behind the wheel of the world's fastest and most beautiful cars. From Criterion, the award-winning studio behind the Burnout series, Hot Pursuit will redefine racing games for a whole new generation.

You'll experience stunning speeds, takedowns, and getaways as you battle your friends in the most connected Need for Speed game ever. Through Need for Speed Autolog and its innovative approach to connected social competition, your Hot Pursuit experience will extend beyond the console onto the web, constantly moving your gameplay in new and unique directions.

Loaded with action, this game will challenge you to become Seacrest County's top cop or most wanted racer. For the first time ever in a Need for Speed game, you'll be able to play a full career on either side of the law. Whether you're a lead-foot speeder or a cop with a mean streak, make sure your aviators are spotless and your driving record is anything but.

Key Features

  • Career – For the first time in Need For Speed history play full careers as both cops and racers. Whether playing online with friends, taking on friends challenges or the single player career, players will earn bounty that levels them up and unlocks new cars, weapons and equipment.
  • Need For Speed™ Autolog – In Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, your friends drive your gameplay experience. Autolog is a system that links friends directly to each other’s games, enabling them to compare and share all their experiences, pictures and challenges. Autolog instinctively delivers challenges based on what your friends have been doing, creating a hugely dynamic, socially competitive experience.
  • Cars –In Hot Pursuit, the cars go from hot to hotter. Experience the thrill of driving the world’s most desirable high performance cars at incredible speeds. 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.
  • Weapons and equipment – Take down suspects with a variety of cop weapons like spike strips and call in extra support including road blocks as the chase intensifies. Racers have a range of evasion equipment at their disposal to outsmart the cops including jammers that block cop communications and jam their weapons.
  • Seacrest County – Explore a world inspired by the California coastline with desert, forest, seaside and mountainous regions. The open world of Seacrest County helps deliver the most intense cop pursuit moments ever.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows XP 64-bit SP2, Windows Vista SP2 (32- or 64-bit), or Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit). (Not Supported - Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 2000 are not supported.)
    • Processor: Intel Core® 2 Duo 2.0 GHZ or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4GHZ; 1.5 GB Windows® XP / 2 GB Windows Vista® - Windows 7®
    • Memory: 1GB (XP), 1.5GB (Vista), 1.5 GB (Windows 7)
    • Hard Disk Space: 8 GB free hard disk space. Additional space required for DirectX 9.0c installation and for saved games
    • Video Card: DirectX® 9.0c Compatible 3D-accelerated 256 MB video card with Shader Model 3.0* or higher
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card
    • DVD-ROM: 8X speed DVD-ROM drive (Disc Users only)
    • Online Gameplay: Broadband connection for online activation and online gameplay - 512 Kbps or faster
    • Direct X®: DirectX 9.0c
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Jack Black
1.0 hrs
Posted: September 22
Sickeningly unoptimized for lower end laptops
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Franky
16.9 hrs
Posted: September 20
i tilt when i crash and i crash a lot
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ram
0.9 hrs
Posted: September 20
I don't know why more people play this game, but hands down one of the best racing game ever.
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Es is life
5.7 hrs
Posted: September 20
Multi is ded. Campaign is the only thing going for this game.
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SUPREME
104.1 hrs
Posted: September 20
Ok :)
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K. Ostwind
49.6 hrs
Posted: September 18
I think this is a good example of the "People only ever remember the bad elements" mentality.
I'm fond of this game, it's got solid driving (however boaty, heavy, and arcadey it might be), it's got a solid roster of cars (Anything that doesn't have the McLaren F1 in some form ever since Midnight Club 3 has a bad selection, IMO), and the Cops-Versus-Street-Racers schtick can be pretty exciting.

The bad of this game comes on a little thicker than I wish it would, though. Racing often comes down to RNG elements (Traffic patterns and police blockades are the most annoying out of these. You're going to hit a car coming out of a drift way too many times to count). The music playlist they give you is pretty alright, but gets old after a while (Personal preference!), And the handling of the cars is, as mentioned before, rather boaty.

But I'm alright with this. For some reason it's engaging enough for me to come back to every now and then. So, y'know... maybe grab it on sale, have a bit of a gander. Just remember that this doesn't wanna save to the cloud, so it's not gonna be the same as when you deleted it, and also the multiplayer's pretty dead. You may find somebody, but the kind of person you find... hmm.
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YAHQ00B
0.7 hrs
Posted: September 18
If you like racing, and anything resembling how a real car drives, do not get this game
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Brian
18.8 hrs
Posted: September 17
I love this game. The hot pursuit challenges are my favorite, and I wish there was more of that, and less of the "duel" races, time trials and other fluff that doesn't relate to the core idea of illegal street racing and the police trying to stop it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
I dislike racing games. I do not find them interesting at all, but I wanted to get at least one racing game for my Steam library, so due to a nice discount I ended up with "NFS: Hot Pursuit". But this game isn't really a driving simulator, it reminds me of those "car chase" moments in the GTA-like games, which is just fine for me. The game is fun and playing as a cop I get to laugh a lot at how brutal the cops bust the criminals. One time I even made one car fly off a cliff and on the police radio they said "good job, he's going to jail", and I'm like "nope, he - dead". http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=750392717
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
I really enjoy NFS and this is almost as good as the older games. (I'd like to see some HD remakes) This game type is a complete fun fantasy that would be way too dangerous to enjoy in RL. I recommend this game for $5 or maybe even $10 if you're an arcade type racing fan.

Let's get some of the bad things out of the way first:
- You need to make an EA account (Not difficult, but a pain)
- No split screen multiplayer
- Restarts take you back to the previous screen and reload... Twice...
- No Ferarri
- No replays after the race
- Charging the Nitro is weird like burnout games

Now for the positives:
+ The graphics look good
+ Great sense of speed (especially when you go faster than 200 MPH)
+ Fun and (almost) realistic enhancements & weapons
+ You get to be the police and bust speeders
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Product received for free
awesome gaming buy it if you like racing and run away from cops sick game 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Arguably the best NFS of all time

also listening to eurobeat makes the experience of this 102% better
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
первые гонки после NFS Most Wanted (первой части, 2005-2006 или где-то там, а не новая ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥-ремастер версия 2012) , которая реально вперла. единственная проблема - очень странное ощущение от вождения (может потому что ты не водишь настоящую тачку блджадб?) и неповоротливая физика тачек.

9.5 скрипящих шин на старте из 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Stunning graphics, very good gameplay and drifting and the mechanics of the game are very good. 10/10

- IGN xdd
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
The graphics are pretty amazing and for a racing enthusiasts like myself it can be a lot of fun. However, online mode is either glitched or just no one uses it, after a while of no story and playing by yourself it can get boring. Keep that in mind if you are thinking of buying this game. As long as you don't mind that then you are golden.
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341 of 401 people (85%) found this review helpful
172 people found this review funny
Recommended
2,100.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
Do you know how did i get so much hours?I was playing it with music.That's all what i want to say.
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206 of 232 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
To start off, I can't say that this is my favorite NFS game of all time, but it is certainly up there. I have been a NFS fan for a long time, dating back to the good old PS2 days with Most Wanted and Carbon. So far no other NFS game, in my opinion, has been better than those, but Hot Pursuit is definitely in the top 10 on my list for racing games, and here's why.

PROS:

The graphics are fantastic. The car models are awesome as always, and the scenery is beautiful. Yes, scenery especially matters to me because I want to be able to go for a nice drive, if that's what I'm in the mood for. It looks great at 200+ MPH too! Now don't expect Metro: Last Light graphics, but it really is a nice looking game.

There are quite a few cars as well. I can't say for sure how many there are, but it's certainly enough to keep you busy with trying certain races with different cars or just taking them for a spin. Not to mention that for every normal car in the game there is a cop car counterpart, with the addition of a couple! So if driving at 250 MPH on a freeway with sirens on sounds fun to you, please give this a try! But what about how they handle?

I personally enjoy how the cars handle in this. It is NOT a simulator in any way. It is arcade style racing with easy drifting so you can boost into those corners like a boss without losing tons of speed or control. To me it seems like all the cars handle in a very similar fashion, but I actually don't mind it. I don't think this type of racing is for everyone however, but it's not hard at all to get used to. Remember that this game is all about going fast to evade cops or bust racers using special abilities, so you can't be completely focused on realistic driving. But that brings me to another thing I love about this.

In the game, whether you are a racer or a cop, you have access to EMPs, spike strips, roadblocks, extreme turbo, and more. All these make the game more exciting and tense. If you are a racer, you can drop spike strips on cops OR other racers and use EMPs to pass someone, and if you are a cop, you use all of these to take down racers. I especially enjoyed the cop career more because it is really fun to smash into other cars and send them into a barrel roll or other cool crashes.

NEUTRAL:

The free roam is one thing I always want in a racing game. Yes, Hot Pursuit does have it, but I feel that it is missing content. Being able to free roam as a racer, you would expect to occasionally run into a police car and get into some sort of epic chase, or vice versa being a cop, but sadly that just isn't the case. There aren't even any collectables! I guess the free roam in Hot Pursuit is pretty much there to test out cars or just go for a nice ride. So yes, it's nice to have, but it lacks content.

The menus are sub-par. You can very easily tell that it is more suited for consoles. While I strongly recommend using a controller for this game anyways, the least they could have done was provide a more intuitive menu for us PC gamers.

CONS:

With the exception of changing the color of the car, there is NO customization. I guess I "spoiled" myself with the feature of customizing back when I played on the PS2 because now every NFS game that has come out recently has zero options to customize, and it has been very disappointing. I don't know why they ever took it out.

Now that I think about it, the menu tutorial at the very beginning of the game is really dumb and unskippable. It's like they expect you to know absolutely nothing about how a menu works. It is completely useless and takes a couple minutes. Can't you just let us play the game already?

TL;DR:

NFS: Hot Pursuit is a really fun game with very nice graphics, great selection of cars, and tense racing. While free roam could have been significantly improved, it is always great to be able to go for a joyride in any of the vehicles you have unlocked, including the cop cars. Taking down racers or the police using EMPs, spike strips, roadblocks and more is very satisfying and really adds to the gameplay. There is no customization, with the exception of painting your car different colors, so this is a big let down, but nonetheless a very fun game. As a racing game enthusiast, I have to give this game a 7/10. Very fun!
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262 of 312 people (84%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
One thing I have become increasingly frustrated with when playing racing games these past few years is that developers seem to throw more and more crap between you and actually racing with every new release. Hot Pursuit may well be the pinacle of this.

The races themselves are a lot of fun. The cars have a good sense of speed, the sound is great, the crashes have impact and the game is very pretty all around. The problem is that you won't actually get to experience these things much. The majority of your time will be spent watching unskippable cutscenes, loading times, logging in on your EA account (with no way to save your login details so you don't have to enter them every singe time you start the game) or being harassed by the game to check out its totally cool social hub feature where it pretends to be Facebook. And God help you if the EA servers happen to be down, in which case the game will try connecting to them at the start of the game and the end of every single bloody 2 minute race, taking 10 seconds each time. It really adds up to the point where 50% of your time with Hot Pursuit is spent looking at ♥♥♥♥ you really don't want to see.

Why can developers not understand that when someone buys a racing game, the chances are they actually want to race? No NFS, I don't give a ♥♥♥♥ about your unnecessary Facebook clone "feature", I don't want to try and connect to your instable servers every 2 seconds and I don't regard your variety of spinning wheels in loading screens or unskippable cutscenes with particular affection either. Please make them optional so I can drive some fast cars without jumping through a bajillion hoops for a 3 minute race. Thank you.
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