Become Seacrest County's top cop or most wanted racer!
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Very Positive (244 reviews) - 81% of the 244 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (6,302 reviews) - 81% of the 6,302 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 16, 2010

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About This Game

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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Recently Posted
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
+Stunning Graphics, Challenging, Good Soundtrack

-Only a few Japanese Cars
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( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
This game is a lot of fun, plenty of high speed action to be had, however be warned that online activity is not what it used to be, so don`t expect many online races etc. As a single player experience there is plenty to chew on.
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( 9.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
1. No updates
2. No MP players
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( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
cars will not go straight. the player car never goes straight and will seemingly go for the left or right shoulder. lt also seems to lock onto and head straight for oncoming traffic or other slower cars that i came up to from behind. this was frustrating because the steering response is very sluggish and i crashed a lot. and there is no option to adjust this in the setting. when you select a car an audio "Commercial" will start playing. it sounds like a woman's voice and she sounds like a television commercial.
TLDR- very frustrating game with annoying car commercials.
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( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Needs a lot of new updates
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The Great Henk
( 17.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
There are only five reasonably bad things about this game:
- You have to change affinity in the task manager on every startup, because this game has trouble recognizing modern multicore CPU's (this only takes 10 seconds or so to do).
- There's an ad for the now defunct "Need for Speed World" that appears on every startup.
- This game has barely any graphics options (resolution, gamma, shadow quality) and no AA (which is however easy to overcome by using nVidia's Dynamic Super Resolution or AMD's equivalent (this game looks great at 4k).
- You can't access the DLC for this game in the PC version (not that I care about that, base game is fun enough)
-This game has an in-game photo mode (which is great), but the picture that it stores is a heavily compressed 720p image. I recommend pressing the steam overlay's own screeenshot picture key simultaneously with the photo editor screenshot key, so you get high quality custom screenshots without the game's HUD.

What does this game offer?
A great ARCADE racing game with fun cars, a beautiful map (however empty in free drive), a good soundtrack and lots and lots of fantastic, unrealistic carnage (Burnout style, as many say). This game reminds me quite a lot of Need for Speed Hot Pursuit II (2002), although this one feels more action packed and nimbler. Overall this is a very enjoyable title that runs well on modern computers (once you adjust CPU affinity). Must buy for anyone who is looking for a great arcade racing game.
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( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Quick review here

The game - as a story / concept is great, but the fact that is crashes / freezes is really a pain. Indeed my PC is older, but i can run it on lower resolution without shadows, hd graphics and motion blur.

The bad part - cracked version seems to work better ?! Negative here .
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( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
9/10 for me great game
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T.w² | Spawner
( 24.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a multi-award winning racing game, developed by Criterion and published by EA. Criterion knows how to make racing games fun. What more do you want?
But there is never much to say about racing games, mainly because they’re all the same. Pick a vehicle, pick a stage, go really fast and try to win. The only real differences between racing games are vehicle handling, race types, and the usual features, like “powerups” or rewinds.

When it comes to vehicle handling, racing games either opt for a more realistic feel, focusing on simulating real life, or they opt for an arcade feel, focusing on actually making the game fun. NFS:HP is nothing more than an arcade racing game, but if it does anything good, is nailing the arcade feeling. Boy does it feel good to drift around every corner at +300km/h using nitrous, while avoiding cars in oncoming traffic.

When it comes to race types, more doesn’t always make better. I rather have few but fleshed out race types, than having multiple race types that don’t work or are boring to play. And with that said, most race types in NFS:HP feel just like any other race game, ever. BUT, there’s a twist, because in NFS:HP, not only you play as a racer, but you can also play as a cop.

Racer Races
With racer you have what you expected, you have your normal sprint races, time trials and duels, but where it gets better is when the game throws those normal modes, and makes them even harder. Hot Pursuits, are just like sprint races, but with police force trying to stop every racer, while making you outrun cops by using powerups. [Check out Equipment Section] Previews, which are like time trials, but with end game cars the game forces you to use, where you get penalized for every collision. And, the most fun, Gauntlet racing, which fuses Hot Pursuits and Previews into one time trial mode, with a car the game gives you, and with brutal police force trying to stop you, while you use powerups to help you get rid of the cops. [Check out Equipment Section]

Cop Races
And with cop, you have Hot Pursuits races, which is about busting between 5-7 cars, by ramming and using powerups. [Check Equipment Section] You have Rapid Response, a cop time trial, with penalties for collisions. And the most fun cop mode, Interceptor, which is like Hot Pursuits, but instead of focusing on busting 5-7 racers, it focuses on busting 1 super hard racer with the use of powerups. [Check Equipment Section]

Equipment, which is basically powerups, are an easy way to separate arcade racing games from simulator racing games. There are 8 equipment in NFS: HP, 4 for each side.

Racer Equipment
  • Jammers, used to prevent cops from using their equipment.
  • Spike Strips, which are used to blow cops or other racers tires, and also causes damage and disables them for a few seconds.
  • EMP, to disable cops or other racers for a few seconds and also causes minor damage.
  • Turbo, to give you a big boost in speed for a few seconds.

Cop Equipment
  • Roadblocks, which can be called to make racers slow down, and cause damage.
  • Spike Strips, which are used to blow racers tires, and also causes minor damage and disables them for a few seconds.
  • EMPs, to disable racers for a few seconds and also cause minor damage.
  • Helicopter Support, which can be called to deploy spike strips and use EMPs against the racers.

Cars are unlocked for every bounty milestone. [Check out Bounty and Levels, in the Gameplay Section] There are 105 cars to unlock in total. The racers have 55 available cars, and the cops have 50, but most of them are copies from each other side. That means that most cop cars are the cars available for the racers, but with police paintjobs on them. And while there is no real customization in the game, the racers can choose the color they want for the car they pick (if the car allows for color customization). There are five types of car series for each side, SPORTS, PERFORMANCE, SUPER, EXOTIC, and HYPER.

NFS: HP offers fast racing gameplay with tight controls. The racer/cop differences and the varied race types keep the game exciting to play. And the addition of equipment in some race types, and the strategy use of them, makes for an even better gameplay.

Bounty and Levels
There are 20 levels for each side, and you level up with bounty gained from winning races, completing milestones and completing challenges.

Seacrest County is as gorgeous as it is diversed. You get to drive along beaches, drive through hot deserts, drift along the many corners of Snow Mountains, and drive really fast in highways packed with traffic.

Free Roam
There is a free roam mode, where you can choose cars you have unlocked so far, but there is nothing to do in it, other than look at the car. I really, really think criterion missed a huge opportunity to make the free roam fun, like adding chases and stuff. Like if you were free roaming as a racer, and you were speeding, it would be cool if the cops came and tried to stop you, and you would get bounty to outrun or wreck them. And vice-versa, if you were free roaming as a cop, racers would speed by you really fast, and you would choose to chase them and wreck them to get bounty.

  • Beautiful landscapes
  • Diverse world
  • Great car unlock pace
  • Big variety of cars
  • Detailed world and car models
  • Great variety of race types
  • Tight controls make for great gameplay

  • Poor vehicle customization
  • No story or plot

  • Weak free roam

I personally don’t find simulators fun, because that’s not why I play video games. I play video games to have fun and do something I can’t do in real life, like drive really fast, crash, and keep going after a few seconds, with no penalties. And that’s what this game is, a fun arcade racing game that throws in the occasional fun powerups. If that’s what you’re looking for, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a must buy.
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59 of 64 people (92%) found this review helpful
51 people found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
*drives as cop*
*smashes into a Porsche at max speed w/ nitrous*
*Porsche careens off a mountain*

"Consider that a warning"

10/10 would PIT again
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
This game is the only game i stopped at start screen to listen to badass music

10/10 would stop and listen again
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
The game is amusing and the graphics are beautiful. To my mind, it is really worth the price. There are many ways to have fun and many beautiful screenshots to take (car crash etc...). You play the police chasing after the racers, or the racers trying to escape or trying to finish first and earn a gold medal. As the police or the racer, your main goal is to hit the other cars in order to make them crash. You have the possibility to drive a very big amount of cars, all power and all design, you can choose the car and the colour etc... . Also there are several types of maps, roads and weather. In short, the game is rather complete and you should try it if you like cars, races, crashes. Nowadays you can find better than Need for Speed Hot pursuit when you're looking for that kind of game but you have to try this one, it is so much fun!

75 / 100
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Better than most of the racing games out there
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Great action packed and if you are a thrill seeker of speed you will love this!!!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
58.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
best racing game ever
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Great game! NFS: Hot Pursuit is one of the few good NFS games out there, like NFS: Mosted Wanted(2005), Carbon and Underground. Very well made game. The steering is very good. Gameplay overall is amazing: you get to play as a cop and as a racer. At first I thought I wouldn't wanna be a cop at all, but it turned out to be quite a lot of fun. Busting other people is just too damn fun, especially if it's with friends and you chase each other. As for the racer... well he's a racer. Escape cops, beat others in races etc. - the usual. Overall the game is amazing, nothing bad can be said about except the fact, you can't custimoze your or choose which cars to be yours(which isn't so bad, but the customizing part is sad). I would rate this 9/10(-1 for no customization). Love it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I love this racing game. I played cracked and unlocked lots of cars but this time no crack .. I want to play with friends and racers.

Don't have friends to play with.
Add me please.

Review: Never tested another racing game. But i love this game. Can play with old spec PCs. Best for multiplayer.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
I remember playing this game back in 2010 on the 360. Just got it for Steam and for 20 dollars, it is amazing. For 5 bucks, it is WOAH! Memories...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Is it Need For Speed or Speed For Need

*X Files music plays


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