Become Seacrest County's top cop or most wanted racer!
User reviews: Very Positive (4,924 reviews) - 82% of the 4,924 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 16, 2010

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Includes 5 items: Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Need for Speed Undercover, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, Need for Speed: Shift, Shift 2 Unleashed

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"Probably still the best Need for Speed game."

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
Helpful customer reviews
78 of 95 people (82%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
906.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Love Playing This game its super fun and Wish they would make more of these games
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Just another NFS game.

- Beautiful cars
- Beautiful graphics
- Beautiful landscapes
- Easy, convenient mechanics

- Unskipable cutscenes
- Scripted AIs
- Tight limits for time trial missions
- After the first few races, racing becomes too challenging, because, basically, you need a perfect performance to get the rewards, which are required for further progress. Just a single tiny mistake – and you're too late on the finish line.
- The multi-player is almost dead

This if definitely NOT the best racing game on the market, but it's fairly enjoyable.
Worth purchasing, if it's on sale for 5€ or less (otherwise, it's a steal for such an old game).

My overall rating 6/10.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
So NFS: Hot pursuit, worth buying or not?
I don't know why am I even saying this, but if you don't have any another racing games, yes.
If you do - No. I would recommend starting with MX vs ATV reflex, NFS Most wanted or Dirt 3.

+Good soundtrack (Based on Rap,Pop)
+Good graphics
+HD Screenshot support
+Freeplay mode
+Multiplayer support

-Alot of bugs
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Burning rubber in a fast car has always been a dream of mine. Im Ordering a steering wheel so I can get the real car feel. Cant wait To shread those canyons, City streets, and mountain hills with my Code red 24 pack by my side, Talk about a Baja Blast. Thanks need for speed for making my racing dreams become a reality, and not getting a speeding ticket.
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27 of 46 people (59%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
This game is like a gorgeous airhead. It's pretty, but it's also pretty shallow. Actually, it's like a gorgeous airhead who won't shut up about her favorite reality TV show, but we'll get to that (the cutscenes issue) in a minute.

The graphics in the game are undoubtedly beautiful. I don't think anyone could argue against that point. However, the gameplay itself is ultimately fairly hollow and weak.

Admittedly, I haven't gotten that far into the game, but from the outset, there's really not much differentiation among the cars. Or at least, given the events I used them in, there didn't feel to be a ton of difference. The cop side felt like the most fun because you got to smash into other racer cars and take them out. The racer side was just the typical stuff. As you progress up both ladders (which you can play simultaneously -- which is weird), you also unlock various gadgets for different events. Spike traps, roadblocks, EMP blasts, helicopters, turbo boosts, blah blah blah. It's supposed to spice up the gameplay, but it didn't do a ton for me.

Why? Well, the game just feels...hollow. For example, there's no storyline at all, so you have nothing compelling you forward. Now, the other NFS game that I have on Steam is Undercover, and I'll be the first to admit that it's not like the story there was one for the ages. It featured weak acting, overblown dialogue, etc. But at least it provided you with...something. Plus, you could customize your cars. Yes, that's right. There's no customization in this game. At all. Well, not beyond selecting one of a limited number of paint colors for your car when you're a racer.

In this game, you unlock vehicles, but unlike most other racing games I've played, you have no ability to tune or otherwise customize them. You're also limited in your choices based on the event you're in. You don't buy cars, either. You just unlock them when you level up...and that's it. You get some voiceover reading you PR copy about the car that sounds like it was written by the manufacturer's ad department.

The cars themselves They don't seem to grip the road particularly effectively. You slide around a LOT. Now, it's not as bad as, say, flooring it in a Forza game, but then, this game isn't supposed to be anything like a Forza game. It's an arcade racer, not a sim. The end result is that the cars felt kind of annoying to drive much of the time.

There are two other really annoying features, though. First is the game's built-in Facebook-like "Autolog." Some idiot suit probably made the game developers include this, because it reeks of corporate brainstorming coming straight from the C-suite.

"Put in social media. Kids are into social media these days. We need it in our games."

"What?'s a racing game. They play the game to race. If they want to talk to each other about the game on social media, they'll probably just...go to Facebook or Twitter for that."

"We need that, too. We need to keep kids IN our game, instead of logging out to tell their friends about the Bugatti they just unlocked. They can do it in-game now. It's genius!! Plus, we can use it for datamining."

So, you get a five minute cinematic that explains to you how you can connect to other players (which, especially five years after the game launched, is now pointless since I expect nobody is playing). AND, you have to create an EA account, and log into it when you play. Not. Cool. To be fair, you don't have to be logged in to play the game, but the game throws this at you the first time you play, so the implication is that you need to. It'll also search for the autolog connection for around 10 seconds, if it can't find it, each time you finish a race (because it needs to pust updates to your stupid autolog wall or whatever).

Probably the most annoying part is all of the unskippable cinematics both before and during a race. You can skip some of them at the start, but you're still forced to rewatch them if you want to restart the race.

I got this game for around $10 on a sale. Maybe a little less, actually. I'd say it's a so-so buy at that price.
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