This 2010 comeback of the Hot Pursuit series, developed by Criterion, is a great example of how not to reboot a game. Thankfully this game turned out to be very fun.
In short, Criterion turned Need For Speed into a full-on car combat game. For those of you who were wanting a faithful follow up to Blackbox's 2003 Playstation 2 classic Hot Pursuit 2
will be greatly disappointed. If you come from Burnout 3 Takedown
roots, then this will be a tough call as well since iconic fictitious car brands and super accessible arcade driving physics are out. For those who love car combat or even kart and anti-gravity racers sub-genres may want to look into this game.
Despite the fact that Hot Pursuit 2010 is rooted in reality, the core gameplay is about cops versus racers equipped with weapon loadouts duking it out on mostly point-to-point courses. There are a lot of mind games to be had, from intentionally driving backwards to strategically cancelling enemy EMP blasts.
The driving physics are heavy and boat-like compared to past Criterion titles, but you can still swing your car left and right easily enough to stay in the realm of arcade driving. Once you engage in a drift, your car does feel significantly lighter so you can nudge your car mid-drift to slip through cracks in traffic obstacles. Swerving to dodge sliding spike strips isn't a trivial task however.
As with any Hot Pursuit entry, you should expect to find plenty of exotic sports cars and super cars. What is interesting is that Criterion managed to fit in some very modest cars like the Evo, WRX STi and RX-8 without feeling out of place in a roster filled with Lamborghini and Porsche. You will be drifting on dirt and wet roads in the Evo and weaving past city cars in a police issued WRX STi. Speaking of police liveries, they look particularly amazing on the entire roster of the Law side. They don't all come in black and white either, expect some true to life palettes like peacekeeper blue, ranger green and even a patriotic flag on the GT40.
2010 saw the release of Hot Pursuit by Criterion as well as Blur by Bizarre and Split/Second by Black Rock. While I do approve of this one-off reboot, some people may disagree because this does effectively kill off any hopes of a new Burnout game. Whether you love or hate this game, what is universally agreeable is that 2010 was a great year for racing game fans who crave for the return of action packed alternative racing.
Posted: November 25th, 2013