Become Seacrest County's top cop or most wanted racer!
User reviews: Very Positive (2,943 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 16, 2010

Sign in to add this game to your wishlist or mark as not interested

Buy Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit

HOLIDAY SALE! Offer ends January 2


Packages that include this game

Buy EA Racing Pack

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

HOLIDAY SALE! Offer ends January 2


Recommended By Curators

"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
23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
98.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This game is one of my favorites, the graphics are good, the cars are awesome, the hot pursuit challenges are my favorite, its like Mario Cart with Lamborighinis and Porshes
Was this review helpful? Yes No
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Hot Pursuit comes with great graphics,good looking race tracks and bad ♥♥♥ cars.

The game offers you two perspectives.You are either a racer or a cop.

As a racer you need to create chaos.You are rewarded for destroying cars,speeding and destroying the enviroment.

As a cop you need to catch the racers using your high tech equipment.It is possible to call out blockades and back-up which is cool since in most of those games you are the one getting ganged up on.It's nice to have help for a change.

Both the cop and the racer have similar game scenarios.As a racer you either race and try to get first with cops and other racers on your back or you try to get to a point in a limited amount of time.As a cop you need to catch all the racers or you need to get to a point in a limited amount of time,same thing as with racers.

Both have some kind of ''skill tree''.As you move on with the game you unlock new and better equipment for your cars.Spikes,EMPs and speed boosts..just to mention some.You also unlock cars along the way.The game has a fair amount of cars both for racers and cops.

I enjoyed the game but I found it really lacking that it didn't have a storyline to follow and it has no open-world at all.

It's a game with nice cars and sweet gadgets but nothing more.If you are only interested in racing,this is a great game to pick up.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
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 5 on my list, and here's why.


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.


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.


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.


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, and more is very satisfying and really adds to the gameplay. As a racing game enthusiast, I have to give this game an 8.5/10. Highly recommended!
Was this review helpful? Yes No
11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
"Drifting at 150 MPH, laughing our asses off"
- Craig Sullivan

You can still #CraigItUp in this game.
10/10 - it was an okay game.

Was this review helpful? Yes No
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
After playing NFS:HP 2010, I realized this game still retains most of it's awesomeness from it's predecessor. The graphics are visually stunning for a 2010 game, with an open-world linear hybrid feeling. There is an endless variety of cars, ranging from the most fastest cop car, to the most expensive race car. The environment gives you a touch of the countryside, with familiar places from NFS: HP2. Equipment and cars can be unlocked through the progression of the game, rather than purchasing them or unlocking them. The extensive array of cars, environment, equipment, and even traffic gives amazing detail onto the game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
NFS Hot Pursuit will not reinvent the genre but it is great fun and perfect for quick races inbetween. If you aren't the competetive type however the game starts to lack soon. 7/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
The war on Wheels, wanna be a cop and catch the 'racers' or a 'racer' and run from the cops. This is your game. Even though the autolog sucks. The game single player has a pretty good amount of cars. The big downside is the customization, the NFS series was a big succes because of the customization why not on this game :(. Multiplayer is ok! But since there are not alot of people online, i would only buy the game for the single player. Well kind of 'single player' there are only challenges you have to do.... The graphics are nice for a 2010 racing game. And the controlls are not the best for pc. So i recommend you to buy/use a controller.
Rating: 7/10
A decent game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
#Awesome, #<3 Criterion, #Epic cars :)
great game, nice cars, good graphics and it runs nice on my craptop.
I've played this game a lot online on my xbox. The hot pursuit races are awesome.
If you like racegames I would reccoment this game. I would also reccoment
a controller to play this game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
I can clearly remember the sense of freedom and speed while driving Lamborghini Diablo VT down the Alpine track in original Need For Speed. I've skipped the second one and when Playstation (PSX, appearantly) was the best thing to own in the universe, I've lost countless hours playing the third one in the series, entitled Hot Pursuit - basically, as far as I can remember, the first one introducing the ability to play the game as a copper taking down racers.

That game was awesome and it's the main reason why I've bought this one.

The concept stayed the same - high tech super cars (licensed one and therefore - not too many bumps can be seen, although the game is delivered by Criterion Games) are racing down the road to the finish line. You're in one of those cars or you're in one of crazy hybrid police super cars taking down opponents by smashing into them, dropping spike belts, asking for road blocks and helicopters.

Good amounts of cars and various tracks with shortcuts and traffic that can prove to be a determining factor between losing and winning are offered in this high speed arcade racer that stays true to original one (see I'm comparing it to 16+ years old game - yes, that's the one I've played like crazy). Sense of speed and tense situations are all there and you're gonna love every single second of it if you like adrenaline-pumping arcade racing games.

The fact that needs to be mentioned is that you need Origin account to access multiplayer mode and yes, there are people playing this game in multiplayer which is unbelievably awesome.

I got it for 3,70 € on the discount. If you're thinking about getting a racer or NFS racer to be exact, get this one. I'm not saying it's the best, I'm saying it completely satisfies me as a player and delivers on multiple levels.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Awesome game...
Was this review helpful? Yes No
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Worth playing, im enjoying it
Was this review helpful? Yes No
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
It's a fine racing game but if you own the next gen games i wouldn't recomment it to you
Was this review helpful? Yes No
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
This is a great arcade racer, great graphics for a game made in 2010. I've probably put in over 500 or so hours on the PS3 version, and the PC port is actually good in my opinion. The controls are a pain in the ♥♥♥ for default, but you can easily change them with ease.
My only complaint is that the AI can just be frustrating, sometimes making it impossible to win a race unless you are perfect, and take every possible shorcut.
The multiplayer is great, if you can find a lobby, and Autolog makes it easy to compare your times to your friends, very nice feature.
9/10, best NFS in a while, highly recommended.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
Was this review helpful? Yes No
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
(I mostly play on Origin, so few hours on Steam here.)

It's Mario Kart with modern (for 2010) cars. No kidding. You're gonna cuss out your friends as they blast you with EMP (red shells), drop spike strips (triple banana!) and ram your pride and joy into oblivion on pristine Californian roads, be it in a stand-up race or a glorious battle to the death between corrupt cop and wealthy crook.

It's a very un-EA like game in some respects. By that I mean Hot Pursuit still has an awful online interface, but it's basically a complete game without DLC and fun offline, too. It has a solid campaign which should at least last a week of sporadic play. It's very very pretty and low intensity and will run on virtually any modern rig.

Sadly there's no customization and undercover gameplay. It's terribly unrealistic in terms of handling, vehicle dynamics and speed. Despite that, it's a far better competitive racing game than most of the NFS titles that came after it and offers a lot more refined value for your dollar. It's mostly glitch-free, absolutely gorgeous and a ton of fun to pick up at any time. Also it's absolutely infuriating.

You know the game spams visual cues every time your friends beat your lap times? ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ it.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
49.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Beautiful cars. Nice maps. Easy missions. Gorgeous songs!
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
I'm hitting the spike strips and my car's tires doesn't even blow out.

11/10 best game hue
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
68.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Best game everrrrr. Find friends to compete with and its more fun. Add me if you wanna play ;D
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Everyrhing went better than expected.
Definitely nothing like my favourtite High Stakes or PU, but still a fun arcade to play. Criterion know their stuff.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Louisiana Driver Simulator 2014

Did I mention Louisiana has some aggresive and reckless drivers?
Was this review helpful? Yes No