Become Seacrest County's top cop or most wanted racer!
User reviews: Very Positive (2,853 reviews)
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
14 of 18 people (78%) 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
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.0 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!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
It's a great game with some amazing visuals- not to mention the great graphics and endless cars to drive- and is worth buying just to drive around. There were barely any cons to it, but the main one for me was that there's a lack of other cars, so to speak. There was very little traffic and that somewhat reduced the realism of the game for me.
Aside from that, I don't regret buying the game, having thoroughly enjoyed every minute that I've played of it.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
68.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
is really cool
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3 of 4 people (75%) 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.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
With the exclusion to Motor City Online, I played every single NFS piece. While I hated so many of them, and praised with much glory High Stakes, Porsche Unleashed, Hot Pursuit 2 and Most Wanted, I say with confidence that this one is the best NFS I've ever played. Period. Nothing to question about.

Visuals of the game are glorious, enough you'll love Seacrest County and will be exploring every scenery of it each race. But while the game isn't all graphics, the gameplay is also beautiful, and while you may find drifting pretty much like a hack and slash game which you press a button to backflip kill someone, you'll need to skill yourself in it and get better lines and better exit speeds as you play it. I guess the biggest fault of the game is the lack of a skill level on single-player, which is natural if you think this game is made to be played online with your friends.

The car list is certainly beautiful and pretty wide, ranging from entry-level sports cars such as the beautiful Porsche Boxster and the Mazda RX8, from icons of Japanese and North American automotive industry to the legendary Le Mans racer McLaren F1 (not the GTR though, a pity) and the overrated beast Bugatti Veyron SS, and the best: All of them in a similar playing field. While you'll soon discover Reventón is a monster in it's class, picking a similar Lamborghini will get you covered to match the concept bull aswell.

Well, realism, if you want it, go to iRacing. You'll be drifting a Ford GT at 150mph while the turbo is on (don't question how does this turbo works or go mechanical into it, just accept it) avoiding a spike strip that the officer ahead of you on a limited-edition Nissan Skyline just dropped on you. This is an arcade - treat it like as it is, please. It's Need for Speed.

Want my final advice? Buy it. It's still a 2010 game, but still pretty much fun.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
My first time I played, but when I looked at the clock, 12 hours ago
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
325.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I reinstall and use code so many time that i can't log into origin network anymore. I thought that I can use code number premanently because the game is mine. Any help about reseting code in origin's network?
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
81.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Probably on of the best NFS games in the series. BIG recommendation!
Exceptional graphics with stunning locations and track design. Good balance between arcade and simulation. Awesome career mode and online features that allows you to quickly play with your friends. You can play together or separately and game will keep it competitive in both situations :)
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
This game takes the worst features of video game UI design and mashes them together into an single product that makes me want to throw my controller at a baby. I launched this game and it took me literally 15 minutes to start playing. Here are some things you can look forward to if you buy this game:

*Unskippable cutscenes all over the place, tons of them all the time
*3rd party account registration
*Automatic and uninvited use of your webcam
*The game scraping your name from steam without asking

I had a really great time being lectured by an annoying voice actor about how to play a video game for 10 minutes before I was allowed to play. I've never played a video game or used a computer before in my life so this was really helpful. It patiently explained that the career mode takes you through several races during which you gain points that can be used to buy cars. Did you know that the settings menu is where you can change the settings? THANKS FOR EXAPLINING THIS TO ME BECAUSE I AM A SUB HUMAN ♥♥♥♥♥♥ AND THANK YOU FOR NOT LETTING ME SKIP THIS BY PRESSING ESCAPE BECAUSE I CANNOT CONTROL MY ♥♥♥♥♥♥ HANDS AND THEY SMASH VIOLENTLY AGAINST THE KEYBOARD THE ENTIRE TIME I USE A COMPUTER I WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY UPSET IF I HAD ACCIDENTIALLY SKIPPED THESE TUTORIALS JUST BECAUSE OF MY FLAILING

Another feature I loved about this game was the unskippable "loading" screens where you are forced to watch cutscenes that show the track you're about to play on. I didn't setup a RAID 0 of SSDs and enough RAM to fit the entire game into volitile memory because I love to watch fake loading screens. I played through Dark Souls 2 and saw maybe 1 minute of combined loading screens in 80 hours. I can load a map in CS:GO in about 2 seconds but for some reason this game has 20 second long loading screens anyway. I am convinced there is a timer counting down the time until you're allowed to play the game; its sadistic.

Anyway this game blows and don't buy it. If someone involved in the making of this game's UI is reading this then I hope you are forced to play the game because thats just about the worst punishment I can think of off the top of my head.

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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
36.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
There's cars that go vroom vroom and there's that go wee-woo-wee-woo. And then the wee-woo cars crash into the vroom vroom cars like BOOM! What more could a human being want?

NOTE: Be wary of Brown sedans! They drive like lunatics.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
FPS issue FIX all I did was change my affinity in the task manager tab in details and turned off all 6 cores and set it to only use 3 of them and now I got it maxed at 1080P and no drops below 60FPS

CPU Specs:

H8-1450 Custom
BIOS v8.10
Processor AMD FX(tm)-6120 (6 CPUs), ~3.5GHz
Directx Version 11.2
12 Gigs Ram
2TB HD drive
3.0 USB WD External Book 4TB
30 SSD OS Runner Win 8.1 64 Bit
600 GIG Backup drive from my old CPU
550 Watt bronze cert. Power Supply
Dual-X R9 270 Sapphire 2GIG GDDR5 OC
Beats Audio
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
I used to play this on Xbox 360 all day when I was a kid, only used the Crown Victoria whenever I could. Wonderful game on PC too. Very few Police oriented games out on the market though.
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
29.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Can crash into road signs 10/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
34.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
hey guys and gals well for me I LOVe this game its so entertaining and super cool. i dont have any friends that i could add to my play list to play online with. so if your intrested HIT ME UP!
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
This game gives me panic attacks when I'm about to ♥♥♥♥ up. 10/10.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Pendulum - Watercolour
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
This is a good racing game. The hot pursuit gametype is very fun. This game uses real name brands and models of cars, unlike other racing games that base their cars off of these brands.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Second best NFS game after Most Wanted.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
My favorite NFS game.
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