Become Seacrest County's top cop or most wanted racer!
User reviews: Very Positive (2,992 reviews)
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
Helpful customer reviews
34 of 42 people (81%) found this review helpful
120.6 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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22 of 23 people (96%) 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.

PROS:

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.

NEUTRAL:

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.

CONS:

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.

TL;DR:

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. There is no customization, with the exception of painting your car different colors, so this is a big let down, but nonetheless a very fun game. As a racing game enthusiast, I have to give this game an 8.5/10. Highly recommended!
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49 of 74 people (66%) 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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13 of 13 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.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
One of the best racing games ever made, in my opinion. When this first came out on PS3 I played it a ton. The PC version is even better (I should add I also put around a dozen or so hours when I had the PC physical disc version which I gave away when I bought it on Steam). The PC version looks great, and runs super smooth. Grab a controller and you'll experience one of the best arcade racers out there. The controls might seem a little difficult at first, but when you get use to the controls and unlock the better handling cars you'll have no problem driving like a maniac. Play as a racer, or a cop... each with a ton of stages to play. The online community is small for this game anymore (it did come out over 4 years ago), so if that's your main interest in the game you might be disappointed. Still a great game even if you just stick the single player stages.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
The Original Car Chase game, revamped... At least that's what I expected. Back in the '98 version it was a great fun game of racing vs your opponents, and the police - avoiding insanely high speed crashes and shaving that couple of seconds extra off a track, or getting a little nudge in at just the right moment, to win a race.

Fast-Forward many generations of game development and hardware cycles, and we have the reboot.

Initially it looks promising, graphically it's a lot nicer, the tracks are interesting, and they've kept the tradition of high-risk shortcuts to get to the end faster - but this is one of the things that shows up the games truly hideous faults.

1- The enemies are scripted to keep up, not actually racing around the track as they look, but constantly teleporting around the track to be close to you. No matter how good you are, you cannot get more than a few seconds lead, even on a car you just saw crash into a virtually impossible situation, while you are at max boost - he'll be on your tail and overtaking the instant you take a corner less than optimally.

2- Speaking of cornering - it cannot be done without a horrible skid mechanic. You just dont get to keep control of the car. At the time the game was made, drifting was very trendy, and the makers seem to have decided to make it mandatory for every car, every race.

3- The collision detection is horrible for such a high end racing game. Often you pass another vehicle, or other obsticle, knowing you've cut it close, but also knowing you've missed, when suddenly the game decides you've hit, and not just clipped something, but catastrophically flipped your car and ruined your race.

4- Hardware support. After a few months of having this game, my nephew loved playing it for fun, so despite not being able to forgive it's foibles, I kept the game, but after I changed some stuff on my system, it's refused to run ever since. Gets to the loading screen, CTD with no error report.

RIP NFS memories.
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8 of 8 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.
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8 of 9 people (89%) 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
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6 of 6 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.
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16 of 25 people (64%) 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.
~Me

#CraigItUp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVID02glQwc
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7 of 8 people (88%) 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.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
underground is better.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
GOTTA GO FAST
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
55.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Beautiful cars. Nice maps. Easy missions. Gorgeous songs!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
In the famous words of the pizza 'boy' in The Fast & The Furious, "♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ street racers". That moment in that mans life has inspired him to do something great. Something... cheesy. Oh, so very cheesy. The pizza guy has officially quit his job at Pizza Hut and has now went on to become the worlds greatest police officer. Take on his story and climb to the top of the ranks as yout takedown the '♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ street racers'. Your partner, omniscient female voice who tells you how to do everything in the game, will guide you on your journey. Pizza guy does some undercover work and finds out that his old Pizza Hut delivery colleagues have strayed from the delivery path and have moved on to become some of the top street racers known in Seacrest County. They're known as... the most wanted. Take on your old friends and see just who is the best. Once you've delivered their cars to the impound lot, or even better, the junkyard. Then maybe, just maybe, you can go on to taking down the one and only, the Vin. The Diesel. Who has given up his street racing career and went into hiding, but is now back, and is officially taking the streets by storm in his brand new Pizza Hut Pinto delivery machine. Still bald, and still not a 9 second car. And it is NOT, finding another way home this time. It's an educational action packed thriller tale of a emotional historical drama horror experience videogame arcade simulator that's based on a true story. Lead developed by Michael Bay on the brand new ♥♥♥♥ Physics 6 Engine, featuring explosions; and who needs airplanes when you've got a tank, a flying 2000 GT-R, and a 25 mile long runway. Who you ask? Not the pizza guy. In this game. It's just you. You car. And the street. And the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ street racers are your toys. Now break them.

Or, you can, y'know... race... illegally... on the streets. That's an option too. I could probably come up with a totally mind♥♥♥♥ story for that too, but lets say you're playing as the Diesel? Good enough. But you'll be missing out on the pepperoni. Or mushrooms. It depends, what do you want as a topping? We also don't offer that whole 30 minutes or it's free ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. It's gonna take a while, we're telling you that right now. No, no, that coupons expired. It expired because we don't offer coupons anymore. We found out that somehow we've been allowing people to get discounts on pizzas. I don't know, ask our new boss, Eugene Krabs.

EA & Criteron have revealed that in the near future the game will recieve 2 optional car DLC's. The Mushroom Miata. And the Cheese Corrola. If you've pre-ordered the game, you recieve the special edition Hawaiian Honda, and the Breadstix Buick. Each for only $9.99. Origin exclusive. Buy Battlefield 4 and all of it's DLC's.

If you like pizza, you like the pursuit.



Disclaimer: I decided to put a disclaimer just in case nobody knew what the ♥♥♥♥ I was going on about. I'm sure you don't. To be completely honest, I don't know either. I'm just kidding. I like the Fast & Furious series. And Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a wonderful racing game developed by Criterion- known for the Burnout series and now games in the Need For Speed series, and published by EA Games in 2010. I would definitely recommend this game if you're a fan of racing games. But, I hope you liked my story. It offers a great single player and online experience; where you can play as the cops, or the racers. There are still plenty of people playing. It looks great, and the soundtrack is great too. They've still got that one female voice actor who tells you how to do evertything... yeah, I don't know. It's kind of their thing now, I guess.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,297.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
EPIC, A TOTAL MUST HAVE!!!!!!! ONLINE IS AWESOME!!! BEAUTIFUL SCENERY, GREAT SOUNDS, VERY NICE CARS!!!! If you want to drive a BUGATTI COP CAR then this the game for YOU, Koenigsegg, Mclaren, Pagani ZONDA!!!! Lamborghini, Corvette, Mercedes, Shelby, Chevrolet, Renault, Mitsubishi, Nissan GTR -SPEC V PLUS MORE!!!, Subaru, Dodge, Mazda, Ford, Cobra, Porsche, Jaguar, Maserati, Bugatti, :D:D:D:D
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Hot Pursuit is a the best Need For Speed Game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Best game ever. "Everything is awesome!"
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Only buy it $4.99 or under.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
This game is extremely realistic. The pictures on the store page are real screenshots. This game allows you to free-drive any car of your choice. You can also race against your friends. The only negative thing that I can say about this game is that steering is very difficult. The steering takes some getting used to. They really need to fix that. Other than that, awesome game!!!
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