Become Seacrest County's top cop or most wanted racer!
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Mostly Positive (101 reviews) - 77% of the 101 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Nov 16, 2010

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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
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
37.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Product received for free
Even after so many years this NFS can keep you entertained for many hours.I love the car physics, the sounds are spot on and the game is beautiful.I love an open world car racing game and this is the right thing for me.The only downside is that there is no DLCs for PC.We never got them.
Final verdict is 8/10.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
IMO one of the best NFS's (NFSMW is better)

-unskippable cutscenes, but let's be honest, that doesn't spoil the game
-weird AI- I mean, when I drive in oncoming lane isn't the driver supposed to steer away from me? Instead, they try to ride into me
-there aren't too many songs to chose from
-it seems that steam doesn't save your progress to cloud
-poor performance- I can't even pull off 60 fps, whereas in Burnout: Paradise I was able to

>you have to create EA account (come on, it's not that hard)

+great cars
+speeder AND cop careers
+interesting and exciting races
+cool idea with spike strips & other enhancements
+ok graphics
+I like that not every offroad trail is an actual shortcut
Overall I really recommend this game, definitely worth buying
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Just another NFS game.

- Beautiful cars
- Beautiful graphics
- Beautiful landscapes
- Easy, convenient mechanics
- Easy Drifting
- Cool detail obstacles

- 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
- Cannot connect to the ea games server

In my opinion this is the best racing game on the market, but it's fairly enjoyable.

My overall rating 9.5/10.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Somewhere under this mess of forced account creation and logins, unskippable videos, advertisements and shoddily shoehorned-in pseudo social networking nonsense, there is a great arcade racing game.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Great Gamne
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
I ended up not caring and deinstalled the game after one hour of play time. For every minute of driving I had to suffer through one minute of non-skippable cut scenes, which after the 10th time watching are beyond infuriatingly boring and tedious to watch.
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2 of 11 people (18%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Terribad a.i. rubberbanding, DLC from console variants not included,and straight fire soundtrack...meh
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207 of 235 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
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 10 on my list for racing games, 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.

The menus are sub-par. You can very easily tell that it is more suited for consoles. While I strongly recommend using a controller for this game anyways, the least they could have done was provide a more intuitive menu for us PC gamers.


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.

Now that I think about it, the menu tutorial at the very beginning of the game is really dumb and unskippable. It's like they expect you to know absolutely nothing about how a menu works. It is completely useless and takes a couple minutes. Can't you just let us play the game already?


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, roadblocks 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 a 7/10. Very fun!
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229 of 272 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2014
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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245 of 294 people (83%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
One thing I have become increasingly frustrated with when playing racing games these past few years is that developers seem to throw more and more crap between you and actually racing with every new release. Hot Pursuit may well be the pinacle of this.

The races themselves are a lot of fun. The cars have a good sense of speed, the sound is great, the crashes have impact and the game is very pretty all around. The problem is that you won't actually get to experience these things much. The majority of your time will be spent watching unskippable cutscenes, loading times, logging in on your EA account (with no way to save your login details so you don't have to enter them every singe time you start the game) or being harassed by the game to check out its totally cool social hub feature where it pretends to be Facebook. And God help you if the EA servers happen to be down, in which case the game will try connecting to them at the start of the game and the end of every single bloody 2 minute race, taking 10 seconds each time. It really adds up to the point where 50% of your time with Hot Pursuit is spent looking at ♥♥♥♥ you really don't want to see.

Why can developers not understand that when someone buys a racing game, the chances are they actually want to race? No NFS, I don't give a ♥♥♥♥ about your unnecessary Facebook clone "feature", I don't want to try and connect to your instable servers every 2 seconds and I don't regard your variety of spinning wheels in loading screens or unskippable cutscenes with particular affection either. Please make them optional so I can drive some fast cars without jumping through a bajillion hoops for a 3 minute race. Thank you.
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25.4 hrs
Posted: October 21
I loved this game on the ps3. Its pretty fun but I would reccomend on sale only. The game lets you play as a cop or racer and the more events you complete, the better cares you get. Thats pretty much it.
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21.9 hrs
Posted: October 19
My son bought this game for me because we used to play NFS on Playstation when he was a child.
The graphics are good and the races fun.
The game is enjoyable.
It's Need For Speed...

- JMJ -
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20.7 hrs
Posted: October 17
In my personal opinion, the best NFS since NFS2. The driving model is nothing but unrealistic but immensely fun. The graphics are nice to look at (e.g. two hypercars drifting for hundrets of meters side by side) and I never was a fan of the NFS versions with tuning.

The perfect little game for the couch after a long day - for a budget price! Recommended without any hesitation.
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3.0 hrs
Posted: October 15
I don't know what to think.... I mean the game is great. I had the most fun with it on the ps3. However the online, WHICH IS THE BEST PART OF THIS GAME... Is, as far as I can tell, virtually dead on PC. If youre lucky you may find 2-3 players to play with. The online being dead is the only reason why I can't recommend it. If we somehow got more people to play it again, then it'd be terriffic.
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93.2 hrs
Posted: October 15
I really like this game, but idk, game have some bad performance/stuttering issues even with an i7 wtf

If u want to chill while u drive and want to listen some music well, this is your game, the online mode is amazing btw, kind of death game but still good <3
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 9
Product received for free
i whant mye mony back beacuse it whant work and it is the worst game i ever played i rate -1000000000000000000/10
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30.4 hrs
Posted: October 8
The best casual racing experience i have ever had, just get yourelf in a sports car and burn some rubber!
Did I metion that you can be a cop?
And then there is also the soundtrack, oh the soundtrack....
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0.9 hrs
Posted: October 7
Runs like ♥♥♥♥. Another bad console port. NFS hasn't brought us a good game in 10 years and this thing is no difference.
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3.5 hrs
Posted: October 6
Pleasant and fun
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