Become Seacrest County's top cop or most wanted racer!
User reviews: Very Positive (3,977 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
203 of 226 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person 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 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.

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 an 8/10. Highly recommended!
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332 of 497 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
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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74 of 119 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
126.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
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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30 of 42 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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31 of 45 people (69%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Well, I haven't touched it for long time but since it has been chosen for Holiday Sales community choice, I thought I may share my views. Even though I don't remember things clearly.

But what I do remember is why I uninstalled it after playing it for a while. And that reason I do remember clearly.

I tried to like it, but I just couldn't get pass the interface. It has console written all over it. Not bad if you are used to consoles. But for pure PC gamers like me who haven't touched consoles since the Atari and Sega days, the awkward and simplistic interface is hard to ignore.

The other thing I didn't like is the limited customization. I spent as much time customizing my cars as playing 'em if not more. So the very limited customization was a let down.

Having said that, I will still recommend it specially when its on sale. Because there aren't that many NFS games on Steam and this one is probably the best among them. (Shift and Unleashed shouldn't have NFS on their title).

If you want to know my taste for comparison, NFS: Most Wanted (2005) is all time favorite NFS game (since NFS 2). And original Driver is my all time favorite driving game overall.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
It's a good game overall, but it has some flaws.
At first launch, you have to listen a long UNSKiPPABLE description about the menu points. It's like "In the settings menu you can set up stuff". Oh you don't say? The game treats you like a ♥♥♥♥ing reeetaaaard. It kinda reminds me of Burnout because you can't skip the stupid talk there either.
The game menu is a horror and I can't use my gamepad to navigate in the menu.

The graphics are sometimes incredibly beautiful, but sometimes it's crrrrap. The game lacks anti aliasing, so your edges will look like a buzzsaw. But the cars look nice overall and the lanscape is beautiful too, although sometimes they are not. Hard to explain. The graphics are nowhere near to the store page screenshots - in fact, they are just promo renders.

This game has the worst soundtrack ever in the history of racing games. The songs are boring and slow, contains mostly hipster indie rock and some very bad electro. There are maybe 3 songs that's ok (2 dnb and one metal song), the rest are totally inappropriate for racing. I'm talking about the playlist not the orchestral songs. So really, I disabled the in-game music and made my own playlist with adrenaline pumping songs. In a racing game I wanna race not to fall asleep.

Car customization is non-existent, all you can do is choose from a handful of colors. There is a car that has only one color.

Multiplayer is really good, it's fun racing with friends, but you have to sign in to EA shiet, so it's a pain.

It's a fun game if you can get past the frustrating things like the soundtrack and menu controls. This title is not as fun as NFSHP2 which is the best NFS in my opinion, but its still cool. I recommend it to buy on sale, although it worths the full price too, but still...
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23 of 34 people (68%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
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 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
78.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
My favourite game of all time? Yes, 100%

70% Action
30% Racing
100% Awesome

Unfortunately spoiled by cheaters with unlimited car health and infinite spike stips etc.

Matchmaking is also abit of a joke... To get full games, you basically have to friend request everyone you see in game and then join friends.

If we all just leave the game when we see a cheater, they'll soon get bored.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 21

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit is pure over-the-top driving entertainment. The cars and environments are gorgeous, the crashes are spectacular, and the new Autolog feature breathes new life into the time-honored tradition of video game competition among friends. The single-player races can become somewhat repetitive and there are some presentation issues, but overall, Hot Pursuit is a blast. If you are looking for a high-octane racer that grabs on tight but doesn't take itself too seriously, give this one a shot.
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21 of 35 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Bad interface design, nonskippable cutscenes, no arcade mode, no economics in "career mode". Big dissapointment, Im going to try and find an old version of NFS:HS where you actualy risked stuff when racing. DONT BUY THIS GAME ITS A TRAP!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
It’s a Need For Speed meets Burnout singularity; every cop polices in an exotic sports car, expensive SUVs roadblock endlessly racing dudebros, and all of humankind wears aviator glasses. The race-by-race, cop vs racer structure is a flavourless drag, but the multi-car wars of boosting, drifting and car crash attrition across the American West are absolutely ace. Still probably the best Outrun and Need for Speed game in years.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Well, how to start...
I can say that this game is good :) Enjoyed it in every way. On wheel, keyboard. I like Need for Speed series from Undergroung 2 to new Most Wanted. This new Hot pursuit. Well, it has some flies to catch...

At first when you are playing as SCPD:
Sirens - why are they even there? They are not working... Your sirens are turned on and nobody cares, nobody moves (yeah, just like in real life)
Enemies - OP as hell. I had Lamborghini Murcielago, enemy had Dodge Viper. My top speed: 339 his 325. I was chasing him, speed 365, couldn't catch him... WTF, if Dodge Viper would go faster than 350 it will burn down, not even 370! So wat? How is that possible?
Nitro system - SCPD is really bad if we are talking about nitro. Full nitro can be used for about 3 seconds. If you are racer, full nitro can be used for about 10 seconds.

Nice big sortiment of cars
Car look - it looks really nice
Free Roam
You can play as racer or police
Big map, last race is really cool

I would do: 8,5/10 :) Hope this helped little bit :)
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
175.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
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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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
80.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
This Game is really awesome EA make a work of art
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit it's the best racing game ever! It's a good racing game to play with your friends at multiplayer or private races, Hot Pursuit or other more ^^ I recommend it so much if you are a fan Need for Speed :3

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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
The game with the weee woooo wee wooo's.
Besides Autolag.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
I remember playing the original Hot Pursuits on the Play Station when I was younger. Those were fun games. This one is not. It is packed with DLC. It has unskippable sequences that make the game feel tedious.I also couldn't use the same game key on a newer computer. IMHO save your money.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
This game is a amazing, an excellent racing game. I love the graphics and the feel of driving 10/10. My only complaint is that there is no story in the game, because there's nothing wrong with a little bit of a story. But if you're looking for a game to have a fun time with, I would suggest this one. : )
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Great racing game!
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
This game is awesome! I use a Logitech G27 to play it and it is just amazing! Love the game. Wish there was steam trading cards.
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