Review – Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Review – Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

As with most Need For Speed titles, the game revolves around fast cars and racing. Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (NFS:HP) was released at the end of 2010 for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC, as well as for the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone, from Apple. The game takes us back to the same style and theme of the original Hot Pursuit, which was released 12 years ago, in 1998 (a bit of Gaming History for you guys). The game involves, and focuses quite heavily on high speed racing through the city and outrunning the police.

Game-play: The Game-play of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is perhaps the most enjoyable part of the game! It’s probably expected that most people who buy this game are race car fanatics, or enjoy racing games, and that is who the game is targeted at. If you’re not quite a car racing fan, you might not enjoy it as much unfortunately. Within the game, you can enjoy plenty of fun races, as you dodge through incoming traffic, creating havoc on the roads you leave behind. And if you finish the game, you can always repeat them over and over again, as you try to perfect the art of driving. When you get bored of that, there is always multiplayer, where you can test your skills out on the best the world has to offer.

Storyline: Well, there’s not much of a storyline but the amount of races pretty much has that covered. Most Need for Speed games tend to not have a heavy story focused game, but rather an all-out racing experience, mixed in with fun; although the single player racing does tend to get repetitive and boring after a while.

Graphics: The graphics are the visual effects you see whilst in-game. The graphics in hot pursuit, are most definitely one of the best they have come up with over the years in a NFS game. It is definitely a huge leap forward over the original (12 years improvement much?), as well as over many video games out there today. For me, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. It just seemed like it needed a bit more power in their graphics, at least for a high end video game even with all the settings maxed out (put on the highest level possible) on the PC console. Despite this, the cars looks immaculate, and for a racing game this is as good as they come.

Game Value: The game has all that you’re looking for in terms of value. It’s got it all, the eye-candy graphics, all the fast and sexy cars you’d want to drive, and all the cop pursuits you could ask for in a game. In single player mode you can get about 12 to 15 hours of game play (depending on your skill level), and you can repeat most, if not all, races for extended playing hours. There is a multiplayer mode as well, where you can race players online. NFS:HP introduced a new feature called Autolog in this game, where users can post achievements and recorded videos online for others to see and compare (Like on twitter for example), as well as try and break those achievements.

Game-play: 9.5/10
Storyline: 6/10 (Ratings based relative to Racing Game Story lines)
Graphics: 8/10
Game Value: 9.5/10


Overall Rating: Great!

Overall, it is a great game to play and have around, especially if you love cars. I play NFS games just to check out the cars, which is the best part in my opinion. It’s the cheapest way to find out how my future car will drive, or the future car… of my dreams. Highly recommended.

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