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Need for Speed 3 Hot Pursuit (PC)

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9 tracks each with secret areas & multiple routes. 8 cars to choose from inc. Ferraries, Mercedes & Porsches. New pursist mode allowing you to race away from police as they try to stop you with road blocks etc. Weather effects inc. Rain, lighting & snow. Developed and published by Electronic Arts.

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      21.02.2010 16:08
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      A great game, the best in the series, if you can get people together for multiplayer its great fun.

      The Need For Speed name is famous, and although the first two games were good, this was the one that really did it for me. This was the first NFS were you could be the cop.

      For a start the game features pretty nice graphics for its time, with smoke effects and detailed cars.

      The cars feel quite nice to drive, each car varying greatly from one another, from an Aston Martin to a Lambourghini, police cars also have an advantage over the standard production cars in the game, allowing them to give chase better.

      The main aspect of the game is of course the high speed pursuits, and this game doesn't disappoint. The online play enhances the experience even more. Although it's quite difficult connecting up, the game doesnt seem to work over the internet, and the LAN seems to have trouble finding games. I don't think AI are supported in network games however, so its better if you have at least 3 players in order to enjoy the game. The game also supports split-screen play for 2 players, which does support AI drivers.

      The game's goals are in the form of racing tournaments, winning them will unlock cars for use in the arcade modes.

      There is a good amount of cars, plus the community has created several cars of which you can download for the game, although some can make the game very unbalanced, as they feature a very high top speed and aren't assigned to the right class of car.

      A few Tracks are available to download but not as many as the cars, although the game does feature many tracks as default.

      This is probably my 2nd favourite Need For Speed game, its sequel Road Challenge would probably be my 3rd. These games were focused almost entirely on police chases, hence the name Hot Pursuit.

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      29.08.2003 20:37
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      This game could have been very good. It has all the right ingredients. It's fun, fast, furious and the graphics are great. So what's wrong I hear you ask? Two things really : The first is that try as I might I couldn't get the cars to bend, break or even scratch. This should be part of the fun of such games. You hit things and your car gets damaged, goes slower and eventually stops in a big cloud of smoke. No so here. Do a 360 degree spin, bounce off a wall at 140mph, turn around and carry on, with your shiny paintwork still looking imaculate. The other problem, which really put me off this game is the difference in the Police's attitude to you and the other drivers. In a race, if the Police catch a competitor they just drive along at the side of them and make no real effort to arrest them. If they catch you then watch out. They bash you, corner you, call their mates for backup, get the stinger out and eventually call a helicopter which drops barrels of burning oil on you. In fact, they do just about everything they can do to get you to stop. Now I don't normally mind this kind of action. It's usually fun to try and outwit the cops, but in NFS you're still trying to race your colleagues who are getting away scot free, so winning a race is just a nightmare. This game is a step in the right direction and OK for an hour now and again, but one to avoid if you prefer your driving games to be a bit more realistic

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        31.05.2001 02:13

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        I received "Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit" for a present, which is why I haven't filled in any of the price things below. I can't tell you about value for money, but if that is no difficulty, then I say GO AND GET IT! The game play is excellent, and it's all really easy to get the hang of. You can start playing literally straight away, and watch all those cars pass you when you lap them. You can play in two different modes (for only one player. Two player is basically the same though). The first is a regular race. This can done in various locations, and with various cars. You can chose which car your opponant goes in and everything! You chose the number of opponants, the weather, the colour of your car, and basically everything! The second option is the chase part. This is where you are either a cop, or a high-speed lovin' kind of guy (you choose). If you're a cop, the objective is to catch up with all six other cars, and ticket them. If you're the high-speed guy, then you do the exact opposite. All in all, this is a brilliant game, and it's not hard to see why. The amount of control you have over the game, in comparisen to other games (that at least I've played), is amazing. No further reason needed then, to go out and buy this great game!

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        17.04.2001 04:04
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        This game is actually really good, it has the ability to do races, as well as pursuits, it has a number of good courses, as well as cars. the graphics arent amazing, but its perfectly playable. There are a number of cheats to get really fast cars, plus, there are cheats where you can drive different cars and trucks, buses, taxi's, which is always fun. The game is also extra fun if u play it with a driving wheel, giving it that extra escape type feeling. Its great fun, and i would reccomend it

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        07.12.2000 19:55
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        Oh how far we've come since the days of the arcade staple 'Pole Position'. With NFS 3 dawns a new age of racing simulations. The graphics are absolutely incredible, if you have the machine to support it. On maximum settings, you get wide screen view, detailed surroundings/horizon, and the 'chrome' effect on cars, which basically is that the surroundings reflect off the super-gloss paint finish on your car. But that's not where the game really shines. The Hot Pursuit mode is fantastic, easily the best of its kind. You can pursue, or be pursued, but be warned, outrunning the cops in NFS 3 is not anywhere near as easy as it was in the original NFS. That's mostly because you end up having the entire police department on your tail, setting up road blocks and laying spike strips. Racing with the night driving or weather enabled is fantastic too. Little details like switching between high beam or low beam or driving with no lights at all, and the luminescence of police lights and brake lights all set this game several steps ahead of the competition. The game doesn't just look nice though, the tracks are tough with the lower end cars and challenging with higher end cars. All the tracks are easy with the El Niño car, though I personally think that car is butt ugly. NFS 3 isn't perfect though. This EA release is more of an arcade style racer than the original. It really takes some effort to roll your car, and hitting guard rails at 200+ kph does nothing but slow your car down a little. There still aren't any damage effects in this NFS series, hopefully that will be incorporated into the next version. Finally, a word about system requirements; if you don't have 3DFX, a screaming video card, lotsa RAM, a fast processor, and a steering wheel and pedals, you may find yourself playing the game at minimum settings and it still will run choppy. This game was clearly meant for top of the line systems, and if you have one, then buy it, insta
        ll it, race it, enjoy.

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        14.11.2000 14:12

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        Access to all cars and standard tracks: Enter SPOILT as a name on the options screen. (Confirmed By: Fazi Bear) Additional camera views: Enter SEEALL as a name on the options screen. Additional views normally only available during replays will be available under the options screen. Note: The extra views may only be enabled in single player mode. Crash other cars: Press Start to load the race after selecting the game options, then immediately hold Start + Select + R1 + L2 before the loading screen appears. Keep the buttons held until the loading screen disappears. Beep the horn during game play to flip the other cars. Never crash: Press Up, Down, Up, Left, Right at the loading screen. Horsepower boost: Press Start to load the race after selecting the game options, then immediately hold Left + Square + Circle before the loading screen appears. Keep the buttons held until the loading screen disappears. The horsepower of your car will be boosted by 25%. Heavy car: Press Start to load the race after selecting the game options, then immediately hold Select +Square + X before the loading screen appears. Keep the buttons held until the loading screen disappears. Bump into other cars during game play to push them off the road. Gum ball police: Select the Redrock Ridge track. Press Start to load the race, then immediately hold Down + R1 + L2 before the loading screen appears. Keep the buttons held until the loading screen disappears. The green Landover's will be replaced by Gum ball police during the race.

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        05.10.2000 04:10

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        Right. You have a choice of many exotic cars such as countashes, Diablos and many more, speeding through the streets, the deserts, whatever, fighting the cops, being a cop or neither. Simple. This fast action racing game is better than need for speed one and two which are still great. You can change the type, the aerodynamics, the colour and more on these cars. You can even download cars from the internet and unlock more. There's also a multiplayer mode if you want to race against other people, on your computer... or over the internet!!!

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        22.08.2000 05:14

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        Right. You have a choice of many exotic cars such as countashes, Diablos and many more, speeding through the streets, the deserts, whatever, fighting the cops, being a cop or neither. Simple. This fast action racing game is better than need for speed one and two which are still great. You can change the type, the aerodynamics, the colour and more on these cars. You can even download cars from the internet and unlock more. There's also a multiplayer mode if you want to race against other people, on your computer... or over the internet!!!

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        12.08.2000 04:50

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        You can choose from the top road cars in the worldand race agaist them. You can choose from a number of modes you can play in a knockout compertition, a single race a tournament or you can race but police will be on your tail You can also be the police chasing the racers and booking them. On the need for speed web site you can download a number of cars which you can race with. There are a number of tracks to race on from street racers to country races in the snow. This game is a must have if you love racing games.

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        22.07.2000 23:16
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        I love driving games. I have the whole setup, steering wheel, larger monitor, 3D sound etc... However, there are very few driving games out there that can really cut it. GP Legends, Rally Championship, Colin McRae and the soon to be released GP3.As you can see these are all specific driving games, based around sports. When it comes to arcade style driving games I can't think of any that are any good at all. Need 4 Speed III is another attempt that fails. It is too arcadey. The graphics are nice, although a tad boring, the tracks are quite well laid aout, although a bit boring and there are plenty of cars and options. The problem is that the handling is pure arcade. Now that's fine, but I have played this with a gamepad where it plays quite well and with a steering wheel where it plays terrible. About as realistic as a duck!!! The Hot Pursuit is a novelty that wears off after 5 minutes and then your left with a very tedious arcade game. This game really is not worth it at all. I guess we are still waiting for the PC Gran Turismo game!!!

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        20.07.2000 01:23

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        Need for speed 3 Hot pursuit is a brilliant computer game. It's fast and fun with double player that you can play on with your mates. It has high speed chases from police and just plane and simple car race. You can race around small towns or large citys, Grand canyons or huge mountians. You can race with Ferrai's ( 550 Maranello, spider )or Jaguar'( XJR-15 )s, Lamborghini's ( Diablo's ) or you could chosse the special car , the El Nino. The El Nino's very fast and fun.I would say that this is one of the best racing computer games.

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        14.07.2000 20:25

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        Right. You have a choice of many exotic cars such as countashes, Diablos and many more, speeding through the streets, the deserts, whatever, fighting the cops, being a cop or neither. Simple. This fast action racing game is better than need for speed one and two which are still great. You can change the type, the aerodynamics, the colour and more on these cars. You can even download cars from the internet and unlock more. There's also a multiplayer mode if you want to race against other people, on your computer... or over the internet!!!

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        08.07.2000 17:28
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        NEED FOR SPEED III HOT PERSUIT IS A ACE GAME FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO PUSH THERE CAR TO ITS LIMITS,ON THIS GAME YOU CAN GET ALL TYPES OF CARS LIKE: JAGUARS, MERCEDES, ASTON MARTINS AND FERRARIES, YOU CAN EVEN DOWNLOAD A BRAND NEW BMW Z3 FROM THE INTERNET.ALSO YOU CAN GET ALL DIFFERENT TRACKS:EXPERT,MEDIUM AND EASY TRACKS.THIS GAME IS EVEN BETTER WITH THE CHEATS, WHERE YOU CAN GET A CUSTEM DESIGNED CAR, AND A COOL NEW TRACK. IF YOU LOOK AROUND, YOU COULD PROBABLY FIND THIS GAME FOR ABOUT £15......... BUY IT!

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        30.06.2000 06:06
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        I've tried this game and personally I think it has very little improvements in terms of gameplay over the other Need For Speed versions. I quite like the Hot Pursuit idea and its quite entertaining running away from a police car when you're up against the computer. But when you're up against a friend its totally impossible to nab him. You need to release some spikes which punctures his tyres and stops him but its so easy to avoid these spikes. The other player can reverse and get out of the way easily even if you have caught up with him. Graphics have improved but not nearly enough in my opinion. The drivability is still very similar to Daytona with the best way of turning a corner is by dropping down to 2nd gear and then accelerating off the bend. Overall, one of the best PC driving game around but don't be too quick on spending your money on it unless you're desperate for a driving game.

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        27.06.2000 23:38

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        THIS GAME HAS TO BE ONE OF THE BEST RACING GAMES I HAVE PLAYED THE GRAPHICS ARE UNBELIVEABLY REALISTIC AND THE WAY THE CAR CAN OVERSTEER IS VERY REAL LIFE. THE BEST CAR IN THE GAME HAS TO BE THE ITALDESIGN SCHIGERA. THERE ARE MANY / LOADS OF CHEATS AVAILIBLE FOR THIS GAME WHICH MAKE THE GAME JUST THAT MUCH BETTER. THE GAME CAN KEEP YOU UP ALL NIGHT IT'S SO FUN AND ONCE YOU'VE FINISHED PLAYING THE GAME YOU'LL WANNA BY THE CAR YOU HAVE JUST RACED IN.

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