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Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is a racing game for the Playstation 2 developed by EA.
The game doesn't have a story mode like the newer titles but simply has a career mode that you will need to work your way through to completing the game. During the career mode you will have to take part in many different types of races and be successful in them to unlock the next event and progress, pretty basic stuff really.
The race types available to you include basic single player races where you must finish ahead of your opponents, time trials where you must set a really quick lap and beat the target time, lap knockout which is an elimination mode where you must not finish a lap last or you will be eliminated, delivery mode where you must race point to point with a package to deliver. The twist in this game is you will be pursued by the police who start off not to bad but can get really aggressive dropping in spike strips and sending in the helicopters to take you out! There is even a mode where you can play as the police yourself and you must ram into cars and call in spike strips of your own which is great fun.
The driving physics are firmly in the arcade side of things, cars handle really well and you will be able to go really fast round the corners with no penalty, its arcade racing at its finest and you will definitely love the high speed police chases on offer in the game.
The game has a good number of fully licensed cars that you will be able to get your hands on including some from really disarable manufacturers such as Ferrari, McLaren, Lamborghini, BMW, Dodge, Aston Martin and so on.
Graphics are pretty good and even includes damage models for the cars which was a rare thing back when this game was released!
For a no frills excellent arcade experience you will have to try hard to find a game that betters Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2.
Yet another game in Electronic Arts best selling game series Need for Speed, this one is Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 and was released in 2002. You can play the game either single player or multiplayer with a friend split screen and the game is rated 3+.
You can play as either the police in the be the cop missions or as a normal racer. For the police you have to try and catch and arrest speeders using a variety of methods you can either get backup, try to ram them of the road or lay down spikes to puncture their tyres.
If you are racing you have to try and win races whilst avoiding the police, there is over 20 different cars to race with like Lotus, Porsche and BMW's and over 60 different tracks to race on each which are open ended and allow short cuts a lot of the tracks are off road.
The graphics are pretty detailed, witch changeable camera angles depending on how you like to race, the AI is pretty good and quite hard to beat on the harder levels.
You can set up how you want you race, like players, traffic and day or night as well as a few other options, the main part of the game is the championship and tournaments where you have to win several races to win trophies. You can also play speed trials, practice, quick race and also delivery where you have to deliver a package whilst trying to avoid the police.
A fun racing game that although is like a lot of others the chance to play as the Police and run speeders of the road is very good and adds a bit of difference to other racing games, there is plenty of tracks to race on and plenty of cars, a good game for any racing game fan.
This game has everything you could possibly offer, like the cars are ferrari spiders, vipers, F1 cars if you unlock all the stages, pontiacs, corvettes, skylines and many many more. If you unlock the stages from 1 to 30 when you hit 30 thats when you unlock the F1 car, i have not completed it yet but not long to go. The main layout of the game is it has everything, like if you bump into things like other cars to knock them off the track your car is damaged you can get a puncture through the tyres and there are some wicked short cuts the windows smash if you get caught by the police they drop bombs from a helicopter and they chase you in a corvette, it does get you pulse racing this game as it gets very competetive with the computer or with friends, but its very exciting as you dont know what could be lurking behind the corner. It was very cheap to when i bought it from grainger games priced at £20.00, action and adventure rolled into one.
First things first, there are enough racing games on this planet to last you a lifetime, fact. Why, then, would you want to buy another one? Well, read on, dear games player and I will tell you. The Need for Speed games have been going for a pretty long time now, since the PSX and Saturn originals, in fact. The basic aim of the game is to race as fast as possible against other famous racing cars. All the cars in the games are badged model supercars and you will always find lots of shortcuts in the tracks to overtake the other cars. The new game isn't just a rehash though, it adds a lot of new features to the formula. The version I am reviewing is the Gamecube version, as it is the one I have at home and therefore have played the most, but there are also Playstation 2 and Xbox versions of the same game available. Graphics 9/10 ======== Firstly, with the amazing power of the next generation consoles, we have a game that looks the business. All the cars are recognisable badged models, shiny to their sleek metal shells and looking for all the world like Jeremy Clarkson’s dream collection. The graphics artists have done the business on the circuits too, with tons of tiny details as you rush through the streets and hilly mountain roads, past waterfalls and villages. The Gamecube version showcases some of it's best graphic effects too. Music 7/10 ===== The next step is to add some racy music, the tunes range from pumped up metal tracks to heavy beat dance music and all of them add to the feeling of a fast paced race. The tracks are either in-house artists or 'famous' bands, not that it makes that much difference when you're concentrating on the race, but it helps when you show other people your replays. Not only that, but the Dolby Digital effects are put in to effect on the sound effects front, with the police sirens and taunts as they lay their speed traps and call in the helicopters. Gameplay 9/10 ======== Ah, yes, the the police don’t just have their own sports cars to hunt you down, nosir. They will use every means at their disposal to try and thwart your plans at coming first, or finishing a race at all. If you manage to outrun them for any period of time, the boys in blue will come down heavy with their helicopters dropping bombs on your car and their tricky speed trap spikes that appear in the middle of the road as you turn a corner at top speed. It all adds to the confusion, I can tell you and I've been known to utter a few choice words on such occasions. The worst part is when you are first and finishing a race, then find yourself being passed by pretty much every other car as the cops get you in their speed trap. If you’ve had enough of the cops on your tail, you can always go for the option to switch roles and play the cop yourself, chasing those no-good racers across the courses you’ve unlocked. Choosing either a single game against computer controlled opponents or against a friend, you can try to ram the other cars off the road and arrest the speed freaks on your beat. This reminds me of Chase HQ, though it's a bit basic. Still, it's nice to have another option when you finally get bored of playing the race modes. Other modes featured in the game let you race one on one or pits the two players against the rest of the pack. There are loads of other options to fiddle with in the single games too, making it much more than just a simple racer. You can turn the tracks around, play in bad weather, turn on or off the cop chases and pretty much fiddle with most of the game to create your perfect racing environment. Lifespan 9/10 ======== As usual, all the courses aren’t there at the start of the game, you will have to work hard to unlock the later tracks. This is another area where Need for Speed differs from other racing games. By completing courses in the H
ot Pursuit and Racing Tournament modes, you can unlock the many tracks on offer in the single and multiplayer modes. This means that you don’t even need to unlock tracks in any particular order, but perhaps go for the hardest first. The longer and harder tracks cost you more points, but boy are they worth shelling out for! You can also unlock cars and other options too, the later cars, like the tracks, are well worth waiting for too. Versions ======== The different versions of this game (PS2, Xbox and Gamecube) have been made by different programming groups, but basically contain all the same cars and tracks. From what I've gathered, the PS2 version seems to be the best to control, but the Gamecube and Xbox versions have the better graphics. Verdict 9/10 ======= You can find this game in most shops for around £39.99, or on the net between £32.99 and £38.99 so it's worth shopping around. It may not be the fastest game in the pack, but Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 sure has the most features and with great graphics, some fine sounds and music and a multitude of options, it looks like it will get to the finish post way in front of the others, with other games only tasting the smoke from it’s exhaust.