Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a racing game that launched November 16, 2010. Criterion Games considers it a return to the series' roots. Criterion Games is responsible for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC versions while Exient Entertainment is responsible for the Wii version. The game was well-received both critically and commercially, selling more than 5 million units.
The game takes place in an open world environment that spans over 100 miles of high-speed road. What sets this game apart from recent Need For Speed games is the ability to play as a police officer as well as a street racer, with full career modes for both. The racer's career mode is all about driving really fast, racing and outrunning the cops, while the police officer's career mode is all about chasing down the racers and busting them. The career mode for both racers and cops consists entirely of events, with no plot or story.
Specifically, the police officer will have to ram or otherwise damage the racer's vehicle until its energy bar is depleted. The racer, on the other hand, will have to escape and avoid destruction. This mechanic is similar to that in the game's predecessors, such as Most Wanted or Carbon.
The game is set in the fictional location Seacrest County. Players are able to race in a wide array of settings, including desert, forest, seaside and mountainous regions, both on-road and off in the form of shortcuts.
While playing through the offline "Career" mode, players will unlock various events which each adhere to a specific set of rules depending on the mode.
The racers have different special abilities which they unlock as the race progresses, each mapped to a button on the d-pad. They include:
The cop will also be able to use different special abilities to bust the racer, each mapped to a button on the d-pad. They include:
For both Racer and Cop, the abilities receive upgrades based on player progress. For example, the police chopper may not initially be able to lay down spike belts early in the game. As the player progresses, however, the chopper will be able to do such things. In addition, spike strips increase from 1 to 2 dropped at one time.
The majority of cars have police variants. Some cars are exclusive to racers, while some are exclusive to the police. It is also worth noting that police variants of cars available in the game are generally slightly faster than the normal ones. The handling of cars in game is also much more similar to that in the early Burnout series games.
The game uses bounty as a form of experience points and it is universal for both players playing as police officers and street racers. The match options will be rated according to difficulty and carry a corresponding bounty payoff.
The game's multi-player mode is brought together by Autolog. Autolog lets you keep track of your friend's times by pushing your friend's times, telling you on which track he did the time and how much you must do to beat it. Once you've beaten it, your time will be pushed back to your friend's console who'll be able to directly try to beat your new time. It also allows you to challenge them to pursuits, where one person plays as the cop while the other plays as the fugitive who's on the run. Autolog recommends ways to play the game depending on what the player's friends have been doing, and keeps track of your progress as you win bounty to unlock new cars.
On December 15, 2010, EA released a free iPhone Autolog app. The name of the app is "Need for Speed Autolog." As of November 8, 2011 the app has 15 ratings for an average score of 3/5 stars. Features of the app include:
A playable mobile version of the game. Features of the app include:
Requires Android OS 2.0 or later.
On August 17, 2010, it was announced that a Limited Edition of Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit would be released on all platforms (PS3, 360, PC) and will be the same price as the regular edition. It would include exclusive access to the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and the Ford Shelby GT500. It would also include early access to the Audi TT RS Coupe, the Chevrolet Camaro SS, Porsche Cayman S, and the Dodge Challenger SRT. Non-Limited Edition purchasers will have to earn those cars normally or buy from the NFS Store (built-in Marketplace).
Unlock an extra 500 Racer bounty and 500 Cop bounty if you meet the requirements of playing prior EA racing games:
To redeem your rewards, you must login to the same account that both the prior racing game and Hot Pursuit share. Then from Settings > Loyalty Rewards and they will unlock for you.
A total number of 66 cars appear in the game. The following list states all cars featured in the retail edition of Hot Pursuit:
1. Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
2. Alfa Romeo 8C Spyder
3. Aston Martin DBS
4. Aston Martin DBS Volante
5. Aston Martin One-77
6. Aston Martin V12 Vantage
7. Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro
8. Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro
9. Audi TT RS Coupé
10. Bentley Continental Supersports
11. BMW M3 E92
12. BMW M6 Convertible
13. BMW Z4 sDrive35is
14. Bugatti Veyron 16.4
15. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport
16. Carbon Motors E7
17. Chevrolet Camaro SS
18. Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
19. Chevrolet Corvette Z06
20. Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
21. Dodge Challenger SRT8
22. Dodge Charger SRT8
23. Dodge Viper SRT10
24. Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR
25. Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor
26. Ford GT
27. Ford Police Interceptor Concept
28. Ford Shelby GT500
29. Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake
30. Jaguar XKR
31. Koenigsegg Agera
32. Koenigsegg CCX
33. Koenigsegg CCXR Edition
34. Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni
35. Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
36. Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder
37. Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
38. Lamborghini Murciélago LP 640-4
39. Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SV
40. Lamborghini Reventón
41. Lamborghini Reventón Roadster
42. Maserati GranCabrio
43. Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic
44. Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S
45. Mazda RX-8
46. McLaren F1
47. McLaren MP4-12C
48. Mercedes-Benz SL65 Black Series
49. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition
50. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss
51. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
52. Mitsubishi Lancer EVOLUTION X
53. Nissan 370Z Coupe
54. Nissan 370Z Roadster
55. Nissan GT-R SpecV (R35)
56. Pagani Zonda Cinque
57. Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster
58. Porsche 911 GT3 RS
59. Porsche 911 Targa 4S
60. Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet
61. Porsche 918 Spyder (Concept Study)
62. Porsche Boxster Spyder
63. Porsche Carrera GT
64. Porsche Cayman S
65. Porsche Panamera Turbo
66. Subaru Impreza WRX STI
SCPD Rebel Pack
With this pack, the following Cop cars are made available to the Racers.
Version 1.1 / One Million Views YouTube Challenge
Adds 13 new Race and Pursuit events, as well as new achievements.
Armed & Dangerous
Adds two new games modes and achievements
Most Wanted - Open world Cops vs Racers. The Cops must take down a specific racer, and the racers must protect them.
Arms Race - A race with weapons.
10 new events, and 4 achievements/trophies
10 new events, and 4 achievements/trophies
The Demo was released on October 26th, 2010, and will be available for download until November 9th, 2010 for the Xbox 360 and PS3. It consists of 2 events. The first accessible event is a Hot Pursuit event called Dark Horse, where Players play as a cop. They must attempt to stop 4 other A.I. racers before they reach their destination. To help with this, the player has 2 weapons at his disposal. The first is a Spike Strip that drops directly behind the player's car. The second is a road block that is setup in front of the player. The more racers taken out before the end of the race the more bounty players receive. Bounty is a form of XP that is used to level up either the cop or the racer. Players can choose between the Nissan 370Z and the Ford Crown Victoria.
The second event is only accessible if the player has someone on their friends list that has also played the demo. It is a race event called Roadsters Reborn. It's a simple point to point race with 5 other A.I. racers and no cops. The player is rewarded more bounty the better they finish. The cars to choose from are the Nissan 370Z Roadster, BMW Z4 sDrive35is and Porsche Boxster Spyder.
The Demo features only two songs: Pint Shot Riot's "Nothing from You (Redenka Remix)", and 30 Seconds to Mars' "Edge of the Earth" (which is also featured at the title screen). Both the 360 and the PS3 play game soundtrack in the Race Event only, there is no music in the Hot Pursuit event. Custom soundtracks on the PS3 and 360 are limited to saved playlists only. On the PS3, this effectively limits the player to locally-stored music, while the XBOX 360 allows for playlists saved on a media server.
The game was first shown during E3 2010. It was revealed during the EA press conference which opened with the game's reveal trailer. The game was then demoed on stage (where the people demoing the game had a slight technical problem with a loading screen) where the developers revealed the game's chase mechanics and explained Auto-Log.