NFS: Hot Pursuit Announced
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Need for Speed Hot Pursuit has been released on 360 and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit brought me a little closer to embracing the race game genre. With its hectic take on Cops 'n' Robbers, I found myself truly drawn to the law..."
- Novel Gamer (Mon, 13 Feb 2012)
"in truth, i've never been a huge fan of racing sims. however, where i have played them, i've always tended to go for straight down the line realism rather than street racing or customization gimmicks. as such, purer sims like Gran Turismo and Forza have tended to be much more my cup of tea than say Project Gotham Racing, (the ridiculous) Pimp My Ride, or the (terrible and thankfully short-lived) Juiced series..."
- Tired Gamer (Fri, 11 Mar 2011)
"Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit made racers out of me and my friends. The social leader boards kept us coming back to shave seconds off lap times and the cops 'n robbers chases got us competing for the top spot. It more than made up for the lack of the increasingly rare split-screen mode..."
- Teen Gamer (Wed, 15 Dec 2010)
"Need for Speed Hot Pursuit pulled a coup getting Criterion to bring Burnout's juice to the cops and robbers party. But for all the beauty and online integration this is still only a small step forward for the Need for Speed franchise..."
- Family Gamer (Thu, 21 Oct 2010)
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit brings plenty of Burnout to the party, while returning to its cops and robbers roots.
With more than half an eye on Burnout's revolutionary multiplayer, Need For Speed fleshes out its delivery of high speed chases with the promise of a connected experience. A new Autolog mode enables you to connect, compare and compete with friends online and locally.
Career mode as either the fuzz or law breaker is enhanced with weapons and equipment. Even using the same language as Bunrout, you can now takedown your opponents with police weapons or avoid being caught with evasion equipment.
With cars from the Lamborghini Reventon to Pagani Zonda Cinque and California coastline with desert, forest, seaside and mountains it promises to look amazing. Couple this with more proper open world game play and this may finally return the franchise to deliver on its early promise.
Need for Speed returns to cop chases with Hot Pursuit, in the hands of the Burnout team.
Criterion bring their Burnout know-how to the Need for Speed franchise with the Hot Pursuit. This takes the popular pursuit mode from earlier Burnout games and writes it large through the Need for Speed universe.
There is also a knowing glance to the glory days of Need for Speed as these recently absent police chances return. The simplicity of these cat and dog fights promises to inject fun back into the franchise after the more serious and above board racing of Pro Street and Shift.
No news yet on a Wii, PS2 or PSP version.
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