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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit for PS3 Review

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Dec 7 2010, 9:04am CST | by

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit for PS3 Review
 
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Today I am going to check out a sweet new video game from Criterion called Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. I had the original game of the same name back on the PS2 when it was new and loved it. When the new title hit the market, I had to play it on my PS3. If you are a fan of the NFS franchise, the latest game in the family goes back the police chasing, outlaw roots of the franchise and I love it. Read on for all of the details.

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Specifications

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is available on the PS3 and other gaming platforms. The game has a ton of licensed vehicles with exotics down to more common Mustangs and more. The studio behind that game is Criterion, the same company that made the fantastic racing title Burnout: Paradise City.

In Use

When I tossed this game into the PS3 and I was taken back to my younger days sitting around playing the original Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit with my brother. We spent many a day playing the game together and my son and I played it together when he was little. He loved the game then, and loves the new game too.

The graphics in the game and top notch and the controls are straightforward, not complex, and easy to master. The game has the modes from the original where you can be a cop or a racer trying to get away from the cop. Players have multiple point-to-point races that are on long parts of different roads, if you played the original you know exactly how this game works. You have to pay attention to avoid traffic and keep from getting busted or crashing.

You can bust through roadblocks or dodge them altogether by taking a short cut. I always liked the cop mode where you can be the police and try to catch the racers in the original and the 2010 version of the game delivers on all the fun the original game held for me and more. The environments in the game are rendered very well and have different environments from coastlines near the beach to mountainous roads.

To unlock new vehicles and races you collect bounty points by winning and driving well. As you collect more points, you get the new and cool vehicles with the cars ranging from common rides you see every day up to the Lamborghinis and other exotics many will go a lifetime without seeing in person. The game also has a rich online play that reminds me a lot of the online aspect of Burnout, which was awesome. You can challenge friends to beat your time in a certain race or you can try to beat their times if they best you.

My favorite online mode though is Hot Pursuit where one player is the cop and the others try to get away. Its tons of fun and you can hide and run them off the road or drop a spike strip to stop them. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is easily the best racing games of the year and one of my favorites of all time. You will want to put this game on your short list for the coolest titles of the holiday season.

Verdict

Pros

  • Great graphics
  • Lots of cars
  • Fantastic online play

Cons

  • None that I can see!
 

Conclusion

This game is so much fun that it’s easily one of my favorite games of all time on the PS3. I am glad to see a remake of a game that meant so much to me in my younger days that is actually better than the original. This is the game to get for fans of racing games this Christmas. This game is packed full o' win.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Leading our review center, Shane McGlaun (Google) knows technology inside out. His extensive experience in testing computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
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