Why did I want to play it?
Growing up, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 was one of my favorite games on the PlayStation 2. Unfortunately I never really liked any of the other NFS games and it was obvious EA favored the other NFS titles more than Hot Pursuit so I stopped paying attention to NFS. Then one day I saw Hot Pursuit on Steam for sale so I bought it for very cheap.
How did the game age?
This game has aged very well. It looks good for an 8-year-old game and plays well. This may be the best racing game that I have ever played.
What is the genre and subgenre of the game?
It’s an arcade racing game
What did I think of the story?
There are two different campaigns, neither one has any story which is fine. I don’t want this game bogged down by a narrative. Just let me race. One of the campaigns is from the street racer side and the other is from the police side. Both you just kind of advance by racing and as you do well you unlock new cars and equipment.
My favorite car in the game was the Koenigsegg CCXR Edition. It was so fast but also controlled well. I could zip around corners almost seamlessly.
Are there puzzles and How are they?
No, no puzzles. Just get from point A to point B as fast as you can.
What is the gameplay like and how does it feel?
The gameplay is what makes this one of the best racing games that I have ever played. For the most part, the cars control so well and the game does an amazing job of making you feel like you’re going very fast. When you’re playing an arcade racer, that’s what you want. You want to feel like you’re going 200+ miles an hour.
What is my favorite moment or sequence from the game?
Its nothing major but there are so many cars to unlock in this game and you do it so quickly. The game gives you instant gratification by having you constantly unlocking new cars.
Was it fun?
Yes, of course, some of the most fun that I have ever had with a racing game.
How is the sound design and music?
The music is weak in this game but luckily that’s easy to fix. Go into settings, mute the in-game music and then play your own music while playing the game.
Recap: The Good
Controls well and feels good
Recap: The Bad
Recap: The Okay