Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Is Back!

Criterion Games, the developer behind the Burnout series, has resurrected the long dead Hot Pursuit franchise. The original franchise, in my opinion, produced some of the greatest racing games I’ve ever played. I can honestly say that Criterion’s new iteration of the series will definitely not disappoint fans.

The game takes place in the fictional Seacrest County, which offers a diverse set of regions including,  mountainous, forests, seaside and desert. Criterion is claiming the game will have over 100 open miles of open road, which is over ten and a half square miles. A map that size is four times larger than Paradise City.

There are many new changes that is coming as well. The first and most notable change players will see is that there is a career mode not only for the racers, but for the cops as well. The single player storyline boasts to have a deep plot, regardless of which path you take.

Another new addition is weapons and equipment, and no, not Twisted Metal style. Cops will have access to offensive equipment like police barricades, spike strips, EMP blasts to slow down cars and a police chopper. All of the police equipment is fairly self-explanatory. Racers will utilize more defensive equipment like: radar scrambler – to make it harder for cops to read their maps and decoy – which sends out another dot on cops radar, preferably used at road forks.

The last new feature is called Need for Speed Autolog. The Autolog gives you constant updates on everything happening in the world around you except for the actual race itself. Examples of this feature are information regarding your current bounty and performance of the players currently in the game. The Autolog will also scan your friend’s list to show how many have played the game, what modes they’re good at and what modes they’ve beat you in. To me, it closely resembles the challenges and street records that Burnout Paradise had. The Autolog also gives you the ability to upload your own photos and leave small messages for others, similar to a mini social network.

The stars of the game look exceptionally good, being the exotic beauties that they are. Some of the confirmed cars include: Lamborghini Reventon, Pagani Zonda Cinque, Bugatti Veyron 16.4 and the Koenigsegg CCX. There is an unofficial list you can check out here, with more cars to be revealed prior to release. My list of cars are based solely on the trailer alone.

Overall, the game looks to blow the originals out of the water. From the sense of speed and authentic engine sounds to the visually stunning detail of the cars before and after they’ve been run through a few police chases, the game definitely does the series justice. The game doesn’t release until November, but til then, it will definitely be in my top 5 wish list for 2010.


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