The need for speed. It’s kind of hard to believe this series dates back almost 30 years ago. Even before the series came into existence for the 3DO in late 1994, EA had bought the company responsible for it, Distinctive Software, in 1991. Still, despite the criticism we tend to give EA for their greedy practices, there’s a gem from them that I hold dear to my heart: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.
Maybe you’re fed up with the cops. You understand that their job is to ensure the peace of the county that they’re in, but perhaps you don’t trust them, or you find them cold, rude. Or you’re left scratching your head as to why you got pulled over for having a “dim license plate light” when in reality there’s nothing wrong with either you or your car, and now you’re late for work.
Now let’s flip it the other way around: perhaps you’re a cop yourself (or you used to be one). You feel like no one appreciates the hard, risky work that you put forth in maintaining order. You’re tired of the nasty people you have to put up with when you pull them over.
Whatever role that you fit in, do you want to take vengeance, albeit in video game form? Do you want to crush the cops and ruin their day? Do you want to bust racers out of aggravation? That’s the beauty that Need for Speed offers — you, the player, can assume either the role of a law enforcer or a law breaker.
Hot Pursuit was released in 2010 and is a reboot of Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit from 1998. The premise behind it is simple: chase or be chased. Drive some of the fanciest, exotic cars around, ranging from Bugatis, Maseratis, Aston Martins, Mercedes, McLarens, Koenigseggs, BMWs, Paganis, Bentleys, Lamborghinis, Jaguars, and more in the fictional place of Seacrest County (no, unfortunately Teslas aren’t included), which tries to resemble California, Oregon, and Washington, United States. Easily reach speeds of over 200 MPH as you race against other racers, beat the clock, escape from the cops, or bust racers before they reach the finish line.
The game received a remastered edition as part of its tenth anniversary in 2020. Textures have been upscaled, making cars and tracks look even better at 4K resolution. Even some of the less noticeable improvements, such as police lights reflecting off the walls when inside a tunnel, all make the game look nice and pretty in 2022. All previously released DLC has been included, and in addition there’s a Photo Mode, more paint colors to choose from for racers, a garage for seeing all the cars you’ve unlocked, and online multiplayer. The big caveat here though, is the physics engine hasn’t been updated to go beyond 60 FPS, so even if you have a monitor with a faster refresh rate, you won’t be able to enjoy smoother gameplay.
In my humble opinion, Hot Pursuit is the pinnacle of the Need for Speed franchise. It strips out the ghetto story and characters from the games released in 2015 onward, and instead primarily focuses on the combat and the racing. While Most Wanted (2012) boasted an open-world formula, it took one step back because weapons couldn’t be used. Rivals (2013) brought the weapons back, but it just doesn’t feel as good as Hot Pursuit. It was therefore an appropriate choice for Criterion Games to remaster this version over the rest, and I’m glad they did.
Cars are categorized into five different groups:
What makes a car fit into a certain category depends on its rarity and how fast they drive, with sports cars being the slowest (think 130 MPH max), most common, to Hyper having the rarest, fastest cars (200+ MPH). In the Career mode, both cops and racers will start off with the sports cars, and as time goes on, the faster vehicles will get unlocked.
Speaking of Career mode, racers participate in one of six events:
- Race — as it implies, this is a race against other racers, without any sort of police presence involved
- Duel — one on one versus another racer
- Time Trial
- Preview — similar to Time Trial, albeit you get to try a new vehicle out
- Hot Pursuit — fight against the cops while trying to make it to the finish line in one piece (and in first place)
- Gauntlet — similar to Hot Pursuit, except you’re on your own here; there’s no other racers to help you fight the police
Cops have the following events:
- Interceptor — bust a racer in the fastest time possible
- Preview — take a brand new car out and compete for the fastest time on the clock, but be careful; hitting any obstacle induces a time penalty
- Rapid Response — pretty much like a Time Trial, but time penalties are incurred for traffic collisions, and usually the patrol officer is pitted against heavy traffic conditions
- Hot Pursuit — bust as many racers as possible before they reach the finish line
There’s 78 events for racers, and 63 events for cops. The game is linear-based. Most events generally aren’t going to last longer than five minutes, but towards the end, races extend much longer and can last as long as ten minutes. Unlike a typical three-lap race in other racing games, races in this game only have a single lap and can range from seven miles to 43 miles. In-game tracks feature licensed music from the likes of Thirty Seconds to Mars, Benny Banassi, and Deadmau5. Hit or miss here, but I guess you can add your own music.
There’s no difficulty selection when choosing an event. I can say that they’re challenging, but they’re not overbearing. AI for the most part work great; they go where they should. Some Interceptor missions for cops can be a bit annoying, because the racer is constantly turning back and forth on the freeway.
Because the cops have cars that are specifically tuned for top speed and acceleration, they will reach a racer no matter how fast they drive (except for when using turbo boosts). Therefore, you can be rest assured that you will always be fighting a cop well throughout the race, even if you wreck them (they’ll just keep coming). Interestingly enough, as a racer, you can hear the police as they communicate to each other.
Depending on your performance, you’ll get a gold, silver, or bronze medal after the event, and you’ll earn bounty (basically the equivalent of experience). Earn enough bounty, and your rank rises, unlocking new vehicles and weapons. If you’re a racer, you can choose what color you want for your vehicle prior to starting the event. My personal favorite is a combination of (mostly) black, with a subtle hint of red (so like this pictured in the screenshot, but in reverse).
Some events can be a bit redundant (I would say there’s an average of six events per area), but the environments are gorgeous. You can drive off-road to a beach or the flying pad for airplanes. Some areas will be re-explored during different parts of the day. For instance, there’s a race that takes place at 3 in the morning. On the other hand you could have that same area be driven at 8 o’clock at night, watching the beautiful sunset. Other parts of the map include a more winterized road, or a forest-like area where there’s only thin strips of pavement. It’s a good variety that doesn’t seem to get dull.
Hot Pursuit is about arcade-y as it gets. Which I don’t personally have a problem with: I actually prefer this over the less interesting simulator-type games. Honestly, every car handles about the same when it comes to drifting: hit the brake for a little bit (might even need the handbrake if you don’t react fast enough), go easy on the gas, and it’s no different driving a Mazda RX-8 over a Corvette ZR1. Handling isn’t even different when driving on wet pavement. The difference between cars really comes down to their acceleration and their top speed. Higher-slung cars will drive better off-road than their low-slung counterparts. Oh, and every car is built like a tank: they (and the driver) can survive multiple head-on crashes at 200+ MPH, drive through a spike strip without getting a deflated tire, and flinch for just a brief second when hit with an EMP. Far from being realistic, but that’s what makes the game so entertaining.
If either a cop or a racer crashes, they’ll survive and get back in the race in just a few seconds. They can sustain about four crashes before they’re disqualified for the race. If they’re disqualified, the event is over, and no awards are won.
Both racers and police cruisers are equipped with nitrous. Driving recklessly as a racer — including driving on the oncoming lane, barely missing other cars, and slipstreaming behind racers — is encouraged, as it will fill up the nitrous gauge faster. Cops fill their gauge more quickly than racers, but the disadvantage they have is they can’t use it as long. Both cops and racers can also earn nitrous faster by driving through shortcuts.
Weapons? What fun is a racing game without them? Hot Pursuit has got ’em. Both racers and cops have EMPs and spike strips. EMPs take a while to target, but when they hit, not only does it deal a decent chunk of damage, but if timed right it can make the opponent crash head-on to a railing, since they temporarily lose control of their car. Spike strips are deployed behind the car, and when someone hits it, it slows them down temporarily.
The two weapons that differ from the chasers to the chased is that the former have roadblocks and helicopters, while the latter have Turbo boosts and jammers. Cops can make use of roadblocks to call in a bunch of cruisers to block a racer’s path, but the caveat is if the racer is smart enough, they can squeeze through the gap provided and escape unharmed. Helicopters will fly ahead of racers and deploy spike strips, but they can’t follow a racer if they enter a tunnel.
A racer can deploy a jammer to briefly interrupt police communications. During this time, the officer’s mini-map will be lost, and they can’t use any weapons. Also, if a cop is in the middle of lining up an EMP, jammers will interrupt this. Any spike strips they have deployed will also contract in size and will be useless.
The police chases are the most entertaining about this game. The music gets intense, and your heart starts racing. Busting a racer (or the other way around) is pretty fun, while trying to survive and make it in first place. You can use your nitrous and slam into your opponent for extra damage.
Online multiplayer actually offers crossplay between PC, Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox. As such, it greatly increases the chance of finding someone else to play with. One mode that is unique here is Most Wanted. A racer will be the most wanted. Other racers will try to escort this racer’s escape while the cops’ job is to bust him. You can still earn bounty here as well, so if you don’t want to progress in the Career mode, you can still unlock new cars. Online multiplayer that I’ve tried so far has been pretty fun. My only complaint here is there should be a “All Classes” filter option when finding a particular game: instead there’s the five speed categories I mentioned earlier, so it can be difficult to find one where there are people.
Works out-of-the-box with vanilla Wine 7.0-rc5 via Origin through Lutris. Video playback and everything else works. Mostly flawless 60 FPS well throughout the time I played it on Ultra settings at 1440p with my GTX 1660 Super. There will be a few moments where the shaders get cached and briefly cause the game to hang, but it’s uncommon and doesn’t last any longer than a second or two. Multiplayer works great here as well. Rated Gold over on ProtonDB.
If you crave a game with decent arcade racing mechanics, with thrilling chase scenes and weapons to boot, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a great game to try.
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Can my computer run Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered? ›
Here are the minimum PC specs and requirements you'll need to run Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit Remastered: You'll need Windows 10, a graphics card like a Radeon HD 5870, GeForce GT 640, or equivalent, 8GB of RAM, and an Intel i3 2120, Phenom II X4 965, or equivalent processor to meet the minimum requirements.What is better in NFS Hot Pursuit remastered? ›
There are traditional online races, but the best mode remains the titular “Hot Pursuit”, which has a team of four racers outrunning a team of four cops. It still can't get better than that, especially when you can find a quality online match.How many hours of playtime is NFS Hot Pursuit remastered? ›
When focusing on the main objectives, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is about 14 Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 32 Hours to obtain 100% completion.What is the difference between Need for Speed Hot Pursuit and Hot Pursuit remastered? ›
USE THE SLIDER, SEE THE DIFFERENCE
Right side is the remaster at max settings in 4K. If you originally played on the console version, the difference is even greater. Thousands of destructible assets have been added to the world for the remaster to make it feel more full and alive.
PLEASE NOTE THAT AN INTERNET CONNECTION AND DOWNLOAD WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THIS GAME. Feel the thrill of the chase and the rush of escape in Need for Speed™: Hot Pursuit Remastered. Unleash a savage sense of speed both as an outlaw and a cop in the world's hottest high-performance cars.Is Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered the same as the original? ›
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered is the improved and new version of the original Hot Pursuit game which was released back in 2010. This release tries to capture the high-speed highway races with current-gen visuals without changing the basics too much as this still is a Remaster and not a Remake.What is the best car in NFSH? ›
- Porsche 911 Carrera RSR.
- 1971 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTR.
- Mazda RX7.
- BMW M3 6.
- Ford F-150 Raptor.
The graphics in Need for Speed Payback are considerably better than its older counterpart. The quality of the cars imagine is dramatically improved, but the biggest graphics improvement is in the world around the player. The improvement in the detail put into the playing environment is clearly seen in the images below.What is the difference between NFS Hot Pursuit remastered and original PC? ›
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Hot Pursuit's Remaster features more details within the game world and an improved shadow system, as can be seen with the increased of parked vehicles in the area seen below and in the building shadows at the right of these screenshots.
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Why is NFS Hot Pursuit so good? ›
Overall, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is an excellent racing game. Despite being a decade-old game, the handling is superb and makes navigating the tight roads of Seacrest County a delight. With its portable nature and the ease of getting straight into a race, this Need for Speed is a game you should hot pursue!Can you play as a cop in hot pursuit remastered? ›
The Cop Career in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered is a career with a series of police events involving players taking on the role of an officer within the Seacrest County Police Department.How many people are playing Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered? ›
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Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered will be free via Prime Gaming. As of the 1st December 2021, Amazon Prime subscribing PC games will be able to claim a free digital copy of Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered thanks to Prime Gaming.How old is NFS Hot Pursuit remastered? ›
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010 video game), by Criterion Games, released in 2010. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered, a 2020 game in the Need for Speed franchise.How do you play free roam on Need for Speed Hot Pursuit? ›
Just hover to any Racer/Police event, and you should be able to hover Free Roam. It's usually right control button.Is NFS Hot Pursuit remastered split screen? ›
Unfortunately, there's no local multiplayer which is a big missed opportunity for any racing game. Split-screen multiplayer with one player as the racer and the other as the cop seems like it would have been a ton of fun.Is there a city in Need for Speed Hot Pursuit? ›
Gameplay. When we talk about great NFS games we usually think about the Underground series, Most Wanted or Carbon games. All of these mentioned titles are city drivers with narrow city streets and mainly driving inside the city. Hot Pursuit does things differently, you drive on the highways, there is no city.What is the world's fastest car? ›
The fastest production car in the world in terms of projected figures (before an official run has been made) is the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut, with a calculated top speed target of over 310mph.What is the 2nd fastest car in NFS heat? ›
- 1 Koenigsegg Regera '16.
- 2 Ferrari FXX-K Evo '18. ...
- 3 McLaren P1 GTR '15. ...
- 4 Ford GT. ...
- 5 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. ...
- 6 Ferrari LaFerrari '13. ...
- 7 McLaren P1 '14. ...
- 8 Polestar 1 '20. ...
Which NFS is the best to play? ›
- Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. ...
- Need for Speed Heat. ...
- Need for Speed Rivals. ...
- Shift 2: Unleashed. ...
- Need for Speed: Shift. ...
- Need for Speed. ...
NFS Rivals is not like the previous games of NFS which were much better and funny with gameplay and physics that's why I think you should go with Hot Pursuit because it still looks better and even has more cars but because it was released 7 years ago, it doesn't have new cars but that doesn't means it is a bad game, ...Can I run NFS Hot Pursuit without graphics card? ›
The minimum graphics card required is an NVIDIA GeForce 6200. EA does not give any official recommended requirements but we'd recommend at least an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti to run the game at its best. An Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 CPU is required at a minimum to run NFS Hot Pursuit.How do I know what version of Need for Speed Hot Pursuit I have? ›
Right click on the most likely file and select properties. Select the "details" tab, and the version number should be listed.What is the shortest race you can run? ›
Aside from a simple one-mile race, the 5k is the shortest race you can run. Its 5 km (3.1 mile) length draws beginners and seasoned runners alike.What is the oldest NFS? ›
- 3.1.1 The Need for Speed (1994)
- 3.1.2 Need for Speed II (1997)
- 3.1.3 Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit (1998)
- 3.1.4 Need for Speed: High Stakes (1999)
- 3.1.5 Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed (2000)
- 3.1.6 Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (2002)
- 3.1.7 Need for Speed: Underground (2003)
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Depending on your specifications, 4K/60 FPS is supported on PC, and players can choose between 4K/30 FPS or 1080p/60 FPS on PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X. Base versions of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will run the game at 1080p/30 FPS.
It all comes down to licenses. EA was able to get the Ferrari license for the games up to Hot Pursuit 2. Then, they decided to change the direction of the franchise. In doing so, they decided they didn't need the license anymore.Can you become a cop in story mode? ›
In GTA 5, there's no police academy and no applications you can fill out to work in law enforcement. However, in single-player story mode, a change of clothes and a stolen police cruiser can land you a job with the Los Santos Police Department.
Can you customize cars in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered? ›
An all new feature in Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered, create your own custom racer and give your car some style with new customization options.What changed in Hot Pursuit remastered? ›
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered has been updated to provide higher resolution car models, more objects and props, higher resolution shadows and better draw distances. Not only that, but you can also experience the game in up to 4K resolution and 60fps on PC.How to unlock DLC cars in NFS Hot Pursuit Remastered? ›
Just play the Porsche events and you'll unlock them as rewards. You have to beat their selected events. Beating those events will unlock those 4 cars.How do you enter cheat codes on Need for Speed Hot Pursuit? ›
To enter this code you first have to enter Hot Pursuit, Single Race (with traffic or with other racers), etc. After pressing start at speedometer, hold L2+R1+Select+Start until the loading screen disappears.How do you enter cheats on Need for Speed Hot Pursuit? ›
To use general cheats for Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2, launch the game using the command prompt window. Enter the location of the NfsHS.exe file into the command window, add the cheat code to the end, then press Enter to begin the game with the cheat enabled.Which NFS game is free? ›
Need for Speed No Limits - Free Mobile Game - EA.What cars were removed from NFS Hot Pursuit remastered? ›
Whilst the remaster includes all cars, including post-launch downloadable content, there are three omissions from the original game's cars list; the Carbon Motors E7 Concept, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition, and Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss Edition.
Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit Remastered on Steam. Feel the thrill of the chase and the rush of escape behind the wheels of the world's hottest high-performance cars in Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit Remastered– a heart-pumping, socially competitive racing experience.Can I run Need for Speed Heat without graphics card? ›
NEED FOR SPEED HEAT - PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
You'll need Windows 10, a graphics card like a Radeon HD 7970, GeForce GTX 760, or equivalent, 8GB of RAM, and a Core i5-3570 or equivalent processor to meet the minimum requirements.
NFS The Run System requirements ask for a minimum graphics card equivalent to an NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT. However, the recommended GPU is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 You'll need a minimum of 3 GB of RAM, but 4 is recommended by the developers to run NFS The Run at its best. Will your PC run the latest NFS?
Does Need for Speed Hot Pursuit remastered work with steering wheel? ›
Re: Hot pursuit remastered steering wheel support? While there isn't official support, many wheels will work without issue.Can you play as a cop in Need for Speed Hot Pursuit? ›
The Cop Career in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered is a career with a series of police events involving players taking on the role of an officer within the Seacrest County Police Department.How many GB is NFS Hot Pursuit remastered download? ›
Storage: 45 GB available space.Which NFS has the biggest map? ›
Need for Speed Unbound (2022) map
Criterion's design is definitely different from the Ghost Studio, the developers of the previous three titles, and there is no doubt that with Unbound they have created one of the greatest maps in the history of Need for Speed games, although it may not seem so at first glance.
The developers set the minimum required GPU at the GeForce GTX 760 and the Radeon R9 280X/Radeon HD 7970. EA and Ghost Games decided that you will also need at least an Intel Core i5-3570 or an AMD FX-6350 for your CPU. In addition to the GPU and CPU requirements, your computer should also have at least 8 GB of RAM.What happens if you run a PC without graphics card? ›
A computer can work without a dedicated graphics card, but it will rely on the integrated graphics processor (IGP) that is built into the CPU. This means that the computer will not have the same level of graphical performance as it would with a dedicated graphics card.Can you game with just a CPU? ›
So long as the CPU has an integrated graphics card then yes you can play very basic games such as Counter-Strike or games from 15+ years ago, however don't expect good performance in any modern game or game that requires a dedicated GPU.What happens if you run a game without enough GPU? ›
Originally Answered: What happens to my PC if I play a game without enough CPU or GPU I mean can it hurts my PC? It won't hurt your PC. It will just run with very poor performance (slow) and may not be fully playable if the system is really underpowered.Which processor is best for gaming without graphics card? ›
Intel Core i9-13900K – Best high-end gaming CPU
AMD's $550 Ryzen 9 7900X is another solid option that offers high frame rates, but paying that much for a 12-core chip doesn't make sense if pure gaming is your goal.
An all new feature in Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered, create your own custom racer and give your car some style with new customization options.
How do you unlock FPS in Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered? ›
And, this is possible if you have an NVIDIA GTX graphics card.
- Close the game.
- Open Control Panel.
- Open NVIDIA Control Panel.
- Select 'Manage 3D Settings' on the taskbar.
- Go to 'Program Settings'
- Select 'nfs11'
- Go to 'Vertical Sync'
- Select 'On'
Need for Speed Heat's latest patch has added steering wheel support for the game across all systems, so you can now have a greater deal of control than a controller will allow for.