Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit - Platinum (PS3)
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Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit is being developed by Criterion Games, the developers behind the critically-acclaimed Burnout racing series. These renowned innovators are redefining action racing by delivering an experience that connects players through intense competition whether playing online together or taking on friends' challenges.
At the heart of Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit is a suite of connected features called Need for Speed Autolog that enables players to connect, compare and compete with their friends effortlessly.
Exotic cars on the open road, the rush of the escape, the thrill of the takedown - this is Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit.
Need For Speed Autolog - In Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, your friends drive your gameplay experience. Need for Speed Autolog is a revolutionary system that connects friends directly to each other's games, enabling them to compare and share all their experiences, pictures and challenges. Need for Speed Autolog instinctively delivers challenges based on what your friends have been doing, creating a hugely dynamic, socially competitive experience.
Weapons and Equipment - Enhance the intensity of the pursuit using multiple weapons as the heat level increases during a pursuit. Whether taking down suspects with a variety of cop weapons or using evasion equipment as a racer to outsmart the cops, players will always have a method for gaining an edge over their opponent.
Cars - In Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, the cars go from hot to hotter. Experience the thrill of driving the world's most desirable high performance cars at incredible speeds. Feel the power of busting suspects in supercharged cop interceptors like the Lamborghini Reventon or outsmarting the law as a racer in high performance supercars like the Pagani Zonda Cinque.
Seacrest County - Explore a world as diverse as the California coastline with desert, forest, seaside and mountainous regions. The open world of Seacrest County is designed to create the most intense pursuit experiences ever found in a racing game.
Let's get one thing out of the way - Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is an awesome game! My biggest regret is that a lot of people missed it waiting for Gran Turismo 5. After playing both of them I have to admit that NFS: Hot Pursuit is in many ways better.
Unlike Need for Speed Shift that's focused more on simulation, Hot Pursuit is pure arcade fun. The game is made by the same folks that gave us Burnout Paradise, arguably the best driving game of 2008. I'm talking of course about Criterion Games. The connection between games is pretty obvious. In example, when you crash someone of the road you score a "Takedown".
Very much like most games that come out these days, Hot Pursuit also has singleplayer and multiplayer components. You can play singleplayer as both a cop and a racer. The selection of cars is ok, but very limited when compared to the likes of Gran Turismo and Forza - around 50 cars. Hot Pursuits singleplayer starts strong but get's really repetitive near the end with races reaching the 10 minute mark.
Multiplayer on the other hand is by far the most polished I've even seen - in any game. There is practically no (gameplay) difference in playing offline and online. There could be some stuttering in the beginning of the race, but even that's rare. Another nice edition is Autolog that tracks your scores and scores from all of your friends.
Graphics are strong, along with audio. Hot Pursuit is hands down one of the prettiest driving games ever released with a great soundtrack reminiscent of the good ol' NFS: Underground days.
Stuff I liked:
Two SP campaigns, Awesome graphics and a stunning world, Fun factor rises greatly when you start playing online (which is impeccable), Soundtrack, Autolog, Crashing cops never gets old
Stuff I disliked:
Chase music and sirens when playing as a cop get annoying really quickly, Singleplayer gets boring after a while; the grind is too long, No Ferrari cars