Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit Review
- Adrenaline pumping soundtrack.
- Crisp graphics with gorgeously varied environments.
- Race or chase friends in local multiplayer.
- Varied power-ups to help or challenge players.
- No alternate control scheme.
- Relatively harsh penalties for minor errors.
From the roar of the engines, the feel of the road beneath your tires to the thumping soundtrack, Hot Pursuit is a seriously hard game to ignore or put back down.
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I know you can't see my face at the moment, but if you could you'd notice the burning hunger in my eyes, the small beads of sweat at the edges of my brow and possibly the gnawing of my lip as I attempt to concentrate while I write. I really want to get back to playing Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit.
After a few breaths and a drink of water I've calmed down and I realize that it's a shame the game only features tilt controls, however barring my own stupidity the game never really failed to translate small gestures in to perfectly executed maneuvers in the game. The Hot Pursuit series for Need for Speed places you behind the wheel of a highway patrol vehicle as you attempt to take down illegal racers, prove your skills against other cops or race to a crime scene as fast as possible. Realistically this boils down to either racing or chasing, however each environment; the tools you're given; and the insane technology everyone seems to have makes each mode a fight for superiority in handling, speed and skill.
Visually Hot Pursuit is jaw dropping and whether you situate the camera behind the car, the wheel or the bumper it's hard not to feel the unadulterated speed you're dealing with. While the game is an arcadey re-imagining of the physics of the real world, having your vehicle blunder through head-on collisions does feel a bit too lenient, but as it is restarts aren't uncommon as you attempt to eke out those few extra seconds or that one extra bump to finish the map early.
While I think it's interesting that players can purchase 'bounty' (the equivalent of experience) from an in-game shop, I can't help but feel that this ruins the balance of the game's difficulty, though perhaps it's not a bad idea for those who enjoy the experience over the challenge. Still, with local multiplayer, a career, achievements and some quick-races to choose from, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is a hard game to put down; in fact I'm off to play it again right now.
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FEEL THE RUSH OF THE ESCAPE & THE THRILL OF THE TAKEDOWN! Outrun the law in supercars like the Pagani Zonda Cinque – or stop racers cold in high-speed police interceptors like the Lamborghini Reventón. Made to maximize the Retina Display, the eye-popping visual quality will put your senses into overdrive!
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• Speedwall: Compete with friends and compare scores on our Leaderboard!
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CHOOSE YOUR WEAPONS!
Experience pulse-pounding action as you make the escape – or make the bust! As the Cop, lay down the law with roadblocks and spike strips – or fry the Racer’s electrical system with an EMP lock! As the Racer, make the getaway with overdrive, jamming, and oil slicks! Either way you go, you’ll be ready to duel it out on the road.
RACE UP TO 20 REAL-WORLD PRODUCTION CARS, INCLUDING 15 COP VERSIONS
Operate high-performance police interceptors or feel the awesome energy of burning up the highway in totally tricked-out supercars. Use nitro and hand brakes. Pull off 180° spins. Grind, nudge, evade, and drift! Accomplish extreme maneuvers and score bounty points!
PICK UP & PLAY AND CHASE CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS
Pick up and play and get rolling in seconds, or take it to the limit in up to 24 Cop or Racer Career Events. Collect bounty and progress to the top of the ranks.
GO 1-ON-1 AS COP OR RACER VIA LOCAL WIFI OR BLUETOOTH
Take on a friend and pursue…or be pursued! Play out the ultimate cat-and-mouse road race through local WiFi or Bluetooth.
VISUALLY STUNNING AND BUILT FOR SPEED LIKE NO OTHER NFS GAME
Focus on the chase with the intense HD-quality clarity of the Retina Display. Burn through coastal, desert, and mountain environments in night, day, and dusk scenarios. Experience epic takedowns and awesomely over-the-top crashes. You’ve never seen or felt anything quite like this on the App Store!
THE CRITICS ARE BLOWN AWAY!
Check out what they’re saying about Need for Speed Hot Pursuit for iPhone® & iPod touch®!
“…a great pick-up-and-play racer.” (Tracy Erickson, PocketGamer)
“…dishes up some seriously high-octane moments…” (Peter Lettieri, Touch Arcade)
“(5/5 – GREAT) “Visually Hot Pursuit is jaw dropping.” (appspy.com)
“…speed freaks will undoubtedly get their download dollars’ worth” (Levi Buchanan, IGN)
“...one slick looking game.” (Jeff Bordeaux, Gadget Review)
“It’s a blast.” (apptilt.com)