Summary: Bought this on a whim to fill the racing game whole in my heart, but was quick to learn this wasn't the racing game I was looking for. Still retains the 'acrade'-y feel Need for Speed always had. Gameplay wise you can take on the role of bad racer vs. good cop which essentially boils down to driving faster than cops or driving faster than the bad guys. There are a few unique twists for each side but nothing to write home about.
Summary: I've been playing NFS since the second one on my Voodoo graphics card, and this game just seems like an abomination of what was the original NFS III HP. The game is overall way too arcade like, and not realistic at all. I know, the NFS series and arcade style driving are like Jack and Jill but maybe I've played too much NFS Shift. This game just made me go "ugh". The controls are terrible and feel like you're driving in mud. Drive over a spike strip?
Summary: Ever since NFS Most Wanted, this franchise has gone way downhill. None of the following games have been able to live up to the amazing fun factor of that game. The Shift series is great, but I consider that a whole different series seeing as it's more of a simulator rather than arcade. So what's wrong with Hot Pursuit? * Maps are very linear with only a couple shortcuts thrown in. *Graphics look very plain to me (compared to say Split Second or Burnout Paradise).
Summary: If you really liked the Need for Speed (NFS) Undercover or Most Wanted, this installment will leave you wanting more. It really does have great visuals and spectacular landscapes, but its free drive mode is a poor add-on which has no bearing upon your career progression and does not include any "heat level" game play the previous titles had.
Summary: My biggest complaint is the absolutely horrible steering in this game. The car just will not turn and feels extremely sluggish. The complete experience is dismal so I may not even try and beat the game... I enjoyed the previous need for speeds, but this one seems to have almost zero depth. I was expecting something more, but the price just is not worth it for what you get... Borrow the game from a friend, wait for it to be come super cheap, or obtain it from other means.
a direct port from console versions, and little more
Eric Whitney, Amazon
17 November 2010
Summary: Like another reviewer, I too really wanted to like this game... I've been an avid Need for Speed fan for 15 years, and was hopeful that this could bring back the quality that's been lacking in the series for a bit. The reviews for the PS3 version came out first, and showed this game to be excellent. However, the PC version feels very much like an after-thought.
Summary: when it comes to games, I Only play Need For Speed. I got hooked on them back in the days when the 1st one had the R&T add on them. Anyways, what I'm trying to say is that I play absolutely nothing else. So when I heard that HP2 was comin out I was more than pumped, and the release date came and I was impressed at the new additions in the lineup like the new Lambo and da Carrera GT, however, when i started the tournament..
Summary: I've been an avid fan of the Need for Speed series since the beginning. When I saw this bundle being released, I was excited... finally, a chance to play the old classics like NFS II again (as my old version of NFS II didn't seem to run well under a modern operating system). Upon opening the box, I found five discs for all five games, and a small installation booklet.
Summary: I am (or was) a big fan of the Need for Speed series. I own all the previous versions and consider them to be some of the best PC driving games ever made. I particularly liked NFS Hot Pursuit (the original) because of the high replay value and the tournament play which featured currency-driven upgrades. Thus, I confidently preordered NFS Hot Pursuit 2 in September and anxiously awaited its arrival. Well, it's here and I am royally disappointed.
Summary: Having spent some time with the retail PC version of this game, I have no problem giving it two firm thumbs down. This game had all kinds of potential but it looks to me like EA was in a major hurry to get this to market. I will say that the graphics are stunning. The tracks and cars are extremely well done.