Excerpt: It was always going to be hard for Criterion's Need for Speed to break free from the Burnout mould. While Hot Pursuit isn't simply Burnout Paradise with licensed vehicles, it feels far closer to that series than it does the likes of Undercover, Most Wanted and Underground. Gone are the series' trademark car customisations and attempts at storytelling, now replaced by a fairly straightforward career that focuses on one thing: speed.
Summary: With 2008’s Burnout Paradise , Criterion Games solidified its spot as the king of fast-paced, arcade-style racing. So when Electronic Arts decided it was ready to take the Need for Speed series back to its early roots -- with its high-speed, open-road chases -- it was smart to tap the Guildford, England-based developer for Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit . The result is one of the best Need for Speed games to date, without question.
Excerpt: The iPhone has been responsible for some genuine gaming gems since the inception of the App Store back in 2008. Of course the appeal of such meagrely priced games is the option to enjoy some fast, user-friendly, pocket-sized fun on the go. To be perfectly frank, this is not the first penalty shoot-out game on the App Store and it’s very unlikely to be the last.
Summary: This game is so much fun that it’s easily one of my favorite games of all time on the PS3. I am glad to see a remake of a game that meant so much to me in my younger days that is actually better than the original. This is the game to get for fans of racing games this Christmas. This game is packed full o' win.
Pros: Great graphics, Lots of cars, Fantastic online play
Excerpt: Need for Speed is a series that has undergone a number of transformations over the past few years, The changes have been so radical with each iteration, that about all the games have in common is the Need for Speed moniker. That trend continues with this year's iteration in the long running street racing series, Hot Pursuit.
Conclusion: It's just plain fun. No other way around it. Criterion managed to bring back a series on the brink of collapse and make it into the best racing game of the year. Try to fill up your friends list with racers, though, as the experience hinges on it.
Summary: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit speeds past the arcade-racing competition with its deeply connected Autolog system, breathtaking visuals, and the thrill that comes with driving exotic cars at 200 mph while chasing, or escaping, your fellow racers.
Pros: Beautiful graphics, even at full speed, Playing as both cops and racers creates diverse gameplay, The Autolog system offers enormous connectivity
Cons: The AI is a bit predictable, The game modes may become a bit repetitive