Well done arcade racer, but you can take cops out.
Common Sense Media
26 January 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is an illegal street racing game that encourages you to win races by any means necessary -- this includes smashing into cars, using weapons (like an EMP blast), or forcing others off the road to crash. The crash sequences are overly dramatic -- including slow-motion camera angles that sensationalize the smash -- and gamers will see words on the screen such as "Wrecked Cop" and receive a "bounty" (reward) based on their...
Summary: To be honest, I haven’t even played a Need for Speed game since the original Hot Pursuit , so I probably missed out on a lot of great racing action, but this game really brought me back to time I spent in late high-school and early college playing through the original. Running from the cops in the hot pursuit mode is exhilarating and chasing the bastards down as the cops is just as fun and you really feel a sense of accomplishment when you take down other players online.
Summary: Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit on Wii is a very poor excuse for a racer that feels like a slap in the face compared to its PS3/Xbox 360 cousin. Taking the game in a different direction is fine, but not a single thing here feels as if it was given the proper time and care needed to live up to its potential, let alone surpass last year's game. Instead, it's just a boxy, ugly car crash.
Excerpt: Need for Speed Hot Pursuit va vous permettre de vivre des poursuites sensationnelles, à pleine vitesse, avec la possibilité de jouer pendant toute une carrière le rôle du policier ou celui du pilote, en solo ou en ligne. Arrestations à pleine vitesse, évasions spectaculaires, tout est...
Excerpt: I don’t know about you, but when I think about the golden age of gaming about 10-15 years ago, I’d kind of liked if it stayed like back then. True, there weren’t so many games which shouted “play me, play me” from the store shelf; but almost everything on the market offered the maximum possible at that age’s technology level: consistent single-player gameplay and multiplayer with all options available: LAN, online, Split Screen where it fitted the genre, versus and...
Pros: Good graphics, Licensed cars and soundtrack, Racer or cop, your choice, The speed feeling
Cons: Disappointing damage model, Many (essential) elements missing from single and multiplayer, Weak AI that tries to compensate through cheating
Summary: Woran erkennt man, wenn ein Vertrieb nicht mehr allzu viel Vertrauen in die Spieleserie steckt, die seit Jahrzehnten die Zockerherzen weltweit verzückt, zuletzt aber nur noch einen Schatten seiner selbst darstellte? Im Falle der „Need for Speed“-Reihe wird dies dadurch deutlich, dass Electronic Arts kurzerhand das Entwicklerstudio Criterion Games aufgekauft hat, das sich mit „Burnout“ einen Namen machte, und für den neuesten Ableger engagierte.