45 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Just Expect to Have Fun,
This review is from: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, XBOX 360 (Video Game)
As someone who has played every single iteration of Need For Speed, as well as every Gran Turismo, Forza, Burnout, and all the small-name titles in between, there's an awful lot that I can compare this recent Need For Speed title to.
I felt something as I played the demo. I felt a return to the simple, point-to-point races from the very first NFS, the adrenaline of those tight, narrow-margin photo finishes from Burnout and the last Hot Pursuit titles, and from Most Wanted, the absolute thrill of running from - and often into - The Man...
And that's what Hot Pursuit is - plain and simple. Don't boot it up expecting hardcore driving physics. Don't expect to blow away the competition with highly tuned supercars, and don't expect to spend hours tweaking the layout of vinyls or leafing through dozens of aftermarket wheels and wings. What you can expect is some sweaty palms as you drift the last corner to the finish, a twisted face as you plow into that guardrail you saw one second too late, and a grin from ear-to-ear as you watch the cop car you just plowed into rolling down the road, raining shrapnel along the asphalt.
It's not perfect. I'll concede that. The rubber-banding is still pretty strong - I'm zipping at top speed down a straight as an opponent in the same car cruises on by... In addition, the cop chases are still treated too much like a race. I took a gorgeous shortcut in my cop car, got ahead of my suspects, spun the opposite direction and prepared for a head-on collision as the words "WRONG WAY" suddenly lit up the screen... What'ch'you mean wrong way?! I AM the Law!! (Granted, I hit my target at somewhere around a buck-fifty and INSTANTLY wasted the guy... So I wasn't really complaining.) Also, it appears that you're supposed to bring down your targets in order. During one cop event, I wound up between the 1st and 2nd place racers, and could NOT catch up to the first place car. Once I dropped back to take out the 2nd driver, suddenly the first place target was right in front of me. It's a bit more scripted than a flat-out cop chase should be.
But then you round a corner in your six-figure exotic, see ol' Smokey sittin' on the shoulder, and aim for the pig while pumping your engine full of nitrous oxide... A second later you're watching his twisted wreckage flipping down the road, only to be slammed into by your AI opponents who are subsequently knocked off their own course, and as control of your car is returned to you, you just can't help from laughing.
That to me is worth 4 stars.
Don't forget to wear your seatbelts! HAH!