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PS2 Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Review

by: Star189 ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 brings you the typical racing game action with a little twist: cops. This game features several single-player modes as well as an amazing multi-player race between speeders and cops. Find out all about the perks and pitfalls of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2.

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    Need for Speed 2

    For those that love some fast driving action on your PlayStation 2, Need for Speed: Hot Pursui 2 is one that you just cannot miss when it comes to your collection. Want to know for sure if this is a game that you might be interested in? Here is your Bright Hub gamer's review:

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    Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2RacingRunning from the Cops
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    The graphics for Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 add a nice touch to the game, but are not its strong suit. There are several different locations you can race in, but there isn’t much variation in the scenery, and the options are limited. While they are by no means bad, the graphics for other racing games provide more detail and sharpness. Players who have an appetite for adrenaline pumping crash scenes and realistic damage to their car will be disappointed with Hot Pursuit 2. The cars aren’t affected by damage, and don’t show any of the realistic dents and bangs that others do. There are no elaborate crash scenes, and running into the guardrail just bumps you back onto the track, which is hardly realistic.

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    Game Modes

    The different game modes are what set this game apart from the ordinary. The most notable, and arguably the best feature, is the option to play multi-player as cop and driver. Join up with your buddies while someone plays the role of the cop and the others play the drivers making a mad dash to avoid getting too many tickets within the time limit. This is hilarious to play or watch and also action-packed. The cop has the option to call in helicopters and use spike strips. However, the cop can also run over the spike strips and puncture their own tires so watch out!

    Single player mode delivers fast-paced action as well. There are a number of different trials, mostly timed, that vary in intensity. Some are traditional races to beat the clock while others require you to race or complete goals while traffic gets in your way and cops follow hot on your tail. Once again, the cops are what give this particular Need for Speed game its kick.

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    Overall this is an easy racing game. The controls are simple and it’s a lot harder to drive off the road and lose your position. This can be good or bad depending on how realistic and challenging you like the driving style of your games to be. The cops can be difficult to outrun and there’s always a stray car or a lone tree waiting to get in your way. While they won’t total your car, they will manage to interfere long enough for the cop to catch you. Cops add the challenge that is lacking from the easy driving style. If it’s too hard, you can turn them off. Best of all, when the computer players control the cop cars, they crash just like you do. Hot Pursuit 2 eliminates the irritating perfect computer drivers of other games.

    Playing as the cops is less challenging than running from them, and can be a lot more fun. The cop cars come with the ability to radio in back-up in the form of a helicopter that drops explosive. You can set up a spike strip to try and catch the speeder, and you can turn your siren on for extra effect.

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    Hot Pursuit 2 has plenty of extra cheat codes and unlockable items. This is helpful for those who don’t want to take the time to earn the rewards, or are renting the game and don’t have time to finish it. There are nine tracks that can be unlocked, two events, four special effects, and thirty-six cars. There are also challenges for unlocking new content in the races and missions so determined players can receive these rewards by working for them instead of using a cheat.

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    Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 is one of the nicer games in the series in terms of gameplay. The different modes, especially playing as the cop, are entertaining and add some spice to the racing scene. It provides hours of entertainment, but may lose its appeal quickly to players looking for dramatic crashes and a large number of missions and challenges. For a quick racing game, this makes a good choice.