Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2010
- Developer: Criterion Games
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Release dates: November 16th 2010 (North America) and November 19th 2010 (Europe)
- Available on: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii
High-speed police chases and exotic cars, the defining elements of Hot Pursuit, are definitely featured. Primarily inspired by the original Need for Speed on 3DO, it'll feature full career modes for both racer and cop, with both sides having their own power-ups such as calling for roadblocks and radar jamming. It'll also feature a social networking feature dubbed "Autolog". An experience system called "Bounty" has been confirmed, although this is unrelated to the bounty seen in Need for Speed Most Wanted. Criterion has described it as more realistic than Burnout Paradise, but less than a simulator, such as Need for Speed SHIFT. Free roam is also available, however unlike in previous installments, the police do not chase you in it, but it is merely for exploring and taking snapshots. There are 20 levels to each side (cops and speeders), the highest being "ultimate enforcer" and "most wanted", respectively.
The game features no customization, only paint jobs, thus staying true to NFS's roots. The Wii version, however, has the same customization system carried over from Need for Speed Nitro. Cockpit view is also absent.
The Need for Speed Hot Pursuit demo was released on October 26th, on the PlayStation Store and the Xbox Live Marketplace. Players got a chance to try out the new Autolog system and get 500 bounty in the full version. The PC version was not released. The demo ended on November 9th.
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit is set in Seacrest County, an entirely open world map which is four times larger than Paradise City, seen in Burnout Paradise. The police department in the game is dubbed SCPD (Seacrest County Police Department).
With its vast open-world, Seacrest County is the perfect place to get your fix for high-speed racing (or chasing) action. There are several diverse locales throughout – coast, desert, forest, and mountain – with unique features to provide each side of the law with certain benefits and challenges. One strong suggestion we'd make is to drive around the county a few times on your own before taking part in any pursuits. Get familiar with the beautiful scenery and its many hidden shortcuts.
- Operating system: Windows XP (SP3) / Windows Vista / Windows 7
- CPU: Intel Core® 2 Duo 1.8 GHZ or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4GHZ / Intel Core® 2 Duo E6700 2.6 GHZ or AMD Athlon X2 64 6000+ or better
- Memory: 1.5 GB Windows® XP / 2 GB Windows Vista® - Windows 7®
- Hard drive space: 8 GB of free space
- Graphics hardware: 256 MB DirectX® 9.0 compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher / GeForce 8800 GT or ATI Radeon HD 4700 or better
- Sound hardware: DirectX 9.0 compliant sound card / 5.1 sound card
- Network: Internet connection required for activation and multiplayer
- Input devices: keyboard, optional controller / Keyboard, joystick optional (Xbox 360 controller for Windows)
Source: Wikipedia article