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COPS: Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit edition

Of all the new Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit features headed our way, playing online was the one I was most apprehensive about. Fortunately, after several hours of play time, I can honestly say that Criterion’s done wonders towards making racing online fun again. Matchmaking, the Autolog, and friend-specific challenges ensure you’re not overwhelmed by either n00bs, nor people you’ll never beat in a million years. However, Hot Pursuit’s crowning online achievement just might be getting rid of all the assholes.


Above: Want to be a dick online? There's a place for you on the force!

You know those jerks who play online seemingly just to drive backwards and screw up everyone else’s good time? Play as cop, dickhead! People will hate you for the right reasons, you’ll actually earn XP in the process and its actually part of the greatest mode in the game, Hot Pursuit,  where players can play as either racers seeking pole position, or the cops trying to stop them. Have a look at your friendly neighborhood PoPo below:

 

I’m not sure where the Seacrest County Police force found in their budget to afford Lamborghinis and Bugattis but thank God they did! The cops are up against some of the slickest street racing vehicles on the planet, so the extra horsepower goes a long way in terms of law enforcement. Police aren’t just a little quicker off the line, either. Just like the racers, they’ve got EMP projectiles and tire-shredding spike strips, but the ability to call in helicopters and Road Blocks is exclusive to the fuzz.

Take down wily racers by setting up a surprise police barricade ahead on the track, or call in the chopper to go where you cannot and drop spike strips in front offending vehicles. I’ve played Hot Pursuit to death, and have loved it far more than I initially expected. Stay tuned for GR’s review very soon.

Oct 26, 2010

16 comments

  • a55h0le - October 28, 2010 9:05 p.m.

    I love the demo, love Need for Speed, but hate EA's shitty servers...
  • elpurplemonkey - October 28, 2010 5:52 a.m.

    I played the hell out of the original back in the day. I have high hopes for this one.
  • tyreese57 - October 27, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    this game go hame
  • Ruvalc - October 27, 2010 5:10 p.m.

    um? SWEET all the words that need to be said.
  • SAUGAPRIME - October 27, 2010 2:29 p.m.

    this games shit, wheres the mods? Just because he looks pretty dosen't mean it's gonna be a good game. Looks to short to me it's a good rental nothing more. Burnout was a game worth buying this one there just pulling a CoD move just trying to grab your money quick cuz there announing Dec 28th Need for Speed SHIFT2 release date. Need for speed wanted was a good NFS game but underground was the best for me.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - October 27, 2010 1:41 p.m.

    HOLY SHIT THERE'S A DEMO? *drops everything*
  • TruckThunders - October 27, 2010 1:20 p.m.

    The game looks very good. And damn you, Antista. I was expecting the trailer to have the "Cops" theme song over it. I kept waiting for the dramatic music to be cut off by "Bad Boys! Bad Boys!"
  • shadyteadybear - October 27, 2010 3:47 a.m.

    i really hope there's a great ammount of customization in this one, that's what i miss from like underground 2 n stuff, maybe like juced 2 or something
  • batmanboy11 - October 27, 2010 1:31 a.m.

    There's already a demo?! Downloading now! This will be the first racing game I'll be getting since Mario Kart Wii, whenever that came out...
  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - October 27, 2010 12:49 a.m.

    @ventanger Oh thank Christ, somebody got that. Otherwise it just looks like a colon overload. @PlainLikeVanilla You don't have to take my word for it. Go check out the demo and see for yourself
  • ThatGamerDude - October 27, 2010 12:26 a.m.

    Cant wait... CANT WAIT! MUST HAVE THIS NOW!!!!
  • SeattleSound - October 27, 2010 12:14 a.m.

    There is diarrhea leaking down my leg, this looks EPIC.
  • Cleanser247 - October 26, 2010 11:52 p.m.

    Aww, can't wait for this to come out! Looks great, and I can't wait to play as the cops : D
  • PlainLikeVanilla - October 26, 2010 11:50 p.m.

    As much as you've been talking this up on the podcast it better be damn fun.
  • davidhill - October 26, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    So stoked for this, can't wait until it hits shelves Nov 16th.
  • ventanger - October 26, 2010 11:30 p.m.

    Need for Speed is filmed on location with the men and women of law enforcement. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty, in a court of law. HWAH!! Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha wan, watcha gon do...

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