follow us:

Latest News

Guitar Hero turns up the volume with heavy tracks
The Guitar Hero Facebook page revealed new metal and alternative tracks for the upcoming Guitar Hero Live on #TracklistTuesday. ... [read more]
The Evil Within’s final DLC introduces a new evil perspective
The Evil Within’s last DLC allows you to play as the Keeper in a brand new first-person camera mode. ... [read more]
Shuhei Yoshida confirms Bloodborne expansion
Players in need of more Bloodborne content will have more blood in the future as an expansion for the game is coming. ... [read more]

Latest Articles

Evolve, day 1 DLC, and the entitlement of gamers
Evolve hasn’t been out for 72 hours yet and gamers have already decided to make it public enemy number 1. This is thanks to the umbrella claim of “2K charging full price for an incomplete game, as well as for DLC that should have been included with the original purchase.... [read more]
PAX South Tour Guide Pt. 3 - Quick Tips
So far we’ve told you what to do in San Antonio as well as where to eat and drink while at PAX South. Now we have a few quick tips for those traveling to our great city. ... [read more]
The OG Replay for Jan. 19
We're less than a week from PAX South and everyone here is excited. Not only is one of the biggest gaming events coming to our home city of San Antonio, but we're going to have our own panel. ... [read more]

Latest Reviews

Tales From the Borderlands Ep. 1 Review: This time Telltale won't make you cry...that much
There are plenty of things to kill you on the planet of Pandora: the wildlife, bandits, and even $10,000,000. Or at least, that is if you are Rhys and Vaughn from Hyperion. The two of them are just a part of the cast in the first episode of Telltale’s Tales from the Borde... [read more]
The Order 1886 Review: A solid start to a possible big franchise
There are things that The Order gets it right, but has left plenty of room for improvement, which hopefully gets addressed in a sequel. ... [read more]
Sunset Overdrive Review: Grab an energy drink and grind some rails.
Insomniac Games heads to the Xbox One with their exclusive title, Sunset Overdrive.... [read more]

Latest Videos

8-Bit Eric Review: Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition
8-Bit Eric knows a bit about wrestling. That's why he's the perfect reviewer for Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition for the Wii U. ... [read more]
PAX South 2015: 8-Bit Eric does a Starr Mazer interview...kind of
On display at PAX South was a game called Starr Mazer, which mashes shmup gameplay with point-and-click adventure gameplay. 8-Bit Eric tried to do an interview with the developer, and well, you'll have to see what happens. ... [read more]
8-Bit Eric: Shiny the Firefly Review
8-Bit Eric takes a look at Shiny the Firefly on the Wii U. An indie game developed by Padaone games where you control a firefly on a rescue mission to protect its babies.... [read more]
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Review
Posted on February 27, 2011 by Original-Gamer.com

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit manages to keep itself unique from other racing games due to a simple choice: be the chaser or the chasee. It’s a wonder that few games have tried to copy that mechanic, but Hot Pursuit does what it does very well: pitting racers against cops.

FAST TIMES

Sure is Pretty - Burning rubber, flashing lights, and even the heat of the pavement show up in glorious detail. EA has the visuals down pat.

Cat and Mouse - There’s just something so immensely satisfying about takedowns in this game. The best laid plans are always open to error, which can lead to long and grueling battles that make every chance to gain ground more meaningful. If you use the slipstream to close in on your opponent, you’re more likely to eat road spikes which will slow you down immensely. Jammers can be used in a pinch to thwart the deadly EMP blast. The EMP blast doesn’t cause much damage, but it works from a distance and can put the nail in the coffin for a heavily damaged vehicle. There’s a counter for every counter, making sure that races don’t boil down to the same winning maneuver over and over.

Sticking It to the Man - Racers now have access to weapons of their own. They can use EMPs and spikes just like the cops, but unique to them are Jammers and Turbo. Jammers are immensely useful, as they shut down just about everything the cops have. It will disable their weapons, their maps, and even disable deployed spike strips while active. Turbo lets you blaze a trail for a short period of time. Combined with the nitro, it’ll help you get ahead of even the fastest cops. The balancing factor to these nice toys is that you have a fairly limited stock of uses, with a cool down between each use. Using them wisely is the key to surviving an entire race.

Satisfying Crunch - The vehicles in this game all have a real feel of weight to them. Cool cinematics highlight every intense crash or takedown, giving you a good sense of satisfaction when you take down a tough opponent. The excellent sound effects enhance the amazing visuals too.

Career Mode - A fully fledged career mode exists for both racers and cops. As you advance through either mode, you’ll unlock new vehicles and eventually gain access to all four weapons, although some races impose certain restrictions on them. You gain bounty points based on your performance in each mission. Time trials reward safe driving, finding shortcuts offer bonuses, and taking down racers with different tactics can provide extra points as well. Best of all, the points you earn in the career mode carry over to the online mode and vice versa.

TOTAL DRAG

No Customization - While the career mode is fun, there’s no standard quick race option. While this game has the same open-world layout as Burnout: Paradise, there’s no tweaking of the missions or the abilty to customize a race with AI opponents. It left me scratching my head as to why this option didn’t exist, because it really kills the game for players who don’t have an online connection.

No Racing Your Buddy on the Couch - Hot Pursuit has no offline multiplayer. EA, you’re not going to earn more money by making people go online, you’re only going to lose people who have actual friends to play with. There is just no excuse for this type of game to lack a split-screen option.

Online Pass - If the code for the online pass was already used, you’re going to have to shell out an extra ten bucks to EA when you buy this game used. With online being the only option for multiplayer, this suddenly becomes a much bigger issue.
 


 

 

The new Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a great ride: it looks great, drives very well, but lacks in options. The lack of offline multiplayer or race customization will only hurt the players who are expecting those options though, and if you’re fine with just the career mode and the online multiplayer, it will satisfy quite well. 

- Kyle

Original-Gamer.com - Original-Gamer.com og (@) original-gamer.com | all author's articles

What's your most anticipated game for May?

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Project CARS
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker
Magicka 2
Splatoon
View Results - View Comments

Podcast


#Gamergate debate talk with SPJ's Michael Koretzky


Saints Row 2 Review

Mario Kart DS Review

Saints Row 2 Review

Other Gaming News From The Web