follow us:

Latest News

Get the crew back together for a heist in GTA Online
After months of delays, Rockstar Games finally has some info about GTA Online heists. ... [read more]
The rise and fall and rise again of Hatred
It's been a long 24 hours for Destructive Creations. One minute their controversial game, Hatred, makes it way to Steam Greenlight then it's taken off the next and eventually added back on becoming the biggest gaming news story of the day. ... [read more]
Now English speakers can understand the Final Fantasy XV trailer
It’s been a long time. Too long. Not much longer. That’s right, Square Enix has an English dub of Final Fantasy XV on the way, and they released a trailer for it.... [read more]

Latest Articles

The rise and fall and rise again of Hatred
It's been a long 24 hours for Destructive Creations. One minute their controversial game, Hatred, makes it way to Steam Greenlight then it's taken off the next and eventually added back on becoming the biggest gaming news story of the day. ... [read more]
An Open Letter to 2K Sports - How 'Bout Them Spurs?
I saw your latest trailer for NBA 2K15, and I had to simply shake my head. As an avid San Antonio Spurs fan, you know that team that won the NBA Championship last year, I was disappointed with their exclusion from the trailer. After re-watching trailer, I realized that they ... [read more]
gamescom 2014: Sony shows off more indie games and hidden Silent Hill game
Lots of games ranging from AAA to Indie along with some shocking surprises were revealed at this year’s Sony Press Conference at gamescom in Cologne, Germany.... [read more]

Latest Reviews

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Review
With a three year development cycle, Sledgehammer Games had a lot at stake when they took charge in the leading the efforts behind Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Set in the future, Advanced Warfare's campaign is packed with explosive moments featuring cool new tech and gad... [read more]
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Review
If Batman: Arkham Asylum placed Rocksteady Studios in god’s shrine, then I can say with utmost confidence that it’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor that is a shining example for a great future that’s ahead for Monolith Productions. Shadow of Mordor has surprised the h... [read more]
Destiny Review
After creating one of the most iconic sci-fi first-person shooters with the Halo series, Bungie partnered with Activision to create their massive new IP, Destiny. Destiny is a multiplayer action shooter with heavier emphasis on RPG elements like character customization, prog... [read more]

Latest Videos

8-Bit Eric: Characters that should be in Smash Bros.
Smash Bros. is one of the most epic games of all time, with tons of characters from all sorts of gaming history featured, there are some good ones and bad ones, but there are also several that have been left out that 8-Bit Eric feels should be in the game. ... [read more]
8-Bit Eric: Retron 5 Unboxing
Hyperkin's Retron 5 is a retro gaming powerhouse that can play NES, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, and Gameboy Advance games. Find out what you get in the box with this video from 8-Bit Eric. ... [read more]
8-Bit Eric: Hyrule Warriors Review
8-Bit Eric reviews Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U, a new hack and slash game based on the Legend of Zelda that is a spinoff of the Dynasty Warriors series. How does this game hold up? ... [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 December?

Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX
The Crew
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series
Dungeon Defenders II
The Talos Principle
View Results - View Comments

Podcast


Let's get this holiday season started


Saints Row 2 Review

Mario Kart DS Review

Saints Row 2 Review

Other Gaming News From The Web