follow us:

Latest News

Gears of War and Shadow Complex added to Xbox One backwards compatibility
Announced at E3 2015, Xbox One backwards compatibility was a welcome feature for many owners. Since then, it's been a slow wait for games to make the jump. Today, Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb announced two new games are now available. ... [read more]
Street Fighter V just got more beautiful thanks to Vega
If you worried that the Spanish claw-wearing psychopath would not show his beautiful face in Street Fighter V, well worry no more. Vega is back.... [read more]
Rovio gives you the bird again with Angry Birds 2
Rovio, creators of Angry Birds (and other games you haven't heard of), released the sequel to one of the biggest mobile games of all times. As of July 30, Angry Birds 2 smashed into the mobile app stores and into your chosen device. ... [read more]

Latest Articles

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Beta shows that the series still has some fight
The Gears of War: Ultimate Edition beta has ended and it has been an experience. With only multiplayer available to play, I was in game after game of Team Deathmatch and King of the Hill. With a shiny new presentation and new features, is this attempt enough to re-ignite th... [read more]
If you don’t play as Nova in Heroes of the Storm, you’re an idiot
Let me start off by saying that Nova is one of the best characters in Heroes of the Storm. ... [read more]
Steam Curator group threatens developers for free games
Original Trader Group(OTG), a Steam Curator group, requested two free keys to games in order to review for their curator page. When the developer did not respond, they resorted to intimidation. ... [read more]

Latest Reviews

Heroes of the Storm Review: The WoW of MOBAs is here
MOBAs are becoming more and more common as the competitive arena of choice. League of Legends and DotA changed the face of eSports by putting the new genre in the spotlight. Blizzard has entered the fray with their answer in the form of Heroes of the Storm.... [read more]
Dying Light Review: What happens when you do Dead Island correctly
Zombie massacre simulator is the description that comes to mind when I think of Techland's Dying Light. With so many implements of undead doom at your disposal, you can easily lose yourself in trying every weapon and item you come across. The real question, though, is does t... [read more]
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]

Latest Videos

O.G. Preview - Skyhill is 99 floors of random horror
Developed by Mandragora Studio, Skyhill is a different take on the "survive the zombie apocalypse" gameplay. Rather than having a whole world to explore, Skyhill puts you in a hotel with 99 randomly-generated floors. ... [read more]
8-Bit Eric: A Tribute to the History of Satoru Iwata
This video is a tribute to CEO and President of Nintendo Mr. Satoru Iwata, who sadly passed away just yesterday. This video is more a celebration of some of his biggest accomplishments and a preview of the wonderful history that this leader in gaming had.... [read more]
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]
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 August?

Shadowrun: Hong Kong
Madden NFL 16
Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
Volume
Rare Replay
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
Dishonored: Definitive Edition
View Results - View Comments

Podcast


Discussing the roots of r/Kappa with Dr. Mike


Saints Row 2 Review

Mario Kart DS Review

Saints Row 2 Review

Other Gaming News From The Web