Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a 2010 racing video game being developed by Criterion Games and will be published by Electronic Arts. It has been described as a "revolutionary" addition to the Need for Speed franchise. It focuses on racing and cop chases rather than car customization. Hot Pursuit, as the name implies, tends to return the series to the roots, and is inspired by the original 3DO Need For Speed game. The game released on November 16, 2010. More information regarding the game was revealed at E3 2010. The game won many awards at the E3 2010, include "Best Racing Game" and other "Best of E3"-awards. It is the first game in the Need For Speed series since the original Hot Pursuit to win an E3 award.
There are 60+ cars: most of them are available to both racers and cops, but a few are exclusive to each side. Most of them are exotics and feature cars such as the Lamborghini Reventon, McLaren F1, Bugatti Veryon and Pagani Zonda Cinque. Unlike previous NFS titles, however, there is no customization. The game takes place in a fictional city called Seacrest County, where there are no skyscrapers to 'pollute the view'. The city is focused on providing an extraordinary scenery to the players. The scenery ranges from dense forests to snowy mountains to fast highways to deserts. The free roam feature in the game lets you explore Seacrest County freely. NFS Hot Pursuit lets you play as either a cop or racer, and has a separate career mode for each side. The game's primary focus is to provide players with high speed cop vs racer chases.
The game also features many power-ups. Some are exclusive to the cops or racers. Power-ups include spike strips, which are used by both cops and racers and activate a spike strip from the back of the car and lay it on the road and EMPs (ElectroMagnetic Pulses) which are used by both cops and racers and can be used for taking down cops or racers, or for performing takedowns (which is an important feature of the Burnout series). Other power-ups include helicopters and roadblocks for cops & turbo and jammers for racers.
The game is released on the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and Microsoft Windows. The biggest feature about NFS Hot Pursuit is NFS Autolog. It 'changes the way you play with your friends'. This autolog feature will carry on in its next generation in Shift 2: Unleashed.
NFS Hot Pursuit has received high reviews, which generally praise the Autolog feature of the game and the intense cop vs racer chases.