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Overview

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 is a racing game developed by Black Box for the PlayStation 2 and by EA Seattle on the Xbox, GameCube and PC. It was published by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox and PC. The game launched first on the GameCube on September 30, 2002, then on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox on October 1, 2002. It later released on the PC on the 21st of October, 2002. The game is the sequel to 1998's Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit, despite there being 2 games in the franchise in between III and HP:2. Like its predecessor, Hot Pursuit 2 focuses heavily on police chases in exotic cars around picturesque locations around the world.

The game features a number of improvements over previous entries in the franchise including event-tree objective modes, a wider variety of cars and a substantial amount of additions to police offensive and defensive abilities.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 was released to both critical and commercial acclaim, gaining incredibly favorable reviews for the PS2 version and, to this day, is still considered by many to be the franchise's peak. The GameCube, Xbox and PC version suffered with a number technical issues as well as a severe lack of features found in the PS2 version.

Game Modes

There are two main modes of play in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2. The first mode is, obviously, Hot Pursuit mode. The second mode is World Racing mode, which is a more traditional, single-player racing mode. Each mode has a number of different event types which are listed below:

Hot Pursuit Mode

Ultimate Racer Event Tree (PC Version)
  • Quick Race : This randomly selects a car, track and game mode and instantly puts you into a race. This mode has cop cars turned on.
  • You're the Cop: This mode lets you take control of a police car as you attempt to intercept and arrest high-speed drivers. Players must turn on their siren as cars speed by to target them and proceed to ram them into submission. Players also have the ability to call in support from the police force to take down the opponent such as roadblocks, helicopters or back-up police cruisers.
  • Challenge: This mode lets you select a car, a track and a game mode to playthrough. Essentially, Quick Race with customizable options. This mode has cop cars turned on.
  • Ultimate Racer: One of NFS: HP2's two main modes. Ultimate Racer is an event tree-based challenge mode that pits the player in a variety of races and challenges. Advancing further into the tree unlocks better cars, harder tracks and other extras. Ultimate Racer has certain "You're the Cop" events, as well.

World Racing Mode

Championship Mode Event Tree (PC Version)
  • Quick Race: This randomly selects a car, track and game mode and instantly puts you into a race. This mode has cop cars turned off.
  • Challenge: This mode lets you select a car, a track and a game mode to playthrough. Essentially, Quick Race with customizable options. This mode has cop cars turned off.
  • Championship: The second of two main modes in HP2. Championship Mode is an event-tree based challenge mode that pits the player in a variety of races and challenges. Advancing further into the tree unlocks better cars, harder tracks and other extras.

Car List

The game categorizes cars into five different classes, from E to A. The higher the class, the better the car. Certain cars are also available/unavailable depending on the game mode.

* These cars are classified according to the PlayStation 2 version's car categorization. It differs on the PC/Xbox/GC version.

E Class

Lotus Elise

Make: Lotus

Model: Elise

Horsepower: 122 HP

Top Speed: 200 km/h

0-60 MPH: 5.6 seconds

Unlock Condition: Complete Hot Pursuit Event 1

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Accumulate 250,000 NFS points

Opel Speedster

Make: Opel

Model: Speedster

Horsepower: 145 HP

Top Speed: 220 km/h

0-60 MPH: 5.7 seconds

Unlock Condition: Available from start

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Complete Hot Pursuit Event 2

Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: CL55 AMG

Horsepower: 355 HP

Top Speed: 250 km/h

0-60 MPH: 5.8 seconds

Unlock Condition: Complete Championship Event 2

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Lead all laps in a Single Race with the Normal version

Vauxhall VX220

Make: Vauxhall

Model: VX220

Horsepower: 145 HP

Top Speed: 220 km/h

0-60 MPH: 5.6 seconds

Unlock Condition: Available from start

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Lead all laps in a Single Race with the Normal version

Ford Falcon TS50

Make: Ford Australia

Model: Falcon TS50

Horsepower: 335 HP

Top Speed: 250 km/h

0-60 MPH: 5.9 seconds

Unlock Condition: Complete Championship Event 3

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Win a one-player World Racing Knockout with advanced-difficulty opponents.

Ford Crown Victoria

Make: Ford

Model: Crown Victoria

Horsepower: --- HP

Top Speed: --- km/h

0-60 MPH: --- seconds

Unlock Condition: Not available in normal modes

Pursuit Edition Unlock Condition (Challenge Mode): Complete Hot Pursuit Challenge 5

Pursuit Edition Unlock Condition (You're The Cop): Available from start

D Class

Jaguar XKR Coupe

Make: Jaguar

Model: XKR Coupe

Horsepower: 250 HP

Top Speed: 370 km/h

0-60 MPH: 5.2 seconds

Unlock Condition: Available from start

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Accumulate 150,000 NFS points

HSV GTS Coupé

Make: Holden Special Vehicles

Model: GTS Coupé

Horsepower: 402 HP

Top Speed: 275 km/h

0-60 MPH: 5.1 seconds

Unlock Condition: Accumulate 50,000 NFS points

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Drive a clean race in a Single Race with the Normal version

BMW M5 Make: BMW

Model: M5

Horsepower: 394 HP

Top Speed: 250 km/h

0-60 MPH: 5.3 seconds

Unlock Condition: Available from start

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Not available

C Class

Make: Ford

Model: Mustang SVT Cobra R

Horsepower: 385 HP

Top Speed: 282 km/h

0-60 MPH: 4.9 seconds

Unlock Condition: Available from start

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Accumulate 500,000 NFS points

Pursuit Edition Unlock Condition (Challenge Mode): Complete Hot Pursuit Challenge 18

Pursuit Edition Unlock Condition (You're The Cop): Lead all laps in a Single Race with the Normal version

Ferrari 550 Barchetta

Make: Ferrari

Model: 550 Barchetta Pininfarina

Horsepower: 485 HP

Top Speed: 300 km/h

0-60 MPH: 4.3 seconds

Unlock Condition: Accumulate 200,000 NFS points

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Accumulate 1,000,000 NFS points

Ferrari 360 Modena - Challenge Edition

Make: Ferrari

Model: 360 Modena Challenge Edition

Horsepower: 400 HP

Top Speed: 290 km/h

0-60 MPH: 4.5 seconds

Unlock Condition: See: 360 Spider

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Complete Championship Event C32

** This car is exclusive to the PlayStation 2 version **

Ferrari 360 Spider

Make: Ferrari

Model: 360 Spider

Horsepower: 400 HP

Top Speed: 290 km/h

0-60 MPH: 4.4 seconds

Unlock Condition: Complete Championship Event 16

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: See: 360 Modena

BMW Z8

Make: BMW

Model: Z8

Horsepower: 394 HP

Top Speed: 250 km/h

0-60 MPH: 4.6 seconds

Unlock Condition: Accumulate 100,000 NFS points

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Not available

Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

Make: Aston Martin

Model: V12 Vanquish

Horsepower: 450 HP

Top Speed: 306 km/h

0-60 MPH: 4.5 seconds

Unlock Condition: Complete Championship Event 18

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Accumulate 400,000 NFS points

B Class

Porsche Carrera GT - Concept Version

Make: Porsche

Model: Carrera GT - Concept Version

Horsepower: 558 HP

Top Speed: 330 km/h

0-60 MPH: 3.9 seconds

Unlock Condition: Complete Championship Event 26

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Accumulate 3,500,000 NFS points

Porsche 911 Turbo

Make: Porsche

Model: 911 Turbo

Horsepower: 414 HP

Top Speed: 305 km/h

0-60 MPH: 4.1 seconds

Unlock Condition: Available from start

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Accumulate 750,000 NFS points

Lamborghini Murciélago

Make: Lamborghini

Model: Murciélago

Horsepower: 571 HP

Top Speed: 330 km/h

0-60 MPH: 3.7 seconds

Unlock Condition: Complete Championship Event 21

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Accumulate 3,000,000 NFS points

Pursuit Edition Unlock Condition (Challenge Mode): Complete Hot Pursuit Challenge 27

Pursuit Edition Unlock Condition (You're The Cop): Win a Knockout race in the Normal version

Lamborghini Diablo 6.0 VT

Make: Lamborghini

Model: Diablo 6.0 VT

Horsepower: 550 HP

Top Speed: 330 km/h

0-60 MPH: 3.8 seconds

Unlock Condition: Complete Hot Pursuit Challenge 22

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Accumulate 2,000,000 NFS points

Ferrari F50

Make: Ferrari

Model: F50

Horsepower: 513 HP

Top Speed: 325 km/h

0-60 MPH: 3.7 seconds

Unlock Condition: Accumulate 300,000 NFS points

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Lead all laps in a Single Race with the Normal version

Dodge Viper GTS

Make: Dodge

Model: Viper GTS

Horsepower: 450 HP

Top Speed: 298 km/h

0-60 MPH: 4.0 seconds

Unlock Condition: Available from start

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Accumulate 1,500,000 NFS points

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Make: Chevrolet

Model: Corvette Z06

Horsepower: 405 HP

Top Speed: 275 km/h

0-60 MPH: 3.9 seconds

Unlock Condition: Complete Hot Pursuit Challenge 24

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Accumulate 2,500,000 NFS points

Pursuit Edition Unlock Condition (Challenge Mode): Complete Hot Pursuit Challenge 13

Pursuit Edition Unlock Condition (You're The Cop): Win a Knockout race in the Normal version

A Class

Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: CLK-GTR

Horsepower: 450 HP

Top Speed: 600 km/h

0-60 MPH: 4.0 seconds

Unlock Condition: Drive a clean race in a Single Race

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Accumulate 4,500,000 NFS points

McLaren F1 LM

Make: McLaren

Model: F1 LM

Horsepower: 668 HP

Top Speed: 333 km/h

0-60 MPH: 3.8 seconds

Unlock Condition: Complete Championship Paper 30

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Accumulate 4,000,000 NFS points

McLaren F1

Make: McLaren

Model: F1

Horsepower: 627 HP

Top Speed: 386 km/h

0-60 MPH: 3.2 seconds

Unlock Condition: Complete Hot Pursuit Event 30

NFS Edition Unlock Condition: Accumulate 5,000,000 NFS points

Track List

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 has 15 tracks spread across 5 different environments. One of these environments (and its 3 tracks) is exclusive to the PlayStation 2 version, which is the Outback environment. Note that the Reverse Unlock conditions apply only to the PS2 version.

Parkland

Parkland is the first environment the player will see. It is set in a forested, back-road area and features many dirt-road shortcuts.

Coastal Parklands

National Forest

Scenic Drive
Track NameTypeLengthElevationDifficultyWeatherReverse Unlock Condition
Coastal ParklandsCircuit7.387 km15 to 83mBeginnerSunny, OvercastComplete Championship Event 4
National ForestCircuit7.435 km57 to 104mBeginnerSunny, OvercastComplete Championship Event 6
Scenic DrivePoint-to-point12.472 km15 to 104mAdvancedSunny, OvercastComplete Championship Event 6

Mediterranean

Mediterranean is a coastal, summer environment located in a ruins-filled waterfront resembling Greece.

Calypso Coast
Ancient Ruins
Mediterranean Paradise
Track NameTypeLengthElevationDificultyWeatherReverse Unlock Condition
Calypso CoastCircuit8.207 km3 to 87mAdvancedSunny, OvercastComplete Ultimate Racer Event 26
Ancient RuinsCircuit10.042 km3 to 219mBeginnerSunny, SunsetComplete Championship Event 12
Mediterranean ParadisePoint-to-point15.240 km3 to 247mAdvancedSunny, OvercastComplete Championship Event 14

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The game has 5 different enviroments (outback, forest, tropical, mediterranean and mountain) with 3 tracks each. All of the tracks are on public roads and have a variety of shortcurts.

To make the chases and sense of speed more thrilling the game features 24 cars, most of which are supercars (arranged by performance from fastest to slowest) :

McLaren F1, McLaren F1 LM, Mercedes CLK-GTR, Ferrari F50, Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, Ferrari 550 Barchetta, Lamborghini Diablo 6.0 VT, Lamborghini Murcielago, Porsche Carrera GT (this car has subtle differences from the real-world production model since at the time that the game was made the car was still only a concept), Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Dodge Viper GTS, Ferrari 360 Spider, Ford SVT Mustang Cobra R, HSV Coupe GTS, Porsche 911 Turbo, BMW M5, BMW Z8, Ford TS50, Jaguar XKR, Mercedes CL55 AMG, Ford Crown Victoria, Lotus Elise, Opel Speedster, Vauxhall VX220.

The game has two racing 'trees' where you complete events and unlock more of them: Championship and Hot Pursuit. The difference between them is that Championship does not feature police and Hot Pursuit does.

Game Modes

Single Race

Simply pick a car, track, laps, police settings and race.

Free Run

Allows you to drive around freely on a track with the car of your choice.

Delivery

You have to get from one point to another and don't let the police stop you.

Sprint

The goal is to get to the other end of the road before your opponent.

Tournament

A series of races each of which award you points depending on your performance. The person with the most points wins.

Be The Cop

Propably the most interesting mode in the game, your goal is to catch and stop the speeding vechicles. To do this you have a couple of special abilities that the AI controlled police has in other game modes: Spike strip (blows your tires if you drive on it), Helicopter (throws barrels onto the road that explode when hit) and backup (another police car arrives and helps you out).

Soundtrack

  • Bush - The People That We Love
  • The Buzzhorn - Ordinary
  • Course of Nature - Wall of Shame
  • Hot Action Cop - Fever for the Flava
  • Hot Action Cop - Going Down on It
  • The Humble Brothers - Black Hole
  • The Humble Brothers - Brake Stand
  • The Humble Brothers - Sphere
  • Matt Ragan - Bundle of Clang
  • Matt Ragan - Cone of Silence
  • Matt Ragan - Flam Dance
  • Pulse Ultra - Build Your Cages
  • Rush - One Little Victory
  • Uncle Kracker - Keep It Coming
  • Rom di Prisco - Cykloid

Credits

  • Programmer - Andrew Chang
  • Programmer - Euan Forrester
  • Programmer - Brian Green
  • Programmer - Tristan Grimmer
  • Programmer - Phil Ibis
  • Programmer - Jeff Johnston
  • Programmer - Chris Lippmann
  • Programmer - Colin O'Connor
  • Programmer - Leonard Paul
  • Programmer - Jim Randall
  • Programmer - Chris Robertson
  • Programmer - Martin Sikes
  • Programmer - Amory Wong
  • Additional Programmer - Ryan Bedard
  • Additional Programmer - Steven Brekelmans
  • Additional Programmer - Jason Dorie
  • Additional Programmer - Keith Hentschel
  • Artist - Stephane Alberola
  • Artist - Brendan Cohoe
  • Artist - Darren Gough
  • Artist - Wesley Holder
  • Artist - Greg Ipp
  • Artist - Martin Konopa
  • Artist - Li Lao
  • Artist - Wayne Leung
  • Artist - Christian McKeegan
  • Artist - Sean Murphy
  • Artist - Rob Oliveira
  • Artist - Mike Olson
  • Artist - Alden Phipps
  • Artist - Nigel Quarless
  • Artist - Russell Rice
  • Artist - Craig Schiller
  • Artist - Daniel Seiberling
  • Artist - Gene Shih
  • Audio - Rashid Hille
  • Producer - David C. Hooper
  • Producer - Richard Mul
  • Producer - Stefan Q. Wessels
  • Game Designer - William Ho
  • Programmer - Armory Wong
  • Executive Producer - Sam Nelson
  • Senior Producer - Mark Madland
  • Associate Producer - Scott Probin
  • Associate Producer - Serena Whittlers
  • Associate Producer - Arlaine Walker
  • Associate Producer - Andy Agostoni
  • Audio - Juan Jacyna
  • Audio - Robert Ridihalgh
  • Audio - Martin Wasiel
  • Audio - Alistair Hirst
  • Audio - Omar Al-Khafaji
  • Audio - Matt Ragan
  • Senior Art Director - Henry Labounta
  • Artist - Curtis Hoines
  • Artist - Phil Chow
  • Artist - Yvonne Vuu Carinha
  • Production Coordinator - Lia Siojo
  • Production Coordinator - Bryna Dabby
  • Production Assistance - Brian "Tunaboy" Taney
  • Production Assistance - Ragnar Lindstrom
  • Contributing Producer - Hanno Lemke

PC system requirements

Minimum:

  • Windows XP/ME/2000/98
  • Intel Pentium III 450MHz, or AMD Athlon 500MHz
  • 128MB RAM
  • 4X CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Drive
  • 1.2GB Hard Disk Space
  • 16MB Direct3D compatible Video Card
  • DirectX 8.1 compatible Sound Card

Recommended:

  • Intel Pentium III, or AMD Athlon 800MHz
  • 32MB Direct3D compatible Video Card
  • 16X CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive

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