Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

All hail Need for Speed

AstoncopracerLamboBMW.jpg
PorschecopvsSubarucrash.jpg

ShortList has exclusive first play on revitalised NFS: Hot Pursuit

It’s the biggest racing series the world has ever known with more than 100 million copies sold. For years it was nailed on for Christmas No1. And it’s survived more than 15 years of video- gaming innovation. But despite all that, the Need For Speed name has been tarnished slightly by lacklustre sequels. However, this year’s instalment, Hot Pursuit, is going to change everything.

How do we know? ShortList has had an exclusive play of the career mode. Much like modern classic Burnout Paradise, there’s a free-drive option where you can race around the 100 miles of roads doing little more than taking in the scenery.

However, it’s a more user-friendly game because you can jump straight to an event (mostly variations of frantic cops versus driver and standard races) from the map.

The comparison with Burnout is an obvious one — it’s made by the same studio, Criterion. The team there have merged the best parts of the two franchises: Need For Speed’s licenced vehicles and compelling chase dynamic, with Burnout’s handling and cinematic slow-motion replays of the big takedowns.

But the smart move is how the single and multiplayer have been merged. Even if you’re not online with friends, you can set them challenges based on your performance and — this is the key part — receive feedback on how they are faring.

So if they’ve still had no success after 20 attempts, that’s your cue to start gloating.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit is released on Xbox 360 and PS3 in November

Related

moh-hero.jpg

Medal of Honor game changers

Fable III hero.jpg

Exclusive Fable artwork

blue.jpg

Nintendo launches 3D gaming

More

15 pictures of Mr. Blobby that sum up your horrible hangover

This is you, it is

by Sam Diss
18 Aug 2017

This new Netflix documentary is quickly becoming a must-watch

It's like nothing you've ever seen before

by Tom Victor
18 Aug 2017

Seth Rogen spills 'Superbad' secrets to celebrate its 10th birthday

Wait... you changed your name to... McLovin?

by Emily Reynolds
18 Aug 2017

The 20 best one-liners from the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Laugh-out-loud funny

by Tom Victor
18 Aug 2017

'Game of Thrones' fans, could this beloved character be Cersei’s son?

Could it really be true?

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Aug 2017

The best ever uses of songs in movies - as chosen by Reddit

What's your pick?

by Gary Ogden
17 Aug 2017

Sergio Ramos just mercilessly destroyed Lionel Messi

Best in the world? Go fetch mate

by Carl Anka
17 Aug 2017

Gendry's 'Clovis' alias in 'Game of Thrones' could reveal his purpose

This show is so damn smart

by Alex Finnis
17 Aug 2017

Samuel L Jackson: "If Donald Trump broke into my house, I'd shoot him"

We chat to the movie legend about hentai, yachting and killing the President

by Andrew Dickens
16 Aug 2017

An old fairytale could spell doom for the 'Eastwatch Seven'

They may not all come back alive...

by Carl Anka
16 Aug 2017