Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a racing game set in the fictional Seacrest County where the player can compete in several types of races. There is no plot in the game, the Career Mode is based around a ranking system instead. The aim of the game is to win races or to catch the illegal racers depending on which side the player chooses.
It was developed by Criterion Games and published by EA in 2010 for various platforms including PC, console and mobile devices. This is the sixteenth addition to the Need for Speed series.
There are several game modes for the player to select from; the Career Mode has no plot but it features a ranking system for both the racer and cop careers. Bounties are earned by completing events, the events provide better rewards depending on the finishing position of the player and their driving ability; completing events in this mode will unlock new vehicles, equipment and events. Their rank can earn bounties towards their ranks in the single player events and also in multiplayer mode.
Besides the Career Mode, there is also a Freedrive mode where the player can test each car and explore the city in a leisurely fashion; this mode has no competitive features of reward system.
A variety of events exist in the game where the player can compete with up to seven opponents; there are a variety of racer and cop single player events alone with several multiplayer events. The modes include general races, Hot Pursuit and Interceptor which are all also available as the multiplayer modes.
Cars have some limited customization options to suit the player' style; players have the option of a variety of factory colors to select from. There are over 20 cars on each side and are split into various groups. Players can use various equipment as weapons that can be used to damage other vehicles or as a speed boost, both sides have their own equipment which can be upgraded.
 What's New
This is the first game in the series that focuses in racing and police chases, previously the series focused on car customization however this game features very limited customization. It also introduces weapons to the series which can be used by both racers and police; additionally, there is an Autolog system that tracks the progression of the player and also allows the player to post comments and photos while in the game.
Career Mode – Play through Racer and Cop career modes
Customize – Modify the hardware of the cars and change their looks
Freedrive mode – Explore the city and test the cars without any competitive pressure
Events – Complete Racer and Cop events to earn bounties
Variety of cars – Select from over 20 cars for each side and customize them all
Multiplayer – Play online with up to 7 other players and compete in 3 different online events
Equipment – Use special weapons and equipment to slow down the enemy team or speed up to pass other racers
 Played liked:
- Gorgeous graphics
- Good music
- Free roam mode is nice
 Players didn't like:
- Races become repetitive
- Bad PC port
- The AI
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is available for a range of platforms; it is available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii consoles. It is also available for all major mobile operating systems being iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
The game is also available for Windows PC and the webOS Linux system.