Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Hits PS3 Today, Play With the Devs this Weekend

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Need for Speed Hot Pursuit races onto the PlayStation 3 today asking the vital question: are you a racer or are you a cop? That’s the choice you’ll make when you get behind the wheel and start tearing up the streets of Seacrest County.

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit PlayStation 3 players will experience the thrill of the chase and the rush of the escape as they play through full careers as both a cop and a racer solo or connected. The blistering speeds, brutal busts and heart-stopping getaways are all connected via Need for Speed Autolog.

This network not only connects friends for epic head-to head pursuits and races, but also enables players to compare performances and stats, thereby setting the stage for the ultimate in friendly competition. I can tell you from playing here in the office that Autolog will bring out the competition in you – even if you’re not a competitive person. Every day we’re amazed at the new times people set on each of the events. You think it can’t be beaten…until it is. Finding the right combination of shortcuts, nitrous useage, and bust strategies is the key to achieving the best time.

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Need for Speed Hot Pursuit also provides you with exciting online game modes: Hot Pursuit is the exciting hunter vs. hunted mode where players can play as cops or racers. Interceptor mode is the ultimate head to head battle as one racer faces off against one cop. Finally, you have the traditional race mode. Pick your racetrack and car and win the race!

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In addition to your racing and chasing skills, you’ll have access to weapons to help you including: spike strips, jammers, EMPs, helicopters, road blocks and more.

With its vast open-world, Seacrest County is the perfect place to get your fix for high-speed racing (or chasing) action. There are several diverse locales throughout coast, desert, forest, and mountain with unique features to provide each side of the law with certain benefits and challenges. One strong suggestion we would make is to drive around the county a few times on your own before taking part in any pursuits. Get familiar with the beautiful scenery and its many hidden shortcuts.

Please join us for a Game with Developer session on Saturday, November 20th from 11AM – 1PM PST. Put your driving skills to the test against the Criterion developers and see how you match up! Visit the Hot Pursuit website for more details.

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  • GT5 > Need for speed.

  • played the demo and NEEED FOR SPEED IS BACK BABY

  • Been waiting for this! Can’t wait to get it later today!! Criterion FTW!

  • Two great racing games at the same time what am I going to do!

  • To anyone at Sony, when will the PlayStation Store be updated today? I’m waiting on some cool content – Episode 3 of the Tester Season 2, and a Premium Theme for Rockstar’s Undead Nightmare.

  • To anyone at Sony, when will the PlayStation Store be updated today? I’m waiting on some cool content – NFS:HOT PURSUIT.


  • Why would you wait to the week before Black Friday to release this? This game is literally on sale everywhere next week. Buyer beware at full price MSRP for this and Assassins Creed Brotherhood

  • I guess I could buy this, but I won’t be able to afford GT5 next week. Your choice, Sony.

  • Imo, its ganna follow the same notes as shift.

    Overall enjoyable intill a glitch catchs you and then in 5 months your game file will be toast.

  • Burnout Paradise > Need for Speed, but this game looks great!

  • Laughed out loud at “[link to post i wrote some time ago]”. Someone dropped the ball. :P

  • Gran turismo is out in 10 days, why would ou buy this? Where is todays store update? I want the protection plan for canada.

  • Where is todays store update?


  • I was pissed as I went to Wal-Mart at noon to get my copy and they still weren’t unpacked…

  • Got the game… game is fantastic… Brings back old memories of the previous Hot Pursuit.

  • I trust Criterion as I loved Burnout and the demo was pretty good so I will be picking this up at some point. It is unfortunate on the timing in regards to when GT5 is released. That said I personally think this game looks like more fun the GT5.

  • Put the game up for sale on PSN ala Burnout Paradise and I’d buy it~

  • I want this game so badly and if only Wal-Mart could hurry up and stock the shelf already, it’s the only store that sells games in my town. 2:00 pm Eastern Time and still no game.

  • Too bad this game is out at the same month as GT5. Bad decision, EA. Now pay for your mistakes (with MONEY).

  • The “Community Manager” flubs up so bad with a published blog post that has:

    “The blistering speeds, brutal busts and heart-stopping getaways are all connected via Need for Speed Autolog [link to post i wrote some time ago].”

    I mean, the “blister speeds, brutal busts and heart-stopping getaways” part of the sentence makes me LOL but the end.

    [insert end of my comment after I drink some coffee]

  • this i will play for sure over that “other” game that was delayed. pffft.

  • Is this game in 3d? I would really like to know. It may alter my decision.

  • @19

    How is it EA’s mistake? GT5 is the one that kept beeing delayed.We only knew it was going to be relase on the 24th about a week ago.

  • Fail.

    LOL! At Need for Speed’s joke graphics. Gimped to run on the Xbox 360’s wimpy and poorly designed graphics hardware and joke last gen DVD storage format.

    GT5 preordered and will be arriving in a week.

  • Would be nice if I could actually use my pass to get my content. When is the store supposed to be getting updated?

  • I wont pirate this one. Criterion are good developers they deserve the cash.

  • EA, love ya guys, but im sorry, GT5 is the champ here.

  • @25 Joke graphics? I’d like to see proof of that.

    In other news, anyone who played the original Hot Pursuit is LIKELY getting this. I think this community will be a bit more dated than the Burnout Paradise community.

  • Hey Matthew,

    What’s going on with you and SCEA resolving the Online Pass issue? Can you update us on that? Because I won’t play unless I have the cars that came with the Pre-Order (aka the Limited Edition).


  • Looks awesome! It is on my ‘to get’ list. can’t wait to see what you guys at criterion have cooking this time.

  • NFS IS BACK!!! :D!!!

    pfff = GT5!! i want to race now! not wait for a half an hour to play a couple of minutes.

    I want action!! if i want it to SIMULATE (GT5) ill do it in my car.

    Eager to get AT LAST another great NFS, havent’s seen one since NFS MW!! :D

  • Im getting annoyed with comments getting moderated for the smallest little bit of negativity. So… why should i even attempt to write anything near a intellectual statement, when the only comments to get un-moderated are as bright as the comment @ 1…

    “GT5 > Need for speed.”

    FINE… I give in, Here is mycomment….

    “Awesome NFS”

  • I really have to request you guys at Criterion come up with a way for split screen to work with whatever engine you use.

    However, your games are great, and I’m glad Need for Speed is looking so much better.

  • My local Wal-Mart still doesn’t have the game on shelves, not because they sold out but because they were too freaking lazy to unpack boxes and stock the darn shelves !!!

  • Why the hate in this thread?? I just picked up this AWESOME game and I love it! Thank you Criterion!! So glad to have another NFS Hot Pursuit game!

  • I can’t buy the freaking game no matter how much I want it. Stupid Wal-Mart!!!

  • I love you guys <3

  • When is online pass going to work? Arghhh. Maybe when GT5 come out huh…lmao.

  • hey slaughter I was able to use my online pass code just a minute ago, give it another try.

  • I played Hot Pursuit demo and my copy of Hot Pursuit: 2 side by side and felt that Hot Pursuit 2 on playstation 2 was a better game. There was just more stuff going on and the cop gameplay was better than the burnout style they put in this.

  • @ jimmyfoxhound – Thanks 4 the headsup.

  • what about Assassin Creed Brotherhood
    exclusive content on PS3 only
    award winning multiplayer experience

  • yo gusto wenaa Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Ps3 que bueno autos todos mucho bkn :D

  • now if only it was a new burnout…… even better! ;)

  • Need For Speed The UnderGround 3! or Underground on psn!

  • we have a forum about this game go to

  • Got the game yesterday, this game is amazing. I love being a cop. Thanks guys. You made a great game. I look forward to what you have to offer later to add to the game. :)

  • It doesn’t seem to be compatible with Logitech force wheel ..any idea???

  • hey guys…i got a problem with they reedem Code..i can’t play online..always says Unable Please Try Later..when you gonna fix it…=(

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