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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered Review Thread

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Game Information

Game Title: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered


  • Nintendo Switch (Nov 13, 2020)
  • PlayStation 4 (Nov 6, 2020)
  • PC (Nov 6, 2020)
  • Xbox One (Nov 6, 2020)


Developer: Stellar Entertainment Limited

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic – 75 average – 67% recommended – 19 reviews

Critic Reviews

Attack of the FanboyKenny Keelan3.5 / 5 stars

This game is an active exercise in the "don't fix what isn't broken" mentality, banking on nostalgia, and succeeding greatly at that. It doesn't really bring much that's new to the table but it's a recommended buy for anyone who wants a simple racer or is a fan of Hot Pursuit at the price it's going for.

COGconnectedClayton Cyre80 / 100

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered is a true recreation of the original game from Criterion Games and EA on last-gen consoles for current-gen hardware. The great visual improvements appropriately age the title, while extremely little is done to change the original gameplay experience. This makes Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered a must-buy not only for fans of the original Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit but also for any Need for Speed fans who are itching for the classic experience.

Critical HitBrad Lang7.5 / 10

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered is still a great game a decade later, but it's even better now with the addition of modern multiplayer sensibilities, improved visuals, and an expansive single-player campaign.

DualShockersRicky Frech8 / 10

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered takes the franchise back to its roots while showing once again that Criterion Games is the master of arcade racing.

GameSpewRichard Seagrave8 / 10

If you fondly remember Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit from back in the day and fancy another crack at it, this remaster won’t disappoint one bit.

GameblogVincent Elmer-HaerrigFrench7 / 10

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered is as good as the original was – with all its post-launch content. But it feels more like a lazy port than a proper remaster of this racing game that you can, of course, still enjoy on Nintendo Switch.

GamingBoltJohn Cantees8 / 10

Hot Pursuit Remastered misses a few chances to really bring itself into the current era of racers, but it still has no trouble reminding you why it is one of the best racers of its time.

GamingTrendDavid Flynn – 50 / 100

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit may have had its heyday, but this particular entry feels well past its prime with bland visuals, uninteresting courses, and terrible controls.

Hardcore GamerJason Bohn4.5 / 5

While there are minor complaints about Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered, they are just that: minor.

HeavyElton Jones – 7.5 / 10

As a remaster, this one falls a bit below today’s standards in two key areas. The graphics don’t look that much better than they did back in 2010. And the unchanged open-world free roam option is still a total waste of time. Hot Pursuit Remastered has a ton of fun things to do and feels great when it’s time to hit the road. It’s just a bit of a letdown when it comes to its graphical enhancements and the fact that its longstanding issues remain intact.

IGNDavid Jagneaux8 / 10

This isn't the most exciting remaster, but Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is still one of the best modern arcade racers around – and now it looks better than ever.

Operation SportsRobert KollarsUnscored

As I mentioned previously, NFS isn't incredibly deep and has no real storyline other than progression and automobile unlocks/rewards. However, if quick feverish races and takedowns are your thing (still), then adding NFS: HP is a must.

PlayStation UniverseJohn-Paul Jones8 / 10

An eye-opening restoration of arguably the purest title in the series, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered brings distilled white-knuckle thrills and furious racing back in fashion once more. It's time to party like it's 2010.

Press StartEwan Roxburgh6.5 / 10

Amid its chaotic titular mode, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered is as nail-biting as it was a decade ago. With a new lick of paint and the full suite of DLC included, it is a definitive version of a game that – at its best – sits between a combat and arcade racer, pitting Racer against Cop. Aside from these highlight moments, its a touch barebones and doesn't stack up against what else is available today.

Push SquareStephen Tailby8 / 10

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered brings back a fantastic arcade racing game, and is still brilliant fun 10 years down the line. Autolog feels right at home in 2020, and the over-the-top cops vs. racers gameplay is a blast. While the remaster itself is a little underwhelming, and some of the original title's issues remain, this is nonetheless a great game for petrol heads and adrenaline junkies everywhere.

Saving ContentEd Acosta4 / 5 stars

Criterion and Stellar Entertainment did an impressive job with this one; I’m still having a hell of a good time drifting turns and chasing perps. It’s a testament to how well made the original game was that it can be re-released 10 years later with some small graphical tweaks and still knock my socks off.

SpaziogamesDomenico MusicòItalian6 / 10

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered is a technical mess and one of the worst ports we've seen in years.

The Games MachineDaniele DolceItalian8 / 10

Overall, the work carried out by Stellar Entertainment and Criterion is good but with several flaws. While many parts of the game got a visual upgrade, some of them remained incomprehensibly unchanged. Nonetheless, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered is still an excellent arcade racing video game, even after ten years from the launch of the original game.

Worth PlayingCody Medellin8 / 10

For most racing fans, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered is a game that's still worth playing. The dual campaign between playing as cops and racers remains intriguing and exciting, since they both play so differently. While the presentation is a touch better than the original, it is the cross-platform play that is the big selling point of the remastered edition. If you're new to this title, it is an excellent racer. If you already own the original game on the PC, the unchanged campaign means that you'd only want this iteration if you're interested in the larger pool of multiplayer companions.


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