The Need for Speed series has sold many millions of copies to date, even if some of the Need for Speed games have not been that great, while the people behind the franchise (Electronic Arts) have earned the animosity of the gaming community with some of their business practices…
Nonetheless, Need for Speed as a racing series remains popular, and testament to this is that Electronic Arts (EA for short) will be releasing a remaster of one of the most popular Need for Speed games this year.
This is none other than Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, the 2010 racing gem that is arguably the best game in the franchise to date.
Set in the fictional Seacrest County, Hot Pursuit favors arcade-style racing over realism like the other Need for Speed games do. Playing as either a cop or a racer, Hot Pursuit offers high speed thrills as you try to leave law enforcement vehicles behind or try to catch the speeders with your police car when playing as a cop.
Hot Pursuit also features a large selection of cars to choose form. These include Porches and Bentleys, and many other makes for you to drive on the road. The experience was also enhanced by the beautiful views of Seacrest, true-to-life weather and realistic traffic.
Of course, given the game came out a decade ago it’s obviously now showing its age, so it’s a good thing that EA will be releasing remastered edition of the game this November. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered will be hitting the PS4, Xbox One and PC on November 6, 2020, while a Nintendo Switch version is coming on November 13.
One of the things EA is improving with this remaster is the game’s visuals (obviously), with Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered featuring longer draw distances than the 2010 game, plus higher-resolution car models amongst other things. Also, the game’s videos have been enhanced for this release.
The game will also support 4K and 60 frames per second gameplay on PC, Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. Meanwhile, the PS4 and Xbox One versions will run at 1080p resolution and 30 frames per second, as EA explains on its website.
Like its predecessor, the remaster also supports multiplayer, letting you go toe to toe with players all over the world in races and pursuits even if they are playing the game on a different platform, thanks to cross-platform support.
Aside from getting all of the original game’s DLC (featuring 6 additional hours of gameplay and 30+ challenges), there are also new achievements, and an updated photo mode amongst other things.
So, will Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered live up to the original game and give new players a great racing experience, while also letting old-timers relive their racing memories? This remains to be seen, but hopefully EA will get this remaster right and make people forget about the disappointment that Need for Speed: Payback was in 2017.