Fun on the run
You're going to enjoy yourself in Seacrest County. Nestled up to the Pacific Ocean and with over 100 miles of open road to explore in search of your kicks, it's the ultimate place to indulge your passion for fast cars. A playground for the most exotic vehicles and drivers in the world, it's also home to the Seacrest County Police Department (SCPD), the world's fastest speed enforcers. And when these two clash, sparks fly.
As a newcomer in Seacrest County, it's up to you to decide which side of the law you want to race on. As a racer, you'll get to drive some of the most high performance cars in the world, competing in a variety of events to up your Wanted Level as you rise up from Speeder to Most Wanted. Meanwhile, if you choose to be a cop and speed on the right side of the law, you'll go from Cadet to Ultimate Enforcer and get the chance to drive the eye wateringly fast and beautiful Bugatti Veryon Interceptor.
Out on the road, there's a variety of lovingly created locations to master, each one a perfect backdrop for the speedy pursuits on offer and each with unique features which favour one side or the other. From the sun-kissed coast to the seemingly endless expanse of desert, the majestic forest and the snow-capped mountains, take your time to see the sights and work out the best route for you.
Whether you're a hot blooded young racer looking to tame Seacrest County, or a budding officer of the law out to make your mark, this is the place to indulge your need for speed.
The thrill of the race
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit features an extensive single player Career Mode for aspiring racers and cops. Accessed via the Seacrest County Map, new events show up as orange signs for the former whilst SCPD incidents show up as blue badges, and you can switch between the two whenever you want.
Racer events include straight races, time trial events or Hot Pursuit, where you have to evade the attentions of the SCPD whilst gunning for first place. If you take to the streets as a cop, one moment you'll be taking down racers before they reach the finish line, the next you'll be sent on an Interceptor mission to bust a suspect as quickly as possible by any means necessary.
As you complete objectives, you unlock new events and new dream machines by racking up bounty, the in-game currency; race to the finish line as quickly as possible to rack up more bounty, and boost your total by taking out opponents along the way and posting a new personal best time.
Whichever side of the law you decide to race on, make sure your driving skills are up to scratch by sticking to the road, avoiding oncoming traffic and making best use of the equipment on offer. All cars come equipped with nitrous, which can be used to give you a short and powerful burst of acceleration. In addition, as you progress, you'll pick up extra equipment such as spike strips, a deadly tyre shredder, and the EMP, a long-range weapon that causes significant internal damage to any car it targets successfully.
At any point, take advantage of Freedrive to explore Seacrest County with the cars you've unlocked, familiarising yourself with the lie of the land and searching out the many shortcuts that could give you those extra crucial seconds when the heat is on.
It's you against your friends
The heartbeat of Need For Speed Hot Pursuit is Autolog, which lets you connect, compare and compete online with any of your friends who are also playing the game. As long as you have an EA account, you can sign in to Autolog; if you don't have an account yet, visit ea.com to set one up.
By selecting Autolog Recommends from the main menu, you can see which of your friends is currently playing the game and take on challenges to beat their best times. These are displayed in turn on the Speedwall, a personalised leaderboard of each race you and your mates have taken part in.
To race online, enter the Online Pass code which comes with the game or is purchasable in-game from PlayStation Store. Once you're set up, you can tackle Race, Hot Pursuit and Interceptor modes and pick up two exclusive Lamborghinis.
Race mode is a breakneck tussle to get to the finish line first, Interceptor sees one racer face off with one cop in a head-to-head pursuit, and Hot Pursuit tasks you with making it to the finish line, or busting racers before they get there if you're a cop.
In each of the online modes, you can join friends, create a private game for you and your buddies or dive straight into races with players around the world in Quick Match
The race is on in Seacrest County – take a visit there now in Need For Speed Hot Pursuit and prove your driving skills.