The PC version still has the second best driving feel to its physics in the series, I think. Just after PC Porsche.
This article makes me feel age 50, but I'm only half that.
You're old. You grandpa!I’m nearly 50 and remember playing the wheels off NFS Hot Pursuit 20 years ago; however not much compels me to revisit this franchise though. Call ME old.
THIS was one hell of a game!! I remember playing the demo for about a month, so desperate for the game to be released then driving every car on every track once I got it. Funny enough I was listening to 'Going down on it' last week on my way home from work - I purchased the album version though, sounds better to me. Been wanting to play this again for a while now but my PS2 games are packed away so I played on PC via PS2 emulator. Very cool, but would be awesome to play it again on the original console.I own this for PC and PS2. Still my favorite game intro of all time. I actually listened to that song on my way home from work yesterday.
Funny enough I was listening to 'Going down on it' last week on my way home from work - I purchased the album version though, sounds better to me.
Haha I thought it wasn't the same song from the game!! Ah well, both are good. Need for Speed has some good tracks throughout the series actually. Sly Boogy - Thatz my name is another favourite of mine. I think that was Underground 2.Funny thing about that...Hot Action Cop recorded alternate versions of Going Down On It and Fever For The Flava with E-rated, racing-themed lyrics for this game. I discovered this very early on because my brother, who was much older than me, was shocked I knew and liked both songs, considering what they were about. And I loooooved them as a kid. They're still a guilty pleasure.
But neither of us realized the ones in the game were different until much later. I can't even begin to describe the lyrical content of the original songs here -- I'd be banned until the end of time. So use Google, kids!
Apparently, they pretty much disbanded after putting out that album, and then reappeared a few years ago with a new EP or something. The funny thing is, they were everywhere back around 2002-2003...PGR2 had Don't Want Her To Stay, and I've positive they made it to other games, too.
I'm 34 and I feel old. I feel ya. The franchise is just that; a franchise. At this point it's just a name. A way of saying, "arcade racing game publish by EA, aimed at kids and teens". Thats about it.I’m nearly 50 and remember playing the wheels off NFS Hot Pursuit 20 years ago; however not much compels me to revisit this franchise though. Call ME old.
I bought this on PC as well as PS2 just because I loved it so damn much although PS2 version handling felt better though. Agreed about the 2010 version as well - that was the first time Need For Speed felt just like the 2002 version. Need for Speed games work best with awesome exotic cars (not race cars!) and beautiful locations, that's all you need. Yeah the games since have been fun but nothing quite feels like the 'old' days! It must be possible to recreate this formula though. Took them 8 years between the first HP and 2010 version so we can still hope!What great article. I'm so glad to see how many other people like this game. Without a doubt it was the best, true to roots, need for speed game. Kick ass cars, great sense of speed, thanks in part to the accelerometer type of gyro built into the view.
Interesting thing to note... The PlayStation 2 version was arguably the true version of this game, developed by EA black box (Canada), where as all the other versions were ports of that build handled by EA Seattle. I played the PS2 demo before release, and thought to myself, this is gonna be such a kick ass game.
Then on launch day, the graphics whore in me thought it'd be a good idea to get the Xbox version (unknowing of the difference at the time). Within 10 minutes of gameplay on the Xbox version, I wanted to break the disc. What a complete POS. I took it back to Game crazy (Hollywood video's answer to gamestop), and they were nice enough to let me exchange it for the PS2 copy....
Just a disclaimer for the younger crowd reading this. Back in these days, circa 2002, PlayStation 2 was the majority. There wasn't a system that even came close. So most games were developed on the PS2 first and foremost.
Figured that worth mentioning....
Anyways, I got back to my dorm room and got hot pursuit 2 fired up on the ps2...
Ahhhhhh, much better. -A sigh of relief and a smile on my face. It's a shame, not many people knew of this drastic difference between the ports of hp2. But trust me, the difference is HUGE. Basically two different games. ...so if you played it for Xbox or GameCube...sad to say, you haven't really played it to it's full potential. Hell, I don't even think the tracks are the same as the PS2 version. I know for sure the handling and AI were pitiful on the Xbox and GC. Revolting.
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2 on the PS2 was pretty much arcade racing perfection though.