I doubt you missed this announcement, but in case you did, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is back. The remaster will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 6, and then the Nintendo Switch on November 13. This is a game that shaped the future of the Need for Speed series as we know it, and now we get to go back and experience what made it so special all over again. Before we get into that though, I just have to point out how on point the trailer is. So many of us are going to be jumping back in, eager to take each other down a peg in time trials. This is going to be great fun.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered is the remaster of that first Need for Speed game that really put the focus on players having the police as enemies. This is a theme that has spread throughout the series since, into Need for Speed: Payback, and even the recent Need for Speed: Heat. The police are very much now a force that you have to contend with. You’ve got to work against them in almost every race, and actively monitor how you’re driving around them in order to avoid a lengthy chase.
With Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, it’s a different game though. Now the police chases are almost deliberate, and the police have supercars that can take you out. It’s all about driving as fast, and carefully, as humanly possible. You need to get away from the police, avoid their traps, and definitely get away from their helicopters.
This is a game that so many people have fond memories of. You can tell, because EA keeps pushing for developers to make something just like it, but better. The issue is that no other Need for Speed game is going to match it. In a way, it was perfect, and because of nostalgia, it’ll never be beaten. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered is going to be incredible. It’s got cross-play over all platforms, so no matter where you’re playing, everyone is together. This may well be the racing game of the year, and the year is almost over.