Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered’ Gamers’ Notes | The best version of Criterion’s first Need for Speed
Fun racing, but a little basic
First and most importantly, the feel of the driving is right in the sweet spot for me. It’s outrageously fast, and the drifting is very tight and easy to control. To me, the drifting in this originally 10-year-old Need for Speed offering far outpaces the attempt at the mechanic in “Need for Speed: Heat.” Although, I’ll be fair here, they are both very different games, so maybe they shouldn’t be compared. It’s tough not to, though. Buy the Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered Playstation 4 Standard Edition Best Price Online from The Clickstore,Nairobi
The graphics, for what they are, are fine. I can’t compare them to the original because I never played it, but the remastered version doesn’t look out of place against other racing games of this generation to me. On an Xbox One S, it looks right at home against other racers on the machine. Your mileage may vary with higher-powered or next-gen (now current-gen, I suppose) consoles.
I don’t have too many quibbles with the game in general, but my biggest by far has to be with the car color customization screen. Someone had the bright idea during the original development of this game to show mostly extreme close-up shots of the car while picking a new color, then fading the image to black, for what seems like a really long time before going to a new, random, way-too-close angle of the car, and that cycle just repeats seemingly forever. I’m not sure how every QA tester didn’t instantly lose their mind over how annoying this is during development, but alas, it made its way into the original game and now, the remaster. Is it the biggest deal in the world? No, it’s not, but it’s still annoying.
My other disappointment is that the game feels a little bare and basic in presentation and features. Although the game takes place on a large, interconnected map, there’s no incentive to really explore the city. All events are accessed from a main map menu, and when events end, it takes you straight back to the menu. There aren’t any secrets or collectibles to hunt down, either. The game does feature loads of cars and events to complete, and being able to play as a racer or cop adds some fun twists on races. But cars are simply unlocked as you earn experience, and once you have them, there’s nothing else to do with them. You can choose a color, and that’s it: no wheels, decals, performance upgrades, etc.
Still, “Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered” is a fun enough experience, and for fans of the original, this is easily the best way to play it. I just wish “Most Wanted”, which featured more to do in the open world, incentives for driving different cars, and tighter, faster controls, was the game that got the remaster treatment. Maybe next time there’s a break between Need for Speed titles?