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    Need For Speed - Hot Pursuit 2
    Author: Daniel Topler
    Date Posted: March 1st, 2003
    SLRating: SLRating: 7/10
    Bottom Line: The Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 is unique and fun but if you want something realistic look elsewhere. Is it worth buying? Read on and make your own mind up in our official review....

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    Cars
    The cars are one of the most important features in this game and any other racing game. The game has a fairly large selection of cars, but nothing too special. Like most arcade racing games, handling is very unrealistic, but itís still very fun. It would have been nice for EA Games to put some kind of chartÖor something, to show performance of each car. Since EA doesnít have that, you arenít really sure of how much power a car actually has unless you try it out. But, nevertheless, the cars in the game are complete and satisfying.

    Tracks
    I wasnít too impressed with the amount of tracks in the game, around 10. They can get very boring after a time, and since this game doesnít have a story, I got bored very quickly. Despite the fact that there are so few tracks, however, the ones that were included were designed extremely well, with many different shortcuts. Hopefully, EA will release new tracks for download to add to the game. Iíve already seen quite a few fan sites that have tracks for download, my favorite being www.nfs-planet.de.

    Sound
    The music in the game drives me crazy. Itís really that simple. Itís repetitive and uncreative, and the game lacks the support to add your own music. Most games let you select the tracks you want, not with HP2. I left the music off all of the time while playing. It was that annoying. Of course, if you like the music, itís different, but, in my case, I couldnít stand it.

    Everything else in the game sounded excellent. All of the engines on the cars had a different sound, and they all sounded realistic. No other concerns with the sound.

    Graphics
    I thought that the graphics in HP2 looked pretty good, but occasionally, graphics in previous versions looked better! Thereís no weather in the game, and that was annoying. The only way to know what kind of weather you have is by looking at the sky.

    Damage was not too impressive either. Sometimes, the cars would get beaten up, but then some other times, there would be almost nothing done to the car. Of course it wasnít too bad, but it did get annoying.

    Performance
    I ran the game with a Athlon XP 2200+ and a ATI Radeon 9700 Pro, I experienced no problems performance-wise when playing at 1280x1024 with all the settings turned up on high although there was the occasional chug, but nothing too noticeable. To get the game running completely smooth, I had to bring it down to 1024x768. Itís surprising that a game that doesnít even look too good requires such heavy system requirements.

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