Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit New DLC Review

Posted: March 31, 2011 by Tim Utley in Reviews
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The new DLC for Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit has been out for a couple of weeks now, but I haven’t been able to get some real face-time with it until recently; hence the delay.  There are three new packs for Hot Pursuit and they are Porsche Unleashed, Lamborghini Untamed, and Arms Race/Most Wanted.

Porsche Unleashed

  • This pack contains 5 new SCPD missions and 5 new Racer missions to complete.
  • It contains 3 new vehicles, which include the 1982 Porsche 911 Turbo, the 1988 Porsche 959, and the 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster.  No new hyper class vehicles which was kind of disappointing, but all the cars are fun to drive nonetheless.  If I had to choose a favorite vehicle from this pack it would be the Porsche 959, because it really blends graceful handling with great speed.  This is something Porsche is really well known for and translates well into Hot Pursuit.
  • The pack is 560 MSP ($6) and can be purchased through the Add-on blade on the Xbox Dashboard or purchased through the NFS Store in game.

Lamborghini Untamed

  • This pack contains 5 new SCPD missions and 5 new Racer missions to complete.
  • It contains 3 new vehicles, which include the Lamborghini Countach, Lamborghini Diablo SV, and the Lamborghini Sesto Element.  Just like the Porsche pack there are no new hyper class vehicles added to the line up, but I had more fun driving the new Lamborghini models.  Pound for pound they just seemed to handle better than the new Porsche models.  My favorite vehicle from this pack was definitely the Countach.  The Countach was a defining model for Lamborghini and its futuristic look and performance really made it stand out amongst the other vehicles in its class.
  • The pack is 560 MSP ($6) and can be purchased through the Add-on blade on the Xbox Dashboard or purchased through the NFS Store in game.

Arms Race/Most Wanted

  • Arms Race and Most Wanted are both new online only modes for Hot Pursuit.
  • These descriptions will only make sense to those who have played Hot Pursuit, so I apologize in advance (you shouldn’t be reading this if you don’t have the game anyways, but I digress)
  • Arms Race is a bizarre blend of the traditional Hot Pursuit mode and the conventional race mode.  In this game variant you are in a race to the finish with up to 7 other opponents and have access to all Racer weapons (EMP, Jammer, spikes, and turbo).  You are also dodging obstacles that are being thrown in from this Omni-present police force that puts up roadblocks and sends in Helicopters.  Arms Race isn’t really a blast to play and a race can end for you really quickly if you are not careful.  I didn’t enjoy but you might dig it so check it out regardless.
  • Most Wanted on the other hand is a blast to play.  For those of you familiar with Hot Pursuit have played an Interceptor mission or two (or 20).  Most Wanted for all intensive purposes is team Interceptor.  The only difference is one person on the Racer Team is labeled as the “Most Wanted” and the race will end if they are taken down.  It is up to your teammates to protect the Most Wanted racer from the police and allow the MW racer to escape.  If they are able to escape the whole team wins and is rewarded with some bounty.  These races can either be really long or end really quickly, but regardless of the length they are enjoyable because it is completely un-linear.  You choose your destination and how you get there and that is what will keep this mode fresh for months to come.
  • Arms Race and Most Wanted come together in a single package and is available for 560 MSP ($6) and can be purchased through the Add-on blade on the Xbox Dashboard or can be purchased through the NFS Store in game.

Different kind of Arms Race

Closing Comments:

The new Hot Pursuit DLC is a welcomed addition to an already solid game, but I would have liked to see more for the money and a raise in the level cap.  For those of us who have already destroyed the game are gaining nothing from the additional bounty received from the add-ons and it is pretty aggravating.  Most Wanted is a blast to play, but Arms Race leaves something to be desired and the 20 new missions between the Porsche and Lamborghini packs serve as an adequate distraction from reality for a couple of hours.  I hope they continue to support this game with new DLC, but the upcoming packs really need to bring something completely original to the table (like being able to pilot a helicopter, how fucking sweet would that be).  Anyways I hoped this equipped you with enough information on these add-ons to make an informed purchase decision and for my plug follow me on Twitter @gamersabstact and Facebook to see me blab about random video game related things.

I purchased the Porsche Unleashed, Lamborghini Untamed, and Arms Race/Most Wanted add-ons for a grand total of 1680 MSP ($21).  I invested about 10 hours cumulatively into all new add-ons.

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