But even all those facts still aren't the most annoying ones. This title clearly
goes to the cops and their cars. Starting the "hot pursuit" mode, you immediately
become owner of a 122hp Lotus Elise shaped punching ball. The cops crash into
your car as if the streets weren't wide enough to drive alongside. Well, no
problem for the car here, because judging from the damage the cars take in such
attacks, they are more racing tanks, than sports cars. The only one who has
trouble with cop-attacks is you, the player. OK, you might say: "with only 122hp
it's perfectly normal that you can't outrun the cops. With stronger cars the
problems should decrease", but wait till you get e.g. the BMW Z8. You'll see,
its 400hp can hardly help you. The cops - even if starting from 0 km/h - have
caught up with you in seconds. Only question: "How the hell did they get that
warp drive into those small cars?"
If this isn't enough to drive you away from "NFS:HP2" the guys from Electronic
Arts (producer of NFS) have another surprise for you: The police helicopter. In
contrast to its archetypes from the real world, this chopper doesn't just watch
you with infrared cameras or stuff like that, but drops burning barrels that
explode if hit by a car! Seems like a rather odd method of bringing a speeder to
justice ... and a quite dangerous one! From time to time some poor guy from the
oncoming traffic or even one of the cops hits one of those air mines. Keeping in
mind that you often hear the cops radio "I'm ending this pursuit in the interest
of public safety.", you'll surely wonder whose deranged idea of 'public safety'
That's how it is. But what are the reasons? Did the programmers at EA suddenly go
crazy? We say: no! Our impression is, that "NFS:HP2" simply was a snapshot.
Shortly after the start of NFS5 "Porsche unleashed", a game named "Need For Speed:
Motor City Online" (NFS:MCO) was announced as the next offshoot of the "Need For
Speed" family. Concentrated on the American muscle car tradition and
planned as a pure online game it was a whole new approach on the topic of NFS.