It’s been 10 years since the release of Criterion’s first foray into the Need for Speed franchise with Hot Pursuit, a remake of the third entry in the series that catapulted the franchise into a household name. Oddly enough, I remember that night opening up my copy of the first highly anticipated Need for Speed game in years. It wasn’t my home, but I remember the room, I remember the TV I played it on and I remember the chills I got when the intro splash screen booted up. Those same chills returned as I stared down the splash screen for Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered. The team at Criterion and Stellar Entertainment did a great job and gave me one more ride down memory lane, top-down, and flying by the seat of my pants.
A lot of winks and nods to the Need For Speed games of past in Hot Pursuit. A rank for the Cop in the career was called “Undercover” while the top-most rank for Racer career was “Most Wanted”. Now we have the Porsche Unleashed DLC, which is a nod to the NFS all-Porsche game from 2000.
When I saw the car list for Lamborghini Untamed DLC for NFS Hot Pursuit, I knew it’d be something special, a sort of deja vu – and it is. We get the Lamborghini Diablo SV, Lamborghini Countach, and the new Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. If you recall Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit, the Countach and Diablo SV were part of that car list back in 1998. Luckily Criterion has recreated them for you to enjoy again or for the first time.
Criterion has been working hard on new content for Need For Speed Hot Pursuit since November. Over 3 weeks, 1 DLC pack released per week. The first is Armed & Dangerous. This adds 2 modes to Online competition.