I’m going to try and not mention Burnout Paradise at all during this Need for Speed Hot Pursuit review. Now, I won’t lie to you, that’s not going to be easy as Criterion are best known for their work on the Burnout franchise and, well, Paradise was the last game they made so it’s only natural to mention it once or twelve times, but I’ll try not to.
So when you go to open the game you’ll need to peel the seal off the box much the same as you did with the box for Burnout Paradise… I’m joking, I’m joking! Boot the game up for the first time and you’ll be greeted by a posh lady who’ll explain how your menus work (it’s the same posh lady from Burnout Paradise, but we’re not talking about that) although this isn’t because the menus are necessarily complicated, far from it in fact, she’s just letting you know where things are. From left to right we have “Photos” where all your screen shots taken within the game are stored; “The Wall”, which is like your Twitter or Facebook feed; “Hot Pursuit Online” (Burnout had an online mode); “Career”; “Autolog Recommends”, which I’ll get to in a bit; “NFS News”; “NFS Store”, and that’s it. Swishing about under those options you’ll see random posts from your wall, some of your stats and photos which act as a snapshot of all the different things going on within your game so, all in all, it’s a very dynamic and intuitive interface.