'Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit' Demo Out Today

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit

The launch of Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is getting closer, and today gamers will finally be able to get a taste of what's to come in November. Today PS3 and Xbox 360 owners will get to download the Need for Speed Hot Pursuit demo, and you better get it while it's hot cause this demo will have an expiration date of November 9th.

When you download the demo, gamers will get to play as one of Seacrest County's finest as they take down those darn street racers along a coastal highway. The meat and potatoes of the demo is the Autolog feature, which does something I don't think I've ever seen in a demo. You have to add a friend to your friends list in Autolog and when that happens you unlock a new event called 'Roaster's Reborn'. In Roaster's Reborn players race to get the best times.

If getting to experience this awesome racing title early wasn't enough, Criterion is giving gamers another incentive to try the demo. Those who download will get 500 bounty award points for both Cops and Racers, which can be transferred to the full game. The points can be used to unlock cars and events in the full version.

It seems that game companies shy away from demos, but Criterion is not only encouraging fans of the series to download and try, but to grab their friends too. Matt Webster, Producer at Criterion, had this to say about the Autolog feature:

“We’re putting players and their friends at the heart of the gameplay experience by automatically tracking and comparing each person’s performances. This demo will give gamers a snapshot of Need for Speed Autolog and how we’re amping up the energy of intense pursuits, competitive racing and online connected play — nothing is more powerful than beating your friends.”

The Autolog looks like it's going to be a major aspect of Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, and I can't wait to try it out. However this isn't the first time I've seen a system like this in place in a Criterion or NFS title. I recall Need for Speed: Shift having a feature where you could see if friends beat you time on a particular track when you navigated the menu. Burnout Paradise displayed who had the best time on whatever road you were driving on, encouraging the player to set a new record.

Autolog basically does what these past racing titles have done and turned it up a notch, or three.

The Need for Speed Hot Pursuit demo will be available today on PSN and Xbox Live. European gamers will get it tomorrow Wednesday October 27th. The game launches on November 16th for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Wii owners will also get the game, however it will be lacking the Autolog feature.

Are you excited to finally get behind the wheel in Need for Speed Hot Pursuit?

Source: EA

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