Hot Pursuit’s multiplayer options let cops and racers duke it out online, either with their friends or via a matchmaking system, across Hot Pursuit, Interceptor and Race game modes.
When you head into the Hot Pursuit Online menu you’ll be presented with four options: Join Friends, Create Friends Game, Quick Match, and Friend Recommendations.
Join Friends allows you to head straight into a multiplayer game your friends are already in (if there’s a free space, of course), or jump into a game lobby that they’ve created.
Or by selecting Create Friends Game, you can create a private multiplayer game that only your friends can join.
While waiting for your friends to enter the lobby, you can select the mode and event you want to race in, plus switch between being a cop or racer.
Quick Match is Hot Pursuit’s Matchmaking system that lets you head straight into an online game with random players. Because of the nature of the preview stage it’s hard to determine whether Quick Match pitches you against players at your skill/bounty level or whether it’s a random selection.
Before the matchmaking process starts you’re able to select from three game types; Hot Pursuit, Interceptor and Race. We’ll be going into more detail on these game modes in the weeks to come. You can also choose from these modes when creating a private game.
To help with the balancing and stop players from selecting the fastest possible car every time, you won’t be able to select any car you want when heading into an online game. Instead you’ll be restricted to a particular category of car, which includes Sports, Performance, Super, Exotic and Hyper.
One of the coolest features of Hot Pursuit Online is the Friends Recommendation function, which, if you’ve ever used Facebook’s ‘People You May Know’ feature, should be instantly familiar.
Friends Recommendations trawls through the friends lists of your friends to find people it thinks you should be mates with. For example, if two of your buddies are friends with a guy you’re not, he’ll show up here, and with one click of a button you can add him to your Need For Speed friends list. Easy.
Unfortunately, though, there’s no multiplayer split-screen option in Hot Pursuit, so you’ll need to be online-enabled to experience the game’s ace multiplayer modes.
And that’s it for Hot Pursuit’s multiplayer. Is there something we’ve missed or that you’d like to know more about? Leave us a comment and we’ll do our best to answer it, and continue to check back here for more in-depth previews on Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit.