Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2

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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2

NTSC-U (Greatest Hits) cover
Game general and emulation properties:
ESRB rating: E
PEGI rating: 3+
OFLC rating: G
GRB rating: ALL
Game supports steering wheel
Widescreen patch available
GPU intensive game
CPU intensive game
Supports up to two local players
Languages supported:
English: SLES-50731 & SLUS-20362 & SLUS-20362GH
German: SLES-50731
French: SLES-50731
Spanish: SLES-50731
Italian: SLES-50731
Swedish: SLES-50731
Korean: SLPM-67527
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20362
SLUS-20362GH (Greatest Hits)
Release date: October 1, 2002
2003 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: 1D2818AF
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-50731
Release date: October 25, 2002
CRCs: 1D2818AF
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPM-67527 (Korea)
Release date: October 10, 2002 (Korea)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): EA Black Box
Publisher(s): Electronic Arts
Genre: Racing
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: IGN9/10, Metacritic89/100, GameSpot8.5/10, Eurogamer8/10
Game description: Need for Speed is back and faster than ever in Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2. Engage in the next generation thrill of arcade racing with the spiritual successor to Need For Speed III Hot Pursuit. The sequel houses a stable of exclusive and exotic cars from the world's most coveted licensors including Ferrari, Porsche, and Lamborghini. Become the "champion road racer" by conquering numerous racing events, all carrying rewards such as cars, tracks, and high performance upgrades. The game challenges the driver to dodge traffic, police, and natural elements in high speed and high style. And it's up to you to evade any cops on your path, since getting busted just might end your career.

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • Core 2 Duo E8400 @3ghz
  • Geforce GTS 250
r4600 GSDX r4643 0.1.16
  • SPU2-X r4600m 1.4.0
  • LilyPad r4510 0.10.0
BIOS: SCPH70004, Easy to run this. FPS: ~50 Lagahan
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.4Ghz
  • Nvidia GTX 285 768MB
1.1.0 r5492 GSdx 5464 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Runs above full speed., Very slight graphics errors.
PAL Windows
  • AMD Athlon II X3 440 @ 3.0 Ghz
  • Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 1024MB
1.1.0 (r5682) GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
Europe v02.00(14/06/2004), Recommended + MTVU, Automatic Game Fixes, Playable, but requires a powerful GPU (better than mine for sure) or you'll have constant perfomance drops. I had to max out VU Cycle Stealing to get constant 100% speed and that costed me smoothness. Various graphical glitches in Hardware mode. Glitched effects like dust from under tires and glitched lights can be fixed by setting Skipdraw to 5 but this will also remove fog and Depth of Field.
NTSC-U Windows 7 64-Bit
  • Intel i7 @ 3.4Ghz
  • Sapphire R9 290X 4GB
1.2.1 r5873 GSdx 10 (Software)0.1.16 r5875
  • SPU2-X r5875
  • Lillypad 0.11.0 r5875
Game still has "Sunray" issue but the translucent textures appeared to be fixed. Game runs at a solid 60FPS, only problem was the audio skipping during the opening cut scene.Bios v 2.0 was used. Zrooney
PAL Windows 10 64-bit
  • Intel Core i7 7700K
  • Nvidia GTX 1080
1.5.0 r2567 GSdx 1.1.0 OpenGL AVX2
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
Software mode (set to 2 cores, also no speedhacks, everything is set to default) runs at 60 fps all the time (fixed game speed). LeRutY
PAL-M6 Windows 8.1, 64-bit
  • Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2030 @ 3.00GHz
  • Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 @ 2 GB
v1.6.0 GSdx 20200506140834 (MSVC 19.25 SSE4.1/SSE41) 1.2.0
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
The game pulls at 1080p (60 FPS), but due to sunlight, the game slows down. For that there were no freezes and bugs! Chern40+7
NTSC-U Windows 10 64-bit
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3550H with Radeon Vega Mobile Gfx 2.10 GHz
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
1.7.0-dev-437 GSdx 1.2.0
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
In software mode levels like coastal parklands will work but as soon as you get into the area with the gas station after the tunnel the fps will drop and go back to normal when you leave. If you want the busted screen normal and no gray line behind the cars choose software mode but be warn of fps dropping. In hardware it will run fast but the busted screen will look black and gray and a gray line will appear behind the cars. (Enable Speedhacks Set EE Cyclerate To 180% And EE Cycle Skipping to Mild Leave Everything else in default it will run fps 60) must having gaming laptop otherwise it wont work fast. Legendgamer
NTSC-U Windows 10 64-bit
  • 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-11600 @ 2.80GHz
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
v1.7.2183 GSdx 1.2.0-AVX2
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
No noticeable bugs. Plays fine, framerate is solid. Hemporus01


  • Original names: 니드 포 스피드: 무한질주 2 (SLPM-67527)

Known Issues

Depth issues

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: In hardware mode fog effects aren't rendered right, smoke effects appear square and there is a gray mist over police arrest cam.
  • Workaround: Enable HW Hacks and set Skipdraw to 5. This will remove the fog, fix the smoke effects, but remove the police arrest cam. Use software mode to avoid these issues altogether.

Semi-transparent textures

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Textures may appear translucent or semi-transparent at times.
  • Workaround: Enable HW Hacks and set Skipdraw until the effect disappears. Setting it to "5" may work.

Fixed Issues

Sunray issues

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: The sunrays may shine through objects or buildings. The cause of this is unknown.
  • Workaround: Fixed automatically via the GameDB. For older versions of PCSX2, enable autoflush.

"Busted" screens are broken

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: The in-game scenes where you are busted by the police in Hot Pursuit mode do not render correctly,no textures are present.
  • Workaround: For older versions of PCSX2, using software mode will fix this bug. However this issue is minor and software mode may run a lot slower.

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