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In the third major installment of Electronic Arts' Arcade racing series, there are several modes of play available. You have the standard race, with one big difference - now there are traffic cops out to ticket you for your excessive speed. Alternatively, you can take your turn with the radar gun and attempt to pull over speeding computer or human racers.

Returning to the flavour of the original Need for Speed, this adds a new Pursuit mode, where you must out run the cops through fast, open area tracks, while also out-lasting the rest of the pack. Another new mode is knockout, where you race through all the tracks, and whoever is last after each race is knocked out. The winner is, of course, the one that lasts the distance.

As for the cars; there are the Ferrari 550 Maranello, Ferrari 355 F1 Spider, Italdesign Scighera, Lamborghini Diablo SV, Lamborghini Countach, Jaguar XJR-15, Jaguar XK8, Aston Martin DB7, '98 Corvette C5, Mercedes SL600 and the Mercedes CLK GTR.

Alternate Titles

  • "Over Drivin' III: Hot Pursuit" -- Japanese Title
  • "NFS 3" -- informal title

Part of the Following Group

Merchant Title Platform Price
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit
Need for Speed 3: Hot Pursuit Windows $0.75  
Need For Speed 3: Hot Pursuit Windows $0.20  
Electronic Arts Top Ten Pack Windows $14.99  
Interact V4 Force-Feedback Racing Wheel Windows $99.99  
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User Reviews

The cops are back!! And they brought the fun with them!! Windows Zovni (6825)
In a word... stunning. Windows Steve Hall Bronze Star Contributing Member (323)
This raises racing to a new echelon of excitement. Windows Trixter Bronze Star Contributing Member (8694)
Not exactly the best ever. PlayStation The Imperial Darkhorse (136)

The Press Says

PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct 07, 1998 89 out of 100 89
GameSpot Windows Oct 16, 1998 8.9 out of 10 88
GameSpot PlayStation Apr 09, 1998 8.3 out of 10 81
PC Player (Germany) Windows Oct, 1998 80 out of 100 80


Perhaps because Ferrari & Mercedes were concerned about their image, EA wasn't allowed to use their cars in the Hot Pursuit mode. However, there exists a patch/hack on the Internet that changes this and let's you escape the cops in all the Ferrari & Mercedes models.

This entry was contributed by Kartanym Bronze Star Contributing Member (9837) and Aquaman (52)

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