Last month EA Mobile's newest entry to their Need For Speed franchise - Hot Pursuit - launched in the App Store. Hot Pursuit toned down most of the things that were aimed at hardcore gearheads and instead focused on a more casual but fast-paced arcade experience. The game is definitely a fun ride, if somewhat shallow, and we generally enjoyed it in our review.

One thing we didn't like so much, however, was the single-sided career mode in the game. Hot Pursuit is based on high-speed chases with law enforcement, but there was only ever the option to play as the police and not the perp getting chased. This was especially perplexing since EA unintentionally announced during a Japanese media event in October that Hot Pursuit would contain two career modes for a total of 48 events. When it shipped with just one career and 24 events, we were a little disappointed.

This is no longer an issue now as EA has apparently tracked down the missing half of the game and issued it in an update earlier today. There is now an additional career mode for the "racer" that contains 24 events over 4 different modes with an entirely new set of achievements to obtain. The racers share many of the same cars as the cops do, with some exclusive ones as well, and you can now change the color of your car when playing as the racer. You can also use the racer's different arsenal of weapons - overdrive, jamming, and oil slicks - when trying to ditch the boys in blue.

I must admit I'm not typically a big Need for Speed fan, although there have been entries in the series over the years that I've really enjoyed. But I've been having a great time with Hot Pursuit on iOS mostly because of its stripped-down nature and simple focus on driving. Maybe I was their target audience for this game. Still, it got kind of old always having to play Johnny Law when sometimes you just wanted to be the outlaw breaking the speed limit. Now that is finally possible thanks to this gigantic new update. Also, don't forget that if you have yet to pick up Need for Speed Hot Pursuit that both the iPhone/iPod touch version and the iPad version are currently going for just 99¢ for a limited time.

  • Rudi

    No touch control,no buy. so many things in this update ,but still no touch control!

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    awesome game!! i love the tilt controls personally.

  • Lafrance Patrick

    Wondering if I'll buy this or Asphalt 6. I already have RR2 but I'd like to have an arcade racer. Any help would be really aprpeciate.

    • http://twitter.com/Shamko Max Shamko

      get Asphalt 5 instead, cause those two games...... don't wanna talk about it -_-

      • Don

        Asphalt is pretty bad when it come to gameplay in general and slow as hell heaven on good devices.

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    I grabbed this one a few days ago as it's currently on sale, but in a post Real Racing 2 world, it didn't impress me much. The control felt rather dead and laggy, and the horizon levelling (ie. keeping your view horizontal even when tilting the phone to steer) is basically non functional. Visually it's pretty ordinary too.

    Real Racing 2 is where it's at if you want an iPhone racing game. Nothing else comes close.

    • Mrmagoo

      just change your control sensitivity dude

  • Anonymous

    No mention of how the graphics and sound are in this game?

    I have RealRacing HD, but am so bad at it, that it's not much fun. My cousin's son played it for a couple of hours and unlocked 7 or 8 levels for me.

    I'd like to see a port of the old Mac Carmageddon game.
    Mowing down pedestrians for points, driving underwater and doing impossible stunts was kind of stupid, but a heckuva lot of fun.

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    this is my favorite game

  • GiHubb

    Great game but they should be adding online racing as in the other EA release of Reckless Racing, then the game would truly be epic!

  • Tikicobra

    I really liked the cop mode. I'm glad to see a big corporate monster add some free stuff.

  • Matt_27_blur

    Did someone notice de graphical bug in the map of races?

  • Sticktron

    Awesome free update EA!

    The assets were already in place, so I suspected an upcoming Racer IAP.
    No need to swap the cars manually anymore yay.

  • Anonymous

    Already a great game which will be twice as better now. But seriously - how does "half" of a game get out the door missing the other half? I mean, we're not talking a car, a single mission, a glitched level... it's half of the game? Nah, that's totally not the reason this happened. In any event, I'm just glad it's coming.

  • Geesonrob

    U know what happened here.. They released it with high sales on the back of it's reputation.. Then they reduced the price to 99c when it slipped down the charts.. Then when it started to slip south again they included the other half of the game.. Then.. Then.. Then..