Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2

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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 cover
EA Seattle
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows October 21, 2002
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 guide at StrategyWiki
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 at Wikipedia
Need for Speed
The Need for Speed 1994
Need for Speed II 1997
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit 1998
Need for Speed: High Stakes 1999
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed 2000
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 2002
Need for Speed: Underground 2003
Need for Speed: Underground 2 2004
Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2005
Need for Speed: Carbon 2006
Need for Speed: ProStreet 2007
Need for Speed: Undercover 2008
Need for Speed: Shift 2009
Need for Speed: World 2010
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2010
Shift 2 Unleashed 2011
Need for Speed: The Run 2011
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) 2012
Need for Speed Rivals 2013
Need for Speed (2016) 2016
Need for Speed Payback 2017
Need for Speed: Edge TBA

For the prequel, see Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit. For the 2010 game, see Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.


SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Key points

GameSpy online server browser has stopped working due to GameSpy services being shut down.[1]
Based on the GameCube/Xbox version of the game rather than the Black Box PlayStation 2 version.

General information

Need for Speed Wiki


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1]

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 242 is the final patch for the game. Adds multiplayer encryption and improves Force Feedback behaviour and compatibility.

Skip intro videos[edit]

  1. Go to <path-to-game>\movies\
  2. Delete or rename hp2E.mad, logoE.mad, and logoS.mad to anything else.
  3. Create three empty files with the above filenames in the folder.


This tweak will only work if you are using the No-CD patch, as otherwise the game will simply load the movies directly from the game CD.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\EA Games\Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\EA Games\Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2\

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use NFSHP2 Widescreen Fix.[5]
Use NFSHP2 Widescreen Fix.[5]
4K Ultra HD
Use NFSHP2 Widescreen Fix.[5]
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS


Enable windowed[6]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Edit rendercaps.ini.
  3. Change Fullscreen=1 to Fullscreen=0.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings
Input settings
To enable Force Feedback on XInput controller, see Force feedback driver.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Menu Music, Race Music, Player Engine, Sound Effects, Voice
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
GameSpy services have been shut down;[7] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Game does not render fog on modern systems[edit]

Even after setting "World Detail" at maximum, the game won't render fog on modern systems. There is an alternative workaround by using 3DAnalyze and forcing TnL, but no fixes for the game itself.

Issues fixed[edit]

Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 (exception error)[edit]

Error is "The thread attempted to read from or write to a virtual address for which it does not have the appropriate access."
Copy the following directories from the CD to <path-to-game>\[citation needed]
  1. actors
  2. AI
  3. Audio
  4. Cars
  5. Movies
  6. Particle
  7. Tracks

DualShock 4 support[edit]

To use a DualShock 4 with the gas and brake axis, the .ini needs to be tweaked.
Replace definitions.ini and defaults.ini with the ones from here.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy


System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) 450 MHz Pentium III
500 MHz AMD Athlon
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.2 GB
Video card (GPU) Direct3D compatible Video Card
16 MB of VRAM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]