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 on StrategyWiki
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 on Wikipedia
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
Subseries of Need for Speed
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit 1998
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 2002
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2010

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

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]
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

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.


Enable windowed[5]
  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 feature State 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;[6] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Poor frame pacing[edit]

Hot Pursuit 2 suffers from frame pacing issues on modern systems, resulting in choppy gameplay even at high framerates. There is no known fix for this.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game not rendering fog on modern systems[edit]

Even after setting "World Detail" at maximum, the game won't render fog on modern systems.

Go here and download the d3d8.dll and place it in Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 folder and the d3d8.dll will load d3d8to9 and convert DX8 API calls to Direct3D 9 ones.

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
Direct3D 8.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


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[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]