Wednesday, August 17, 2011


The cops were back in Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit, and they were looking to make up for lost time. Unlike the police in The Need for Speed, these guys had a few tricks up their sleeve to keep peace. Spike belts, roadblocks, and more-aggressive artificial intelligence made getting by the cops in Hot Pursuit more difficult. They also had more powerful cars, including a turbocharged Eagle Talon coupe and Lamborghini LM002 SUV. One other cool thing about the chases in Hot Pursuit was the cops getting on the bullhorn during a chase, encouraging you to pull over.

Hot Pursuit was the first Need for Speed game to go completely 3D in every scene, as previous games were complemented by video. Graphics improved significantly as well, setting a benchmark for future titles. Multiplayer options were available for the first time in the Need for Speed universe, beginning a long-standing party tradition of trying to out-maneuver your friends on the track.


The supercar theme continued in Hot Pursuit, with ten to choose from, including a Ferrari 355 Maranello, Aston Martin DB7 and Mercedes-Benz SL600. There were also two bonus vehicles, with the most interesting being the El Niño, a curvy two-door coupe that went like the wind but handled like a shopping cart.

Aston Martin DB7 (PC version only)

Chevrolet Corvette C5 (race and pursuit)

Chevrolet Corvette C5 1998 Indy 500 Pace Car (Wal-Mart PC version only)

El Niño (race and pursuit)

Ferrari 355 F1 Spider

Ferrari 456M GT

Ferrari 550 Maranello

Ford GT Falcon (Australian PC version only)

HSV VT GTS (Australian PC version only)

Italdesign Nazca C2 (PlayStation version only)

Italdesign Scighera (PC version only)

Jaguar Sports XJR-15

Jaguar XJR-15

Jaguar XK8

Jaguar XKR

Lamborghini Countach

Lamborghini Diablo SV (race and pursuit)

Lister Storm

Mercedes Benz CLK GTR

Mercedes Benz SL 600 (PC version only)

Spectre R42


With nine tracks in total (eight and a hidden bonus course) and new, highly-powered police cruisers, evading capture in Hot Pursuit was tougher than it was in The Need for Speed.



Country Woods

Empire City


Lost Canyon

Redrock Ridge


Electronic Arts
EA Seattle
Release Date:
Sep 30, 1998
Number of Players:
Pentium-166 or equivalent
32 MB
Pentium-200 or equivalent
32 MB
Hard Drive Space:
110 MB

Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit Cheats & Codes

Speed up the game

To enable all cars, type "gofast" at the game setup screen.

Bonus Cars

Enter these codes at the game setup screen.

  • El Ni¿o -- elninor
  • 1965 Ford Mustang -- go09
  • 1966 Chevy Pickup -- go10
  • 1971 Plymouth Barracuda -- go05
  • BMW 5-Series -- go04
  • Cargo Truck -- go03
  • Chevy Express Van -- go14
  • Ford Econoline Wagon -- go08
  • Ford F150 Pickup w/shell -- go06
  • Jaguar XJR-15 -- jag
  • Jeep Cherokee -- go07
  • Mazda Miata -- go01
  • Mercedes CLK GTR -- merc
  • Range Rover -- go11
  • School Bus -- go12
  • Taxi -- go13
  • Toyota Landcruiser -- go02
  • Volvo Wagon -- go15
  • Volvo Sedan -- go16
  • Empire City Track

    To race on the Empire City Track, type "empire" on the game setup screen.

    Increased Traffic

    For more traffic, type "rushhour" on the game setup screen.

    Police Cars

    To unlock the police cars, enter these codes on the game setup screen.

    • Ford Crown Victoria -- go17
    • El Ni¿o -- ecop
    • Lamborghini Diablo -- dcop
    • Mitsubishi Eclipse -- go18
    • Pontiac Grand Am -- go19
    • Range Rover -- go20

    Police Talk

    To hear the police talk while racing, type "bullhorn" on the game setup screen.

    Unlock All Cars

    To enable all cars, type "allcars" at the game setup screen. Note: This only works for multiplayer mode.