Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit II is the sequel to Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit, which was released in 1998 and was the third in Electronic Arts’ venerable series of arcade-style driving games. Between then and now, however, EA has released two other Need for Speed games–High Stakes and Porsche Unleashed–which makes Hot Pursuit II the sixth game in the series, if you don’t count the two V-Rally games that hit the market in the mid-’90s, that is. Confused? Well, never mind all that. All you need to know is that Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit II for the PlayStation 2 is not only one of the best games in this long-running series, but also one of the fastest, most visceral, and most polished racing games currently available for Sony’s console.