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  • Summary: Hustle by day and risk it all at night in Need for Speed Heat, a white-knuckle racer that pits you against a city's rogue police force as you battle your way into street racing's elite. By day compete in the Speedhunter Showdown -- a sanctioned competition where you earn bank to customizeHustle by day and risk it all at night in Need for Speed Heat, a white-knuckle racer that pits you against a city's rogue police force as you battle your way into street racing's elite. By day compete in the Speedhunter Showdown -- a sanctioned competition where you earn bank to customize and upgrade your garage of high-performance cars. When your ride's perfectly styled and hyper-tuned, and you're ready to ramp up the intensity, drive out into the night where you and your crew take on the competition in illicit street races that build your reputation and grant you access to bigger races and better parts. But under the cover of darkness patrols a rogue task force looking to bring you down and swipe all you've earned. Take them on and risk it all for underground glory or head back to your safehouse and begin another thrilling day. The roads, the risks, and the rides never end in this street racer where your crew rolls deep, your garage is full of hot cars, and the city's your nonstop playground. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. CD-Action
    Jan 10, 2020
    80
    It’s a festival of good and interesting ideas that were drowned in boring grind, features borrowed from Forza Horizon, and reggaeton. [01/2020, p.60]
  2. Dec 21, 2019
    79
    Although the story makes no impression, Palm City feels lifeless and the police are sometimes frustratingly powerful, there is a lot of fun to be gained from this game, which offers more than many of the previous parts.
  3. Nov 29, 2019
    75
    A fully enjoyable game with many features that help keep the game from getting stale or boring.
  4. Nov 11, 2019
    70
    In the run-up to the test I actually had some concerns about the quality of Need for Speed: Heat. Its direct predecessors from Ghost Games didn't really convince me and also the game play event about a month ago left me with mixed feelings. But the finished game has become surprisingly entertaining. Sure, once again the story is not worth mentioning, the controls reminds of old arcade games and in terms of driving physics and damage model the makers didn't take realism quite so seriously. But if you don't mind that, or if you are looking for exactly that, you'll really enjoy Heat. Otherwise, the title offers everything a car's heart desires: extensive tuning options, action-packed chases and thrilling races - and all this in top graphics.
  5. Nov 25, 2019
    70
    A playful driving model, plentiful tuning options, a career without microtransactions and an open city changing its whole identity with each dawn and each sunset. The sins of the past are gone, but the game is still way too similar to what you already know.
  6. Nov 15, 2019
    65
    A cherry on top of the cake that is 25 years of Need for Sped, or yet another 'what could have been'? Need for Speed Heat has the potential te be everything that anyone can ever ask from a Need for Speed-title, yet it makes several strange choices that do not benefit the game. Racing is fun as always, the story is poor and customizing cars makes up for a lot. But a title that celebrates 25 years of Need for Speed? No, not by a long shot.
  7. 50
    Need For Speed Heat tries hard to be a game for car people with over one hundred vehicles and deep customization features. However, it alienates the genre's biggest fans with an overused storyline, over-the-top arcade physics, and a lack of wheel support.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 127
  2. Negative: 57 out of 127
  1. Nov 8, 2019
    10
    Its a very good Need for Speed so far. I love the settings and gameplay. The plot is ok - but not more. it not so **** like NFS 2015 orIts a very good Need for Speed so far. I love the settings and gameplay. The plot is ok - but not more. it not so **** like NFS 2015 or Payback! The World is beautiful but ..a bit empty. Weathereffects are outstanding. Heat does have its problems - but nothing that can't be fixed with a patch. Performance is very good with High Framerate. I love it so far! Expand
  2. Jun 13, 2020
    10
    I'm putting a 10 because of all the edgelords putting zero. It's a solid 7.5. Easly the best NFS I've played since hot pursuit. It's arcadishI'm putting a 10 because of all the edgelords putting zero. It's a solid 7.5. Easly the best NFS I've played since hot pursuit. It's arcadish and I like arcade racing. If you don't go play Assetto or forza. Lot's of cars, fun tuning with great customization options. Pretty game. I think they may have improved the chases as I find it relatively easy to evade the police in my current starter car with minimal upgrades (try hitting jumps).

    No technical issues running it at 3440x1440 (80-100 fps) on Ultra with a ryzen 3600 and a GTX 1080.
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  3. Nov 9, 2019
    9
    NFS Heat is much better than payback. Tuning has become more diverse, the fleet is much larger, and the cops are even meaner. For me, NFS HeatNFS Heat is much better than payback. Tuning has become more diverse, the fleet is much larger, and the cops are even meaner. For me, NFS Heat was the game of the year! Expand
  4. Nov 13, 2019
    5
    Want an actual arcade racer that doesn't force you to drift around every corner, go buy Forza Horizon 4.

    Need for Speed Heat is the same as
    Want an actual arcade racer that doesn't force you to drift around every corner, go buy Forza Horizon 4.

    Need for Speed Heat is the same as previous years, drift around a corner in order to catch up... If you don't you will lose speed and lose the race. I don't understand what Game Designer or Creative Director thinks drifting is still "hot." No one wants to drift 24/7 in arcade racing games. Give us actual racing games. Stop it EA, this isn't Mario Kart.

    Bring back Midnight Club style racing. That kind of racing style, bring that and people will flock to your racing games. But sadly, EA doesn't understands this. There is a market for racing games, and Xbox has it in the bag.

    Pros:
    - A fictional Miami.
    - Night mode
    - Graphics
    - Customization

    Cons:
    - The fictional Miami is lackluster with no AI pedestrians or AI cars. Nothing draws you into the city wanting you to come back to the game or just roam freely.
    - Drifting
    - Going 200 MPH feels like you're going 40 MPH.

    Whoever was the Game Designer or Creative Director on this game ruined this game, it had potential but it became The Crew 2 with the same handling mechanics.

    In short, buy Forza Horizon 4.
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  5. Aug 27, 2020
    4
    I expected shaw to be more aggressive, maybe like sgt.cross? He had a nasty character, it made me put high hopes on him. But silly me, he wasI expected shaw to be more aggressive, maybe like sgt.cross? He had a nasty character, it made me put high hopes on him. But silly me, he was a total letdown. I expect him to take a revenge since he got exposed and got fired, but NO. THATS IT. Even police officers with corvette are more aggresive than him lmao.

    Mercer is also the same, i thought he will put some effort to take me down, but he just trying to escape and got busted easily. Such an embarrasing plot since he drove the legendary m3 gtr. and again, i expect that torres actually had a hidden plan to take over the high speed task force. BUT NO. THE STORY ENDS. THE STORYLINE IS SO SHORT.
    I've building my rep till lv.44, planning to save money and bought the p1 gtr, but then the story ends without any of it necessary.

    I don't even know why some people prefer heat over payback. (In terms of storyline)

    I thought it would be better if the developer make a plot continuing the most wanted instead of overusing the m3 gtr for some cameos.

    4/10 is for the modification and the control.
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  6. Jan 14, 2020
    2
    Boring, derivative and stupid. Such a poor game compared to Need for Speed Underground of a decade ago. Runs like crap on my decent PC withBoring, derivative and stupid. Such a poor game compared to Need for Speed Underground of a decade ago. Runs like crap on my decent PC with slowdowns (rtx 2060, ryzen 5 2600x), looks like Burnout Paradise, similar concept but done more poorly. Unlikeable characters. No consequences for crashing into everything, no skill involved, random police escapes and then often impossible to escape. Just a mess. Expand
  7. Jan 10, 2020
    0
    The game is horrible.Here are the things about it.

    1.The drifting mechanic is trash; Seriously.Drifting is very hard and almost
    The game is horrible.Here are the things about it.

    1.The drifting mechanic is trash;
    Seriously.Drifting is very hard and almost impossible.When you drift,it does not look like you do so.The drift races are trash and all you do in these races,is just crashing and crashing.

    2.The server connection;
    The servers have poor connection.And no it's not my Internet connection if you are wondering.One day i was playing casually when the game server crashed not once but twice.Really EA,really?.You can't even manage your own servers right!Shame on you.

    3.Damage mechanic;
    I don't know why but EA decided to add the damage mechanic from Need for Speed Rivals.You know that damage bar next to the speedometer.In my opinion i hate it.Because it just makes the game harder plus even if you tap just a tiny bit a traffic car,it still causes damage.

    4.The Frostbite engine
    The Frostbite engine is absolutely butter.The physics are trash,the frame rate is poor and as i mentioned earlier the drifting.Also why dosen't EA move to a new engine.Seriously!They used the exact same engine for 7 years since Need for Speed Rivals.Why don't they use better game engines like Unreal Engine.I'm mad!

    5.No steering support;
    Really EA?

    6.No first person camera
    Seriously EA really dosen't bother with first person.Most of the series had no first person camera except for The original need for speed and Need for speed Shift 1 & 2.This shows that EA dosen't care about realism.

    7.Loading issues;
    This game has a lot of loading issues.For example sometimes the game takes ages to load.And again it is not my internet and Other times the textures don't load

    In my opinion but Forza Horizon 4 instead
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