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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: 64 out of 171
  2. Negative: 74 out of 171
  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. Dec 6, 2020
    10
    As far as Need for Speed games go this is the best one to date. It has beautiful graphics and you feel like you are going insanely fast. TheAs far as Need for Speed games go this is the best one to date. It has beautiful graphics and you feel like you are going insanely fast. The handling of the cars is excellent and the drifting mechanic is pretty simple. The story is really cheeseball it definitely won't have characters you remember like Most Wanted. That game had terrible rubber banding which isn't found here so this is actually better as far as racing goes. For a casual racing game it can't be beat. The characters are not as goofy as FH4 but the music is worse. The sound track is my biggest critique of the game. There is not a station worth listening to. Racing is a 10, the graphics are an 8, and the rest is a 5. I'll give a 10 because of EA hating. Expand
  3. Nov 8, 2019
    8
    O jogo de gráficos, mecânicas e enredos interessantes, mas poderia ser melhor na criação da física do game, o que deixa a desejar.
  4. Nov 24, 2019
    5
    I've played various NFS titles over the past 15 years, and NFS Heat is sadly not a good one. I'd go so far and would not put it into my top 5.I've played various NFS titles over the past 15 years, and NFS Heat is sadly not a good one. I'd go so far and would not put it into my top 5. (1. Underground 2, 2. Most Wanted (2005), 3. Hot Pursuit (2010), 4. Carbon & 5. Hot Pursuit II)

    Not talking about story, but it is really short (11h) and very generic and bad. Even for NFS.

    NFS Heat has a wide selection of cars, ranging from nice Japanese tuners to American muscle cars, over to Italian exotics, as well as pick up trucks and old timers.
    But i have to say, there are many many useless cars, and cars that in my opinions don't belong into such a game, which you don't even get to play throughout the story, because it is so short. You can of course get these cars and play with them after the Story is over, but thats something i don't really find interesting.

    Some of these cars are good and offer quite a few optical tuning parts, such as bumpers, spoilers, hoods, rims and so on. Unfortunately there aren't many parts, and these that are there, don't always look good.

    Comparing it to NFS Underground 2 (U2), Heat lacks a lot when it comes to spoilers, body kits and such. While in U2 you had sometimes up to like 20-30 different spoilers for your car, in Heat you can be lucky if you have 8. Whom of which don't really look that good.
    Most body parts in Heat are realistic ones, from real manufactures, which is nice to see, but sadly every car looks the same due to that. For example, there are very few rear spoilers in Heat, that are low profile, compared to U2, where you had a huge list to pick from for your car. Also most parts look / are the same for every car in the game, you can be lucky if a certain car has different ones.

    Overall the customization is lacking a lot of things and is way behind U2 and Most Wanted.
    Things that are missing, which i like to see:

    Custom HUD (Speedometer), more body parts, especially carbon parts (Spoilers made out of carbon, hoods, roof spoilers, more custom mirrors, window tints, neon lights, different exhausts, more and better looking vinyls / stickers and a few more things.

    Performance tuning is good, you can bring your car really up to speed, and the options are way beyond what NFS U2 was capable of, but it still lacks some stuff that U2 had. For example Setups, better NOS and some smaller, not so important things. Engine swaps are a nice addition though.

    The map is kinda big, but while playing the Story, you won't see much of it, since you are basically only in the south or west of the map. You go to the north near the end of the Story, but the west is really lacking.
    It's an okayish map, but i hugely prefer Bayview (U2) over it. One of the reasons for that is, that games these days try to bring everything into one map... City, Forests, Off roads, mountains and so on. It's not even that well implemented here, some things just feel so much out of place. I prefer a city like map, or a map like Rockport from Most Wanted (2005).

    Talking about the tracks etc. they are okay, but nothing special. Kinda look and feel the same.
    They don't even really offer shortcuts like they did in older titles. And when there are shortcuts, some of them slow you down, because they are off road, and you car is unable to go over 90mph when taking a 20m shortcut, unless you are driving an off road car. In most cases you will loose more time than you gain.

    There are different race classes, but you can beat the game with only one class easily. Kind of a missed opportunity, since you get off road cars, drift cars etc. but you don't have that many races for them. You only need to do like 3 drift races for the Story to continue. I remember in U2 you actually had to do the SUV class to continue the Story, and you had a few of them in each part of the town. Same goes for the drift races in U2. But what i really missed was something like the Underground Racing League, which were good races, and you always had to do these. You can't compare them to the "Day" (normal) races in Heat at all.

    Overall the races, tracks etc. felt generic in Heat, you had more variety and options in U2.

    The technical part of the game is actually pretty bad. The racer AI is either so bad that you lead a race by over 1 mile, and lap some cars, or one single driver is driving like a god and leads you by 300m and you can't catch up. Really, you can't.

    Escaping the police is sometimes so easy you'd think you stole a toddler his candy, and sometimes you think you are getting beat up in prison. You drive a Corvette with 220 mph? Too bad. That Dodge Charger, which is 100m behind you is launching his turbo and catches up to you in 5 seconds and overtakes you with 250 mph.

    Crashing or damaging the cops is broken. Sometimes you take 30% of his life, sometimes you ram him with 200 mph and he takes no damage. Also lacks things that you can destroy, which then destroys the cops. (Think of Most Wanted and the donut shops etc.)

    Also annoying bugs.
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  5. Jan 21, 2023
    4
    absolutely don't worth your time at all.

    First: why devs thought that would be cool to make the car drift-steering all? Really? I mean,
    absolutely don't worth your time at all.

    First: why devs thought that would be cool to make the car drift-steering all? Really? I mean, drifting is cool, I know. But why would drift in a circuit race. You are literally losing precious seconds down there.
    Just that kills the game for me, so annoying.

    Second: absolutely piece of crappy music. Too generic, please, give us the good and old rock, metal. I don't want to read a generic "despacito" while full-throttling...

    In general. Won the first 2 races with easy, but couldn't handle how the car handle in this game (car with soap tires i suppose).

    If you are looking for a game similar of what Forza Horizon is, you came to the wrong place, pal.

    NFS Heat do looks like am mobile game at the final of the day.
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  6. Feb 8, 2020
    2
    lets be honest. the game are poorly optimised. and ine ultra? very ugly! i mean wow is like you get sandpaper and use it on your screen.
    the
    lets be honest. the game are poorly optimised. and ine ultra? very ugly! i mean wow is like you get sandpaper and use it on your screen.
    the music.. damn they suck! is like crap you hear in basic popular crapy radio.
    the handling mhe is "ok"
    sadly i cant like this game i expected somthing a lots beter!
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  7. Feb 9, 2020
    0
    And you wonder why games are downloading torrents, this game is a prime example. Only 1 white guy to choose from, but a lot of black monkeys,And you wonder why games are downloading torrents, this game is a prime example. Only 1 white guy to choose from, but a lot of black monkeys, the music for some reason in general is all straight from Mexico with no single track to play, for CB music I only want to eat burritos. !! 0 10 just **** the game! Expand

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