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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: 55 out of 151
  2. Negative: 70 out of 151
  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. Jan 9, 2020
    10
    Best game! An open world, tuning, graphics, it all looks amazing. For 5 years, the best of NFS (2015) and Payback. Unfortunately, theBest game! An open world, tuning, graphics, it all looks amazing. For 5 years, the best of NFS (2015) and Payback. Unfortunately, the soundtrack leaves much to be desired, although the plot was not the main one in NFS, but still it was not so boring. In general, the game looks worthy. Expand
  3. Nov 9, 2019
    8
    Seit lange mal wieder ein relativ gutes NFS also eins der bessern die letzten waren ja eher so meh
  4. Dec 29, 2020
    5
    NFS Heat is a somewhat more modern version of NFS Undercover. It is open-world, with various collectibles and activities like drifts, jumpsNFS Heat is a somewhat more modern version of NFS Undercover. It is open-world, with various collectibles and activities like drifts, jumps and speedtraps that you'd expect from a standard open-world game nowadays. It's also got a story mode, which is bog-standard and nothing special. There's also a decent choice of cars in terms of variety (for a Need for Speed game anyway), with a good customisation system. The driving mechanic is centred on a 2-dimensional scale: On-Road vs Off-Road and Drift vs Race. Upgrade parts allow you to tailor any car to be anywhere on this graph. That's about as complex as it gets, which for an arcade racer is fine, but if you play serious racing games the handling is a complete joke; though it's a nice change I suppose.

    The game is basically structured as an RPG, where to upgrade your car with the best parts and get higher-tier cars, you need to level up and gain "Rep"; the currency earned from night-time driving. Cash is best earned during daytime races, where there are no police to worry about. Whilst this is fine in theory, in practice cash is almost useless, since it's much easier to earn than rep, especially early on. The game is severely imbalanced because early on it's much harder at night as you don't have fast cars but the police do, and it's very easy to get your Heat level up to a point where it's impossible to escape without using glitches. Later on once you've maxed your car, it becomes trivial. Unfortunately, the police chases are the worst aspect in this game; the AI is horrible and it's mostly rubber-banding, and I don't recall a single time when a spike strip hit me. It's just inconsistent and random, which takes away a huge aspect of what an NFS game should be like. This is very far from being 2005's Most Wanted.

    Another huge problem is that races are not restricted by performance tier; the top tier is 400+ and bottom is 100. But nothing stops you from entering a 120 event with a 380 performance level, for example. This basically means newcomers who choose to do events against other players instead of the AI are severely disadvantaged; this is more a game of grind rather than skill. They really ought to have placed restrictions on events.

    The game is also poorly optimised. It is by far the most demanding racing game I've played, and also one of the worst looking. The car models and especially characters lack the level of detail you'd expect from a modern game, especially one that's so demanding, and there really isn't anything spectacular about the graphics; it's all a bit of an acid trip at night with lots of colour but not very high quality.

    Something else that's inexcusable is the fact that you can't change the controls when playing with a controller: forget rebinds, there aren't even presets! And although there is an option to play with manual gearbox, the shift up and down buttons conflict with interactions, so it's a pointless option. Clearly this game was rushed, judging also by the number of glitches which remain many months after launch.

    There is only one redeeming feature of this game, which is why it's not getting a lower rating: the cross-platform play. I started playing this game after that update (and precisely for that reason), and it's something that I hope future NFS games (and hopefully other racing games) incorporate.

    In conclusion, NFS Heat is built on a solid blueprint, but executed poorly. It was a rushed game and it could be a very good NFS game with a few tweaks, but when you compound together all of the major issues, it's difficult to recommend.
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  5. Feb 22, 2020
    4
    Looks like a (very) cheap copy of Forza Horizon 4... It has many things to tune your car and dress your character, but overall the game isLooks like a (very) cheap copy of Forza Horizon 4... It has many things to tune your car and dress your character, but overall the game is boring and repetitive (doing the same races again and again). Also, the car handling is really bad, it feels like playing on your smartphone! The Level Design is good, but the graphics quality and the lighting are soooo ugly! The soundtrack is also bad (mostly in the night). In general, this game looks like was made pretty fast in 3-4 months, instead of 2 years... Horrible game, horrible game engine (Frostbite), waste of money... Expand
  6. May 28, 2021
    2
    As a sim player, this is by far the worst gameplay for NFS out of all of them. Drift physics sucks, I cant remap keybindings on my controller,As a sim player, this is by far the worst gameplay for NFS out of all of them. Drift physics sucks, I cant remap keybindings on my controller, I cant use my E-brake, I cant use reverse on my shift knob, AUTOMATIC CLUTCH ON MANUAL MODE?!?! Completely destroyed my love for NFS. If you're a PC player and use a sim setup, don't bother getting this game. Controllers are fine but weird compared to most car games, putting the E-brake across from the boost button XD. Honestly the only good thing I really have to say is that they nailed the cops being pigs and the graphics on the cars as well as custom bodywork, that's a big jump. Still, overall hate it. Expand
  7. Feb 6, 2020
    0
    I love Need For Speed game but this is not a game. The only heat this game has is the dumpster fire it started.

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