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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: 57 out of 159
  2. Negative: 71 out of 159
  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. Dec 1, 2019
    8
    The best NFS game in a long time. It’s not perfect, but on the other hand I wasn’t expecting it to be.
    First of all the story is great
    The best NFS game in a long time. It’s not perfect, but on the other hand I wasn’t expecting it to be.
    First of all the story is great compared to NFS Payback. Payback’ story was really childish and immature, whereas Heat has a more serious and credible storyline. However, it’s way too short and felt ’unfinished’.
    The gameplay is pretty enjoyable when you get a hang of it. You drive mostly on asphalt roads and very little off-road, which I also consider a great improvement from the last game.
    The game also look good and runs rather well, in spite of occasional crashes.
    Heat is a step in the right direction in the NFS franchise.
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  4. Apr 1, 2021
    5
    Графика - 7/10
    Игровой процесс - 5/10
    Сюжет - 3/10
    Музыка - 6/10
  5. Feb 14, 2021
    4
    NFS Heat is a disappointment in many ways, just like the other 2 NFS games. in Payback, we were using w a s d and space for driving. In thisNFS Heat is a disappointment in many ways, just like the other 2 NFS games. in Payback, we were using w a s d and space for driving. In this one, you can just drive with w a s d. We were using space for drifting before, dice made it easy for us. If you double tap on w you can drift now. There is not any driving mechanic. Lets take Forza Horizon 4 as an example. NFS doesnt have to be like forza but this is too bad. Game optimization is bad, tiring the cpu more than other games. Grapichs are under avarage for me. NFS Underground has a better driving mechanic by the way. I Hope NFS gets better. Expand
  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 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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