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Mixed or average reviews- based on 87 Ratings

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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: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Nov 8, 2019
    93
    Need For Speed Heat is a return to form for the series and the best entry this generation. The racing action is top-shelf and the day to night shift in gameplay focus keeps things fresh.
  2. Nov 8, 2019
    90
    One of the best racing games of the generation. Spectacle, good music, tuning, racing and lots of fun.
  3. Nov 11, 2019
    80
    Ghost Games delivers the best NFS of this generation, with thrilling night chases (even if our cars end up being frustratingly too damageable) and lots of contents and variety both during the daylight and night races.
  4. Nov 8, 2019
    75
    Need for Speed Heat puts the franchise back on the right track, but the various bugs and dull story means the series is still behind the pack.
  5. Nov 12, 2019
    70
    While this installment isn’t the most innovative, that isn’t what Need for Speed needs right now. It needs to build up a solid foundation again, so it can get itself into a good position to ride the slipstream behind other titles, ready itself, then overtake it to possibly come out on top. There are some strong elements here, and the balance between day and night activities can provide a good loop. It handles well, not letting obstacles get in people’s way, and gives folks a lot of extras to shoot for. Yes, it could use a more lifelike world, a more interesting story, and a better soundtrack. But, what’s here is fun. That’s what matters most right now.
  6. Nov 8, 2019
    70
    Need for Speed: Heat is a welcome return to the atmosphere that made the series great. A general lack of cleanliness and finish prevents the title from making the leap in quality but it is still a product that will satisfy its audience.
  7. Nov 8, 2019
    55
    This Need for Speed has everything it needs to please the players, especially those looking for an heir to Most Wanted. But Heat lacks of driving sensations, of a proper physic management, and has plenty of balance problems, making the game more frustrating than fun.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Nov 8, 2019
    10
    I tried the trial and the game is Awesome! Great driving mecani hs, vibrant graphics, exliring sounds.
  2. Nov 9, 2019
    10
    I truly enjoyed this game.The graphics were amazing and the sound of the cars were breathtaking, the customisation is so good that itI truly enjoyed this game.The graphics were amazing and the sound of the cars were breathtaking, the customisation is so good that it overwhelms you and the story had me staying late hours into the night just to find out what happened next.This is definitely a step in the right directions for both EA and Ghost.Prople fail to understand that blackbox is gone and nfs will never be the same, but Ghost have showed us that the memories of carbonmostwantedh Expand
  3. Nov 10, 2019
    10
    Ok! Absolutely amazing! Best NFS to date. You need to play it for a while and with friends.
  4. Nov 8, 2019
    10
    10
    Need for Speed Heat ImageLoving this game. Very fun driving gameplay. Great graphics. The NFS we deserve.
  5. Nov 9, 2019
    9
    The perfect mix of underground, most wanted and prostreet. The best need for speed in years. Cops can seem overly difficult at heat 3 andThe perfect mix of underground, most wanted and prostreet. The best need for speed in years. Cops can seem overly difficult at heat 3 and above at the start of the game, but as you progress, outrunning them does become easier. The risk/reward of night is always a thrill though. Expand
  6. Nov 8, 2019
    9
    It's finally a step in the right direction. Ghost takes beloved parts of all games of the past and mix them into one. It's not a 10/10 becauseIt's finally a step in the right direction. Ghost takes beloved parts of all games of the past and mix them into one. It's not a 10/10 because the cops and AI seem a bit unbalanced, but that's nothing that can't be patched later on. I hope they build on this entry in the future. Its a solid foundation. Expand
  7. Nov 12, 2019
    0
    NFS Heat is some kind of all-round trash bin. Positive things first:
    - fine graphics. But we are in 2k19 and it's an AAA game.
    - This night
    NFS Heat is some kind of all-round trash bin. Positive things first:
    - fine graphics. But we are in 2k19 and it's an AAA game.
    - This night and day setup is kinda cool.

    Negative aspects:

    - Driving physics worse than a living fish on shore. First cars are like "well you can go 150km/h top speed with me but look on my outbreaking ass driving walking speed!". And yes, with or without driving aids.

    - Story and Cutscenes: some of those cutscenes would have been better placed in Dark Souls 1 non remaster. And if some dude wants to tell me, that he is in favor with getting talked to half an hour while driving to the next location, than he wants to be placed in hell. settings - audio settings - voice 0%. Thank me later.

    - You are not able to fast travel to racing locations. If I want to play a racing game, then, yes, do I want to play one race after the next one. No I don't want to talk with some 0815 guy on the backseat. No, I don't want to drive by my own to the next location. I just want to play the racing stuff.

    Conclusion:

    "AAA" game for 60€, more like "ZZZ" game. And I would take EA to court for this pain in the ass game, if I would have paid this price...
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