Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. Nov 8, 2019
    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 12, 2019
    A triumphant return to form for a series that has gone off the track in recent years. With its nail-biting police chases and electrifying sense of speed, Need for Speed Heat is the most exciting and tense arcade racing game we’ve had the pleasure of playing in years. It proves that there’s life in the old dog yet, even in a world in which Forza Horizon exists, and we’re very glad of that.
  3. Nov 8, 2019
    One of the best racing games of the generation. Spectacle, good music, tuning, racing and lots of fun.
  4. Nov 8, 2019
    Need for Speed Heat is an ode to what made this saga great with an installment that retrieves its foundations to combine them with a clear inspiration from the Forza Horizon saga bringing us one of the most complete and entertaining arcade driving games of the generation with stunning visuals.
  5. Nov 11, 2019
    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.
  6. Nov 8, 2019
    Need for Speed ​​Heat is an ideal game for fans of the saga. It has everything: Tuning, day and night races, police chases. Of course, Palm City is a little small, the police is too tired appearing in all night races and the story doesn't bring anything new. Despite this, the multiplayer system, the control of the vehicles and its technical section put us in a great arcade driving game.
  7. Nov 8, 2019
    Need for Speed Heat is a mosaic of existing ideas but it is easily the most impressive Need for Speed game in years.
  8. Nov 8, 2019
    Need for Speed Heat wakes up the series from the nightmare and it's just like a greatest hits of the most iconic episodes of the franchise. Ghost Games did a great job in terms of gameplay and concepts, but Palm City is bloated of filler events and the progression isn't smooth enough. Anyway, the night races are great and the free tuning is back. If you are driven by Underground and Most Wanted nostalgia, Heat is definitely your game.
  9. Nov 12, 2019
    While far from a perfect comeback, Need For Speed Heat refocuses the franchise on what it does best, and it’s all the better for it.
  10. Nov 8, 2019
    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.
  11. Nov 14, 2019
    Need for Speed Heat has a great visual style that smartly leans into the tuner culture that helped set the series apart in games like Most Wanted and Underground. Unfortunately its sluggish progression and weak online offerings keep this from reaching the heights of the series.
  12. Nov 12, 2019
    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.
  13. 70
    It's clear that Ghost Games has taken a touch of Paradise and applied it to Heat, resulting in a thrilling and beautiful racing game that's bursting with things to do. Though their ambition was bold, they strayed too far from comfort in putting Heat together. When measured up against its own franchise, Heat does a lot to move the series in the right direction and it's a clear, marked improvement over Payback.
  14. Nov 8, 2019
    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.
  15. Nov 8, 2019
    Need for Speed Heat is ultimately enjoyable, an experience that can provide some high highs alongside some fairly low lows. Those looking for a new racing experience will certainly enjoy it, once mastering its quirks.
  16. Nov 14, 2019
    Need for Speed Heat has issues that could easily be overlooked if the game had confidence in itself, but there seems to be some type of hesitation everywhere. Whether it's hesitation to move the story along, hesitation to introduce something new, or hesitation to strike out from the ghosts of its past, there just seems to be some lack of definition for Need for Speed Heat's release.
  17. Nov 8, 2019
    Heat is an enjoyable racing game, but Ghost Games need to do something to truly revitalize the franchise. Need for Speed used to lead the genre, and now it’s looking at other racing games to patch their formula.
  18. Nov 8, 2019
    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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  1. Nov 8, 2019
    Ghost Games strips back the recent excess to deliver a simple, satisfying take on the Need for Speed formula, even if some problems persist.
  2. Nov 8, 2019
    Need for Speed Heat seems limited, reminding me of all the things that made it distinct, but still hedging against them in case I don’t find them enjoyable. I’m confused about what would have made this game better, but the series seems just as confused about what it wants to be.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 87
  2. Negative: 19 out of 87
  1. Nov 8, 2019
    I tried the trial and the game is Awesome! Great driving mecani hs, vibrant graphics, exliring sounds.
  2. Nov 8, 2019
    Very good NFS Game. Soberb driving physics, excellent and fun gameplay, great graphics. Recommended
  3. Nov 8, 2019
    Generally a decent game. I was surprised how good it actually is. Nice work Ghost.