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Mixed or average reviews- based on 108 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: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  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 15, 2019
    80
    Need for Speed Heat is fast, furious, fun, and the best Need for Speed game of recent years.
  4. Nov 12, 2019
    75
    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.
  5. Nov 14, 2019
    70
    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.
  6. 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.
  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: 33 out of 41
  2. Negative: 4 out of 41
  1. Nov 8, 2019
    10
    Best NFS Game from Ghost Games ever. The Grafik is nice and the Cars in the game.
  2. Nov 8, 2019
    10
    First of all, I just wanna say I created this account to say that this game is an emotional return to the glory days of need for speed series.First of all, I just wanna say I created this account to say that this game is an emotional return to the glory days of need for speed series. It captures every good aspects taken from the great nfs titles like most wanted (2005), underground 2, pro street and carbon. The game doesn't get boring by no means. Of course just like any other previous nfs titles, you have to participate in different types of races to win money. This is really different from payback as the city is more living, the story is more interesting and of course the cops level is really competitive. The ai level is ok, if your car rating is more than the recommended rating in any specific race you're selecting, you're good. The driving physics is of course arcade and I'm loving the new drifting physics. The customization is outstanding with loads of options available to customize your car and FINALLY NO SPEEDCARDS from payback. The graphics looks great. Now, I would want EA to kinda tweak the photo mode a little bit because it's kinda tricky and annoying to work with but other than everything is good. If you just wanna have fun and race with your friends and hang around and wanna host car meets and stuff, this game is a way to go, it gives more pro street, underground 2, and carbon as in general. Also, I like one of the most important of the game is that you can play offline and people who don't want to multiplayer can play offline. The character customization is a new thing and it's nice you can customize your own driver with different sorts of style, it kinda took aspects from gta which is really good Expand
  3. Nov 8, 2019
    10
    Depois de tantas tentativas finalmente a EA acertou em um NFS, com o Heat ela trouxe a nostalgia do underground e Most Wanted de volta, semDepois de tantas tentativas finalmente a EA acertou em um NFS, com o Heat ela trouxe a nostalgia do underground e Most Wanted de volta, sem duvidas o melhor NFS ate agora... Expand
  4. Nov 10, 2019
    9
    It's a big surprise but EA made a good Need for Speed game, well to be honest it's good because they copied a lot from Forza Horizon but stillIt's a big surprise but EA made a good Need for Speed game, well to be honest it's good because they copied a lot from Forza Horizon but still good job ea. Don't mess it up with stupid microtransactions. In game are 2 things I didn't like. 1 police chase it's so stupid and boring and the lack of race music. I recomend trying the game to everyone. Expand
  5. Nov 9, 2019
    9
    Apart from a few minor glitches ive noticed, a decent game from the need for speed franchise. Cars look well, good graphics, night mode looksApart from a few minor glitches ive noticed, a decent game from the need for speed franchise. Cars look well, good graphics, night mode looks really good with all the neon effects. Car customisation is really good. Could do with a few more old school iconic cars, ep3 type r, old scoobies etc hopefully some are addedin future content Expand
  6. Nov 16, 2019
    8
    I absolutely love this game! -1 for bad drift design and -1 for not much songs.
  7. Nov 17, 2019
    0
    Graphic is nise but whole city during the day looks like a crap. I dont know what is goin on but it looks to me like they used instagramGraphic is nise but whole city during the day looks like a crap. I dont know what is goin on but it looks to me like they used instagram filter for whole game, everything has yelowwish tone.

    Handling model so bad, it is so unrealistic. Its so much unrealistic that is good for 5yo kids max. Forza horizont has much better handling model not perfect but better

    OST terrible.

    Lot of bugs, on garrage
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