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Need for Speed Heat
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Developer: Ghost Games
Content Rating: Teen
Hustle by day and risk it all at night in Need for Speed™ Heat, a thrilling race experience that pits you against a city’s rogue police force as you battle your way into street racing’s elite.
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Need for Speed Heat ditching its predecessor’s heavy-handed microtransactions and live-service nonsense is commendable, but in most other ways, this is actually a step back for the series. The game provides some solid arcade thrills, but a limited map, so-so visuals, slapdash action, and irritating cops weigh the experience down. If you’re desperate for a new open-world racer, Need for Speed Heat may be worth a spin, but most will want to wait until this one hits the used car lot.
Need for Speed: Heat is a much better game than I thought it could possibly be. It’s not the most original, but its return-to-basics strategy is just what the franchise needed. Car customization and tuning is in-depth yet simple, the day/night cycle fun to work with, and the story is entertaining if generic. I don’t know if this formula will survive another game, but it’s certainly the best template to work with that Need for Speed has seen in over a decade.
Need for Speed: Heat is a sign that the series may try to unlap itself. Other racing series, like Forza, have pulled into the lead. 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.