Percentile Rank

Need for Speed Heat is ranked in the 48th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 105 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

72

Top Critic Average

44%

Critics Recommend

Based on 105 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Games Xtreme
Recommended
Games Xtreme
Jamie Hendrix Roberts
Recommended
Dec 18, 2019

When someone asks me how I would describe Heat, I say Prostreet during the day and Carbon during the night. During the day are the official showcase events and then during the night are the illegal street races that get the attention of the cops. However, I'm jumping forward so let's start from the beginning.

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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
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.

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Player2.net.au
B
B
Nov 8, 2019

“A massive return to form for the long-running franchise. It is wonderful to find joy in a NFS game once again”

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Echo Boomer
Liked
Liked
Nov 16, 2019

The latest entry in the NFS franchise brings back some old flavors that still don't taste the way it should, but it's still a good step in the right direction.

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Polygon
Unscored
Polygon

Top Critic

Unscored
Nov 8, 2019

In present day, 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.

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Operation Sports
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 8, 2019

Need For Speed Heat does a lot of things right, and delivers an aesthetically beautiful and fun experience. The only major issue is that experience will vary greatly in time depending on the individual. For those who love the series, this is an obvious game to add to the rotation. For those who are merely interested in seeing what's here, it might be wise to try the 10-hour trial available through EA Access before you jump in with both feet.

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GameByte
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 18, 2019

Despite the many things Need for Speed: Heat does right, there’s just not enough there to keep me jumping back in for more.

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Scored Reviews

GameSpew
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

On the whole, this is 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.

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Darkstation
Nov 21, 2019

The game comfortably speeds along a yellow brick road that goes neatly between calculated appeal of Forza Horizon and the excess abundance of The Crew, and that’s why I liked it better than those two.

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Gaming Nexus
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Nov 27, 2019

The day/night dynamic is entertaining and mixes things up. The car list is better than expected. Customization is clean and maximizes personalization. And the driving mechanics aren't overly complicated but present enough of a challenge.

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Hobby Consolas
85 / 100
85 / 100
Nov 6, 2019

We still have to finish it, but Need for Speed Heat leaves a good taste: a enormous map, lots of races and missions to complete, good speed sensation and huge customization options (both in cars and avatar)... It feels like a greatest hits album, with the best parts from previous 15 years of NFS remixed.

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The Games Machine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2019

Need for Speed ​​Heat is the greeting of the series to this generation but also a new beginning thanks to its solidity, aesthetics, and playability. Ghost Games has combined the simplicity of the inputs with a great sense of control, in a beautiful open world to see and full of events.

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PowerUp!
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2019

Fans of Hot Pursuit will definitely have a good time with Need for Speed Heat and racing fans, in general, will love it. It's fast, fun and hectic.

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Areajugones
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2019

Need for Speed heat has one of the best gameplay and visuals ever seen in a racing game. It also marks a change for the franchise, a game that focus more on street racing rather than the story. However, it takes a lot of mechanics from other games like The Crew or Forza Horizon, resulting in an experience that, although it's fun, lacks personality.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 13, 2019

Need for Speed Heat is the best the series has been in a while. It's not perfect by any stretch, but it has a charm that reminds me of the Underground days of old. Now that's a NfS game I can get down with.

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VG247
Nov 8, 2019

For the first time in years, Need For Speed has remembered why people used to play it so religiously, and recognised the more recent elements that put them off.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
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 face a great arcade driving game.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2019

Ultimately, Need for Speed: Heat is a decent racer. In fact, I would say it is a great playing one. It’s just missing something new.

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GamePro
80 / 100
80 / 100
Nov 8, 2019

Heat is the best Need for Speed ​​for years, motivates and is a tuning monster - but not in a league with the competition.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

Need for Speed Heat may be a greatest hits collection of past success stories in an attempt to make up for the past, but it still pushes the pedal to the metal when it comes to being a guilty pleasure of pure street racing junk food that's hot off the engine block.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

Need for Speed Heat is a solid arcade racer, in a landscape that continues to suffer from a drought of them. It is also, surprisingly, a solid arcade racer that is not plagued by the scourge that can be microtransactions, in a landscape (and from a publisher) that continues to practically drown in them. The story may be as generic as a Miami cop show from the '80s, but the cars are numerous and varied, the map is expansive and full of events, and most importantly, the racing is fast and furiously fun.

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TrustedReviews
Nov 15, 2019

I feel like an accessory to the crime by awarding Need for Speed: Heat such a high score, given the blatant theft of Forza Horizon’s entire schtick. But, at the end of the day it works and the few additions that Heat does bring to the formula help it stand apart. Need for Speed: Heat is a return to form for the series, and a great foundation to rebuild the tattered franchise on.

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PCMag
Nov 27, 2019

Need for Speed Heat brings the 25-year-old racing franchise back to relevancy by combining the best mechanics from previous entries with a few new ones.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Nov 8, 2019

The adrenaline-inducing, high stakes nightlife of Need for Speed Heat is an exciting idea that pushes the franchise forward after years of stagnation.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2019

Need for Speed's latest instalment is one of its better efforts in recent years.

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GameZone
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2019

If you're a fan of the franchise and felt betrayed by Payback in 2017, then Need for Speed Heat is worth your time. With a packed roster of over 120 cars, a well-designed and gorgeous city to explore and race in, and a huge emphasis on customization, it's undeniably Ghost Games' apology letter for 2017's mess of a game.

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Niche Gamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2019

Ultimately, the game hits home where it matters: Despite its flaws, it is a lot of fun.

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Saudi Gamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 8, 2019

An enjoyable ride with enough diversity but this is still a series looking to reclaim its identity. The best NFS this generation but there is still room for improvement.

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Leadergamer
Nov 17, 2019

You can drive the BMW M3 GTR from Most Wanted. Who can say no to this one?

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
RobotsFightingDinosaurs

Top Critic

Nov 18, 2019

Though it still can't match the scope of Forza Horizon 4, Need for Speed: Heat is a great racing game in its own right.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2019

Like comfort food for fans who've loved the Underground/Most Wanted games from back in the day. The day and night system is addictive, the cars feel great and distinct, the visuals are fantastic (especially at night) and the old-school customization is back and better than ever.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 2, 2019

Ghost Games has delivered a great new addition to the Need for Speed franchise, with Heat certainly bringing the 'heat' with its relentless cop pursuits that play out against a beautifully-looking Palm City.

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IGN
8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
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.

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Sirus Gaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2019

Need for Speed: Heat plays it safe in many regards. On the one hand, it tries to distance itself from Payback. And on the other, it is a mesh of carefully put together mechanics from previous games – wrapped in the colors of South Beach. This is not the next step in the franchise, but rather a glorious return to form after taking a hit. It combines the best parts of games such as Most Wanted and Underground. The game itself is an excellent starting point for anyone every curious about the world of Need for Speed. The simplified controls make maneuvering a blast. And keeping the option open to revert back to older controls for series veterans is much appreciated. I highly recommend this game for players of various skill ratings.

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Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2019

Need For Speed Heat takes everything we loved from the past 25 years of Need For Speed and puts it into one neat package. While the game excels in having a little something for everyone, it drastically falters in its storytelling and the rather awkward dialogue left a lot to be desired.

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Saving Content
Nov 15, 2019

Need For Speed Heat is bathed in neon while offering a great sense of speed, fantastic customization, and generates a great level of tension when being pursued by the cops. The car selection covers a wide variety of eras and types that’s never boring, and there’s more than enough to satisfy everyone. Between the actual races and roaming around challenges, there’s hours of things to do you’ll never tire of. Need For Speed Heat is the best racing game of the year, hands-down.

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Daily Star
Nov 17, 2019

Need for Speed Heat blends the beloved mechanics of old with some modern improvements. Its microtransaction-free racing is a sight for sore eyes.

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Final Weapon
Dec 10, 2019

Need for Speed: Heat redeems the series with engaging gameplay, insane amounts of customization and remembers its past fondly. From start to finish, racing in Palm City's night lights and sunny atmosphere reminds players why they were elated fans of a once great franchise.

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Thumb Culture
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2019

NFS: Heat was everything I wanted from the game. It’s diverted from loot boxes of Payback and shifted into top gear by embracing its arcade roots, so due to this, it has raced its way to a Thumb Culture Gold Award!

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WellPlayed
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2019

Need for Speed Heat manages to successfully mix the game’s modern formula with the glory days to deliver the best Need for Speed experience in years

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Game Informer
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2019

The game's day/night structure is part of a compelling structure that makes NFS Heat a solid entry in the franchise.

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IGN Italy
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2019

Need for Speed Heat wakes up back 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.

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Gamerheadquarters
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2019

Need for Speed Heat is definitely a lot of fun, the night life is incredible and I certainly enjoy the sense of progression in regards to the vehicles. That being said, there are some issues and some elements of play that could be expanded upon.

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Impulsegamer
3.8 / 5.0
3.8 / 5.0
Nov 18, 2019

NFS Heat is definitely onto something and hopefully the team can build on that for the series future

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
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.

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Just Push Start
3.75 / 5.0
3.75 / 5.0
Nov 12, 2019

Overall, Need for Speed: Heat is a fun game and might be the best in the series since 2006's Need for Speed: Carbon. The open world is pretty and there are a lot of fun activities for you to do. The only thing holding the game down is the annoying cops which affect your enjoyment factor in a huge way. If the cops weren't such a big factor in the game, I would have liked this game more.

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GRYOnline.pl
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2019

It’s time for a revolution. Need for Speed: Heat is definitely the best game in the current-gen series, but that’s nothing to brag about. This actually should have been the first NFS for the 8th generation of consoles – then, perhaps, we would still have remembered it as something special. But at this point, the game basically just goes through the motions. Not great, not terrible.

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Heavy
7.5 / 10.0
Heavy

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2019

There’s a good amount of things to enjoy here as you lap AI racers and online rivals. Just be prepared to deal with a litany of issues that will bring your enjoyment levels down a peg.

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PC Gamer
75 / 100
75 / 100
Nov 15, 2019

Thrilling night races make Heat the best Need for Speed in years, even if I want to batter every one of its racers.

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Cultured Vultures
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
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.

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Noisy Pixel
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2019

Need for Speed: Heat on its own is a great time. Sadly, the cast of characters and the forced drama in the story don’t do anything for its appeal. There are elements within the game that could be tweaked, but as a package, this is an excellent entry in the series.

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GameSpace
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2019

Overall Need for Speed Heat was a fully enjoyable game with many features that help keep the game from getting stale or boring. With the ability to use Studio App to design cars on your mobile and import into the game, customizing your in-game character you can make adjustments for hours. I would highly recommend NFSH to anyone that loves a good street racer game that just wants to get a nice ride and have fun.

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TrueGaming
7.5 / 10.0
TrueGaming

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2019

Even though it does something wrong for everything it does right; Need for Speed: Heat is still an enjoyable experience that tries to present everything we love about this series.

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COGconnected
74 / 100
74 / 100
Nov 14, 2019

Need for Speed Heat is a big step in the right direction for the iconic franchise

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Sports Gamers Online
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2019

This double downs if you’re a fan of the aforementioned ‘Fast & Furious’ films, but if you’re not, skip the dialogue and enjoying the race like its 2005 again.

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Worth Playing
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2019

In the end, Need for Speed Heat is a return to the series' old form, with an emphasis on "old."

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Gamefa
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2019

Need for Speed Heat is certainly the best NFS in 8th generation but far from Best in the series. An exciting, stunning, entertaining and maybe addictive racing game that you can play and enjoy for hours.

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Screen Rant
Nov 18, 2019

Need For Speed Heat isn't perfect, but it's the best game Need For Speed has seen in a while and provides plenty of street racing thrills for fans.

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GamesRadar+
Nov 8, 2019

Great modding and a decent game engine can't disguise the tired story and simplistic driving.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 14, 2019

Need for Speed Heat puts the series back on track with a renewed focus on simple racing and customizing cars.

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GamingTrend
70 / 100
70 / 100
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.

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Windows Central
Nov 26, 2019

Saying this is the best Need for Speed games in years may not mean much when some of its recent predecessors were just decent, but Need for Speed Heat is a return to its roots for better or worse, and is still fun to play even if there are better racers out there.

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GameMAG
7 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

7 / 10
Nov 8, 2019

Despite a number of notable shortcomings, Need for Speed: Heat is a really good game to play. If you like the genre you can try a new game from Ghost Games and EA. The technical problems are likely to be quickly fixed by the planned updates.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 13, 2019

As we said, Need for Speed Heat is the best entry in the franchise for quite some time, but it's still not quite where it needs to be. The day vs. night gameplay is a compelling loop, and it's a big step in the right direction for the series in general. It's a solid effort with fun handling and lots of customisation options. It's a shame the open world lacks personality, and the police are perhaps a little too hardball, but there's still plenty to like. At the tail end of this generation, Need for Speed is back to being good -- let's hope it can be great in future.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 11, 2019

Need for Speed Heat is a full open world racing game. It does just about everything the competition offers, but without thinking outside the box. Less generalist than Gran Turismo or Forza Horizon, which he comes closest, he is far from equal. However, it offers a good alternative to change the mood. Racing games in open world are no longer jostling at the gate anyway.

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Gameplanet
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

Need for Speed: Heat can be a ton of fun but is held back by incredibly questionable AI. The vehicle customisation and tuning is incredible and the games has plenty of content to keep you racing for weeks. The story feels a little silly but the racing itself is a joy to play. This is the course-correction the series so desperately needed, and I can't wait to see Ghost Games build on this solid foundation for their next entry.

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Slant Magazine
Nov 12, 2019

To the game's credit, the police presence on the track feels less like a gimmick than a genuine menace.

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Twinfinite
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Nov 18, 2019

While it’s got a long way to go to hit the heights of the Forza Horizon competition, the improved story telling, inventive Night vs. Day structure, and fun driving make Heat worth picking up even if Payback and 2015’s reboot put you off the series.

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Stevivor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
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.

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Press Start
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 10, 2019

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.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Nov 14, 2019

Beyond some few minor tweaks here and there, and some new ideas sprinkled throughout, Need for Speed Heat mostly succeeds where it iterates on previously pioneered ideas.

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Cheat Code Central
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Nov 12, 2019

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.

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PCWorld
Nov 12, 2019

Need for Speed: Heat is probably the best series reboot EA's put out this generation, though it arrives just as the open-world racing formula is running out of gas.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2019

While the racing is fun and the customization is deep, Need for Speed: Heat feels far too familiar. The day-night gameplay loop does mix things up a little but this racing title does very little to separate it from its predecessors. Its story is predictable and its presentation is underwhelming. Need for Speed: Heat is fun but predictable and slightly stale.

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AusGamers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2019

Ghost Games has been behind the wheel and under the hood of the NFS series now since 2013's <b>Need For Speed: Rivals</b>, incrementally adding to the NFS library on a two-year cycle, but still haven't broken through Criterion's high-bar windshield.

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3DNews
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2019

A decent Need for Speed game. Not an achievement and not a triumphant return of the series, but still a good racing game which unfortunately still has some issues.

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Softpedia
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2019

Need for Speed Heat is far from the revival of the series which fans have hoped for, and makes you wonder what happened to Criterion. Ghost games did a decent job steering back Need for Speed into safer waters, but it lacks the passion and the visceral fun which made Underground legendary. Need for Speed Heat is a decent game, but not a memorable one.

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SECTOR.sk
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2019

New NFS wants to be perfect, but it does not offer so much, it is only good driving game with dynamic weather and a lot of customisation.

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New Game Network
70 / 100
70 / 100
Nov 23, 2019

A fantastic sense of speed and exciting night-time racing help make Need for Speed Heat the best entry into the series in a while, even though the online component is mostly dead-on-arrival and progression can feel like a grind at times due to a stingy economy.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Nov 26, 2019

Overall, when Need for Speed: Heat is producing its promised fantasy, it’s a wonderful game which I’m always happy to keep coming back to.

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Zoomg
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2019

Need for Speed Heat is the best Need for Speed game in the 8th generation of video games. Heat offers great diversity in game modes and car customization is crafted perfectly in this game. of course, some bugs and lack of good stories are present, but still Heat is a very fun game to play.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 12, 2019

The best Need For Speed in several years, which may sound like mild praise but despite a lack of variety this is a fun arcade racer hybrid that respects its roots.

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Bazimag
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 27, 2019

NFS heat can be the best NFS of this generation, but in comparison to other racing games like Forza Horizon, NFS heat can't do much and every part of the game feels outdated, especially for the AI. NFS heat still can be enjoyable at night, but the morning part is boring and unnecessary.

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GotGame
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 26, 2019

Need for Speed Heat tries to even further refine the racing formula and almost succeeds.

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GameCrate
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2019

It wouldn't be totally fair to call Need for Speed Heat a bad game, but given the exciting high-speed material it's defined by, it is a disappointingly boring one. Small blessings like the lack of over-aggressive microtransactions and an incredibly in-depth car customization suite can't make up for gameplay and progression loops which, at best, feel routine and archaic, and at worst frustrating and obtuse.

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Atomix
68 / 100
68 / 100
Nov 13, 2019

Unfortunately, Need for Speed: Heat is not the game that will bring back the magic to the franchise, but nonetheless, it's still a solid entry which certainly deserves your attention, only if you're a fan of this kind of games.

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Spaziogames
6.7 / 10.0
6.7 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2019

Need for Speed: Heat clearly shows why the series needs a serious stop to reorganise itself.

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Video Chums
6.6 / 10.0
6.6 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2019

Need for Speed Heat boasts a large varied world and a cool gameplay twist with the addition of cops who are often on your tail.

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Easy Allies
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2019
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Everyeye.it
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2019

The Need for Speed ​​series is back with a new chapter with high ambitions but the final result is not exactly perfect.

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Gamersky
6.5 / 10.0
Gamersky
金闪闪老里

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2019

Need for Speed: Heat is a decent racing game but it has a serious balance problem in the police chasing part.

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LevelUp
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2019

Need for Speed Heat is an average game that maintains some essential elements of the franchise, with some poor implementations that sabotaged the project itself.

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USgamer
Nov 8, 2019

Need for Speed Heat is a conglomeration Need for Speeds past. A little Payback, a little Rivals, a little Hot Pursuit, a little Underground. The result is a good foundation to build upon, but weird AI issues, a lack of variety in events, and some poor tuning in cop chases mean it's not great. Maybe next gen will see Ghost Games bringing a little more real heat.

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Game Rant
Nov 14, 2019

Need for Speed Heat is a solid entry in the long-running racing franchise, but one that fails to live up to its massive legacy.

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Tech Advisor
Nov 7, 2019

Aesthetic, soundtrack, car customisation… Need For Speed Heat has it all except for the most important part: the driving. A clumsy drifting mechanic, clumsy feeling cars and a lack of physicality hamper the game, but that doesn't mean you can't have some fun with it.

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Daily Mirror
Nov 16, 2019

But, it is the very definition of generic, with the tired, Fast and Furious lite, underground street racer motif we've seen dozens of times before. Heat fails to stand out from similar franchises, and joins the ranks of the more forgettable Need for Speed entries. There's some measure of fun to be had here, but it's clear that the series needs a shot of nitrous in the tank if it wants to stay relevant.

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Wccftech
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2019

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.

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Jump Dash Roll
6 / 10
6 / 10
Dec 4, 2019

NFS Heat is an improvement over NFS Payback but that isn't saying much. Microtransactions are long gone thankfully but not much else has changed. If EA are hoping to return the series back to its heyday it'll need to do much more than this to topple the likes of Forza Horizon 4.

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CGMagazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2019

Need For Speed Heat is a fun racing game that is still held back by a weak, multiplayer, story, and lack of event variety.

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Gamers Heroes
60 / 100
60 / 100
Nov 13, 2019

Need for Speed Heat's driving is a step in the right direction for a franchise that's stuck at the back of the pack. However, its poor story, severe balance problems, and complete lack of an online presence stop it from ever reaching top speed.

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VGChartz
6 / 10
6 / 10
Dec 16, 2019

Need for Speed Heat feels like a hotrod just a few parts shy of reaching its former glory.

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PlayStation Universe
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

An unnecessary release which cobbles together pieces from other, better racing games into a competent but dull experience. Save your cash and grab a copy of Burnout Paradise Remastered instead.

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Gamer Escape
5 / 10
5 / 10
Nov 18, 2019

I hate to speak for a community but I’m sure this game may meet the demands they ask for in Need For Speed. For anyone else looking to get into racing but don’t want the difficulty associated with Forza or Asetto Corsa, I would still recommend picking up the recent remaster of Burnout Paradise. If you’re not already a Need For Speed fan, I say skip Heat and wait for EA to remember Burnout exists.

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Game Revolution
Nov 18, 2019

Above all, Heat feels like subscription filler, another driving game to add value to EA’s Access bundles.

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DualShockers
3 / 10.0
3 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2019

This is not the EA release you're looking for.

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