Nascar Heat 5

Rating Summary

Based on 19 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

64

Top Critic Average

22%

Critics Recommend

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5 / 10
Jul 20, 2020

Including all of the NASCAR license must be a mammoth task, and while Heat 5 is an improvement over its forbearers, the overall feeling of the game is that of a vacuous slog. With no obvious USP other than the volume of cars and tracks, or magic new features that other racing games should take inspiration from, NASCAR Heat 5 is a perfunctory depiction that's enjoyable in small doses but runs out of tyres once you get past the initial stages.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2020

Gameplay was a strength of NASCAR Heat 4, and that has been augmented for NH5. The play is so much fun, it helps to compensate for some of the presentation issues, and what I’d describe as a lack of creativity in other areas.

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6 / 10.0
Jul 29, 2020

NASCAR Heat 5 is a step backward for the series, but still delivers some tense and rewarding racing.

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Jul 10, 2020

Just enough newness to make it worth playing, and it remains the most complete, enjoyable package for NASCAR fans.

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65 / 100
Jul 28, 2020

Hardcore fans are the only ones that will want to suit up for this iteration.

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PC Invasion

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6 / 10
Jul 13, 2020

Although not awful, NASCAR Heat 5 feels like a rehashed version of its already underwhelming predecessor. The small quality of life improvements do not make up for its disappointing lack of any meaningful innovation.

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6.5 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2020

The evolution of the NASCAR saga has taken a step forward with this Heat 5.

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7 / 10.0
Jul 14, 2020

NASCAR Heat 5 doesn't offer up anything new, but what it does offer is a solid, enjoyable racing experience, and it does that very well.

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3.5 / 5.0
Jul 9, 2020

Moving all development in-house for 704Games may be beneficial down the road, but for NASCAR Heat 5, it enabled minimal changes.

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Unscored
Jul 7, 2020

The career mode is deep and fun, and when I add in the online options, season options, newly tweaked paint booth and new user interface, I'm mostly satisfied. For a short development cycle, NH5 delivers a lot of longevity, and even more importantly, a lot of fun on the track. This is a title that, even for the fringe racing fan, should see a lot of time in your rotation well into winter and beyond.

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