Nascar Heat 5 Reviews

Nascar Heat 5 is ranked in the 28th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
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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Forbes
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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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8 / 10
Jul 14, 2020

NASCAR Heat 5 feels like the definitive edition of Heat 4, along with yearly team, roster, and track updates.

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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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7 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2020

NASCAR aficionados will likely love getting more action where they can, especially with the cancellation of events due to the pandemic at this time, but those that like a more varied racer might want to look elsewhere. If you want to dip your toes in the NASCAR water though, and find out why it's more than just turning left, HEAT 5 could well be a good shout.

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5 / 10.0
Jul 29, 2020

NASCAR Heat 5 is a good addition t this officialy lincensed franchise, until it breaks your heart and your savefile during the career mode.

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7 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2020

If you skipped last year’s NASCAR Heat 4 and are looking to pick up a new NASCAR game, NASCAR Heat 5 is the one to grab, no doubt. It is indeed the best NASCAR game to date. There’s such a small margin between them, however, that unless you’ve got a wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket, there’s no real reason to pick this up if you do already own NASCAR Heat 4.

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7.3 / 10.0
Jul 7, 2020

Despite a lot of the same, NASCAR Heat 5’s improvements to gameplay make it a fun swan song on the Unity engine.

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7 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2020

NASCAR Heat 5 is the next iteration of the annual release, but fans will be disappointed to find out that not much has changed from last year even if the experience holds up.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2020

NASCAR Heat 5 improves on the previous and successful episode adding new features and modes coupled with very well balanced difficulty modes. It's still got lot to improve in the presentation area and in the multiplayer modes too similar to the ones in previous game, but while waiting for the next-gen jump this remains a very good NASCAR experience.

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Sep 3, 2020

I understand that the change in developers would cause 704 Games from touching too much, fearing too big a change could break it. It also gives them time to focus on next year’s product, as they become more familiar with the game engine and code left behind from Monster Games. It’s such a shame that they stalled the momentum they gained from the previous releases, though. Here’s hoping that with the next NASCAR Heat title, they will make some strides in improving the career and continue to deliver a fun racing experience.

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Aug 3, 2020

All in all, NASCAR Heat 5 is just a bad game.

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Jul 30, 2020

Like going around in fun circles.

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