Need for Speed Heat Reviews Round-Up By Heidi Nicholas, 08 Nov 2019 CommentsEA's Need for Speed Heat is out today, and the reviews are beginning to pile up. The game introduced a day and night mechanic where players can earn money during the day by taking part in authorised race events, whilst illegal street races at night would build their reputation. The police presence is constant, and officers are far more aggressive and unpredictable at night. Heat seems to have done pretty well overall. Some reviewers praised the day and night switch and the different effect it has on gameplay, whilst others seemed to disagree on how driving and car handling felt. But several seem to be picking up on something lacking in the game, which causes it to ultimately struggle to impress itself on reviewers as much of a step forward for the franchise. Below, you can see a roundup of the reviews so far, with the platform or specification included where possible. IGN: 8/10 "Heat doesn’t always sizzle but it’s definitely much hotter than I’d expected. This is easily the most impressive Need for Speed game in many years." VG247: 4/5 "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." Reviewed on PS4. GamesRadar+: 3.5/5 "Great modding and a decent game engine can’t disguise the tired story and simplistic driving." Reviewed on PS4. Eurogamer: "This might still be a little way off of the series' best, but at least Heat serves as a reminder of what can be so special about Need for Speed." Reviewed on Xbox One X. Polygon: "Need for Speed Heat doesn’t resemble a throwback, as much as it seems like a desperate reach for what made the series so successful in the first place." Reviewed on Xbox One. USgamer: 3/5 "It's a single step forward, when it needed to be miles ahead. Maybe next gen will be that step. A series with the history of Need for Speed deserves better." Reviewed on PS4. Tech Advisor: 3/5 "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." Metacritic: Metascore of 74/100Will you be playing NFSH today? What are your thoughts on it? Let us know what you think in the comments!Check out our Best Xbox Arcade Racing Games Available in 2018 article for a compilation of other great games in this genre.Xbox One View comments Written by Heidi NicholasHey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!