Need for Speed Heat Reviews Round-Up

By Heidi Nicholas,
EA'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.

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  • 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 74/100
Will 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.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, 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!
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  • Posted on 08 November 19 at 12:07Permalink
    Seems serviceable. Will wait for a sale but def getting it at one point.
    "The fear of Blood tends to create fear for the Flesh"
  • SheBeatsYouSheBeatsYou190,141
    Posted on 08 November 19 at 12:23Permalink
    More Interested to see what Suprise Mechanics EA will add wink
  • supkrissupkris588,266
    Posted on 08 November 19 at 12:36Permalink
    Honestly surprised to see these above average ratings. Was expecting this to be a train wreck
  • Posted on 08 November 19 at 12:43, Edited on 08 November 19 at 12:47 by buttmudBrooksPermalink
    Almost certain it will be as mediocre as the rest of the catalog and I will play it anyway and question that decision the entire time.
    Always number 2.
  • II Kazz IIII Kazz II1,117,952
    Posted on 08 November 19 at 12:44Permalink
    Glad the tiny group of people who stayed loyal to NFS will get some enjoyment from this it seems, but for me the series is dead and buried several times over, they will never get back that NFS magic now they've butchered it too much.
  • DonutDonut652,677
    Posted on 08 November 19 at 13:23Permalink
    Hell of a lot better than payback. Quite fun. Stupid story. Handling is similar to burnout and that's fine with me
  • Posted on 08 November 19 at 13:31Permalink
    Will get my hands on this when it hits the EA Access vault
  • XwolfanXXwolfanX599,198
    Posted on 08 November 19 at 14:26Permalink
    passssss
  • Posted on 08 November 19 at 14:33Permalink
    I absolutely loved Payback and thought it was the best NFS game on console since Hot Pursuit 2010. All of these reviews are getting me pretty pumped to get this game, although I’ll definitely be waiting until the price drops off as with all EA games.
  • Posted on 09 November 19 at 04:21Permalink
    I love how the game is getting a 60-80% grade across the board and we're over here like "Wow, that's amazing!" Shows just how low the expectations are in Ghost Games ability to make a game, which are rightfully low. EA still own Criterion, I honestly don't understand why they make the guys who worked on such a brilliant game in Burnout Paradise, and two brilliantly done games in NFS Hot Pursuit (2010) and NFS Most Wanted (2012) work on this franchise instead of having them help work on Star Wars Battlefront....
    Let's Go!
  • Posted on 09 November 19 at 08:51Permalink
    Was quite enjoying this and then hit the level 10 cap on the trial after only two hours .

    Definitely not enjoying it enough to fork out £55 for the full game, will wait for it to hit the vault
  • V3ntilatorV3ntilator172,796
    Posted on 09 November 19 at 09:32Permalink
    OrpheusDeGroot said:
    Will get my hands on this when it hits the EA Access vault
    It came on EA Access 2-3 days ago. 10 hour trial, and achievements unlock of course.
  • Posted on 09 November 19 at 14:46Permalink
    supkris said:
    Honestly surprised to see these above average ratings. Was expecting this to be a train wreck
    thats the official "game press" from this ratings you can -1 (5 system) and -2 (10 system) in general.

    AND JUST SAYING:

    I am an old fart of almost 38 years. I grew up in the gaming 90s when NFS WAS THE SHIT!!!!!! Need for Speed was the standard everybody else had to compete with. It is hilarious how everybody expects another clusterfuck from a new NFS game nowadays. laugh btw... i played 2 (TWO!!!!) races in payback. then i uninstalled that game and went back on FH4
  • V3ntilatorV3ntilator172,796
    Posted on 09 November 19 at 15:32Permalink
    Hellgate Aeon said:
    supkris said:
    Honestly surprised to see these above average ratings. Was expecting this to be a train wreck
    thats the official "game press" from this ratings you can -1 (5 system) and -2 (10 system) in general.

    AND JUST SAYING:

    I am an old fart of almost 38 years. I grew up in the gaming 90s when NFS WAS THE SHIT!!!!!! Need for Speed was the standard everybody else had to compete with. It is hilarious how everybody expects another clusterfuck from a new NFS game nowadays. laugh btw... i played 2 (TWO!!!!) races in payback. then i uninstalled that game and went back on FH4
    Payback were terrible yes. NFS Games used to have great music in NFS 1,2 and 3, but the last 22 years there is no memorable music in any NFS game.

    Need for Speed 3 from 1997 is still my favourite, but Need for Speed 2 have the best soundtrack of any NFS ever.
    NFS 3 were modded to run at 4K, have proper windows Gamepad support etc. in recent time.

    EA did set the bar for 3D racing games from middle 1990's, but they lost that race already after 2000.

    Today racing games is compared to 2 Forza games, including Horizon for open world racers.
    I have GT Sport on PS4, but your savegame is gone when server is gone there.
    GT Sport only saves to server, and is why many lost their savegames.
    GT Sport is dull overall.
  • supkrissupkris588,266
    Posted on 09 November 19 at 17:26Permalink
    Hellgate Aeon said:
    supkris said:
    Honestly surprised to see these above average ratings. Was expecting this to be a train wreck
    thats the official "game press" from this ratings you can -1 (5 system) and -2 (10 system) in general.

    AND JUST SAYING:

    I am an old fart of almost 38 years. I grew up in the gaming 90s when NFS WAS THE SHIT!!!!!! Need for Speed was the standard everybody else had to compete with. It is hilarious how everybody expects another clusterfuck from a new NFS game nowadays. laugh btw... i played 2 (TWO!!!!) races in payback. then i uninstalled that game and went back on FH4
    Same here and I am 36 and I grew up playing NFS. NFS II SE is still fresh in my memories. But ever since this series transitioned to Xbox 360 era it’s only going downhill. The excitement is long gone. As I said several times, forza ruined the genre for me. Every other racing game handles poorly compared forza. Yet I still played and completed payback.
  • Posted on 10 November 19 at 04:39Permalink
    Like myself if you can remember the intro with the chick saying "EA, Challenge Everything" then those were the greatest ones. Last NFS game I enjoyed was a tie between the old Most Wanted game and Hot Pursuit. I haven't played any of the NFS games after Rivals and that one kinda pissed me off at times.


    This new one looks really good and brings back memories from the good ole days of Underground and has a mixture of hot Pursuit. Be pretty cool if you can have both racer and cop careers.

    Still going to wait a bit for it since games throughout the years isn't worth the $60 anymore.
  • LorneLorne364,562
    Posted on 10 November 19 at 06:59Permalink
    So far the police chases are absolutely broken. You can barely drive one block at night without being harassed by the police then they call in a bunch of cars that come FLYING in backwards from all directions and you get almost no time at all to try to escape when they are busting you, mainly because the constant wheel spinning trying to get out of first and second are still terrible game mechanics. In real life, I certainly dont bounce of the rev limiter every single time I launch in first. You constantly get busted and you always feel that its unfair, when you just want to play the game and do races now you have to run for 5-10 minutes from over powered cops.

    wait for a sale dudes.
  • ArkhamArkham1,392,885
    Posted on 10 November 19 at 09:11Permalink
    supkris said:
    Hellgate Aeon said:
    supkris said:
    Honestly surprised to see these above average ratings. Was expecting this to be a train wreck
    thats the official "game press" from this ratings you can -1 (5 system) and -2 (10 system) in general.

    AND JUST SAYING:

    I am an old fart of almost 38 years. I grew up in the gaming 90s when NFS WAS THE SHIT!!!!!! Need for Speed was the standard everybody else had to compete with. It is hilarious how everybody expects another clusterfuck from a new NFS game nowadays. laugh btw... i played 2 (TWO!!!!) races in payback. then i uninstalled that game and went back on FH4
    Same here and I am 36 and I grew up playing NFS. NFS II SE is still fresh in my memories. But ever since this series transitioned to Xbox 360 era it’s only going downhill. The excitement is long gone. As I said several times, forza ruined the genre for me. Every other racing game handles poorly compared forza. Yet I still played and completed payback.
    I agree. I remember being very disappointed with Most Wanted. Now when I look back, Most Wanted is the best of the series on 360 and One.
  • LadyNova01LadyNova01292,739
    Posted on 10 November 19 at 22:09Permalink
    I'll wait till this game goes on sale / bargain bin deal someday just like I did with NFS Payback. Then it's at least worth paying the twenty or so bucks for the fun period you can get out of it
    Everybody wants to change the world, but no one wants to try
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