Need For Speed Heat Review Round-Up: A mixed bag for Palm City’s racing dreams

The legendary franchise is back again, but the gaming community has mixed feelings about NFS.

Need For Speed is an iconic game title. It stood tall in the mid-2000s as the best racing experience on console, but since then the competition has increased and NFS has faded.

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The grand old franchise has suffered a lot of setbacks recently, with the 2017 Payback getting universally panned.

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We have heard a lot in the build-up to Heat this year about how EA and Ghost Games are injecting fun back into the franchise and putting a focus on the user.

Now that the game is available to everyone on Xbox, PS4, and PC, just what do the gaming community make of Need For Speed Heat?

IGN – 8/10

“this open-world street racer has some surprising pep to it.

“Heat’s cop chases aren’t restricted to pre-set time trial routes like they were in Payback; you now have the freedom to escape in any direction. They are a fair bit tougher, though; certainly until you can secure the best upgrades.” – Luke Reilly [Full review]

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Gamesradar+ – 3.5/5

“This game still feels like a modestly tuned engine starting from cold instead of a snarling beast revving at the limiter.

unless you really love modding cars, there’s nothing here that’s ever more than mildly entertaining. It’s not a disaster by any means, and it does feel slightly more enjoyable after the first 15 hours (yikes), but the Heat level is somewhere just above lukewarm in this one.” – Justin Towell [Full review]

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Toby Durant

Deputy Editor at RealSport. A life-long gamer, I have been with RealSport since 2016 and spent time covering the world of Formula 1, NFL, and football for the site before expanding into esports.


I lead the site's coverage of motorsport titles with a particular focus on Formula 1. I also lead RealSport's Madden content while occasionally dipping my toe into Football Manager and esports coverage of Gfinity Series events.