Need for Speed™ Heat Deluxe Edition
- Outstanding graphics and sound effects
- Comfortable and flexible controls
- Lots of interesting gameplay features.
- Starts to feel monotonous after a while
- Almost nothing fundamentally new.
A new game in the most popular and successful racing game series of all times, Need for Speed Heat tries not to repeat the mistakes of the past. With refined visuals and reworked gameplay mechanics, it has good chances to become the most interesting release of the franchise in a long time.
Graphics and Sound 10/10
There was strong criticism of the Need for Speed franchise lately, but even the most ardent haters of the series were never able to deny one thing – when it comes to visual quality, Need for Speed remains top-notch. Heat is not an exception: the visuals of the new game are simply unbelievable. The overall atmosphere of the game is so appealing, and the oversaturated colors only make it better. The cars look great, too. Of course, the sound effects are also excellent, and they allow you to reach levels of immersion almost unmatched by other racing games.
Controls are one of the most important aspects of any racing game. After all, it’s the ability to control cars that determines your success and overall satisfaction in such games. Need for Speed Heat maintains great balance: the controls are not too complex – but the game doesn’t turn into some kind of arcade with oversimplified and primitive handling. Not only the controls are comfortable, they are very flexible, too. You can tweak your car right as you race, depending on what do you want at the moment – easier drifting or better handling.
The gameplay hasn’t seen any revolutionary changes – we still drive around the town looking for some races or hiding from cops. However, there are some interesting novelties. For example, now there is a big difference between day and night races – the latter attracts much more attention from the police. NOS is now more potent, but you have to use it wisely, because instead of one big bar you now have a limited amount of canisters. All in all, Heat feels more dynamic and varied than the previous NFS games.
Lasting Appeal 7/10
The game sure knows how to attract your attention – but it starts to get a little monotonous after a while. Sure, the characters feel less annoying, and the gameplay mechanics make sure there’s always something new that you can discover, but there’s just not enough features to keep you glued to the screen for hours. However, you can always return to it and race a few times, so the replay value is rather high.
Need for Speed Heat doesn’t offer anything fundamentally new, but rather combines some of the best features from the previous installments of the franchise. What you get is a refined product that doesn’t aspire to redefine the genre but has all chances to remain one of the best in it for a long time. Need for Speed Heat combines everything you love about the franchise, creating a brilliant racing adventure.