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Need for Speed (Series) Review

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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 12 days ago.

Author: @JonahMonaghan and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Need for Speed: Heat is an open-world racing game. Races during the day are legally sanctioned street competitions where you try to win cash prizes. Races at night are illegal races where you aim to build a reputation. When racing at night, you need to be aware of the police who will chase you if they spot you. With each encounter with the police, the heat gets higher and each race becomes more of a risk and that risk is rewarded.

The game also offers a variety of car customizations. Each part in your car you can be upgraded as you earn cash and reputation. Certain parts and cars can only be provided once you have a high enough reputation. This forces players to experience both types of racing to upgrade and obtain vehicles, however, the game lets you flip between these modes easily.

Need for Speed: Heat's variety in gameplay makes it a unique experience that gives you the opportunity to try many different elements of racing games in one title.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 08/11/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Racing

Developer: @GhostGamesEA

TipsTips

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete. The game also provides a lot of content after the story which will go well beyond the 12 - 15 hour duration estimate
 
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 16 players online.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One.
 
You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4. This game is free with EA Access.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 16+ for Violence. Cut scenes contain violent elements which are realistic looking. These are limited to physical fights in which there is the use of fists or delivering repeated kicks to an opponent. There is one scene in which, a man who displays injuries consistent with a beating and is restrained in a chair is to be subjected to violence, but before anything occurs the camera cuts away.

Rated ESRB TEEN for Language, Mild Violence. Players can slam and crash police cruisers to avoid being arrested. A handful of cutscenes depict additional acts of violence: a police officer kicking a man in the stomach; a character punching a policeman; characters held at gunpoint. The words “sh*t” and “a*shole” are heard in the game.


Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Adjustable Anytime: You can adjust the difficulty while playing.

Assistance

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Practice Area: You can practice freely without opponents or time pressures.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Subtitles

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Speaker Indicator: Captions or icons and speech bubbles indicate who is speaking.

Voiced

All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.

Menus are Voiced: All of the game menus can be narrated for easier navigation.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Keyboard Alone: Can play with just the keyboard.

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.

Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Visibility

Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.

Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable.

No Flashes: No flashing strobe effects or you can disable them.

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

Communication

How you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction.

Player-to-Player Communication

Preset Chat: Communicate with other players with word-less icons, sounds or preset phrases.

Text Chat: Chat to other players by typing text.

Voice Chat: Chat to other players by speaking with headset.

Text to Voice: Sent text messages as voice to other players.

Voice to Text: Convert voice from other players to text messages.

System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @JonahMonaghan


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