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Need for Speed (Series) Review

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Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 3 months 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+

Release Date: 08/11/2019

Price: 80% off

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Racing

Accessibility: 26 features

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

Need for Speed usually costs £12.99 to £89.99. 

Need For Speed Deluxe Bundle

Need For Speed Deluxe Edition

Need For Speed Heat

Need For Speed Heat Deluxe Edition

Need For Speed Hot Pursuit

PS3 £12.99

Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered

Need For Speed Most Wanted

PS Vita £44.99
PS3 £12.99

Need For Speed Payback

Need For Speed Payback: Deluxe Edition

Need For Speed Rivals

Need For Speed Rivals: Complete Edition

Xbox One £29.99
PS4 £29.99
PS3 £34.99

Need For Speed The Run Digital Version

PS3 £15.99

Need For Speed Ultimate Bundle

Xbox One £89.99
PS4 £84.99

Need For Speed: Most Wanted U

Wii U £44.99

Need for Speed

Need for Speed Heat

PS4 Free

EA Play

PC Free

EA Play

Xbox One Free

EA Play

Need for Speed Payback

PS4 Free

EA Play

PC Free

EA Play

Xbox One Free

EA Play

Need for Speed Rivals

PS4 Free

EA Play

PC Free

EA Play

Xbox One Free

Xbox Game Pass

EA Play

 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You will need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3.
 
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.
 
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One.

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.


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