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11 Great Games Like Need for Speed

These are hand-picked games similar to Need for Speed. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Need for Speed. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Need for Speed, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 16+ or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

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.

Unfortunately, Need for Speed is not available on Android, Mac, PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

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Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 08/11/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Racing

Developer: @GhostGamesEA

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 16 players online

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/08/1992, updated in 2018

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Mario Kart is a go-kart racing game on Nintendo systems. You race against other Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic, but still requires skills to do well at.

Forza Horizon 4 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/09/2018

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World and Racing

Developer: @WeArePlayground

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 72 players online

Forza Horizon 4 is a thrilling racing game where you race all manner of vehicles across a wide range of landscapes. This fourth iteration is set in the United Kingdom, with Edinburgh’s narrow streets, the Lake District’s hills and rainfall and the...

Forza Motorsport 7 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 03/10/2017

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Racing

Developer: @Turn10Studios

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 24 players online

Forza Motorsport 7 immerses players in the exhilarating thrill of competitive racing. From mastering the new motorsport-inspired campaign to collecting a wide range of cars to experiencing the excitement of driving at the limit, this is Forza reimagined.

Grand Theft Auto V (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 01/01/1997, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Developer: @RockstarGames

Players: You can play this with 30 players online

Grand Theft Auto is a series of action-adventure game where you travel around one large location taking part in different criminal activities: pulling off heists, with lots of shooting and stealing and driving a variety of cars and other vehicles.

The Crew 2 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 02/12/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Racing

Developer: @IvoryTowerOffic

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 8 players online

The Crew is a series of open-world racing and exploration games set in a scaled down version of the United States. The emphasis is on enjoyable and exciting driving more than realism. It's a lot like Forza Horizon, although can be played on PlayStation...

Flower

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 12/02/2009

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Open World, Racing and Simulation

Developer: @ThatGameCompany

Players: This is a single player game

Control the breeze blowing across fields of grass and blow petals into other flowers to make them bloom. Flower is simple and single-purpose in evoking the feeling of the wind. What starts as an awkward struggle to control the breeze soon turns into a...

Horizon Chase Turbo

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/11/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Racing

Developer: @AquirisGS

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

This is an arcade racing game with the focus on competitive fun rather than realism; its graphics make it look like it was plucked from the nineties’ arcades, with a nod to Outrun and Lotus Turbo Challenge. It balances modern affordances with retro...

Gran Turismo (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/01/1997, updated in 2017

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Portable

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @TheGranTurismo

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Gran Turismo is a driving simulator that focuses on a photo-realistic driving experience. Players race real-world cars where bodywork and interiors are perfectly modelled. Whether hatchbacks or super cars, this game lets you step into the world of the...

Motorstorm (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/12/2006, updated in 2012

Platforms: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Racing

Developer: @MotorStormRC

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

This series of games started on the PlayStation 3 with innovative tracks that got muddier as you raced. This, along with a wide variety of vehicles and routes through each of the courses makes for an entertaining and light-hearted racing game. Whether...

KartRider (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 31/05/2020

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @Nexon_America

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

KartRider is an online kart racing game. You race and customise your kart on a variety of different circuits. Along with the usual fantasy vehicles this includes real cars. It's similar to Mario Kart and has power-ups and drift...

F1 Race Stars

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/11/2012, updated in 2014

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 12 players online

F1 Race Stars is a racing game loosely based on the 2012 Formula One season. The tracks may have loops, jumps and short-cuts and the drivers may look a little stylised but the kart-style racing is actually pretty convincing.

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In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Need for Speed in the following lists:

Big Budget Popular Games

These games are big, brash and popular. They have big budgets which means the visual and interactive quality is particularly high. They also have strong and wide ranging player communities.
 
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Halo

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Hitman

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PEGI Rating 18+ for HitmanESRB Rating MATURE 17+ for Hitman

Free With EA Play

This is a subscription service for PlayStation or Xbox that gives you access to EA games. It also offers trial access to the newest EA games not included in full. Although not comprehensive some in-game purchasable content is also provided for free.
  • Monthly (£3.99)
  • Annually (£19.99)

For families, the trial access to new games is actually a great feature. You get 10 hours which in many cases enables you to play the game as much as if you purchased it -- either from children getting bored of the game, or adults not having enough time to finish them. If you do want to carry on you just pay for the game (with 10% discount) and your progress is kept.

It's worth noting that there are differences in the games for PlayStation and Xbox. On Xbox you can access titles like the original Mass Effect trilogy that are supported on that system's backward compatibility.
 

Designed With Deaf and Hard of Hearing Features

Video games are a medium that can be enjoyed by a diverse audience, but sometimes, Deaf or hard of hearing players can struggle to enjoy a game due to information not being conveyed to them properly. Audio cues without visual indicators or captions, spoken narrative or direction without subtitles, for example.

However, games that include well-illustrated subtitles or captions can enable these players to understand what's being spoken through dialogue, and what's going on in the surrounding area.

Providing subtitles and captions is a good first step. But also important is that subtitles are readable and stand out from the game. Some games do this by adding a background, or a heavy drop shadow behind the text while others use colours to separate different meanings. Metro Exodus, for example, will inform the player where an enemy is located in the world through captions.

Where audio is used to locate events in the game world, a visual representation of this information is helpful. Games such as Fortnite have an audio visualiser ring that identifies where key audio (and the related event) is coming from. Assassin's Creed Odyssey uses a similar feature to indicate nearby dangers.

Games that enable Deaf and hard of hearing players with subtitles, captions and visual indicators are hugely welcomed by the community, with wider accessibility benefits for other players who can opt to benefit from these interface enhancements as well.
 


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