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Need for Speed (2019): 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 customisations. 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.

Our examiner, Jonah Monaghan, first checked Need For Speed 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Race game with Action and Narrative elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 16-player online game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: 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


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

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.
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.

Rated for younger players in the US. 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.

Account Rating

  • You need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3.
  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.


Need For Speed usually costs £17.99 to £59.99.

Need For Speed

Steam Store PC £24.99
Steam Store PC £24.99
XBox Store Xbox One -
PlayStation Store PS4 -

Need for Speed Heat

Steam Store PC £59.99

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered

Steam Store PC £24.99

Need for Speed Most Wanted

Steam Store PC £17.99

Need for Speed Payback

Steam Store PC £24.99

Need for Speed Rivals

Steam Store PC £17.99

Need for Speed Unbound

Steam Store PC £59.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/11/2019

Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One

Players: 1 (16 online)

Genres: Race (Action and Narrative)

Accessibility: 30 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Developer: Ghost Games EA (@GhostGamesEA)

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