It may not be the throwback to the planet-killing car culture of the 1980s that I was hoping for, but Need for Speed Heat still looks like a gorgeous slice of automotive anarchy. This year’s incarnation still looks like a cheesy celebration of cars that features you as some sort of renegade sticking it to the man as you engage in the urgency for velocity, but honestly? I’m fine with that, provided that Need for Speed Heat can gently hop over the bar that was set dangerously low with 2017’s Payback.
By the sound of things, Need for Speed Heat is mixing a celebration of car culture (FORZA HORIZON 4 SENSES TINGLING!) with its trademark racing against the thin blue line, as players will hit the streets during the day to take part in the official Speedhunters Showdown competition where they can earn some scratch to upgrade their rides and then use those vehicles to take on the law.
The idea is simple then: Win big during the day, risk it all at night as the fuzz are just waiting for an excuse to throw your butt behind bars. So what’s the key takeaway here? An eye on proper customisation, as developer Ghost Games are promising a much deeper system for keeping your rides tuned and ready to roll. “We’re delivering more options than ever before for players to be unique and make themselves known,” said Riley Cooper, Creative Director at Ghost Games.
Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customization, and more challenges, and we’re tuning up on every aspect. From your character’s style to your car’s performance and your driving style, we’re fuelling everyone’s creativity with this new game.
“What we can confirm is that customisation options are earned through the completion of in-game events,” Ghost Games added on reddit.
For example, you spot a street race on your map and notice it has a new performance part up for grabs. Win the race, win the part. Speed cards from NFS Payback are gone.
Look it all sounds good, but with Payback being that bad just about anything other than that game is an improvement. I’m still a big supporter of 2015’s Need for Speed reboot which improved on its own shortcomings tremendously thanks to some hefty patching over the course of a year, but Need for Speed Heat looks like an alright improvement so far.
More gameplay will be shown off at Gamescom next week I presume, so here’s hoping that Ghost Games can deliver. Need for Speed Heat will be out on November 8 for the usual suspects. Sorry, Switch.
Last Updated: August 15, 2019