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Need For Speed Heat On EA Play: A 2023 Review

Updated: Jan 31

After the recently released Need For Speed Unbound disappointed me, I decided to go back and check out Need For Speed Heat (again). The open world is beautiful, the racing is intense, and the customization is deep. For fans of the series and those not interested in the gimics offered in Unbound, Need For Speed Heat offers a more true-to-form style of gameplay and all-around fun racing action. If you're looking for a fun racing game in 2023, NFS Heat is worth your time. Best of all, Need For Speed Heat is available to EA Play and Xbox Game Pass subscribers!

Get The Cash And Build Your Rep

The storyline follows your character's journey to becoming the best street racer in Palm City. You start by participating in illegal street races at night called "heat" races. As you win more races and earn a reputation (reputation is like money in this game), you unlock new events, upgrades, and cars.

There are two types of gameplay in Need For Speed Heat: daytime events and nighttime heat races. Use the daytime events to race in legal sanction events and earn cash. Then take the money to build the ultimate street racing car, which you can use to create a rep in illegal nighttime street races. The nighttime races are more intense, with higher stakes and faster cars. Be careful, though, because the police will be out in full force trying to shut down the illegal racing.

Graphics And Gameplay Are Great Fun

The graphics and gameplay in Need For Speed Heat are top-notch. The open world is vast and detailed, and the in-game cars look fantastic. The racing is intense and fast-paced, making for an exhilarating gaming experience. I also love car customization options; you can make your vehicle unique in this game. Overall, I had a great time playing Need For Speed Heat and highly recommend it to any racing game fan.

VIDEO: Need For Speed Heat Official Gameplay Trailer

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Grip The Wheel and Punch The Gas: Need For Speed Heat Is On EA Play

Ghost Games learned from past mistakes and saved Electronic Arts from another embarrassing release for the Need For Speed series. After Need For Speed Payback failed to live up to the series' reputation, Need For Speed Heat blazed back and gave fans what they expected from racing games. Packed with enough racing action for speed junkies, Heat keeps fans of the series gripping the wheel at all times. Subscribers of EA Play or Xbox Game Pass will be happy to know they can play Need For Speed Heat at no extra cost! Cool right?


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This list is courtesy of the official Need For Speed Heat website

Is Need for Speed Heat a flop?

Need For Speed Heat didn't get the credit it deserves. Great racing video games like Forza Horizon make it hard to compete. Need For Speed Heat has solid gameplay and stunning graphics, especially at night. Heat isn't a flop in my book.

Is Need for Speed Heat open world?

Need for Speed Heat is an open-world racing game set in the fictional Palm City. Players can compete in sanctioned events daily and explore the city's illegal street racing scene at night.

Conclusion: Heat Is A Fun Racing Video Game Worth Playing In 2023

You don't need to buy Need For Speed Heat to enjoy it. The game has a lot to offer in terms of gameplay and graphics. With an EA Play or Xbox Game Pass membership, subscribers can play on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. If you like racing games, then Heat is worth considering. It's worth checking out in 2023.

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