NFS Heat: The Overly-Critical Review
After I personally attacked every member of the Ubisoft team for The Crew 2 a little while back, I figured EA and Ghost should get their share too.
So I played Heat again, first time in a while. Initially it had that kind of 'Oh I haven't played this in a while it's so good' feeling, but it didn't last long if I'm honest.
Sorry I'm just back writing this again, and since I last played I like it again. But let me be very clear it is not without it's major flaws. There are some serious notes worth addressing here. So where should we begin, the cars I suppose.
The vroom vrooms:
The vroom vrooms are very good actually. There's 120 or so, and we get some real gems in there. But funnily enough, it's the icons that are the least wanted in this game, because you find these cool saloons and hatches etc that you can really make your own. I think video games kill off cars like the Aventador and laFerrari and that, because they are always the ultimate goal. Whereas you can get your hands on a fancy Audi saloon or an old Civic and just have drive and have fun. We don't get enough 'everyday' cars in car games, Forza brought in stuff like the I-Pace and I love that. What I most look for is a weird and fun car list, filled with variety. 120 is not enough, I will say that with no doubt at all. But what we did get I really like. We just need twice as many. Oh and I'd like some more cool SUVs and sports coupés.
Kia aren't in the game🥺, so I had to improvise to get my precious.
Can I indicate and put down my roof and windows?
No. Well yes. Well actually it depends on the function you want. We have gotten the luxury of switching between roof on and off in the customisation part of the garage. You can't indicate, no hazard control, wipers are automatic, the horn stops after like a second which is really annoying and utterly pointless. We all know the little functions of a car make a huge difference, and are a lot of fun in the driving experience. But they lack in Heat, and in most games other than the TDU ones (which is on another level let's be real). So yeah slap on the wrist for Ghost and EA there.
Now, can you drive and enjoy it?
Yes, funnily enough you can. While I wouldn't call it a totally realistic driving experience it's better than that of one of its biggest rivals, The Crew 2. The game insists on just spinning your wheels for about ten years before you can actually set off which is not the best but otherwise it's good enough. Problem for me there is something about the experience that makes you not feel very fast until your doing a good 200mph, and even then it won't last long because you'll probably hit something fairly soon after reaching it. The best part for me is cornering. Speeding through the city is a blast as you can simply drift magnificently around every corner and then have another go at the next turn about ten meters away. Sideways between traffic, squeeling tires, good fun. In general, it's decent but it's nothing too exciting until you pull the handbrake.
Possibly the most crucial point of interest, the map:
Yeah, it's.......complicated actually. The graphics are exceptional, I can say that very contently indeed. But honestly speaking I am confident I could make it from bottom to top of the entire map within 3 minutes with good time to spare. We have two major urban areas in the game, Palm City and Port Murphy. Don't mind Mendoza Keys it's just some houses. The city is great, awesome lights at night and crazy sights at day. Great place. Port Murphy is lazy. Small buildings and big crate yards. Not very interesting. Pretty much the rest is fields and a golf course somewhere. Oh wait there's also a very dull quarry. Yeah modern car video games are going through a bit of an open-world-crisis. I think as things are going right now, company's should base their games in real countries, and try their very best to replicate the place as closely as possible. Biggest downfall of the game, thankfully the graphics alone pretty much save it.
Superb. Could well be the highlight of the entire thing. You've got all your colours and decals and that. But it's the actual parts that make you really feel in charge. It's a lot of fun spending time in the very well laid out garage swapping parts in and out. Then you're adjusting exhaust sounds, ride height, rims and the whole shabang (that's right I brought that phrase back). And that's before you start messing around in the whole performance scenario. You've got a load of options that help get your car kitted out for whatever it is you wanna be doing, whether it's road, off-road, or......idk back on the road again? So yes, the garage is the place to be on Heat.
Gameplay and storyline stuff:
Well there is a storyline, but a very over dramatic and therefore rather irritating one. Something to do with cops being bad. And there's a girl that says 'We are RACERS' really cringe-ly somewhere along the way. Actually speaking of cops, we should address them because the game is literally named after them. The police forces are constantly patrolling the streets. Get involved with them and you're in for a chase, which is incredibly well done tbh. What with the tense beating music and the crashing and the flashing lights. And you are gripped because you know your money is on the line, and things get worse as the heat level rises, to the point of extreme car violence. Then there's the racing. Like all games, the racing is repetitive and very predictable. You just have to do it pretty much. But what's interesting is the day/night scenes. You can earn money at day, and REP at night (for unlocking new shizzle....yes, shizzle🤣). Switching between the time makes for a much more enjoyable experience I found. Basically my advice, do the storyline if it means something towards progress I can't remember if it does, but don't enjoy it because it's bad. Play races and build up your ultimate custom garage. Sorted.
So, it's terrible then?
No. Not at all. If anything it's probably one of the best new car games. This was a review, so I'm gonna spew criticism left right and centre. But let's not forget how good the good stuff really is. I would definetely recommend for someone who plays games occasionally and lightly. And loves cars. But that was probably clear from the start, so you've learnt nothing from this. Total waste of time. And on that terrible disappointment.....please like cuz this took forever😅. And thank you for reading. Good day.