Parents' Guide to

Need for Speed Heat

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Illegal street racer burns rubber with fun gameplay.

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 12+

Parents, Don't be fooled.

Need for Speed Heat is an online and offline racing game where players take part in illegal street races to gain money and popularity. Throughout the game, players encounter cutscenes in which players will see and hear mature things. Parents, do not be fooled that this is characterized as a racing game, it can be mature at times. Here are the moments in detail. Violence: Throughout the game, you will encounter moments where police officers assault street racers in brief, violent fashions. At the beginning, an officer crashes his vehicle into another, knocking it off of a bridge. The driver escapes, but the cop exits his car and kicks the victim, injuring him. It is implied that the officer is only in this for money and personal gain. A battered man is later tied to a chair and threatened with guns. We see his injuries. Later on he escapes and punches a police officer in the face, which knocks him out. Spread throughout there is threatening with guns, minor hand to hand combat and verbal abuse from cops. During gameplay, you will constantly crash your car. This won’t kill you, but if you successfully crash a cop car they will die or drown in water. You get points for killing cops. Some offscreen deaths in cutscenes are shown. Language: Almost constant use of s**t, h*ll, a**, b*tch and all of their variations. Maybe a couple N words. The police use hurtful language towards street racers, verbally assaulting them and taking power over them. Overall: Need For Speed: Heat can be mature at times. Parents, make your decisions.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
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This title has:

Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (23 ):

Continuing to improve the franchise from one chapter to the next, EA's open-world street racing series really nails it with this new installment. Set in the Miami-like Palm City, Need for Speed Heat has you engaging in illegal street races at night and sanctioned closed-street ones during the day. But unlike Payback and other racing games, the time of day doesn't slowly change when you're behind the wheel. Instead, players swap between day and night with the click of a button, and can even easily check which period has open events (it's usually the night). Not only does this switch change the kind of races you'll enter -- daytime is the right time for multi-lap events, while night races are point-to-point ones -- but the cops are also more determined to stop you when it's dark out. Which means night races have the added challenge of making you run from the police while trying to beat your competition. Add to that solid controls and twisty tracks made from wide city streets, and you have yourself a solid arcade-esque street racing game.

That said, there are some small speed bumps. This doesn't have the depth of options found in other recent racing games.You can't adjust the controls to make this more like a simulation, rewind when you spin out, or follow a suggested racing line. It's also a little annoying that the fast travel system only takes you from one safe house to the next (assuming you've found them), instead of directly to a race. Finally, it can sometimes be hard during a day race to tell how far ahead or behind you are, as your car is represented on the mini-map by a white triangle outline. Since the buildings and streets are white and light gray, it can be easy to get lost during a competition. But these issues are so minor that they barely qualify as problems and are more like minor annoyances. For the most part, Need for Speed Heat is a solid street racing game that will get your motor running.

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