Today brings the release of the latest installment in the Need for Speed franchise, once a household name Need for Speed has dropped off peoples radar somewhat over the past few years after a string of somewhat underwhelming titles. Need for Speed heat endeavours to break that mould.
Need for Speed Heat is a racing game set in an open world environment called Palm City, a fictionalized version of the city of Miami, Florida and its surrounding area. The in-game map features diverse geography, including mountainous areas and open fields. Unlike Need for Speed Payback, the game does not include a 24-hour day-night cycle, but players can switch between day and night. During the day, players can take part in sanctioned race events, which reward players with cash to spend on new cars and upgrades. They can also take part in illegal street races at night, which would earn players rep. The more rep player earns, the more aggressive the police will be during the night. Players must escape the cops and get back to their safehouse, before they are getting busted, or the car is wrecked. The game also features a storyline in which the players interact with the city’s police force, led by authority figure Lt. Mercer.
The best way to trial the game is through EA Access a subscription service from EA which along with many other benefits, entitled players to a 10 hour free trial of new release games such as Need For Speed Heat. Having used 6 of my 10 hours free trial, I will be going on to purchasing the game as I am thoroughly enjoying my time in Palm City. So here's your cheapest prices from around the grounds: (cheapest to most expensive) Retail store: Harvey Norman – $68, Big W – $69, JB HiFi – $69, Target – $79, EB Games – $100, Online: Amazon – $68, MightyApe – $75, Gamesmen – $69 + delivery OzGameShop -$88, Digital: PSN -$100, XBL – $100, CDkeys – $66. As usual the cheapest price in store is Harvey Norman at $68, and at the same price online is Amazon. It is worth noting that if you're an Amazon Prime subscriber you'll only pay $63. I still think the best way to play the game however is to purchase yourself a EA Access subscription and try the game before you buy.
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