EA's next installment in the NFS series is called Need for Speed Heat

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Glance at the rather stern looking driver who seems to be looking for revenge in her striped two-door white racing car (can you make out the model?) in what is one of the thumbnails for the upcoming trailer for 2019's Need for Speed Heat. The title for the latest racing game comes from another leaked image that AllGamers spotted from YouTube's publicly accessible backend.

Given the stylistic choices and the tattooed woman, fans are expecting this year's NFS to take place in Miami with a story mode like Payback that released two years ago. Here's hoping that NFS Heat brings a much improved story (less cringy dialogues with better acting) and drops the atrocious loot-boxes that ruined the last iteration for many racing fans.

Surprisingly, the game was absent at this year's E3 with community manager Ben Walke posting at the time about the decision. "Will we be doing anything in June? No. It’s as simple as that, but we wanted to give you a heads up before you started asking “where are you?” Our goal is to deliver a truly memorable high-speed entry into the 25 years of NFS, rather than a series of promotional events. The game matters most – a sentiment we bet you share with us," suggesting that the team wanted to polish things even further and keep anticipation levels high among fans.

As expected, cars will "naturally top the list" in the racing game, along with customization at the "beating heart of what we do" says Ben.

The trailer for the game is set to premiere in a few hours. Since the game does have great nostalgic value including the likes of Need for Speed 2 (1998), Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed (2000), the NFS Underground series (2003 and 2004), Most Wanted (2005) and Carbon (2006), with hits and misses for later releases, it's been more than a decade since the last NFS title truly struck a chord with loyal fans.

The brand image built during its glory days is still what keeps the momentum going with fans expecting this year's Need for Speed Heat to be a return to form for the franchise.

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I'd like to see a Need for speed that takes historical police chases and creates levels out of them.

How about a Dodge Challenger Hellcat vs. Houston police?
 

Nero7

TS Evangelist
Do yourself a favor, get an Xbox 360 and buy NfS Most Wanted for it.

They don't make games like that anymore. Also consider getting a PS2 for Hot Pursuit 2.

That was NfS. Not just one of the best arcade racers, also some of the best soundtrack in gaming history.
 

Toju Mikie

TS Addict
Those speed cards definitely ruined the last game,
NFS Payback. Too much grinding just to get good parts for your car and unlock new cars. I just ended up using the same car for quite a while. I may revisit the game and see if things had changed.
 

RaXoR

TS Addict
Do yourself a favor, get an Xbox 360 and buy NfS Most Wanted for it.

They don't make games like that anymore. Also consider getting a PS2 for Hot Pursuit 2.

That was NfS. Not just one of the best arcade racers, also some of the best soundtrack in gaming history.

Underground 1 & 2 were perfect.
 
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ZackL04

TS Guru
Do yourself a favor, get an Xbox 360 and buy NfS Most Wanted for it.

They don't make games like that anymore. Also consider getting a PS2 for Hot Pursuit 2.

That was NfS. Not just one of the best arcade racers, also some of the best soundtrack in gaming history.
100% agree with both games.

Hot pursuit on PS2 was fantastic. Just like old classic need for speed.

Most wanted took the underground scene, made it in a large open world with tons of pursuit action and added color with daytime theme

It needs BC support on xbox one x
 

Nobina

TS Evangelist
Do yourself a favor, get an Xbox 360 and buy NfS Most Wanted for it.

They don't make games like that anymore. Also consider getting a PS2 for Hot Pursuit 2.

That was NfS. Not just one of the best arcade racers, also some of the best soundtrack in gaming history.
Can't you just play it on PC? From what I saw on YouTube, those games look quite shitty on consoles.
 

Qrox

TS Booster
Underground 2 and Most Wanted. That is the real Need for Speed to me.
If they could take the gameplay of Most wanted, the customization of Underground 2 and the graphics of modern racers, then they might be on to something.

Need for Speed carbon also wasn't that bad, but I still enjoyed Most Wanted more. The newer titles couldn't keep my attention.
 
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Nero7

TS Evangelist
Carbon was pretty decent. Not the best in the series but it does deserve some recognition.
It was a continuation of the original Most Wanted so obviously its decent.

The new Hot Pursuit had a low amount of content but was really good. No wonder it was made by Criterion that fused it with Burnout.
 

Nobodysfool

TS Enthusiast
Carbon was pretty decent. Not the best in the series but it does deserve some recognition.
My comment was meant to imply that, actually. ;) I'm a fan of the NFS games that preceded the 2012 Most Wanted (except for NFS Undercover and The Run, whose stories were so bland). Anything that followed MW 2012 was just as bad. Man, I miss being 12 and staying late playing Carbon and beat those Canyon duels. :joy:
 

Nero7

TS Evangelist
Its a shame that there isn't a single racing game out there that comes close to their glory.

Forza Horizon 3 could be it but the tuning is so limited and no cops and no nitro...
The Crew is just bad but perhaps the closest and best we have as a modern adaptation.
 

ZackL04

TS Guru
Do yourself a favor, get an Xbox 360 and buy NfS Most Wanted for it.

They don't make games like that anymore. Also consider getting a PS2 for Hot Pursuit 2.

That was NfS. Not just one of the best arcade racers, also some of the best soundtrack in gaming history.
I looked and these are both on PC too
 

kira setsu

TS Addict
Its a shame that there isn't a single racing game out there that comes close to their glory.

Forza Horizon 3 could be it but the tuning is so limited and no cops and no nitro...
The Crew is just bad but perhaps the closest and best we have as a modern adaptation.
I thought the crew 1 was amazing, bit rough but amazing

the crew 2 though, we dont speak about that abomination in my house.
 

Nobina

TS Evangelist
NFS Underground and Underground 2 (pretty much the same but with free roam) were the best in the series. NFS MW 2005 was great but overrated as "the best". To this day I can still play U2, game doesn't feel old.