In Need for Speed Heat, becoming the best driver Palm City has to offer will require a few things. Superior driving skill is a must, as is the perfect car build that delivers the high-octane speeds to ensure you’re always the first one who crosses the finish line. You’ll need to also look the part when doing so, and developer Ghost Games has once again doubled down on customization for its latest installment into the open-world action-driven street racing franchise, in terms of both car upgrades and kits, as well as for the first time, player personalization.
Each driver has their own unique skills and driving styles. They also have varying opinions when it comes to tuning their car. Need for Speed Heat features more ways to customize your car to deliver the performance and driving style you desire. Whether it’s for grip-focused racing, stylish drifts or off-road carnage, players can curate the handling style of every vehicle to suit their needs or desires.
Need for Speed Heat also includes tons of car parts for building and tinkering with your ride, and for the first time in the franchise’s history, this includes engine swaps – allowing you to boost almost every car in the game to the highest rating. This allows you to transform your battered, but beloved low-rated ride into a high-powered, road-owning beast that’s sure to raise eyebrows of Palm City’s local citizens. As an additional bonus, the controversial Speed Card system introduced in Need for Speed Payback has been ditched in favour of bolted-on performance upgrades.
Customization parts are earned by winning both day and night events, but the best rewards are saved for when the sun sets – with unique high-end parts for your car up for grabs. Although, you’ll need to rush back to your garage to stock them, because if the cops catch up with you before sunrise, they’ll snatch them off you. In addition to bigger rewards at night, EA notes that players can also score valuable “Heat” boosts by hitting into cop cars, escaping from the law and winning races.
Another first for Need for Speed Heat is the ability to adjust the sound produced by your exhaust system. Not only will they change based on your engine and the type of exhaust fitted onto your vehicle, but you’ll now be able to fine-tune its noise to utter perfection. Whether you’re blasting the competition in the Speedhunters Showdown or taking down rogue cops roaming the night streets of Palm City, a high-pitched whine or a booming roar is certain to make it something they won’t be forgetting about anytime soon.
Personalizing your vehicle using paintjobs and wraps is also better than ever in Need for Speed Heat. Take advantage of a massive assortment of paint and finish options, including new metal flake, colour flip, carbon fibre, iridescent materials, gloss, satin and matte finishes. You can check them out for yourself in the gameplay reveal trailer below.
But it doesn’t stop at the cars. Another first for Need for Speed is the ability to personalize your character. Craft a model, either male or female, to fit your mood and style, as well as the look and feel of your ride. It’s important to always look the part, and with streetwear options from popular brands such as Adidas, FLGNTLT and Marcelo Burlon, all of Palm City’s racers can put together the perfect outfit combinations to impress the competition.
Need for Speed Heat launches on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC this November 8th, 2019. Those who pre-order EA’s turbo-charged street racer in-game via Need for Speed Payback’s menu interface on any format will also get a 10% discount as “a loyalty reward.” Furthermore, those subscribed to EA Access on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 or Origin Access Basic on PC can enjoy up to ten hours of game-time from November 5th, 2019 with the Play First Trial, whilst unlimited access will be granted to Origin Access Premier members on the same date.
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