Ghost Games returns with their fourth Need For Speed entry, and it resembles a mix of prior games like Underground, ProStreet, and 2005’s Most Wanted. Now, Need For Speed Heat lays the melodrama of cops vs racers on rather thick, but the dichotomy of day & night is what takes center stage. It feels like the game is running on all cylinders this time, and is such a triumph for the series. Need For Speed Heat is the most exciting racing game of 2019.
DICE returns to World War II with Battlefield V, which is a follow-up to Battlefield 1, and takes place before Battlefield 2, Battlefield 3, and Battlefield 4. Number order confusion aside, Battlefield V is the best the series has felt in a long time. Clearly the lessons learned from Battlefield 1 have come to Battlefield V in a big way, allowing you to see the improvements to the systems and mechanics that make it feel so good. With the Frostbite engine powering this thing, World War II never looked so good. Between an somewhat confusing single-player approach, and the excellent multiplayer, Battlefield V approaches war with a sense of appreciation and historical representation that we haven’t seen before.
I enjoyed NHL 18 and was looking for NHL 19 to bring back online leagues, add more depth to the Be a Pro and Franchise modes along the lines of story lines, fake social media, etc. Instead, the focus, at least from the marketing side this year is on gameplay tweaks and World of Chel.