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Split / Second - PC

by Disney Interactive Studios
Everyone 10+
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews) 79 / 100

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Platform: PC
  • City is Your Weapon - Alter the dynamics of the race within a made-for-TV city rigged to blow
  • Every Lap is Different - Devastating events that change the track, create new routes and new obstacles
  • Action Arcade Racing - Fast paced, intense racing action

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Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002ACEAR0
  • Item Weight: 7 ounces
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: May 18, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,812 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: PC

Split/Second is an intense action racing game set within a reality television show. Competitors will vie to be the first to the finish line in a made-for-TV city set rigged to blow with the ultimate goal of becoming the season champion. Players in Split/Second don’t just collide with other vehicles to knock them from the track, but can also trigger devastating events that drastically alter the dynamics of the race. Players must use pinpoint timing to obliterate huge structures and towering TV set pieces to tactically alter the track or create entirely new routes.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STREET RACING: THE ...JERRY BRUCKHEIMER VERSION! May 18, 2010
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
A combination made in heaven. This was like when I watched the movie SNAKES ON A PLANE, my reaction was: of course, why did no one ever think of this before?!

There is a great number of driving and racing games, some better than others. There is even a number of shooting&driving games. However, SPLIT/SECOND is a breed on its own.
When was the last time you had to race a collapsing overpass, dodge the load of an out-of-control crane or a wrecking ball, drive under a crash-landing cargo plane, survive a missile-firing helicopter attack, drift in an exploding airport hangar, or survive a Terminator-2 canal race?

Drifting (no wall-slamming penalty!), drafting, sling-shooting, close-calling crashes and General-Leeing your car will fill your Power Bar. Once it is full you can unleash PowerPlay attacks onto your AI opponents. And, trust me, you will hate them! From start to finish they will be scrapping your tailpipe - and you only need to slip for a split second to total your car. You can leave paint all over the walls but the moment your grill touches that central pillar or dumpster you are totaled. The good news is that respawning only takes a second - no time for the adrenaline to subside.

Choose the best car for the track and handling it will be no problem. Nevertheless, this is not an easy game - and, frankly, I missed those. Nowadays everything seems designed to be breezed through and quickly move on to the next game. Not this baby. Random events (not to mention unexplored shortcuts) make racing the same track feel like a new experience so memorizing the tracks will not be of much help. You will have to really hone your skills in order to advance. Quick advice: remap the PowerPlay buttons to something convenient as timing your attacks is essential.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splitting Hairs... May 23, 2010
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game, as a previous reviewer had stated, is simulator quality with the playability of an arcade hit. The fact that you can manipulate track layout with the "Power Play" system adds a whole new dimension. There are a multitude of track variants with some being quite nerve wracking with planes crashing and towers falling down throwing your car all over the track. Some areas appear to have compound mutations where you could use power plays to manipulate a track section more than once re-recreating an environment broadening the scope of the game tremendously.

Lighting, environmental elements, and particle systems come together with a solid focus producing a professionally polished platform title that can be quite expansive; coupled with the fact that the game can be played over a network connection says allot but also, throw in the fact that there are already un-lockable vehicles of varying types being released by various retailers. This all screams depth of play. You're able to enjoy some quality "me time" doing the "Tour de Excessive Force" then go online to show off your newly unlocked or easter egg ride with a lesson in how to manage "Public Relations" via an accurately delivered pyro-technique air parcel -- you get to have your cake and eat it too or, help someone else eat it.

This is an excellent example where a perfect balance between complexity and mechanics was struck with a focus applied by a planning and management team delivering a game that provides for its audience and not a marketer's box card. The developers are quite well known for their previous works in the "racing" genre and backed by Disney they had allot by way of creative influences and freedom as well as fat funding for their little, big budget opus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and fresh racing concept May 1, 2011
Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is very fun to play. You may forget to blink at times with all the action surrounding you. I am a big fan or Mario Kart style racing and this just takes it to the next level where a whole course is rigged to blow. When I first heard of this posed as a "Reality TV show" it was a turn off because I do not usually like those, but really that just seems to be a marketing choice they made to sell the game. They really don't dwell on the "reality tv concept" and get you right into the action. The fact is it is a great arcade racer and more fun than many others I have played. I even proved that with 2 XBOX 360 controllers you can have 2 players play split screen. My other brand of controller was not detected during 2player split screen mode, it seems like pc games cater to the XBOX 360 controllers for maximum compatability. It's just a ganer preference, but I like arcade style racers like this vs. those that are to complicated to drive. The cars are generic and the music is nothing exceptional, but that didn't really bother me. Usually during racing games I play my own music from my mp3 player anyway due to differing tastes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most underrated racing game of the decade. June 29, 2013
Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
Let me just start off by saying this is my favorite racing game of all time. That being said, this is an over-the-top action racing game. Expect action movie-esque chase scenes and explosions rather than a realistic racing simulator and you will not be disappointed. It feels very much like a mature mario kart. Instead of firing shells and bananas at the other racers, you instead charge up your energy bars by drifting around corners, or drafting behind other racers, and then you use that energy to make deadly events occur on the track ahead of you, in an attempt to obliterate the racers ahead of you.

The graphics have aged well, the controls are tight (especially with a gamepad), and multiplayer runs flawlessly whether on local splitscreen or LAN. Unfortunately, Disney has since let go the studio that created this game, and also shut down the online servers, so online multiplayer is unavailable. The soundtrack and sound effects really draw you into the intensity of the races. The menus could use some adjustment. From adjusting settings, to changing controls, to backing out of the game itself, there is a lot of room for improvement in the interface.

I can't stress how much better this game is with an Xbox 360 controller.

Pros:
- Great graphics
- Great sense of speed/intensity.
- Great soundtrack.
- Split/Screen and LAN modes are a blast.
- Easy to pick up (simple to learn difficult to master).

Cons:
- Plays better with an Xbox 360 gamepad (not a con if you own one).
- Menus are poorly designed.
- Would benefit from more tracks.
- Online play has been disabled (Disney shut off the servers).
- Some single-player races are insanely difficult in comparison to others (I'm looking at you, Destruction).
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this game!
This is one of my favorite racing games of all time! I wish they had made a second one! You get to race in awesome cars around tracks that you can interact with. Read more
Published 9 days ago by PC Gamaholic
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid racing and destruction
Fun game! Older, but still a great value and a cool idea.
Published 1 month ago by Gina M. Threshie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
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Published 1 month ago by E.A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Game!!
This game is a wild, adrenaline rushing, fast paced game that requires fast reflexes and a skilled person to take on the challenge!
Published 2 months ago by Timothy McKenzie
1.0 out of 5 stars No Online Multiplayer
Good Game, but I must stress my disappointment in the lack of information given. Apparently the online servers for this game are no longer active. Read more
Published 3 months ago by GABRIEL D LAQUIS
4.0 out of 5 stars FUN GAME for EVERYONE.
An ACTION filled, FUN game, that ANYONE can play. A nice variety of environments, and challenges. Logical arc of difficulty, without frustration. GOOD GAME.
Published 3 months ago by jeanette collier
5.0 out of 5 stars FREAKIN AWESOME!!!
This game runs great on my Windows 7 64 bit computer. It has great graphics and awesome cars. It doesn't have any cops or illegal racing in it, but you can race through the city,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Frodo the Hobbit
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Just A Racing Game
Split Second is more than just passing to get the finish line first. This game involves driving, jumping , getting power-ups, and taking out your competition if you want to win. Read more
Published 5 months ago by DCRacer
3.0 out of 5 stars Makes me want a console... NOT!
Got this game here as it is not available on Steam. :(
You drive around wrecking other cars by destroying the scenery. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars Split / Second
Love the game and one of a few games I finished. I like the PC version than the Xbox 360 since I have both and a PS3
Published 6 months ago by Phantom Phreak
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