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- 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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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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I decided to pick it up for PC and give it another go (you can't really go with wrong with the current $6.75 price tag compared to $20 on steam). I was anxious to see if held the same magic it did five years ago and I'm happy to say that it's still a whole lot of fun!
If you're not familiar with the story/plot, it's pretty simple: you're a contestant on a reality TV show. There are 12 episodes and each episode consists of 6 or so races or events. You work your way through the season in hopes of becoming the season champ.
But there must be a gimmick, right? You bet! Where games like Mario Kart and Blur use power ups to throw your opponents off, Split/Second is about drifting and drafting to build up your power meter and then triggering any and all manner of environmental hazards - vehicles, oil tanker ships, cranes, buses, buildings, helicopters, etc - to crash your adversaries. It's great fun! As many other people have rightly stated, it's a Michael Bay racing game. All style and explosions, as well as it should.
I had a great time with this game, especially at the current price point. It's held up pretty well graphically, too. One word of caution: it does require online authorization, so if you don't have internet hooked up to your rig or laptop, you might want to steer clear.
After playing the game for a bit, you start to figure out all the places that you can trigger stuff, and may lesson the excitement. The Campaigns are fun, but get repetitive. The levels get extremely difficult and ultimately discourage players from wanting to finish it. I spent many hours on one campaign and never getting first. There is little story line at all, other than a commentator (a pretty good one) only talks when you enter a new session, but doesn't talk at all otherwise. I can see that they did not fully develop the idea of commentating. The music is also poor, so you may want to put on some exciting music for the background instead of in game music. The AI can unrealistic: does not spin out of control when you slam into them, whereas the opposite is true. They also seem to catch up when you are far ahead first, though this keep things from being dull.
All in all, great game but doesn't seem to be fully developed. A lot more work could have been done to perfect this epic racing game. There also isn't much customization due to the nature of console ports. Other than that and the previously reported flaws, I highly recommend this game.