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About the product
- 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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There are various race types including a normal race mode (with booby traps you can trigger once you build up enough "turbo", even SUPER traps-like an earthquake tearing up the course, etc), secret shortcuts, even changes to the track. But, beware because other racers can do the same to you AND it's not that uncommon to get hit with your own booby trap.
There is a "career mode", but we have mainly played in multi-player mode, only using career mode to unlock new cars/races/courses.
There's an Elimination mode-same as a normal race except that the last car on each lap is eliminated.
A mode where you race against the clock and all of the booby traps automatically trigger as you near them (as in the course itself is out to get you).
A race mode on an oval track where you and a number of drone cars follow semi's dropping explosive barrels out of the back of the truck. Last one standing with the most points wins.
An air assault mode where you race for time while numerous helicopters throughout the track launch rockets at you.
There is a decent number of courses (We've only unlocked 6 so far), cars and race modes to unlock, and get increasingly challenging.
What I most like about this is the co-op play capability. You and someone else in your house (as in me and my son) can play via split screen rather than requiring seperate Xbox's and Xbox Live accounts to play.
I really wish more parents with kids playing with their friends via Xbox Live realize that there are more games besides Minecraft and Black Ops to play together if they have the same games. The kids my son's age (12) don't even seem to comprehend that themselves, only know what games their friends have, and usually when they come to visit, they'll play a little Minecraft and Black Ops with their other friends, but then really seem to have the MOST fun playing racing games or other types of games like this together.
I've owned this game for years. I've played it with my dad, with guests, and with my wife. I've compared it to Blur, and Burnout Paradise, and just about every other arcade racing game under the sun. And I'm hear to tell you, this is THE arcade racing game of the generation. Well, maybe this and Outrun 2...
This game does absolutely everything right. It's crazy fun. There's a huge variety in event types (everything from passing semis spewing exploding barrels to dodging missles from a helicopter). The controls are outstanding for the most part. The graphics look like a game that just came out. the sound is fantastic. The tracks are loaded with shortcuts and little details (from wife fences to smash through to persistent changes to the courses like debris that gets left over and permanent route changes). The theme of the game is great and adds a lot of flavor. There's tons of car types to choose from (though you'll likely lean heavily to one type), the courses are all unique and imaginative, and there's both online and split-screen (with multiple screen split options) for multi-player.
One for the ages
I played this game to death and got bored. Put it on the shelf. And now a year later I pulled it out and played it again and it feels fresh all over again (I get the same feeling from GRID). Just when you think you've mastered everything and gotten bored, you can come back to this game later with a new perspective and enjoy it all over again. Granted, there are too many cars (if it had a quarter as many and just let you upgrade them it would have been better), the A.I. yo-yos and can be annoying when cars suddenly pass you at the finish line, but the power-up dynamic (drift to get power, then use it to wreck and alter the track) never gets old. You get used to the yo-yo A.I. and learn to exploit it (same your power for a RED and then use it to take out multiple cars at once; push hard on the final part of the final lap). The multi-player is fantastic locally and unbelievably fun online. And no matter how much times passes, the game is still fun to pull out and play a few events.
The only real downside to this game is that the studio that made it was dissolved by Disney. So if you want more, you'll have to do what I did and buy all the excellent DLC. Because a sequel is never going to happen (oh, what might have been!). If you buy one Arcade Racing game for PS3 or 360, make it this one.