Ever wonder what would happen if Michael Bay made a video game? Well, now you no longer have to. Take 1 part Burnout and 2 parts Michael Bay’s directing and you get Split/Second, is this such a bad thing? No, not really. Split/Second is an intense action based racing game brought to you by the Blackrock studio, creators of the hit ATV racing game, Pure.
Split/Second is designed to feel like a reality TV game show, the races are divided into 12 seasons of 6 races each; each season consists of a few different types of races like your standard race, elimination and aerial assault. Since most of you are familiar with the first 2 I’ll explain aerial assault. Aerial assault is as a race where you have to avoid on oncoming assault of rockets from a helicopter. You have to continue to avouch them until you reach first place, simple right, not at all. It can actually be extremely frustrating trying to dodge all the rockets being thrown at you especially when you’re about to capture first place and end up driving right into a rocket out of nowhere. Even though aerial assault is frustrating it’s still one of my favorite modes in the game.
I suppose you’re probably asking what makes Split/Second different from all the other racing games out there, well for starters there are power plays, power plays are what can make or break your race if an opponent is too far ahead of you. If you happen to find yourself down a few positions drop a power play on your opponent and send the exploding into oblivion, or just a few spots back. Power plays can be anything from dropping bridges in front of your opponent to blowing up buses into them. Power plays aren’t the only thing that can help you regain your lead there’s also route changers, this is probably one of the greatest things in Split/Second, at any given time the track can be completely changed giving you another advantage to get ahead of your opponents.
I really only have a few issues about Split/Second, my first though it the rubber band AI. Nothing can be more frustrating than blasting your opponents, getting out in the lead only to be passed up at the last second of the race and lose. If I take the lead in a racing game I want to be able to hold that lead and not have to worry about the AI catching me at the last second and passing me for the win.
Overall Split/Second is a great racing game, if you enjoy high speed, intense action racing, then Split/Second is definitely the game for you. There are plenty of tracks to keep you busy for awhile and plenty of hours to be spent online destroying your friends in multiplayer.
Split/Second was provided for review by the publisher.
Platform: PlayStation 3,Xbox 360,PC,PSP; Rated E10
Developer: Black Rock Studio
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Release: April 22, 2010