posted by LPS179 (EL DORADO HILLS, CA) Jun 4, 2010
Member since Jun 2010
gamers (91%) found this review helpful
After the first 10 minutes of playing this game, I was just a bit disappointed. It seemed at first that this was just another standard racing genre, very similar to Burnout, with a gimmick of "Power Plays" , allowing you to save stored energy earning through drifting, drafting and jumps to activate events in the environment to hurt other players (such as helicopters dropping explosives, or cars exploding on the side of the road).
However after playing for a couple more hours I began to appreciate how the power play system is certainly not just a gimmick, but integral to the gameplay. I think they found the right balance of not having the power plays be "win buttons", since you can easily miss if not timed right, not to mention blow yourself up. There are also "Level 2" power plays, which allow you to cause massive disruption to the course, such as a freight boat to skid across the track, or entire buildings to collapse. These are great fun, and if timed correctly can be devastating, and even changing the track around.
The game certainly lacks customization of other top racing games, there is no fine tuning your cars, and even the decals you earn through achievements can't be customized or placed where you want. Don't expect that kind of detail. This is an action-arcade style racing game, plain and simple. It's over the top and unapologetic about it's style.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
It's a great game and all but it just doesn't have enough awesomeness to keep you entertained for more than a day or two. Levels can get a bit repetitive and boring after a while. No matter how many powerplays you use, they just lose their spice. I was hooked for the first few hours but after that, the game just let me down. Definitely not your average racing game though.
gamers (88%) found this review helpful
I had alot of fun playing this game. It's not a sim, you don't get to tweak or customize any part of the vehicle which would enhance performance and alot of racer-gamers like that, but again this is no sim. "What is it?" you ask!
Split Second is a fast paced action driven racing game. When you bolt down the tracks in this game you can feel the speed much more than in the demo version released for the 360. The shakey camera and the excellent sound FX immerse you into the drivers seat of various vehicles you can unlock by placing high on each race. The selection of vehicles have different handling, some turn corners sharper while others have great accelleration, along with other attributes and drawbacks.
Online is where you can have alot of fun too. Elimination game types see you driving on a course littered with explosives, falling rocks, collapsing air craft carriers, etc. You also have a standard race to see who finishes first which doesn't leave out split second's racer activated traps/shortcuts and route changes. I found uploading a mix of my favorite songs while playing to be one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences I've had to date.