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  • Summary: Split/Second, an intense action racing game set within the world of a hyper-competitive reality television show. Competitors vie to be the first across the finish line in a made-for-TV city built for destruction, with the ultimate goal of becoming the season champion. Competitors in Split/Second don't just collide with other vehicles to knock them from the track -- they can also trigger explosive events that drastically alter the dynamics of the race. Players must use strategy and pinpoint timing to derail opponents, tactically alter the track or create entirely new routes. [Disney] Expand
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  1. Though initially it tends to be a bit on the easy side and learning when and where to use which power-plays is a case of trial and error, it’s not long before the game escalates into a nail-bitingly intense experienc
  2. 85
    Split/Second has so much going for it that it's easy to recommend for kart and arcade racing fans alike. The visuals are great, the sound impresses, and there's enough game between the singleplayer season mode and fun multiplayer to last you quite a while.
  3. I was never a fan of racing sims, of complicated control schemes and the need of a wheel attached to the desk to be able to enjoy a game. On the other hand, the Burnout series, Split/Second, even Blur, offer easy controls and focus on the thing I like: explosive shows.
  4. There are more arcade racers than you can count, but Split/Second brings something to the pack that makes this game a must-try. Every race is a hyped-up experience full of explosions and crashes that leaves the décor in shambles, but puts you on the edge of your seat. Realism or depth is not something you can expect from this title, but that shouldn’t be a deal breaker.
  5. There's no doubt about it, Split/Second is a finely balanced, visually stunning racer that loves the brown stuff hitting the fan.
  6. An original, unconventional arcade that caters to the visceral needs of a modern gamer. Yes, it lets you go with ease, but every show has an ending, right?
  7. When blowing up a car by dropping a boat on it becomes boring, you know there's something fundamentally wrong. [July 2010, p.94]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Apr 2, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. One of the best racing games ever!!!! Much better than Hot Pursuit 2010 or other arcade games, i so love those awesome explosions and destruction physics... I love the drifting, i love the graphics, i love everything... Expand
  2. Sep 7, 2014
    10
    Amazing game. Best racing game I ever played. Cant believe this game sold so poorly that blacrock studio had to shutdown by Disney.

    Colorful Graphics are just stunning & beautiful, explosions are mind blowing and overwhelming. Sense of speed is best i had ever seen in a racing game.

    Wondering why EA didn't try to make similar games like Roadrash or Split second.
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  3. Apr 11, 2014
    10
    Wow this game is crazy with all the explosion crashing buildings changing roads never seen something like this. Also the concept car are very well made not be suppressed if some of them can become real cars.
    This how games supposed to be with fun crazy imagination always make you smile. Is so unrated and is better than burnout, to bad they didn't make a sequel.
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  4. Dec 8, 2013
    9
    This is a really, really underrated game. I truly can't explain why this hasn't achieved the same success of the Burnout games, my guess is because of Disney's bad merchandising. The car crashes are not so spectacular, but the scenario destruction is very impressive, and is really the catch of the game. Very nice graphics, increasing difficulty (to the point it's almost unplayable at the end) and a lot of breathtaking moments will get you hooked to this game for days. Expand
  5. Feb 21, 2011
    9
    Fast, action packed, and exciting like an Arnie movie. Graphics and sound are great. Gameplay is good but the only annoyance was the way the cars lock into an artificial power slide around corners. Expand
  6. May 2, 2014
    8
    This game is really nice with its crazyness, building falling right and left and exploding bridges. Drive and charming effects!
    The only bad
    thing is boredom, which comes after playing it for more then 6-8 hours, but you some I get bored myself in all (practically) driving games, because I don't feel like pressing the forward button watching my speed. Although, I'm a BIG fan of Flatout, Ignite and other games, in which crashes and whacking the opponent's care rewards the player even more then coming to the finish first.
    I think everyone who loves explosions must play this. And who doesn't love 'em?
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  7. Aug 14, 2012
    3
    This game is appealing for the first 3-4 hours, because of it's great visuals, nice music and all the action, but that is all there is to it. There are no tactics in this game, it's oversimplified and boring. The PC version is simply bad. The multiplayer is unbalanced, there are no car classes, so everyone uses the fastest cars. There are no Free DLC cars for the PC. Very high graphics settings heat up your videocard. Expand

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