Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Dec 30, 2010
    85
    A good arcade racing game which every console needs that arrives in a great moment, as there hasn't been a decent arcade racing game on the PSP in years.
  2. Dec 17, 2010
    78
    Split/Second: Velocity is a godd arcade racing game. Inheriting the gameplay mechanics of the chapter directed to the home console, the PSP's version looks good. Certainly it isn't a perfect game: technical glitches make some races more frustrating than it should, but fun is always guaranteed.
  3. Dec 29, 2010
    71
    It does a good job, but you're always aware of its unfulfilled potential. [Issue#200, p.98]
  4. Mar 8, 2011
    70
    Interesing but offering nothing new at all, the handheld version of Split / Second: Velocity is basically a port of the PS3-X360-PC versions of the license. Visually amazing, its delivers the fast-paced racing that conquered the audience a few months ago.
  5. It's an endearingly anarchic twist on arcade racing. [Jan 2011, p.119]
  6. Jan 11, 2011
    70
    Overall, Split/Second for the PSP is a decent arcade racer for gaming on the go. Sure it has its share of issues that include some sluggish controls, rubber-band and collision detection concerns. Yet there is plenty of bang for your buck and fans of the next generation version of the game should enjoy this scaled back version.
  7. There's still some good racin' to be had here, but the wow factor didn't make it into the PSP's diminutive case. [Jan 2011, p.84]
  8. Dec 17, 2010
    70
    Split/Second Velocity is not for the faint of heart. Fans of racing games will love this one, because it's different from its competitors.
  9. Jan 25, 2011
    68
    The essence of the console version, but it doesn't carry over the explosive enjoyment.
  10. Dec 17, 2010
    65
    This arcade racer isn't a great fit for the system, but it can still be rip-roaring fun.
  11. Jan 31, 2011
    61
    Stripped of the mass destruction, Split/Second: Velocity is just a mediocre arcade racer. [Feb 2011, p.100]
  12. Jan 10, 2011
    56
    A lame control system completely spoils the good fun and the original concept.
  13. 50
    The spirit of game has somehow vanished during the process of conversion from the original console. Crucial problems are PSP controls which can't compare to the comfort of joypad. [Issue#199]
  14. Dec 17, 2010
    50
    While the technical issues and underwhelming presentation are problems, Split/Second PSP's ultimate failing is that it's... boring.
  15. Dec 15, 2010
    50
    Split/Second doesn't suffer from a lack of great ideas and explosive action. Between cars blowing up and bridges falling down, there's something exciting happening around every turn. Unfortunately the whole thing is spoiled by crummy handling and an inconsistent frame rate.
  16. Dec 17, 2010
    42
    While the game does a solid job of recreating the console tracks and maintaining a steady frame rate, the scaled-down visuals don't always depict how your competitors are wrecked, which sucks away a lot of the appeal of the experience.
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 12, 2012
    10
    Such a low score. Not fair. Deserves better. In my opinion it is a 10, no doubt. Graphicaly the game impresses. Loooong draw distances, fantastic explosions, 8 rivals and solid 30fps. Full Review »
  2. Dec 8, 2010
    10
    All the main reviews for this seem to complain about the controls, and the fact that it just feels unimpressive on the small screen. I disagree. I don't own a full blown console so can't compare it to the PS3 version, but for a full on arcade racer on the PSP, it plays brilliantly. I think the controls are very good (better when played from the bumper cam mode as opposed to the outside cameras) and the excitement you feel at times when buildings are collapsing around you, and jumbo jets are crashing towards you. It really is brilliant. Plenty of variety in the tracks, lots of unlockables and loads of play time make this one of the best racers on the handheld. Highly recommended. Full Review »
  3. Dec 2, 2010
    9
    I have fun with this game and it is first racing arcade on PSP i like! PSP version bring every aspect of a ps3 version in your pocket! Destructions are great and graphics are enough! Full Review »