Personally, I loved Split/Second. The review we posted may not have scored as high as I would’ve, but if you’re sick of the licensed car, simulation rigmarole as much as I am, trust me: Split/Second is your offensive breath of fresh air. It doesn’t fall back on the dated kart/combat mechanics of yesteryear either, and instead pretty much lets you play inside Jerry Bruckheimer’s brain!
Anyway, the whole shebang is presented like an episodic Hollywood production. We’d hate to see any of you wander into the proceedings like a deer in headlights, so we recommend firing up those Blu-ray players and prepping yourself for the carnage. When I asked the developers what films inspired them, and it turns out Michael Bay’s brightly lit, non-lethal film series of toys come to life fit the bill. Let’s kick it off with what they told us:
“We really loved the way that movies like Transformers feature constant action and large-scale action sequences, but keep things upbeat at all times - mainly through the use of warm lighting and softening hues, and framing the scene in such a way that allows incredible action while keeping things family – and summer blockbuster – friendly.”
What you said there, I see it.
Above: Safe for work!
Survival mode features a frenzied chase through an LA culvert, similar to a certain James Cameron film you might be familiar with. Not only must the player avoid a psychotic big rig tossing exploding barrels to get combo multipliers, another level features a behemoth vehicle plowing through a bridge to squash drivers below.
Above: One of our favorite reccurring Powerplays in the whole game: A helicopter drags a massive dump truck through damn near anyone and everything.
It took Ewan McGregor a minute or two to untie a truck’s payload and take down his pursuers during a high speed chase. With Split/Second, you can do that endlessly during online Survival multiplayer!
Split/Second’s not without a little depth and strategy. You’ve got to activate Powerplays sparingly for maximum impact, so you may want to stay an execution of a single driver because you can also use them to open up time-shaving shortcuts, and eventually tier explosions to take down entire bridges and buildings that open up alternate routes. Example, bringing down an airport control tower blocks the main path, and sends all drivers careening down an unmanned runway featuring –you guessed it – a runaway plane, just like Con Air’s emergency landing on the Vegas strip.