With so many arcade racing games on the market, it is hard to find out which one will fully satisfy your inner speed demon. Thanks to Disney Interactive and Black Rock Studio's Split/Second, you'll get a mash up of all the great racers in one petal pushing package.
In the game, you're a racer in a fictional reality television show called Split/Second. You play out the show's season which is divided up into twelve episodes. Each circuit is an episode of the television show and each episode is filled with multiple races. On this show the players earns points based on their finishing positions in each race. After earning enough points for each episode, you can unlock the Elite race for the episode. In addition, you can earn new vehicles and unlock a special race for causing a given number of cars to crash during races.
This all makes for a decent single-player career mode. Unlocking new cars gives you that needed boost to zoom past your opponents. I do prefer the option of choosing the car you want to unlock next like in many other racing games, but I guess this title is just keeping up it's streak of the element of surprise.
Differing even further from other racers, there are no real cars in the game. You also don't get in-depth car customization -- there are a limited number of colors to paint your car. Players do get decals that are automatically applied to the cars based on various achievements earned, but that's about it. What it lacks in not being able to customize in automotive parts, body decals, and what not, Split/Second makes up for in game play.
The title offers racers the chance to bring the environment into play, these are called "power plays." After filling your power play meter by performing drifts around corners or drafts from following your opponents closely, you are able to attack another racer. A mark appears over a car or cars in close proximity, hitting the A button causes buildings and other structures around the track to collapse. Now that's how you eliminate the competition!
It's like Mario Kart meets Death Race. In terms of gameplay speed, Burnout Paradise comes to mind. And, like Burnout Paradise, Split/Second goes into slow motion when cars collide with objects.