Split Second: Velocity Review
The game that will indeed have you rushing into the very core of racing, with a new style!
Split Second is one of the recent games out there that may have your heart pumping and have you rushing onto the race-track, or the battlefield, I must say!. The game has been developed by Black Rock Studio, Disney Interactive for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC consoles. Revealed back in March 2009, it itself was released in May 2010. The game revolves primarily around a fictional reality TV-show, that has you racing and performing different events, that mostly involve destruction through triggered actions by the driver, known as "powerplay". The game has caught a good reception from many major sites, for example: 1UP gave the game an A, Gamespot gave the game a rating of 7.5/10 while IGN gave it 8.5
My first impressions of the game were clearly good. At the very start, it was the game cover that caught my eye, with such artistic cover, I was persuaded to buy the game. The game hogs an area of 6.88 GB. So pretty much, it is a good big game. The game starts with a warning, as to inform the people that the actions performed in the game are totally fictious and MUST not be performed when behind the wheel in real life. I personally loved the way the menu was chosen and the animating background, with glass shards flying here and there in slow motion. The menu was not cluttered, yet was visually attracting.
The whole game revolves around 2 things which in themselves revolve around more things. The very first and root of all things are that you are participating in a TV show for money and glory. To get those, you need to perform different events, the events range from:
- Elite Takedowns and many others
At the end of every race you receive some credits, reaching a certain criteria for credits is required to unlock new cars and the special event called "Elite Takedown". It basically has you running against one of the big bosses, and their cars and AI is much more wise then the normal ones.
The most interesting and vibe catching feature in the game are the powerups. Power ups can be made from drafting (come behind another car and taking its draft). There are 2 types of draft, one is the blue one and the other is the red one. The red one requires a lot of drafting, while it assures the destruction on a very monstrous scale while the small ones use the environment and everything in it, for example: bus might explode, bridge might collapse, and for that matter a huge jumbo-jet might descend on the race track considering the situation and environment. These power ups are not only vital for the destruction of rivals, but they can also be used to create shortcuts on the track, and could be a vital asset to the driver for the time to come.
The graphics are no doubt stunning. While I would not say that they are the best and perfect, I would however not also refute my point of them being stunning. While the menu may have you thinking that the graphics may not be the best of come. But once you actually do the first race, you notice that the graphics are actually pretty amazing. Also, they do not actually overload your graphic card or anything, considering that there are explosions ever few seconds hereafter, which is quite a thing to render and handle. Not only the explosions, but the lightning effect, the motion blur and everything is correctly portrayed and gives the game its positive point. No doubt, the game received good reception.
Our final words would just reflect our opinions above, meaning, that we thinking the game is beyond the word "fun". It has a totally new level of gameplay, something that is far more interesting and energetic then the other games. We would give this game a rating of 4.6/5.0 on the basis of its absorbing gameplay, amazing graphics and its special features. You would surely love it, if you.