I fancied a bit of a change from OutRun this week, so I present to you one of my all-time favourite arcade racers: Split/Second, developed by Black Rock and published by Disney.
Split/Second is a tragic tale, really; it was a spectacularly good game that came out at a bad time, had no marketing whatsoever and consequently flopped so badly that Black Rock had to close down and Disney stopped doing anything interesting like unusual cinematic arcade racers ever again. Booo.
Still, at least Split/Second still exists, and we can still enjoy it for ourselves, so let’s do just that!
For the uninitiated, Split/Second’s concept is that you are a participant in one of those super-bombastic American TV shows that are full of dramatic camera work, explosive sound effects and, well, in this case, actual explosions. You take part in a series of races through abandoned cityscapes, and the twist is that they’re all rigged to blow with explosive devices and traps called “Power Plays”, allowing you and your fellow racers to blow the whole thing to smithereens by the conclusion of the race.
Careful timing of the Michael Bay-style special effects along the way will see you cruising to success in the races… but do you have what it takes to stand up to the Split/Second Elite?
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