With my Sunday Driving playthrough of Black Rock Studio’s excellent Split/Second now at an end, it’s time to take a final, summative look back at one of my favourite racers of all time.
Split/Second, like its contemporary and rival Blur, was a victim of a combination of factors: poor marketing, arrogant publishers and an overall gaming landscape that was somewhat in flux. As such, while those who took a chance on it back in the day tend to look back on it rather fondly now, it doesn’t get nearly the recognition it deserves.
Let’s change all that, shall we?
Continue reading Racer Essentials: Split/Second
This is it! This is what it’s all been building up towards: the season finale of Split/Second!
Despite some occasionally questionable performance, I’ve managed to make it to the final episode on the top spot of the Championship table… question is, can I finish the season and maintain my winning position?
Hit the jump to find out how it all ends…
Continue reading Sunday Driving: Out With a Bang (Finale)
Well, after a disastrous morning of my computer pretending to be dead… I finally managed to get an episode of Sunday Driving recorded!
Our Split/Second adventures continue as we progress through the game’s “Season” mode, the challenges growing ever more severe as we reach each new episode.
Hit the jump to see how today’s automotive mayhem went…
Continue reading Sunday Driving: Threshold Break
Today on Split/Second, we introduce the second new type of event: Survival!
This event sees our brave drivers attempting to survive as long as possible against the odds, as the Split/Second trucks throw deadly explosives their way!
Hit the jump to see how yours truly coped with this fearsome challenge…
Continue reading Sunday Driving: Big Rig Boom
Having cleared the pre-season training and the first episode of exciting new TV show Split/Second, it’s now onto the next installment.
This episode, Splashdown, introduces the Air Strike event type. This involves helicopters firing missiles at you while you’re just minding your own business trying to drive in circles around an abandoned city.
It’s as intense and ridiculous as it sounds. Hit the jump to see how things went…
Continue reading Sunday Driving: Splashdown
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!
Continue reading Sunday Driving: Rigged to Blow