GameSpot: Split/Second Hands-On

Next year, Black Rock Studios will follow up Pure with its second arcade racer, Split/Second. Despite the move from off-road ATV racing to city-based action, the team is incredibly bullish about its aspirations. "We don't just want to have the best visual effects of any racing game; we want to have the best visual effects in any genre," boasted Nick Baynes, game director at Black Rock. Thankfully, he has the goods to back it up. The game boasts an incredible number of visual effects--dynamically lit particles, real-time smoke shadows, and deferred rendering techniques--which are impressive even when you're racing by at ridiculous speeds.

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