GameShark writes: "Until the dying moments of your final lap, Split Second is barely a racing game. The only time your placement matters is the instant before crossing the finish line. Before that, you’re either an attacker or you’re cannon fodder. Because you can trigger explosions with the press of a button, everything leading up to the home stretch is about surviving rather than winning. At any moment, an opponent’s incidental attack can throw you from first to last, or you can make a killer comeback from the back of the pack. It’s Russian Roulette with wheels".