Looking Back: Split Second Review

James Pettegrow talks us through an arcade racing title that didn't get as much credit as it deserved.

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StormLegend3210d ago

Man I loved Split Second... I wonder why it never got a sequel?

Nekroo913210d ago

Didn't sold enough copies, the studio was reduced, etc. You know how things work.

barb_wire3210d ago

Disney shut the studio down. Damn shame too, awesome game.

Roccetarius3210d ago

As it was said, Disney shut it down due to it not being successful enough. With that said, a sequel could definitely have improved on Split Second's arcade madness.

Paytaa3210d ago

Split/Second and Blur were the two most under rated racers last gen. They were great games and wish there were potential sequels.

Roccetarius3210d ago (Edited 3210d ago )

Personally, i prefer games like that, more so Split Second than Blur. I also remember when i was playing Destruction Derby Raw back in the day.

GRIP is a game going to early access on Steam, because there wasn't enough people backing it on Kickstarter (unfortunately).

That's one of my only hopes for racers i enjoy.

Rookie_Monster3210d ago

Hoping for BC as I still got the XB1 disc and still play it time to time. This and Midnight Club LA along with Project Gotham Racing 4 are hidden racing gems from the X360 days.


Five Abused Video Game Visual Effects

Like children with new toys, developers can excitedly overdo it with visual effects until good sense prevails - here are five examples of exactly that from across video games history

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fr0sty1079d ago (Edited 1079d ago )

Dirt on the lens (and JJ Abrahms style overuse of lens flare) is the worst, especially in war games like Battlefield. We're not supposed to be a camera! Way to ruin the illusion of actually being the player we're controlling.

PrimeVinister1079d ago

Yeah, that's a bad one that is missing from the list

FPS_D3TH1079d ago

Most soldiers today wear goggles or tactical glasses so dirt on the lens isn’t that much of a stretch tbh

isarai1079d ago

Vignettes, chromatic aberration, and that annoying thing where they blur the corners of the screen. Also film grain.

FPS_D3TH1079d ago

All those immediately get turned off when I load up my settings haha. Unless I’m going for screenshots it’s more than annoying

PrimeVinister1079d ago

You are mostly stuck with whatever terrible effects on console. There are some options like motion blur that can switched off but it's not common

PrimeVinister1079d ago

Depth of field is annoying. Along with most camera or lens effects.

But DoF will be cool in the future when they can track what you are looking at and apply DoF accordingly.

DeviateFish1079d ago

Don't forget camera shake and "realistic" camera movement in cutscenes.

porkChop1079d ago

The Syndicate reboot had the absolute worst bloom I've ever seen. It literally hurt my eyes and gave me a headache just from playing. I could never finish it.

PrimeVinister1079d ago

Absolutely. Beyond the distraction and obstruction, it looked unpleasant a lot of the time.

1078d ago

A Love Letter to Split/Second: Velocity

Racing games, on the outside are very attractive propositions to gamers and non-gamers alike. You don’t have to explain to somebody what the object of such a game is. You get in a car and try to get to the end of the course before the other racers, simple.

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windblowsagain1837d ago

Really Enjoyed Split/second used to play it with my son all the time.

Einhander19711836d ago

Still own this beauty on ps3:)

KyRo1836d ago

One of my fave racers of all time. Such a cool concept. Gut wrenching knowing there will never be another one 😭

mcstorm1836d ago

I know I'm with you on that. One of the best racing games last gen. Love to see someone buy this IP and give it another go but I feel this game this gen with cross play would of had better legs and for me mp was the issue because it sold low on both consoles.

KyRo1836d ago

Easily one of the best on last gen. Such a good concept. I hate the fact we haven't really had any arcade racers this generation apart from NFS and that's fallen in quality.

gangsta_red1836d ago

I like these type of racing games. The over the top gameplay was fantastic