Split/Second User Review
Driving in certain cars feels like you are driving on a frozen lake in Canada*, so unless your favorite movie is The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, it can get annoying when none of the available cars know how to grip the road.
I now have a pathological phobia of all parallel parked cars and buses.
I never get to bed at a decent hour, since I always think, "Oh, just one more race."
While it's pretty easy (and satisfying) to take down computer rivals, it's much harder to take down people online. The best you can hope for is to cause their car to swerve and lose some speed so you can catch up. (Yet somehow they always seem to know how to make me crash.)
If someone gets way ahead of the pack, there's no way you can catch up.
People say that it's too short, but I think it feels just about right. Each track is actually a few tracks depending on whether or not you activate any route changers. I completed the single player 100%, and went online to discover at least 3 route changers that I had no idea existed. I thought it was pretty cool to have been playing for that long, and still not discovered everything.
Once you beat the game, you do eventually unlock some good cars. (Including one that, shocker, actually grips the road!)
While terrible bed time discipline is a con, the addictive "one more race" quality is certainly a pro.
The different racing modes are all fun. If you get tired of the AI drivers, just go shoot missiles at a helicopter, or dodge exploding barrels from a semi truck.
The graphics are good. The sound is good. The game is fun.
There's a demo for this game. Play that. If you can play it 5 times in a row and still want to play it a 6th, then this game is for you. I wouldn't spend the full $60 on it, but if you can find it at a discount (like I did) then go for it.
Although, the demo is really easy compared to the actual game. Online is even harder. There are some really good players out there.
*This is pure speculation since I've never driven on a frozen lake in Canada.
This user review does not reflect the views of the PSX Extreme Staff.