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Split/Second by Disney Interactive


Sometimes, the best racing strategy doesn’t involve a fast car or superior driving skills; all you need to do is have bottles of lightning in your bag and the ability to just throw them at your hapless opponents at the right possible time. That’s exactly what Disney’s Split/Second iPhone racing game is all about. It’s not so much about the car as it is about what kind of sneaky Power Plays you have up our sleeve, all in the name of winning a reality competition.

To be fair, Split/Second is as action-packed a racing game as there is on the iPhone. Add that to the fact that the whole story-line is pretty different – you’re a contestant in a reality show, if you can believe that – and you’ve got a game that should deliver a lot of adrenaline-pumping racing right from the first ‘episode’ of the reality show.

Whether it does, though, is entirely dependent on how you enjoy the spectacle of racing in such a chaotic environment where no lead is safe – even if you’re racing in first place and you’re about ten feet from the finish line.

Details after the jump.

Graphics

Split/Second by Disney Interactive

The graphics for Split/Second isn’t cause to jump for joy. As a matter of fact, it’s a little bit disappointing to our liking, especially when you consider that the game comes with all those Power Plays that makes the game all that more explosive and dynamic. The good thing about this game though is that you probably won’t spend anytime admiring your surroundings given all the circumstances – extenuating and mystifying – that happens from start to finish.

Controls

Split/Second by Disney Interactive

With all the chaos ensuing on the race track, it’s easy to get lost in the smoke if the game had complicated control settings. Mercifully, the controls are refreshingly easy. All you need to do to navigate around the tracks is use tilt-steering, making it easy to perform. When you need to brake, there’s a pedal icon on the screen that you can press, as well as the Power Play button when you’re in dire need of help from “outside forces” to catch up to the leaders.

Gameplay

Split/Second by Disney Interactive

As far as unique storylines go, Split/Second comes with a pretty good one that reminds us of that movie, Death Race, starring Jason Statham and Tyrese. In the game, you are – believe it or not – a reality show contestant competing against other racers in a series of episodic events that come with a variety of racing formats including time trial laps, eliminator runs, and circuit races. Sounds straightforward enough, right?

Not quite.

While these races are all held to determine your life on the reality show, there’s a far more action-packed element to this game that decides who ends up getting sent home and who ends up moving forward. Channeling its inner Mario Kart, Split/Second uses a variety of what the game calls ‘Power Plays’, a number of special boosts, enemy traps, and combinations to use on your hapless enemies.

To be able to do the Power Plays, you’re going to need to accumulate enough energy to activate the tricks you have up your racing sleeves. Energy is accumulated through a variety of means, including drifting, drafting, airtime, and a whole lot more. The more energy you save up, the more aggressive Power Play you can use (Personally, we found the track reconfiguration Power Play particularly useful in dire situations). On the flip side, your opponents have the same Power Play capabilities, making it even more annoying when you lose a race on the last stretch because of a desperate attempt from one of your rivals to keep you from crossing the finish line first. Sort of like Mario Kart, right?

Another thing that we found to be extremely infuriating are the cars’ apparent allergic reaction to just about anything that comes in physical contact with them. Unlike other games where cars keep running in tip-top condition after a hellacious crash, the cars of Split/Second are on another level of extreme in the opposite direction with the slightest touch ending up wrecking your car and, in the process, your chances of winning the race.

Split/Second by Disney Interactive

Pricing

The game costs $4.99 and is available in the iTunes store.

Awesome Scale

Score: 6.5

Split/Second is the type of game that should be a lot better than what we’ve been given. For one thing, it’s a game that requires a lot of patience, strategic acumen, and driving skill – in that order. Try navigating your way around those three requirements and you might end up enjoying this game more than we did.

What do the others think?

PocketGamer’s Take: “Split/Second will be remembered as a wreck of a racer and not the great concept that could have been.”

Split/Second by Disney Interactive


15 comments:

Oh an action pack interactive from Disney! I would love to download this game on my iPhone. Its extremely awesome playing car racing whenever I am bored at home or waiting for the next train to arrive.

My question is how well did Split/Second do in sales?You would think Blur beat S/S in sales. Why have S/S when you can have Gran Turismo... I just don’t understand why the PSP is still producing games. All I’m interested in for the PSP is The 3rd Birthday. That’s it.

The PSP hasn’t exactly gotten a lot of love lately but not all the big 3rd party developers have completely ditched it in favor of the Nintendo DS/3DS. Disney Interactive Studios has released a new trailer for the upcoming video game Split/Second. The video shows the “Power Plant Level.”

When we were early in development on the concept, we expected racing fans throughout the world to be passionate about Split/Second but the feedback since we announced the game has far exceeded our expectations,

With massive environments that players can dynamically change to take out opponents and alter the track, Split/Second redefines the action racing genre and provides a whole new level of fun for all video game fans.

So many games are coming and I’m still playing Peace walker... this year the psp has been resurrected back to life... just one more game is needed t:Resident evil which we nothing about till now....

There has been a lot of good PSP news floating around. My "To Buy" list has more PSP games at the moment than my other consoles. I’m trying to weed out my backlog for PSP, as I just started Brave Story..

Try navigating your way around those three requirements and you might end up enjoying this game more than we did.

Split/Second is the type of game that should be a lot better than what we’ve been given. For one thing, it’s a game that requires a lot of patience, strategic acumen, and driving skill – in that order.

this is a great start for Disney, I hope they can also catch up with the GT5 and NFS for the gameplay and graphics.

great title, I cant imagine that disney interactive is serious in getting into world of gaming,

great title, I cant imagine that disney interactive is serious in getting into world of gaming,

Disney Interactive Studios has released a new trailer for the upcoming video game Split/Second. The video shows the “Power Plant Level.”

dude WD is already in the world of gamming since Playstation1. congrats WD for an excellent driving game.

nice even Walt Disney is into world of gaming, so what platform will they used? it looks interesting and cool to play.

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