Excerpt: It’s not enough anymore to just be a racing game. You need a hook. Mod Nation Racers has its customization, and games like Gran Turismo and Forza have their incredible realism. Split/Second’s appeal? You get to blow stuff up -- a lot.
Conclusion: The single-player campaign is structured as a reality television show on which you are contestant. Split/Second doesn't do a whole lot with the premise (you won't meet any slimy TV producers or peek in on any bloodthirsty viewers), but each episode's introduction and credit sequence is produced so...
Pros: Power plays lead to some fiery thrills, Slick racing model with a good sense of speed, Survival and Airstrike modes are neat twists.
Cons: Thin package that relies too much on a single mechanic, Scant online options, Lacks proper controller prompts.
Excerpt: Boasting a high-octane over-the-top style with explosive amounts of substance to match, Black Rock Studios' Split/Second is a sleek, addictive, and rewarding console racer made even better by its ingenious Power Play mechanic.
Pros: Power play gimmick is ingenious and unique; superb track designs; imparts a tangible sense of speed.
Excerpt: Black Rock's latest shows a lot of promise, but is there enough for seasoned racing veterans to keep coming back? With destructible environments and high-speed manoeuvres, this is one surprisingly good racer.
Pros: Exciting racing with plenty of stand-out moments. Nice variety in the track selection and modes. Satisfying destruction. Well structured career.
Cons: Frame rate stable but not as fast as it should be for this style of racer. Rubber band AI will be frustrating for some. Online racing car selection limited to offline career unlocks. Some replays would’ve been nice.