Nifty Split/Second Trailer Blows Up the City

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Nifty Split/Second Trailer Blows Up the City

The latest, all-in-game-footage trailer for Black Rock Studios' destruction-happy, reality-TV arcade racer Split/Second is what Michael Bay would make, if Michael Bay made racing games.

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For too long, racing games have gone under the axiom that if you use a weapon, the weapon has to come from your car. Oil slicks, Koopa shells, missiles, flamethrowers, banana peels - they're all car-mounted devices of death. Not so much Split/Second [http://www.amazon.com/Split-Second-Playstation-3/dp/B002ACFYUM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1278693712&sr=1-1], which turns the track itself into an implement of destruction.

And frankly, it looks really, really cool. My colleague Logan Westbrook got to check it out at PAX East [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/99481-PAX-East-2010-Hands-On-Split-Second], and he liked it, too. It ain't Gran Turismo, but the handling is smooth, the tracks are well laid-out, and lots of stuff blows the hell up.

I don't really like racing games as a rule of thumb, but consider me intrigued by this one. Split/Second is out May 18th, which means you'll have a few days to play it before you all run out and pick up Mario Galaxy 2 on May 23rd.

(Via G4TV [http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/703657/SplitSecond-Drops-Amazing-In-Game-Downtown-Trailer.html])

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sms_117b

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This doesn't look half bad actually, especially for a racing game. Might be worth a rental, but I hope a demo comes out before hand to really test it.
 

Jack and Calumon

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Blowing up the city you want to race around in? What a stupid Idea! Who would do that?

Calumon: Uhhmmm... Jack do you know how to work a Fatman Atomic bomb?

[sup]The game looks sweet though, like a less colorful Mario Kart.[/sup]
 

EMFCRACKSHOT

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Well, finally a racing game has peaked my interest. I may have to play a demo for this
 

Nouw

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Am I the only one excited about this? I don't even like Racing games and this looks sweet.

Is the fact it said Disney Interactive putting people off?
 

Tiny116

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I have finally found the racing game I want for X-Box XD
 

Kajin

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That looks pretty good! I might have to get it if I ever stop being poor.
 

hazabaza1

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No way that was all gameplay.
But still looking very fancy. Mind you, when you start out, you'll probably have to build up from "blow up this barrel" to "blow up Korea" level explosives.
 

Jared

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Makes me miss old days of destruction derby! This might telight the old fire!
 

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Spit second was the name of a book I was going to write a few years ago before I gave up on it. If only I'd copyrighted the name, then I could've caused some trouble for people.
 

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I know the idea of this is not mounting wepons on the car, but for some reason this trailer reminds me of Full Auto, also I dont see whats so good about it, nothing that new. But then again Im not a racing game fan
 

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BAYSPLOSIONS

...sorry, had to get that out of my system. Anyway, it does look fairly interesting- the idea of strategically using BAYSPLOSIONS rigged environmental destruction during a race is a nice twist, and could enter a whole new level of tactical thinking; "Do I BAYSPLODE blow the bridge now and chop down the other guy's lead, even though it'll cut me off from my usual route?" But I'd rather see a PC racing game that lets me customize my car's paint job.



[HEADING=1]BAYSPLOSIONS[/HEADING]

[small]Sorry, I'll stop that now.[/small]
 

MarsProbe

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Looks quite fun, and I'm not really into racing games. Will have to have a stab at the demo.

But what's this about us all going out to buy Super Mario Galaxy 2? I'm sure that game will run great on the Wii that I don't have....
 

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hazabaza1 said:
No way that was all gameplay.
But still looking very fancy. Mind you, when you start out, you'll probably have to build up from "blow up this barrel" to "blow up Korea" level explosives.
played the demo and yes......you could do every thing the video showed you.
 

hazabaza1

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lhin said:
hazabaza1 said:
No way that was all gameplay.
But still looking very fancy. Mind you, when you start out, you'll probably have to build up from "blow up this barrel" to "blow up Korea" level explosives.
played the demo and yes......you could do every thing the video showed you.
It's not that, I believe in all the 'setting up traps' fanciness, but it really looks like in the sections of the video when you just see the cars driving that something's been done to it.
 

Travis Austin

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I'm kinda excited about this game which is surprising especially since I usually don't give racing games the time of day.
 

Tireseas_v1legacy

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Nah, this doesn't strike me as Bay's cup of tea; too much story...

That said, I do hope it uses the same exact physics that was used in Burnout Paradise. You know, the ones that totaled your car if you so much as touch another guy's fender.
 

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"split/Second is what Michael Bay would make, if Michael Bay made racing games."

That makes me want to have absolutely nothing to do with this game, even though he doesn't have anything directly to do with this, Bay is the DEFINITION of ALL that is shit about cinema, and saying this game is in any way Bay-like might as well come with a "Douchebag approved" label.

I'm sorry, but there needs to be an addition to Godwin's law to include comparing any entertainment product to the work of that brainless hack known as Michael Bay.

Split/Second is made by the same hacks that churned out "Pure" and "moto GP 07" and they made this game in only 18 months... my magic eight ball tells me All Signs Point To FAIL!

Blur on the other hand seem like it is actually FUN from the guys who made the PGR series and Geometry Wars, they at least have proven that they can make fun driving games. From what I hear Blur is like PGR crossed with Mario Kart = win.
 

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....it's no carmageddon, so i wont play it. It will keep the masses entertained for an hour or 2....just like a Michael Bay movie. After that people will want to take a bath. I called it!
 

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Having seen this game in action at PAX East, to have it compared to dreck like what Michael Bay puts out is an insult. And said insult has now already caused people to pre-judge this game to hilarious levels the likes of which haven't been seen since the ill-advised L4D2 boycott.
 

Orange Monkey

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Michael Bay would be so proud! *tears of hoy and laughter* Normally i avoud racing games but HOLY FUCK THE BRIDGE BLEW UP.
 

ekimekim

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Oh god, not the ANZAC Bridge!!!

Seriously, bonus points for getting to blow up Sydney.
 

Sonicron

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Heh. I usually steer clear of racing games (see what I did there?), but this one does look interesting. Split/Second goes on my rental list.
And as for the Michael Bay comparison... I don't like many of his movies, but the guy does know how to make shit blow up and create mindless, enjoyable action.
 

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Arcade racers are really the only racers I'm into (Motorstorm and Burnout FTW), so I may look into this one. I'll wait for reviews and player response though, just to be safe.