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This review is from: Split/Second (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
First of this is based on the full game and not the demo (for some reason my pre-order was delivered yesterday).
First thing to say is that if you enjoy Burnout then this is going to be right up your street. The cars in the game all handle exactly the same as from Burnout, you have the usual selection of sporty cars which are fast but can easily be bullied off the track, the muscle cars which are the middle of the road and have great drift abilities, and then you have the heavy class which are slow but have a lot of strength and can be used to shove other cars out of the way.
The main story or campaign if you will is split into 12 fictional TV series, and each series has multiple episodes which must be completed to qualify for the next series.
The episodes are split into various types of events, so far the ones I have encountered are; straightforward race for the line between 8 competitors; an elimination event where the person placed last gets eliminated until there is one standing; Detonator event, where you must race against the clock to complete one lap of the track, whilst the computer initiates powerplays all around you destroying the track and generally doing all it can to stop you achieving the required time; and the final event I have unlocked (so far) involves trying to overtake a series of trucks which throw explosive red barrels at you which you need to avoid in order to overtake the required number of trucks.
There are further modes hidden away that I have not yet unlocked, so as you can see there is a fair bit of variety thrown in to the game.
Of course all this variety would be for nothing if the core game mechanics were rubbish, but I am happy to say that the game plays fantastically well, the use of powerplays to bring down parts of the scenery upon your opponents is amazing and provides real excitement, for example during the final lap of one race, I began the lap in 1st place roughly 3 seconds ahead of the pack, a powerplay was triggered causing part of a building to fall on my car pushing me back to 4th place, as the lap continued I filled up my bar and triggered a powerplay of my own which managed to take out 3rd and 2nd place simultaneously, I then ended up neck and neck with first place, with the line fast approaching I slammed him into the wall and stole 1st place, suffice to say I was feeling rather pleased with myself.
One other cool thing I have come across, all the decals that you unlock for the cars are tied in with the achievements and only unlock as you unlock achievements which is a nice added touch of detail.
Overall then this is an amazing arcade racer that plays very much like Burnout (which in my opinion is a good thing) but introduces something new with the inclusion of powerplays which as well as taking out opponents can also be used to alter the track and open shortcuts, there should also be good longevity to the game, as the first series took me nearly an hour and there are 12 series in total, plus on top of that there is a split screen multiplayer and online multiplayer to boot.
All in all an amazing game which I would recommend to any racing fan.