A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players are encouraged to drive aggressively and very recklessly to win races. They're also given the ability to initiate events that will cause other racers to crash. What's more, the consequences of these crashes are not depicted authentically; drivers are never shown injured and cars simply respawn, good as new.
Positive Role Models
There are no characters, which means the actions of the the player as a driver (and other players as drivers) are the game's only behavioral cues, and will vary accordingly.
Ease of Play
The controls are pretty standard for an arcade racing title. The driving isn't realistic, so players can speed down tracks with little penalty. The game starts with players practicing on a race track and learning the different moves before advancing to real events.
Violence & Scariness
Players must drive aggressively to fill a meter that unleashes Power Plays, such as an explosion that knocks down a building or blows up a vehicle to cause opponents to crash. In the Air Attack modes, players dodge and deflect missiles fired by an attack helicopter, while Survival mode requires players to dodge explosive canisters dumped by a truck. The wrecks are intense, and highlighted with slow-motion effects.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Split/Second is an arcade racing title in which aggressive driving is the key to victory. Players can use Power Plays to detonate buildings, vehicles, and other structures to force opponents to wreck. The crashes are particularly intense, but don't reveal any graphic visuals showing drivers. However, this may also lead to younger players taking away a false impression of the seriousness of high speed collisions. The game is playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend to children under the age of 12.
Is It Any Good?
The game uses a simple approach for arcade racing, but it proves to be exhiliarating and thrilling. Generating blasts that wreck multiple cars and push you to the front of the pack is quite gratifying, as is dodging huge blasts en route to victory. The driving controls are pretty easy to pick up as well.
Also, there's a sense of unpredictability to each race. Just because you're in last place early doesn't mean you can't execute a major Power Play and hop right back in front. The game features a solid variety of unique, fun modes that make this a great avenue for satisfying your inner thrill-seeker.
Online interaction: Online matches include open voice chat. Common Sense Media does not recommend open voice communications for players under 12 years of age.
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