Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Explosive racing game encourages aggressive driving.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 24 reviews

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Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.


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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bynuenjins August 18, 2014

The only cool game that has had the Disney name attached in ages.

Yeah, believe it,... Disney. Yeah I know, everyone who would love this game will most likely roll their eyes and spit at the thought of watching some fluff Disn... Continue reading
Adult Written byRealReview007 July 3, 2020

Common Sense is right.

Split/Second is a game made by Disney. It's the same company that created Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. The game is extremely fast and extremely dangerous... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 21, 2016

Not Necessarily a 13+

Fine, so the last thing this game could be considered is peaceful, but it is not overly violent. I do get that it kind of teaches terrible driving, but there is... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byHobo Joe February 20, 2018

Decent game, not extremely violent

This game is just alright in my opinion. The thing that makes this racing game stand out from many other games is all of the fictional actions you can preform.... Continue reading

What's it about?

SPLIT/SECOND is an intense racing title set inside a reality television show. Players work through a \"season,\" which consists of a series of episodes each filled with multiple events that include straightforward races, elimination bouts, and time trials. The key twist is that players use their environment to cause spectacular crashes. Once players build up a meter via aggressive driving they can initiate Power Plays which can blow up giant buildings or take out part of a bridge and cause other players to wreck. Outside of season mode players can participate in individual events and battle other drivers online.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this game compares to other racing titles. Do you prefer games that employ arcade style racing as opposed to a more authentic style?

  • Families can also discuss the consequences of high-speed racing, and how most racing games fail to depict them with accuracy. Do you think there might be a way for game makers to create a fun racing game with realistic accidents? Do you think this would benefit younger players?

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