Great game at a great price. I downloaded the demo of Split Second from the PSN a while back and actually really enjoyed it. I did think, ho hum, here we go with another driving game but was pleasantly surprised! So surprised in fact, I bought the full game. I probably would not of bought this on full-price-release-day but now that its dropped in price its a decent racer thats very simple to learn and enjoy. Basically each race pits you against a bunch of other cars all fighting to come first. The more you drift round corners or draft (tailgate) the car in front your powerup level increases. Your powerup gauge has 3 levels, use one of them to trigger a small event like blowing up a parked car ahead to destroy an oppenent or use all 3 levels to trigger a big event like destroying a building and also altering the track layout. There is also an instant replay feature after triggering a level 3 event where if you are quick enough hit a button (L1 I think) to get a short instant replay.
Graphically the game looks awesome through HDMI, lots of colours and detailed tracks. The car design is quite good, they are not modelled around real cars like Blur but still look good. The whole game appearance reminds me of Ridge Racer but with the added feature of blowing stuff up.
If you fancy a change to the usual racing around tracks, there is also a mode that pits you against something trying to destroy you, like avoiding an attack helicopter from launching airstrikes or driving round a storm gulley like in the terminator 2 movie whilst a lorry drops explosive barrels out the back. Crashing your car is also quite satisfying, not as good in my opinion as the Burnout series or Grid but theres still frantic moments when an oppenent triggers a bus to explode right in front of you and its just too late to avoid it!
Ive seen some reviews that said this game seemed scripted but find me a driving game that isnt! Some racers give you freedom to roam (eg Burnout Paradise) but almost ever other racer that exists limits the player to a scripted track!
Ultimately Id recommend this game to anyone, some DLC has recently been added to the Playstation Network to download for a small fee so the developers are expanding the game and havent just abandoned it after release. If youre looking for something to give you instant entertainment, pop the disc in, choose a track, few seconds of loading later and you can be blasting round a track blowing up buildings and driving down runways towards jumbo jets crash landing! Good stuff.