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One day, the fine folks at Disney Interactive Studios, after watching a 10-hour marathon of Creator/MichaelBay movies, picked up their copy of ''{{Burnout}} Paradise'' and thought, "This is a fun game, but it's missing something... something ''[[BuffySpeak explodey]]''." And with that, the game ''Split Second'' was born.

''Split Second'' is a racing game set up like a [[RealityShow reality]][=/=]GameShow (not to be confused with the [[Series/SplitSecond Tom Kennedy quizzer]] from TheSeventies) in which racers compete through 12 episodes of an internationally broadcast television series, also titled ''Split Second''. The racing is much like it is in any arcade racer, with one key difference: at any point, after accumulating enough energy (through drifting, drafting and jumps), racers can set off "Power Plays" in which bombs are dropped from helicopters, cars and trucks on the side of the track are blown up, overhead cranes and bridges are blown up and fall onto the track, ''the road itself'' is blown up to change the route of the course, buildings fall over, planes fall out of the sky... yeah, it's basically ''Burnout'' turned into a SummerBlockbuster.

However, racing isn't the only mode available. Detonator has you do a single lap of the track alone while [[EverythingTryingToKillYou pretty much every Power Play on the course gets set off to try and kill you]]. Survival has you racing semis against a time limit while they drop {{exploding barrels}} at you, which either slow you down or wreck you, depending on the type of barrel. In Air Strike, you earn points dodging a helicopter firing missiles at you; better evasions earn more points. Air Revenge is similar, but drifts and successful dodging allow you to gain power to shoot the missiles back at the helicopter and destroy it. Why, yes, ''all'' of the game modes directly involve explosions in one way or another.

All it's missing is MeganFox and LinkinPark[[note]]or not, considering the fact that she wasn't in the third ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie[[/note]].

A [[http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2011/05/04/split-second-2-canceled-layoffs-at-black-rock-studio.aspx sequel was in development but Disney canceled the project]], [[http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-07-01-split-second-dev-black-rock-to-close leading to the studio's ultimate closure.]]
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!!Tropes:
* AKA47: Kinda. The vehicle companies seem to be pastiches of real companies. Ryback has more chunky vehicles that bear a strong resemblance to the modern versions of classic American muscle cars (Camaro, Mustang, Dodge Challenger). Cobretti cars are sleeker, with a name evocative of Italian manufacture (Ferrari, Lamborghini). Which makes Hanzo the Japanese company (name close to Mazda, Honda).
* AttackReflector: You eventually get the opportunity to destroy those damn helicopters by sending their missiles right back at them.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Elite Goliath. Good lord is it built like a tank, but reaching top speed is not easy. Almost all of the other trucks suffer a problem in that it's easy for them to ignore shock effects... but if they're shoved far enough off course, they won't be able to recover in time and crash ''anyway''.
* BraggingRightsReward: Getting achievement points causes the logos of said achievements to show up on your car, as a way of showing people online just how much of a [[BadassDriver badass]] you are.
** One of them, ''Untouchable'' (win a race event without crashing) has ''two'' spots on the rear of every car. That should give you an idea of how often you can expect to crash in this game.
* CliffHanger: For a racing game, interestingly enough- [[spoiler: after the championship race, you're doing the winner's podium shots when things start blowing up, even though the power plays were already deactivated, and then an army of rogue vehicles with mysterious logos on them show up, and finally the scene cuts to black with "TO BE CONTINUED" on the screen.]]
** [[spoiler:If you listen to the guy on the mic, it sounds like he's talking about a now-defunct company that did a show similar to Split Second several years ago. Apparently the company wasn't as shut down as the Split Second team thought.]]
** LeftHanging: Due to the cancellation of the game's supposed sequel.
* CoolCar: Plenty.
* DeathFromAbove: Air Strike Mode, in which you are being chased by an attack helicopter that fires volleys of missiles at you.
** One of the Power Plays on the "Airport Terminal" level causes the air traffic control tower to topple over, crushing the racers beneath it and rerouting the course onto the airport runway. During the next lap, a jumbo jet comes in for a crash landing on said runway. ''[[OhCrap While you are racing on it]]''.
*** That one is pretty easy to avoid (just stick to the far left of the track and watch the incoming jet engine) and is actually a separate Level 2 Power Play. But still. ''Crashing plane''.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: If your car gets wrecked, you simply reappear after several seconds just fine. On the other hand, considering this is an action packed racing game, those are still precious few seconds being wasted. However, this is averted in certain game modes, where death is permanent, automatically ending the round for the affected player.
* DeathWorld: In the 'Detonator' mode, the player has to complete a lap of the track while the majority of the offensive Power Plays trigger in front of them. Every barrel, fence, car, train, building and bridge can and WILL explode as you drive past it in an attempt to throw you into a wall and explode. In short, this mode could be renamed EverythingTryingToKillYou.
* DifficultButAwesome: The Level 2 Power Plays can be completely ineffectual if you time it wrong or if there aren't enough cars to be hit by it when you fire it off. On the other hand, if timed near-perfectly, it's entirely possible to wipe out the entire race in one go.
* DontTryThisAtHome: In no small part, the developers and the game itself make quite the effort to tell you that everything portrayed within is entirely fictional, and should NOT be attempted in real life for any reason. They again, this is DISNEY we are talking about.
* DownloadableContent: In addition to several car packs, there are three packs that each include a new game mode, a new track, and a few cars. The new modes are Survival Race ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin racing in Survival mode]]), Deadline (Detonator with timer-pausing pickups), and Onslaught (racing in Air Strike mode).
* DuelingGames: Sorta, being released about a week before ''VideoGame/{{Blur}}'', even though being an arcade racer is pretty much the only thing both games have in common.
* DisasterMovie: Many of the Level 2 Power Plays look like they came out of one of these.
* EpicFail: You know you (or the other AI cars) are doing terribly in an Elite race if ''Rigg'' is in first place, because he drives the Elite Goliath mentioned above. Even under AI control, Rigg is basically the ButtMonkey of the Elite team and will almost always come in dead last regardless of everything that happens in the race.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Detonator events, where the course's Power Plays trigger by themselves, forcing you to outmaneuver them and keep your speed. During Season mode, these must be beaten in a certain amount of time (which is ''ridiculously'' unforgiving; scraping by with mere miliseconds is par for the course and you ''will'' restart).
** Even moreso in multiplayer when you're driving ahead of the pack, bombarded with the combined power (and bodywork) of everyone behind you. And with drifting, power flows in like water.
* ExcusePlot: It could easily be argued that the whole Reality TV Show thing is an excuse plot for car racing with gratuitous explosions, admit it.
** The developers flat out admitted that they came up with the StuffBlowingUp concept first and only later asked "OK, how to we justify this?"
** Might be subverted if there's a sequel, as the ending of the Season mode suggests that more is taking place than meets the eye.
* ExplodingBarrels: Survival mode has you dodging as many of these as you can. You get bonus points for overtaking the trucks dropping them.
* FollowTheLeader: It's ''{{Burnout}}'' [-WITH TRAPS! AND NO BOOSTING!-]
* [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Car]]: The Cobretti Slipstream is an amazingly good car, especially if you love drifting, and works well on almost any track. The Elite S510 is a close second. The Elite cars are not actually that practical despite their awesomeness or good looks. The description for the LeMans-esque car won by taking 1st in the final race lampshades this a bit:
-->"It's a purebred track car. Great! Except we're going to make you race it down a ''storm drain'', through a hail of ''explosions''."
* ItsGoingDown: If you see anything big, tall, and cool-looking in the level scenery, there's a pretty good chance that it will be sitting on top of a car at the end of the race.
** Or ''several'' cars. The more that aren't you, the better.
* LimitBreak: Level 2 Power Plays, which use your entire energy bar, and which often have a far greater impact on the race (changing the route, taking out several racers at once).
* MacrossMissileMassacre: You are on the receiving end in Air Strike mode. Air Revenge mode turns the tables on the chopper.
* {{Minimalism}}: The HUD lacks any unnecessary elements, such as a speedometer or track map, and is kept fairly small. Otherwise, you'd miss all the explosions.
* OldSaveBonus: The "Have We Met Before?" decal, which shows up if you have save data from ''Pure''.
* OneHitKill: In Survival Mode, some of the ExplodingBarrels launched from the semis are red rather than blue and will Wreck you instantly. Once time's up, you enter Overtime and the trucks ''only'' drop reds. [[OhCrap Good luck.]]
* RecurringRiff: There is a very distinctive melody that plays throughout many of the game's pieces, from the intro to the Elite Race themes.
* RubberbandAI: Two-way until the higher difficulties. No matter which car you pick for any race in any season, you can easily manage to pull middle of the pack at the very least, unless you drive atrociously and crash into every Power Play on purpose. The AIs will rarely get too far ahead or behind. This means you can't take a supercar back to the first episodes and clean house (although differing handling/acceleration stats and more experience with a vehicle certainly help) by zooming into a lead far ahead of all the other cars.
* RuleOfCool: The reality TV premise would be impossible in RealLife; it's more or less just an excuse to blow as much stuff up during a race as possible.
* RunawayTrain: One Route Changer sends a train careening down a track next to the course before blowing up. You can get a CosmeticAward for taking out three or more racers with this: [[IncrediblyLamePun The Pain Train]].
* SceneryGorn: The likely state of the course after a few laps.
* ShoutOut: The entire game is one long love letter to popcorn {{summer blockbuster}}s.
** Survival Mode, in which you have to overtake a series of semi-trucks that are dropping explosive barrels to stop you, is lifted almost directly from similar scenes in ''BadBoys II'' and ''TheIsland''.
*** One of the Survival courses takes place in a storm drain, giving a feel very similar to a ChaseScene in ''{{Terminator}} 2''.
** The achevement/trophy names have shout outs to ''Hercules'', of all things- the ones named ''Going the Distance'' and ''Zero to Hero'' specifically. Yeah, Disney Interactive published the game, but still.
* ShowWithinAShow: Within a game, but you get the point.
* StuffBlowingUp: Have we established this yet?
** No better way to take in this trope than by setting up a Detonator event. Bask your car in flame and explosions as you charge through the course with just about every Power Play triggering by itself.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: In quite a few ways;
** On each track on the hardest difficulty (which kicks in somewhere around Season 7) there are one or two AI opponents who can (and will) drive the track with 100% precision, meaning the only way to slow them down is to hit them with Power Plays. If you let them overtake you and get out of sight, they'll have a 10 second lead on you in no time flat. This is exceptionally noticeable in the Elite Races, where ''Torpedo'', ''Vixen'' and ''Raptor'' are the major offenders, and can rack up a ''20'' second lead if left to their own devices.
** On Elite Races, the other Elites will hardly ever use Power Plays on each other, and have a seemingly infinite Power Meter, which they will use to throw every single Power Play on the track at you if you're in first place. Good thing it can't use them too well and that most are really easy to recover from.
** Also on Elite Races, Raptor will ALWAYS come at least second. At least, the time board will say. This particular troper finished the Expressway Elite Race with Raptor in fourth place and Vixen and Live Wire ahead taking second and third respectively. Vixen got third on the times and Live Wire got FIFTH. This makes coming in first in every Elite race almost necessary because Raptor will always get the full 9 points in the championship standings and makes it a major pain in the ass to come back as even if you win the race, Raptor will STILL get 8 points and make the gap the race should have made almost nothing again.
** It's a small blessing that the AI ''really'' cannot handle being on the recieving end of Power Plays; if they start going off course the drivers seem to panic. Sometimes a simple explosive barrel can outright wreck even the built-like-tanks trucks, even when it'll do hardly anything to your probably fairly flimsy car on a direct hit.
* VariableMix: Each track has three variations, and fades between them as the race becomes more or less intense. This is especially noticeable in the Elite Races given their difficulty often causes it to reach the highest intensity. It's also easy to hear in Free Play on the Easy, on a track you have down to muscle memory, with a supercar: You'll never have the music reach it's highest point because you'll be so far ahead they can never keep up.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The ending to Season mode is unquestionably a SequelHook. However it's merely a pipe dream at this point since Disney force-closed Black Rock Studios.
* WreakingHavok: What do you expect from a game that actually uses the Havok physics engine?
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