Bridge goes: Big Badda Boom!
One day, the fine folks at Disney Interactive Studios, after watching a 10-hour marathon of Michael Bay
movies, picked up their copy of Burnout Paradise
and thought, "This is a fun game, but it's missing something... something explodey
." And with that, the game Split Second
was born.Split Second
is a racing game set up like a reality
(not to be confused with the Tom Kennedy quizzer
from The Seventies
) 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 Summer Blockbuster
However, racing isn't the only mode available. Detonator has you do a single lap of the track alone while 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 Megan Fox
and Linkin Parknote
A sequel was in development but Disney canceled the project
, leading to the studio's ultimate closure.