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Former Black Rock Devs Set Up ShortRound Games

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Felix Kemp
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Black Rock, the talented developers behind fun if flawed racer Split/Second, announced last month over a hundred staff had lost their jobs in a downsizing effort. They weren't the first studio to report such job losses - and I suppose we can count them lucky the entire studio itself wasn't shut down, considering the current economical climate - but it was sad news, nonetheless. However, a number of former Black Rock devs have today revealed their new upstart, ShortRound Games.

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Split/Second Velocity | £9.99 | Game | PSP

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Tom Silkstone
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Not only will this one let you burn rubber around a track whilst you try and rocket yourself into first place, you'll also get to trigger special events that cause a bit of destruction around you and hopefully'll give you an advantage over the other drivers. If you've got £9.99 spare and fancy a punt, you'll be saving £3.50 on the next best offer coming in from CD Wow, plus you'll have a racing game to carry around with you when you're going on a long journey and need some entertainment.

100 Jobs Lost At Split/Second Developers, Black Rock

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Felix Kemp
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UPDATE: Disney Interactive has confirmed layoffs at Black Rock Studios, telling VG247 that it's terminated a "reduction of its workforce from Brighton-based internal game development studio, Black Rock Studios". However, Disney has reassured fans of the team that the studio will be moving forward with its "current project". The exact amount of jobs lost was not revealed.

ORIGINAL STORY: Over a hundred staff at Black Rock Studios, developers of the Bruckheimer-aping racer Split/Second Velocity, are apparently on the verge of being fired, according to an anonymous source speaking to Eurogamer. Originally, the site ran with the story that forty voluntary redundancies were planned, with the studio doubling-down for a one-game-only future.

However, Eurogamer has since updated the post, clarifying that forty jobs are, in fact, safe. But layoffs are on the horizon, however, with a hundred jobs at risk of being terminated. Black Rock had begun work on the sequel to Split/Second Velocity shortly after its release, but pre-production was cancelled in late December. Disney Interactive, who own Black Rock, have already laid off 700 jobs recently in an effort to restructure their output. If you were a fan of the original Split/Second; hold on to your copy. Because I doubt we'll be seeing a followup any time soon. [Eurogamer]

Split/Second Velocity | £9.85 | Zavvi | Xbox 360 & PS3

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SplitSecond Velocity  £17.99  Play  PS3 & XBox 360 [photo]

Split/Second Velocity was a pretty good racer when it released last year, shaking up the genre with its Bruckheimer-esque destruction. If you've gorged yourself on enough Forza and GT5 to last a simulated life time, then maybe a little arcade thrill is just the ticket. Split/Second Velocity is only £9.85 at Zavvi on both the 360 and PS3. The goal is simple; win the race at all costs. And by 'all costs', I mean blowing toppling buildings onto the track, collapsing freeways and detonating tankers. It's mad, but incredibly good fun.

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Driving

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Best Video Game Awards 2010, Driving games, F1 2010, Features, Gran Turismo 5, ModNation Racers, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, Split/Second
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Gran Turismo 5

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Driving

2010 was a year of returns for the driving genre...F1, Need For Speed, and of course Gran Turismo. But there were a number of new acolytes hoping to shake things up a bit too. From arcade motoring to hardcore racing sims, the year had petrolheads of all kinds pretty much covered.


Click here to see who we voted for in the Driving category...

Video Game New Releases: November 15th - 21st

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Matt Gardner
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, EA Sports Active 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, iCarly, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, New Releases, Split/Second
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Video Game New Releases: November 15th - 21st

Harry Potter fans can get into the groove this week with the film tie-in for part of The Deathly Hallows, there's good news for all Airwolf aficionados as Apache Air Assault finally gets a release, Need For Speed: Burnout Hot Pursuit hits the shelves and, timetable willing, this Friday sees the highly anticipated return of one Ezio Auditore di Firenze in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.

NB. Release timetables have been rumoured to shift the minute no-one’s watching them, so be vigilant, this data might change slightly.

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19th November 2010
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19th November 2010
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19th November 2010
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19th November 2010
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19th November 2010
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Split/Second Velocity | £12.99 | Play.com | Xbox 360

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  • What: Split/Second Velocity Xbox 360 game
  • Where: Play.com
  • Current Price: £12.99
  • Split/Second Velocity Xbox 360 price comparison

What's more fun than ragging a selection of insanely fast cars around ? Blowing stuff up while you race, of course. Split/Second takes place in a bizarre game show where racers can trigger epic stunts, pyrotechnics and track-altering destruction to get the drop on their competitors (and boost their ratings, natch). It's an unapologetically silly premise, but when it delivers massive thrills and glorious visual feedback, who's worried? Thanks to1616french at Hot UK Deals.

Split/Second Velocity | £14.99 | Play | PS3 & XBox 360

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SplitSecond Velocity  £17.99  Play  PS3 & XBox 360 [photo]

  • What: Split/Second Velocity
  • Where: Play
  • Current Price: £14.99
  • Split/Second Velocity PS3 & XBox 360 Price Comparison

If you liked Burnout then there is a good chance that you'll enjoy this fast and fun racer from Black Rock. It gives a real impression of speed and the gameplay is slick and polished, despite its wacky nature. The traps, weapons and silly but highly effective sound effects make it a little like Mario Kart's more mature older sister. The graphics are excellent and this, in combination with its goofy and silly nature, give it the same sort of appeal as a well made but ever so cheesy Hollywood blockbuster. Thanks to bodkelly at Hotukdeals!

Split/Second Velocity | £17.99 | Play | PS3 & XBox 360

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SplitSecond Velocity  £17.99  Play  PS3 & XBox 360 [photo]

  • What: Split/Second Velocity
  • Where: Shop To PS3 | XBox 360
  • Current Price: £17.99
  • Split/Second Velocity PS3 and XBox 360 price comparison

Split/Second is fast and fun racer that is particularly recommended for fans of Burnout. Its slick and well polished gameplay helps create a real impression of speed. With its traps and weapons and excellent sound effects it sits firmly in the wacky racer box, almost like a less cartoony Mario Kart. The over the top action is brought to life with some very nice graphics and while it's all a bit goofy and silly, like the cheesiest of action movies, it's also a lot of fun. Thanks to whizzkid at Hotukdeals!

Split Second £17.99 @ HMV [Xbox 360 & PS3 Games]

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Vehicles outfitted with weapons have kept us amused for centuries, and whilst you don't directly target your opponents' cars the destruction you cause to the environment should cause a chain reaction that'll turn a nippy, streamlined, piece of automotive engineering into a horribly twisted wreck.

You can grab a copy of the game on the Xbox and PS3 for £17.99 from HMV, which'll save you almost £6 on the next best offer on both platforms.

Split Second is great fun and beats competitors, such as Blur, hands down when it comes to enjoyment and the racing experience that it offers gamers.Everything is an action packed spectacle right from the start of the races, which usually begin and end in a show of sparks from a barrage of fireworks that are set off from both sides of the track.

The racing aspects to the game are pretty well done and there are several little tricks that make it feel like you're stretching the car's oversized engine to its limits in the form of blurred vision and the sound of your turbo charger kicking in. The only problem that I found with the driving controls was the unusual choice to have one button for braking and drifting, which can lead to you slowing down and getting overtaken instead of smoothly sliding around a bend.

There's another trick to hurtle you into first place in the form of the various powerplays that crop up around the courses, which allow you to burst outlet, pipes, collapse bridges, call in helicopters that drop explosive barrels from above, and even cause planes to land on the road in front of you. Be warned though timing is key because missing another player can lead to you leaving a hazard in your path or in rare cases cause your early demise.

Observing the destruction whilst weaving around it and trying to maintain your lead is incredibly entertaining and now the price is coming down you can start to overlook the game's flaws and enjoy the experience that it provides.

Thanks to nwressell @ HUKD

Split/Second £22.99 @ Game/Gamestation [PS3/Xbox 360 Games]

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If Burnout and Mario Kart ever got it on, this would most probably be the result. Slick, insanely speedy racing combined with environmental triggers and explosives traps to steal the lead from your mates at the last second and send them into apoplectic rage. Combining weapons and vehicles has led to some truly epic battles - most notably when my housemate once grabbed a Wavebird and attempted to beat victory out of me mid-race in retaliation for a blue shell - and Disney are on to a winner with this one too.

Game and Gamestation have dropped their low prices from last week even further, just as the competition managed to catch up, meaning you can still save £2 on the prices of Simply Games and Amazon, but now the lowest price is even lower at £22.99. Check out the avalanche of links below for more.

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By far and away the best thing about this game is cackling with glee when you trigger the explosives underneath a dilapidated building and speed away as it comes crashing down upon your opponent. With that in mind, the decision to leave out four player splitscreen - especially considering the sizes of televisions these days - is frankly baffling. But Disney aren't the only ones. We can even forgive the annoyingly persistent AI racers who'll come from nowhere to snatch victory a la Mario Kart despite that perfect lap you just did because above all else, this game really is quite fun. Even on your own. Sure it has its flaws, and I certainly wouldn't have bought it at full price, but there's a lot to be said for a game that allows for such delicious pyrotechnical vengeance as this. Worth a look.

Thanks to delces at HUKD


Split/Second £24.99 @ The Game Group [Xbox 360 & PS3 Games]

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Bridges collapse around you, explosive barrels are dropped from helicopters, jets of fire shoot out of gas outlet pipes, and planes make emergency landings blocking your path. No, it's not a few loose ideas strung together to form a blockbuster disaster movie, it's what you'll have to manoeuvre around whilst driving in Split/Second.

The Game Group (Game, Gameplay, and Gamestation) have dropped their prices for the game down to £24.99, which'll make you a saving of almost £2 on the PS3 and almost £5 on the Xbox.

Right from the start this game is fast paced action, action, action! Fireworks explode to signal the start and end to the races, and in-between these moments you'll have to speed your way across the track to rocket yourself into first place, whilst weaving around the various hazards that are thrown at you by the other racers.

Unlike some of the other new racing titles on the market, this actually feels like your tearing around the courses at terrific speeds thanks largely to the sound of your turbo charger kicking in and the visual blurring that occurs when the needle of your speed gauge darts into triple figures!

Whilst the environments and the cars look great, the biggest visual treat comes from the destruction that you'll be passing though. The explosions look great, as do collapsing structures, and when you wreck another players car you'll be treated to a brief slow motion video as their car's converted into a twisted wreck.

If you want a rewarding driving experience combined with some crazy heart pounding action, then you should definitely think about grabbing a copy of this game.

Thanks to Spies @ HUKD

Split/Second £26.85 @ ShopTo [PS3 Games]

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Tom Silkstone
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Split/Second is a crazy, fast paced, explosive, action packed racing game and you'll need to keep your wits about you if you want to avoid being crushed by falling bridges or caught in a blaze ignited from a gas outlet pipe before crossing the finish line.

You can grab a copy of the game on the PS3 for £26.85 from ShopTo, which'll make you a saving of just over £5 on the next best deal of £31.94 from Amazon.

If you can't decide which to buy Blur or Split/Second, I'll make it easier for you; get Split/Second because it's far more enjoyable and you actually feel like your taking part in a high speed race instead of lazily cruising around a bland track.

The races kick off with a bang as fireworks are set off to indicate the chaos has begun and the heart pounding experience continues throughout, right up until the final moments when the second and final set of fireworks are sent skyward. There are a couple of nice touches to keep up the illusion that you're moving at ridiculous speeds from visual blurring to the sounds of your car's turbo charger and nitrous kicking in.

You'll need to learn the best lines around the track and get to grips with your advanced driving techniques if you want to keep up your distance from the other races, and I'm not yet convinced that having the same button for braking and drifting is a good idea.

Mastering the controls is the first step to defeating the other competitors, the next step is to turn the environments against them using the various context sensitive powerplays that'll crop up as your tearing around the courses. In order to use a powerplay you'll first have to charge up them up by drifting and drafting around the course. Once you've done this you'll have the chance to wreck the other cars if you activate them at the correct moment. The destruction that you can cause using powerplays is a spectacular sight to behold and definitely increases the excitement involved in taking part in the races.

If you've ever wondered what smashing a summertime action blockbuster into a demolition derby would create, then you might want to check out Split/Second.

Thanks to AK Gunners @ HUKD

Split/Second Velocity £29.85 @ Simply Games [PS3 Games]

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Split/Second, the explosive arcade racer from Disney Interactive, has been thrilling gamers with its insane blend of racing and ridiculous fireballs. Simply Games are currently retailing at £29.85, which will save you around £2-3 pounds compared to their nearest competitors (notably Tesco with their stunningly ubiquitous FTSL15-1 voucher code). It might not be not be a massive saving- but why not treat yourself to a mini or PC indie game with the proceeds?

If Michael Bay were to design a racing game, the resultant mix of massive explosions and glorious spectacle would resemble Split/Second. Taking its cues from the early Burnout titles, it throws drivers into an insane reality show where accessible racing dynamics merge with awesome pyrotechnics. Taking advantage of environmental traps, players can trigger action movie-style sequences such as exploding buildings, helicopter gunship chases and collapsing bridges to annihilate their opponents and change the layout of the tracks. It's a ridiculous, rambunctious and riotous racer that's quite unlike anything else out there.

Having said that, Split/Second is far from perfect. The sneaky bot AI will frequently infuriatingly overtake you on the final straights even though you don't put a foot wrong (sticking to you like glue) and you'll frequently find yourself woefully outmatched. The two-player splitscreen is also simply not enough... seriously, developers: we need four players or bust.

What's more, it's is now facing stiff competition from Blur, the self-styled Mario Kart for adults. It offers a superior multiplayer experience (bar some netcode issues), but doesn't offer the ridiculous eyepopping singleplayer shenanigans that Split/Second delivers.

A great find from goonertillidie at Hot UK Deals

Some More Video Game Release Dates May 2010

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Matt Gardner
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New Releases
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All Star Karate, ModNation Racers, New Releases, Prince of Persia, Red Dead Redemption, Split/Second
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Red Dead Redemption

Some More Video Game Release Dates May 2010

May 2010 Game Releases

Week three beckons, and it's time for another new releases post. Week 3 of May and we've some big games coming on Friday. Rockstar's Western opus Red Dead Redemption hits shelves along with frantic racer Split/Second and Ubisoft's newest Prince of Persia title. PS3 owners will be glad to hear that ModNation Racers is finally here too.

How to use: Click on the title of the video game if you would like to see the cross platform possibilities. Click on the game cover of the platform of your choice to see the price comparison for that particular game, showing you the cheapest prices from UK online retailers.

Stay tuned, folks, as we'll be updating you with all of the new releases for next week along with their cheapest prices in just a few days' time.

15th - 21st May 2010:

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All Star Karate
21st May 2010
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21st May 2010
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21st May 2010
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Split/Second: Velocity Pre-order £32.95 @ Zavvi [PS3/360 Games]

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There’s a gaping, smouldering hole in the market right now where Burnout Paradise tore through our consoles for months on end with a glorious reckless abandon. The Criterion team are heading up the next Need for Speed which gives the new kid Split/Second: Velocity a clear road ahead. And the first thing it’s going to do is smash an airport terminal right across it. Why have rockets or guns when you can make an aeroplane land on your opponents?

NB. You’ll need to enter the promotional code: APRIL2 to get £2 knocked off. Offer expires April 30th at midnight.

You might be racing in three lap events, but the game is designed so that each lap will be different as the destruction has more and more of an effect on the track, namely huge chunks of rubble and the odd building suddenly falling across it.

Most of this destruction will be initiated by the racers though who can earn Power Plays by drifting, drafting and jumping. When they activate Power Plays an explosion will burst across the track in front of them, hopefully swallowing up other racers. Or it might, for example, drop a huge cargo container on one side of the track, effectively putting a point-blank wall up in front of the front-runners.

Super Power Plays are where the real carnage is though. Stock up on the normal ones and you’ll upgrade to one of these bastards that’ll bring down freeways and whole terminal buildings. Be careful though, you’ll just as easily bring that hell down on your own TNT obsessed self if you don’t watch were you’re going.

The game is the creation of Black Rock Studio the makers of the quality ATV racer, Pure, which is still one of the best looking racers on modern systems. So even though recent footage has been a bit scarce on the ground it’s a safe bet it’ll look the business. I played an early model back in October and it looked pretty damn hot then.

Handling felt very weighty and you really had to make an effort to make the back-end slide out, but not in an annoying way, it really added to the awesome factor when you’d nail a long drift as you felt like your were taming a savage behemoth. Don’t expect to be able to smash other cars off the track as easily as in the Burnout games, a well-timed swipe might be the trick to sending them straight into a pile of rubble though!

Cause enough destruction and you’ll open up new routes for the track, over a capsized oil tanker for example. Black Rock Studio are giving the finger to realism and clearly aiming for a blockbuster-style spectacular.

The game will feature online support too, which will be an incredible feat if they can match the carnage of the single-player game. In the face of all the serious racers we’re surrounded by at the moment in GT5, Grid and Forza 3, we can’t wait for this bomb-happy lunatic.