Excerpt: With everything beginning to become more realistic, more real life and getting a little removed from what gaming is all about, it is nice for a company to take the realism out and put the fun back in. Blur, developed by Bizarre Creations of PGR fame and published by Activision sees this hybrid racer hit the market at a time when the racing genre is getting a little too stale for my liking.
Excerpt: Some people may try and draw a quick comparison between Split/Second and blur. There are some fundamental differences between these two racing games. First off blur is all about using the power up weapons on the track to destroy the competition. Getting to the finish line in first place is the main goal in this Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 home console video game. There are six races in an area, and a boss. In the boss levels you go one on one.
Conclusion: With the alluring beauty of Mickey’s presentation, entering its world immediately presents the game’s most fundamental design flaw: its horrible camera control. At the most inconvenient times the camera wrests control from your hands decides to completely spaz out. Tricky jumps and navigating obstacles become all but impossible and taking out the hordes of enemies following you becomes nothing so much as a chore.
Pros: Stunning visuals. Paint and thinner changes the environment.
Cons: Horrendous camera control spoils much of the fun.
Summary: " Blur " is a pretty decent game. With above average graphics and sound, the usual tight gameplay that you’d expect from a Bizarre game, along with the best multiplayer suite that I think has ever been found in a racing game, and you have the basis of a top game. However, with slightly generic course design, and a pretty lacklustre single player compared to Split/Second, Blur is not completely perfect.
Excerpt: Lately, more and more racing games have been released, perhaps to try and compete with the soon-to-be-released racing juggernaut, Gran Turismo 5. How does one stand out from the flooded market of other racing games? Somehow Bizzare Creations, creators of the mega-popular Project Gotham series, found a way to make a unique experience with Blur that is actually a lot of fun.
Excerpt: I didn't like the idea of Blur. Ever since I was told about Bizarre Creations' first game for Activision, I couldn't help but feel disappointed. I love PGR. PGR2 is one of my all-time favourite games and the studio's last game in the series, PGR4, is up there with the best racers available for the Xbox 360. Those titles were all about finding the fine line between precision and style, pitting you and your chosen car against the challenges of real city courses.
Frantic racer with plenty of cartoon violence and open chat.
Common Sense Media
8 August 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Blur is a fairly safe game for kids 12 and older. The over-the-top arcade action involves firing weapons at competitors and fails to realistically depict the consequences of high speed collisions, but the racing scenarios are clearly fantasy. Player will hear some cussing and one song has suggestive lyrics. Also note that this game supports open voice chat in online games. Common Sense Media does not recommend open online play for pre-teens.
Conclusion: The multiplayer probably has more choices then then entire single player in my opinion. However the online is fun enough that they could have probably released it online only and it wouldve still sold well. Overall a good buy. Single Player 3/5 Online 4.5/5 Overall 4/5 Go buy this game if only for the Multiplayer!!!!
Excerpt: If I were to tell you that you could combine your occasional Mario Kart fix with a more mature look and feel, would you be game? Activision sure hopes so, and with their recent release of Blur you’d be hard pressed to find reasons not to. The point is simple, collect as many “lights” (equivalent to trophies) as possible per match by winning races, destroying other cars with an array of power ups, and completing fan challenges. Seems easy enough, right?