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  • Summary: Blur is a new style of powered-up racing. The game drops players into heart-pumping racing action with 20 cars on a track all targeting the finish line and battling each other as they trade paint and collect intense power-ups, including the ability to blast other cars out of the way with huge bursts of energy, boost their speed, and more. Gamers can use offensive and defensive attacks as they battle for the lead and careen through real-world track locations ranging from L.A. and San Francisco to the streets of Hackney, UK and the treacherous roads of Barcelona, Spain. Beyond the action-packed racing filled with fast curves, sneaky alternate routes, hair-raising jumps and fully realized damage models that provide for spectacular crashes, Blur’s narrative is presented through Bizarre’s new community-based interface, reaching far beyond the game itself. This unique story-driving social network evolves dynamically as players compete in different races, make new friends, rivals and fans, and connect with other racers both in-game and in real life. Looking beyond Blur's single player story, gamers can engage in competitive and team-based multiplayer races with up to 20 players online, or on a single console via 4-player split-screen. Bizarre has also introduced Blur’s original social gaming experience - Custom Groups, where anyone can create unique multiplayer modes based on their favorite ways to play the game. These new modes are immediately shared through Blur’s social network, expanding the game in ways that are only limited by the gaming community’s creativity. [Activision] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 58
  2. Negative: 0 out of 58
  1. For the money, I don’t think you’ll be able to find a more current racing game that gets any better than Blur.
  2. 90
    Bizarre Creations knows how to make a game with cars. Blur takes the kart racing genre a step forward with addictive progress bars and an evolved take on using weapons strategically.
  3. 86
    There's a real sense of calculated attack and defence throughout each race. [Issue#193, p.88]
  4. If you step back and look at the parts, there's a weird dissonance to Blur, and it doesn't seem like it should work as well as it does, even if it can be an imperfect experience. Bizarre Creations has always danced along the line between simulation and style, and this game only serves to further blur that line.
  5. Want to blow up stuff and drive faster than a greased weasel stapled to a Catherine wheel? Blur is your new best pal. [July 2010, p.110]
  6. Blur is a solid fast paced racing game with strong A.I that pushes your driving skills to the maximum. When combined with the games combat element it makes playing Blur an intense and energetic experience that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
  7. Very disappointing in single player, Blur reveals its charm in multiplayer. Playing with friends, striking at each other, and going all-out on them is where the fun's at ! It can prove to be strategic, despite its arcade-style driving style, thanks to the Power Up tactical side that can change the outcome of any race dramatically. So to sum it up, Blur is a very good game in multiplayer, ideal for competition behind the wheel of realistic rides with added power-up benefits, but be warned: in solo play, boredom prevails.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. May 15, 2011
    I'm much more of an RPG fan, but I really loved this racer. It's the first really good one I've played since Need for Speed: Underground so many years ago.

    Blur has speed, combat, excitement and most importantly a consistent learning curve (the speed & difficulty of the vehicles you unlock don't suddenly become unbearable). I'm looking forward to playing through again on a mixture of hard & medium instead of medium & easy through my first playthrough.
  2. Nov 11, 2010
    Great racer, great atmosphere and some great battles. It doesn't however have the buzz of burnout. Online you can progress into some great team battes when you achieve enough points. Id recommend it if you and your mates intend to play together. Lastly the power up system can often feel inaquate but they can be boosted with unlockables. I guess Im still waiting for mario kart on ps3........which uuuhhm wont happen. Expand
  3. Nov 26, 2010
    Loved Blur. Got tons of hours of fun out of single player and multiplayer.

    I can now also say this about it: MUCH MORE FUN THAN GRAN
    TURISMO 5. I'll trade realistic cornering for an actual fun game (and better collision physics!) any day of the week. Expand
  4. Oct 18, 2010
    A very solid arcade racer with licensed cars and weapons to take out your opponents, fast and fun with simple controls and competitive play in a neat package. Activision have done well with this keeping it as simple as possible single player, multiplayer, choose between them and play not hard at all. The game has a nice if a little irritating at times fan and lights system, the fans are for doing things like drifting hitting opponents or completely taking them out as well as doing fan demands like going through 12 gates on an outlined route miss a gate and you'lll have to try again on the next lap, as for the light these are awarded for getting in the top 3 positions hitting the target number of fans as well as doing the dan demand which is usually going through the gates. The cars look pretty nice if a bit plain only the rival cars which you can earn by beating them seem to have any kind of decals as for the weapons they are intuitive but at same time can feel a little weak, the 3 bolts stun very slightly just enough to make you miss an item, the lightening domes do very little in terms of slowing down cars like its supposed to and even the mines being fired forward don't have as much an effect as you would like. Howvever the shunt does feel quite meaty sending you opponents flying when sent fowrard or backward and the nitro has a nice tactial use by using it as an airbrake for the tight turns giving you a couple of seconds to straighten up for a hard turn when fired backwards and thne giving a boost forward after very smart idea. As for the race modes basic races are where its best with upto 20 cars on track its pretty fast paced and hectic stuff you can be first with a couple of seconds but get hit by a shunt and that changes very quickly into double figure positions ooh nasty, as for the other modes destruction races are no where near as fun as the name may sound it in ifact one of the most frustrating modes and prbably one of the few reason why you might go down the shops for a new controller! The problem with this mode is that the fan targets for some can soon seem a bit unrealistic and even when you get within 100pts or less of the target it will get to that point where you will say enough is enough and either lob the controller or even stop playing altogether, the premise for the mode is simple use the bolts to destroy cars to extend the time and hit the points target set which is simple enough wreck the other colour cars for more points and time than the regular green cars but then add to this the fan target and fan demand of going through the gates and it soon becomes an annoying retry experience. Aside from this the multiplayer mode is good honest fun and worthwhile for the fact that once you hit rank 50 you can 'legend' which is Blurs version of prestige mode but unlike COD where the only thing you get for reseting your unlocks and progress is different badge emblem you actually get something a little bit more worthwhile you get a legendary car, these cars are better than their standard versions and the idea is to make llife a little simpler and you cand this up to 10 times getting 10 legendary cars in total all good for obliterating the competition. Well done Activision rewarding people for prestiging in Blur, now go do the same with COD! Expand
  5. Feb 23, 2011
    A surprisingly fun, powered up, racing game that is essentially a grown up mario kart with real cars. The game is quick and easy to learn and provides great single and multiplayer experiences. It's simple and has some fantastic music and shiny graphics. Sadly the multiplayer base is not a large one and the level matching fails. A lot of multiplayer races will end up having a level 50 person dominating the majority of the races which can be disheartening. In light of that, it's a great game when your friends come over that's quick and fun for everyone but with less of the mario kart rage. Expand
  6. Nov 9, 2010
    i have had this game since release and i am still unlocking..and playing...yes its comparable to mario cart because it has powerups AND THATS is VERY ADULT...and like mw2 u hear yelling and cursing cuz we hooked... the graphics are nice and mw2 u progress online called legendary and there are 10 and there is 55 cars...8 - 10 modes online . offline is good if u wanna be quiet and challenged...there is awesome liscensed soundtrack in the options menu...this game is still 1 of the best ever... but u gotta like powerup racing and dont expect to always win Expand
  7. Sep 5, 2010
    A real good racing game with very few players making access to many areas of the game impossable since they rely on multiple players in order to begin. I think the most ive seen online so far at one time was 27. and the same few people win every race no matter what you or they are driving, suggesting to me the use of 3rd party haks. what started out as a real good game quickly became blah once I went online with it. and the makers of the game dont seem to care about fixing it. Expand

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