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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: 71 out of 78
  2. Negative: 0 out of 78
  1. Blur's mix of strategy-based power-ups, load-out menus, and largely varied challenges really make this game a must for all automotive fans. In a genre this oversaturated, it is good to know that there is still some innovation left.
  2. The ability to let you and three of your friends jump onto a single console and play together is great and should be applauded. This is more than most companies are willing to do in an era when online multiplayer means more copies sold and revenue through unnecessary subscriptions doesn't need justification.
  3. A deep and satisfying racing game that's accessible to all - but the sequel will have a clearer vision.
  4. Blur is very much a straight forward welding of the kiddie Mario Kart style racers with adult-friendly realism. The result is something that is far beyond expectation. The action is fast, unrelenting and 'on-the-edge-of-your-seat'.
  5. Bizarre has produced an excellent mix of Mario Kart, Wipeout and Project Gotham Racing. Not very original, but incredibly fun.
  6. 80
    Yes, Blur has borrowed ideas, but it has assembled them with great care, expanding and improving on them in many cases.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 28, 2012
    10
    This game is amazing, have much interesting elements, and is fresh, finally a new IP, that is funny and interesting. I think that Blur is one of the most better games of the genre. Expand
  2. Apr 1, 2012
    9
    Blur is the ultimate arcade racing game. Everyone loves Mario Kart unless you find it too childish, well Blur is the answer to that. It takes the same gameplay as Mario Kart and implements it into real life and real cars. The online mayhem is spectacular and will last you for a long time to come. The single player is sparse yet fun to play regardless. The graphics are some of the best this generation, slick and shiny. Blur wont get old anytime soon garunteed. Expand
  3. Nov 17, 2011
    9
    Very fun (and underrated) arcade racing game. The matchmaking is very smooth, online is quite consistant with the exception of minor lag which you experience at the beginning of most races. It's a shame this game didn't get the community it deserved... Expand
  4. May 23, 2012
    9
    Blur is a really cool game, i will descirbe it as Mario Kart for the mature audience. Good graphics, great sound and funny gameplay rounds up the whole package. Blur is simple but awesome at the same time, a truly great arcade-racer. if you liked Mario Kart you will love Blur! Expand
  5. Aug 23, 2011
    9
    This game went criminally unoticed. A spectacular action racer where those unscripted "wow" moments never stop coming. Great campaign and multiplayer brilliance. Buy it! Expand
  6. Aug 29, 2010
    9
    Blur is definitely one of the most fun racing games I have ever played.Its like a cross between Mario kart and need for speed underground.The career mode isn't very gripping,its when you start playing multiplayer that the fun really starts.20 player online is very cahotic. and unless you manage to pull away from the pack early on you probably wont stay in first place for long.It can be very frustrating at times especially when you are constantly bombarded with weapons.But despite its flaws I would recommend Blur to anyone remotely interested in racers. Expand
  7. May 10, 2011
    6
    Blur is a fun game, which unfortunately has not gained the attention it probably deserves. There is plenty of race tracks, game modes for multiplayer and there's more to each race than just coming 1st; you can gain fans by completing challenges throughout the race, such as driving through golden gates in order and completing fan demands, such as getting a clean boost. It appears to be very balanced, unlike Mario Kart, from which it draws inevitable comparisons with the items you can collect, the items are not randomised, so if you're low in the ranks, getting a boost or shunt is far better than getting a mine. I've played split-screen and the races are usually very tight, even with easy computer opponents. There's plenty to do, alone or online, and there's a good range of real cars with different handling. The graphics are not stunning, but the speed and effects on each course make up for this. Overall, Blur is a solid, fun racer and I can definitely recommend it. 3/5. Expand

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