Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 78 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 78
  2. Negative: 0 out of 78
  1. The game's brilliance is distilled in those heroic moments where you shunt the person in first, whip past and then execute a perfect drift between two mines on the final corner of the final lap. This is the Xbox 360's slick, stylish answer to Mario Kart and we absolutely love it.
  2. It really is a modern take on the Mario Kart formula, done in a way that feels incredibly cool and refreshing. It's a game anyone could pick up and enjoy, yet there's depth here that only the very best players will appreciate.
  3. Creating such beautiful chaos isn't easy, especially in a racing game, but forming some kind of order out of it is even harder. In marrying the simulation sensibilities of a hard-core driving game with the ferocious combat of a kart-racer, Bizarre has done both. And in doing so, brought us the most exciting new racer in years.
  4. Thanks to an overall richness of contents and an excellent gameplay, Blur proves to be a great game, fully capable of engaging anyone willing to experience some intense racing action. An absolute must buy for any fan of the genre.
  5. Handling, progress and rewards are as mature as you would anticipate from a developer that now has six similar arcade racers under its belt.
  6. Blur is one of the most addictive and fun racing games we've played in a long time. The intense action, great reward system and excellent balancing let you enjoy every race. Even the varying difficulty in the singleplayer can't change that.
  7. Blur is an enjoyable Mario Kart inspired racer with a more realistic driving model and a balanced and surprisingly deep weapons system. There is lots of fun to be had here.
  8. While boasting an impressively large array of vehicle and a refreshing sense of strategic depth, Blur's uninteresting graphics and less than satisfactory controls puts this potentially exhilarating game at a disadvantage at a time when there are so many other racers on the market.
  9. The mismatched marriage of Mario Kart and PGR results in a racer that's less than the sum of its parts.
  10. Speedy and varied levels, but the graphics are mediocre and the split-screen mode should have gotten more attention.
  11. 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.
  12. Blur is to racing games what Modern Warfare was to shooters. It easily combines the solid racing action we've come to expect from Bizarre Creations with power-ups that provide plenty of depth and options in the game. More significantly its the multitude of layers to the game, in terms of extra challenges and multiplayer, that creates the most absorbing arcade racing action we've had since Burnout Revenge. Simply a must-have for racing fans.
  13. The fun of Blur is unparalleled in any other recent driving game. It could have been simply Mario Kart in real looking cars, but Bizarre Creations have looked hard at what is fun about racing games, what is fun about competitive play, what is fun about online gaming, and worked out how to get all of that in one game and more importantly, get it to work well and remain fun.
  14. 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.
  15. 90
    Blur's an amazing Frankenstein of a game, sewing together the best bits of the Project Gotham series with the Mario Kart formula, the result a game that's completely unique.
  16. A truly excellent racer that we'll no doubt still be playing this time next year, this is one Blur that even the Gallaghers would admit to liking.
  17. Blur succeeds to perfectly mix Mario Kart and Wipeout in a strong and peculiar way, with an addictive multiplayer, a long career, and first and foremost a well balanced and and well devised power up system.
  18. If you've had your fill of goofy kart racing and want to graduate to powered-up racing with real-world vehicles and tracks devoid of giant angry turtles, Blur's the game for you.
  19. Trying to dissociate their name from the PGR brand wasn't going to be easy. Fortunately, BLUR succeeds. With games like Need For Speed, Burnout, Midnight Club and most recently Split/Second all having a share of the high-octane crazy racing pie, BLUR can proudly sit beside them.
  20. The Way I See It: A fun, challenging, "grown up" Kart racer that looks great, sounds great and plays great too! Pick it up!
  21. A deep and satisfying racing game that's accessible to all - but the sequel will have a clearer vision.
  22. Blur is essentially Mario Kart with deeper driving mechanics and more strategy, but those characteristics are potent enough for it to stand on its own. The unpredictability of races packed with drivers, as well as the wealth of vehicles, tracks, and challenges, ensure that you'll keep coming back for more.
  23. Thanks to Bizarre's passion and expertise, Blur brings some welcome freshness to the arcade racers genre: it's great for online drivers, while it could have used some more depth for the single player experience.
  24. Compared to its biggest rival in today's Game-shelves (split/second), Blur definitely marks the more traditional racing-experience, despite all the flashy power-ups and weapons. But that's not a bad thing at all. Quite the opposite is the case: Blur is really good fun & on all platforms. Especially if you're into that web 2.0-thingy (Facebook-integration).
  25. Solid, fun and compelling, Blur is a great arcade racing game offline but most of all if played online.
  26. Blur is the thinking person’s death race – if there is such a thing – where your mind is racing just as fast as your motor.
  27. Blur ultimately ends up as the sort of game everyone should experience but not everyone will love. The game's unique method of pairing semirealistic racing with kart-themed chaos works incredibly well, making for a fun experience that feels different from those that came before.
  28. Let's be frank, single player in Blur, while "ok" is not really what the game is all about. Blur is about taking out the guy in front of you in multiplayer while protecting your rear from somebody with the same goal.
  29. 85
    Blur may not be a top tier title as such, but it certainly is worthy of being in your online arsenal. The game is pure arcade candy.
  30. Mario Kart meets Project Gotham Racing – Blur is fascinating with its power-ups and his motivational factors. Sad but true: the graphics are no highlight.
  31. In conclusion, don't let Blur whizz past you because it truly challenges the current market and proves that kart games can also be made for adults. With elements of Mario Kart, Project Gotham Racing and even Carmageddon, Blur is the racing game that keeps on giving, whether single-player or multiplayer.
  32. Blur is a great power-up racer that is at times held back by difficult game mechanics. But ultimately, it is an addictive, exhilarating experience that will keep that carrot on a stick at an unreachable distance for a long time.
  33. Blur delivers everything you can expect from an action racer. Licensed cars, it's always fun to drive with real cars, many different courses at different spots and power-ups for sweet revenge action.
  34. Uneven is probably the best description when it comes to Blur. On the one hand the audio work is lacking overall, but the developers went the extra mile to add plenty of sound effects to show if you're racing on pavement or off-road.
  35. Blur was made to entertain. And that’s what it does. Its textures and polygons are clean but with no excess, while the frame rate is smooth and constant. Battling on the streets is amusing whether you’re in the career mode – thanks to a good AI – or playing against 20 other players online. Plenty of power-ups, speed and destruction at your service!
  36. 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'.
  37. Blur is an attractive, intense, fast and thrilling game. It's built over a solid structure, and has a more than satisfying depth.
  38. Using the vehicles mods and power-ups strategically, makes every victory all the more rewarding. All racing fans should really give this one a go.
  39. This fast and exciting racer continually finds a way to keep you circling around for another lap.
  40. 80
    Bizzare hasn't broken any rules, instead choosing to fine-tune and streamline Blur into something that every racing fan should experience.
  41. Aptly named, Blur tries to unclear the line between kart and sim, but in the process may leave many racing enthusiasts of both sorts uncomfortable.
  42. 80
    Yes, Blur has borrowed ideas, but it has assembled them with great care, expanding and improving on them in many cases.
  43. Plenty of power-ups, speed and adrenaline. The last game from Bizarre Creations is a great success for arcade racers.
  44. Blur is a great arcade game, a mixture of Mario Kart's, Burnout's and Need for Speed's gameplay, but with the depth of every Bizarre Creation's works. The AI is great, there are enough game modes, and it has the multiplayer needed to become one of the best arcade racing games of the year.
  45. 80
    Blur plays like a more serious Mario Kart and will give you plenty of online fun. The singleplayer lacks variety but this shouldn't stop arcade gamers from buying it.
  46. 78
    Blur has plenty of the Project Gotham spirit in it, as well as a slew of impressive new ideas. But it all feels quite tame next to the competition.
  47. If Blur had come out at any other time I might be more forgiving, but there are better games out there right now, and not just in the racing genre. Give it a rental but wait for a sale or price drop before making this a permanent addition to your collection.
  48. On single-player, Blur is an average racing game with a powered-up twist. Repeating races and receiving beautiful cars that remain untouched due to the lack of customization gets old fast. The outdated rave-vibe, including the music and menus, don't do the presentation any favors either. As a multiplayer title, Blur is absolutely exhilarating.
  49. When races go well, it's white knuckle action from beginning to end. Sadly, issues often make it so "going well" isn't always in the cards, and anyone ever upset by a Blue Shell in Mario Kart will spent a lot of time huffing and puffing during Blur races.
  50. 70
    Blur isn't the addictive, competitive online game that people wanted it to be. Rather, Blur is a pallete-cleansing game, the type of experience you pop in for a few minutes with your friends when you're looking for a break between sessions of a game you really like marathoning.
  51. 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.
  52. 80
    Blur is clear[ly] best played against other human beings, but online multiplayer unfortunately suffers from the same gating issue that the single-player game does, locking you out from a handful of game modes until you reach a certain level.
  53. If you've been looking for a competent replacement for the Mario Kart series, and really enjoy some online competitive play, then Blur is definitely going to be up your alley.
  54. 83
    The single-player can certainly be a drag with its difficulty and somewhat mundane (and cheap) competition. But in multiplayer, you're constantly being rewarded in one way or another, whether it be through making progress towards a challenge, gaining fans, successfully risking a wreck to win a race, or winning a race by a hair.
  55. Blur is fast, chaotic, and flashy. It may not be particularly original or memorable, but it could make for some great post-bar silliness with your friends on par with a bad kung fu movie. Like a skittish commitment-phobe, as soon as you start to take Blur too seriously, it all falls to pieces.
  56. 90
    Blur has the potential to be a game that will be spinning in many a gamer's consoles for a long, long time. There seems to be an unlimited number of goals to shoot for at any point, and the core racing gameplay that Blur offers has enough depth to it to remain satisfying after hundreds of races.
  57. Provides too little in the way of engaging structure behind its exemplary racing to make it more than a series of thrilling rides. [July 2010, p.96]
  58. Blur's driving mechanics are excellent: markedly less realistic than PGR, but responsive and demanding in a way that games like Burnout and Split/Second don't have to be. [July 2010, p.106]
  59. It's impossible not to recommend, even to people who don't normally play racers. [Issue#60, p.94]
  60. Blur is a great effort from Bizarre Creations, one that will introduce a slew of kart-racing fans to the scene. While its visuals don't overwhelm like Split/Second's, it holds its own with cool weapons-based gameplay, making it a fun experience.
  61. Bizarre has produced an excellent mix of Mario Kart, Wipeout and Project Gotham Racing. Not very original, but incredibly fun.
  62. Beautifully balanced vehicles. [Aug 2010, p.82]
  63. BLUR claims to be the ultimate powered-up racing experience, and I would have to agree. Blur is addictive, exciting, and ultimately a blast to play.
  64. Mario Kart for grown-ups! With cool power-ups! And real cars! In this fast and action-packed racing game you battle your rivals with power-ups but you need driving skills as well. The online multiplayer keeps you motivated for weeks.
  65. A rapid, beserk, kartload of fun. [Aug 2010, p.88]
  66. It's great for some fast-paced racing with explosions, and the ability to rank up and gain more and more unlockables make it easy and fun to come back to and play just one more race.
  67. Despite its shortcomings, Blur winds up being a fantastic racing game. Its kart racing innovations, razor-sharp controls, and incredibly fun multi-player modes ensure that it will be played for quite some time.
  68. 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.
  69. A rollicking online racer, but the marriage of fantasy and reality doesn't sit comfortably. [Aug 2010, p.100]
  70. To conclude, Blur: The Video Game is one of the better arcade racers in recent times. Whilst the game doesn’t bring anything new to the table in terms of gameplay, Blur certainly is genre-defying – implementing the use of power-ups incredibly well; as well as offering a thoroughly in-depth online multiplayer.
  71. Where Blur scores highly is in the variety of races and the challenges you'll find at each tier of the game's career mode.
  72. Because of the many different power-ups Blur has a deep tactical layer that especially holds its own online. The singleplayer mode teaches you the basics, but the real fun is to be had online, or split screen with your friends. For people without an internet connection the lifespan of the game is significantly cut down because of the lack of quickplay.
  73. In the end Blur deserves a close look, especially by those racing fans out there looking for something a bit different.
  74. 75
    Blur has its flaws, and a lot of them are the result of good ideas not working out, this however doesn't deter from the fun factor that the game produces.
  75. On the whole however, it's hard to resist the basic level of fun that Blur's overall design attributes bring about.
  76. Bizarre Creations has managed to combine two polar opposite takes on the racing genre, sim versus kart, into a winning combination that leaves me wandering why no one else had done it before.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 151 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. Mar 3, 2012
    8
    Blur is one of those games that you can't believe no is talking about. Blur is an arcade racing game made my the same team who made Project Gotham Racing. It's essentially Mario Kart for hardcore racing fans. The game features numerous power ups that help you during races. The fact that this game is incredibly cheap makes you want to go out and buy this game. it's a simple but fun arcade racing game. BUY IT!!! Full Review »