Review: Blur

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Review: Blur

Gran Turismo meets Mario Kart in this enjoyable, but not especially memorable, game.

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Damn, I was hoping this game would turn out really good. Shame really, ah well, May as well rent it anyways.

have friends over and rent this when you do. always nice to have a kartgame with actual cars :D

Looks like a good one to rent but...as to own I think I will take a pass. Could be good for a few rounds when drunk though!

It is a fun game....but NOT worth the 60 Dollars CDN that they are asking for it. This is worth 30 tops. Still a great game though and loads of fun.

I was going to actually buy an Activision game again...Guess not. Ah well, I'l probably get Split/Second.

I actually really enjoyed this. It's a fun arcade racer and it doesn't stress me out in multiplayer even if I don't do well. It's great fun just to ruin somebody's day. Disagree with the review. I'd give it 4, maybe 4.5 stars. Each to their own though.

P.S. Much preferred it to S/S. That game was dross.

Theres been a lot of issues with the European release of this game, with places like HMV and Steam dropping it the day before it was due to be released with no explanation really given. I gave it a shot but wasn't impressed - will stick to NFS World for now.

I'm sad the review didn't mention that it has split screen multiplayer, making it an ideal game to play with friends. That was the main reason I bought it.

I won a copy from Kotaku a couple of weeks back (still waiting on Activision to send it to me though - hopefully before the weekend!) so I don't have to part with money for it, which frankly I didn't intend to. I enjoyed the beta and I don't mind that single-player unlocks won't carry over to multiplayer. I look forward to doing something besides playing MW2 every night to make the most of my XBox Live connection.

Onyx Oblivion:
I was going to actually buy an Activision game again...Guess not. Ah well, I'l probably get Split/Second.

For what it's worth, I've heard the shine comes off of the Split/Second apple even faster than Blur. Guess it depends what kind of game you want.

steve butts:
Review: Blur

Gran Turismo meets Mario Kart in this enjoyable, but not especially memorable, game.

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Steve, when can we expect a review on Split Second? I was surprised it was not mentioned in the article. Non biased, looking forward to more.

Kermi:

Onyx Oblivion:
I was going to actually buy an Activision game again...Guess not. Ah well, I'l probably get Split/Second.

For what it's worth, I've heard the shine comes off of the Split/Second apple even faster than Blur. Guess it depends what kind of game you want.

I definitely agree. Once you know what can happen on a Split/Second track the novelty is gone completely.

My favourite thing about Blur is that different things happen each race, and the outcomes are almost always very good fun.

dragon_of_red:
Damn, I was hoping this game would turn out really good. Shame really, ah well, May as well rent it anyways.

..Yo... You're taking one review from "Random Guy on the Internet #5644657643231" as gospel and just from that, it's not a good game? Grow up and actually try it yourself. I never take reviews as law. I take it as "advice of what may or may not be expected". Hence why I haven't even touched Red Dead Redemption due to how unbelievably boring and dull it is. I've seen reviews giving it 9.5's and 10's. Doesn't mean it's good at all.

Great. More lightning. Because it is so much fun to get hit by it in Mario Kart. Is there a blue shell too?

Actually, this game looks like a b-b-blast. D-definitely worth a l-look.

EDIT: Good job there, Steve. Great review. But no more "I see what you did there jokes". Those haven't been funny in a while.

AvsJoe:
Great. More lightning. Because it is so much fun to get hit by it in Mario Kart. Is there a blue shell too?

Actually, this game looks like a b-b-blast. D-definitely worth a l-look.

EDIT: Good job there, Steve. Great review. But no more "I see what you did there jokes". Those haven't been funny in a while.

There's the Shunt which is a red shell, the Bolts which are like having three green shells... the lightning actually makes big static fields appear on the track which do damage - so they're not magic "fuck you everyone!" shrink rays.

And there's no blue shell equivalent, which is completely AWESOME.

Blur was an Activision product? Good god, no wonder I never enjoyed the Beta.

And believe me when I say Split/Second is TOTALLY worth your money if you want big aggressive explosions and drifting + Racing of course.

Split/Second is shite. A shallow mechanic, controlled by the track, not the player. Also, 20-player racing is insane. In a good way.

nah.. think I stick whit forza3 until TDU2 is released

looks interesting for a racing game I may pick this up or mod racer.

Nothing can replace Mario Kart in this genre.

Great review. I always enjoy The Escapists staffs take on the games they review. Except for the lack of love for STALKER.

My racing game is burnout. Love those games.

Finally, an Escapist review I can easily and fully disagree with.
I don't think the game is forgettable and I sure as hell don't see any flaws in the multiplayer integration.

Warning Warning Flame war incoming Warning Warning Split/Second vs Blur. Lol :)

Played both, like both, prefer spit. :)

addeB:
Nothing can replace Mario Kart in this genre.

Ya probably but seeing as none of them are on the wii it wasn't really the intention.

Split/second, blur, and even modnation. Man it used to be fairly easy to choose which non mario kart racing crashing game you wanted to get. Speaking of which. Where's twisted metal? Offroad thunder? Burnout? You'd think they'd be in on this little craze.

Kermi:

AvsJoe:
Great. More lightning. Because it is so much fun to get hit by it in Mario Kart. Is there a blue shell too?

Actually, this game looks like a b-b-blast. D-definitely worth a l-look.

EDIT: Good job there, Steve. Great review. But no more "I see what you did there jokes". Those haven't been funny in a while.

There's the Shunt which is a red shell, the Bolts which are like having three green shells... the lightning actually makes big static fields appear on the track which do damage - so they're not magic "fuck you everyone!" shrink rays.

And there's no blue shell equivalent, which is completely AWESOME.

Also, the power-ups are laid out on the track so the guy in last place doesn't get preferential treatment in terms of power-ups.

THe singleplayer was...well boring. The AI doesn't really create any tension. It's a game to be played with friends or online. If you want a better singleplayer experience i'd recommend Split Second.

Rarhnor:
THe singleplayer was...well boring. The AI doesn't really create any tension. It's a game to be played with friends or online. If you want a better singleplayer experience i'd recommend Split Second.

I'd say this is pretty fair. Blur excels in multiplayer. Single-player less so. I can see Split/Second being pretty fun all the way through the SP campaign.

Hileict:

dragon_of_red:
Damn, I was hoping this game would turn out really good. Shame really, ah well, May as well rent it anyways.

..Yo... You're taking one review from "Random Guy on the Internet #5644657643231" as gospel and just from that, it's not a good game? Grow up and actually try it yourself. I never take reviews as law. I take it as "advice of what may or may not be expected". Hence why I haven't even touched Red Dead Redemption due to how unbelievably boring and dull it is. I've seen reviews giving it 9.5's and 10's. Doesn't mean it's good at all.

You're contradicting yourself. First you say that you should take reviews as advice and try the game yourself, then you say that reviewers gave Red Dead Redemption 9s and 10s, but you won't touch it because it's boring and dull, but you haven't tried it, so how could you know?

I've played it, only for a short time and it felt...fun!

Isn't that the most important part of games?

It's certainly no driving sim, and it's no Burnout, in terms of car combat, but the weapons are fun without being unfair, and if you play cleverly, you can hold some powerups back for defence, for instance the 'Barge' which sends a small shockwave out in all directions, pushing other cars away, can be used when you see the 'red shell' equivalent looming large in your rear view to knock it away. Mines can be shot away from in front of you, etc.

I agree the drifting element is rather weak however, but I felt I had some good battles to get 1st place at times, with my main problem being once you get first it seems very easy to keep it, and not very interesting as there's no-one to blow up with stuff! This in turn means you're not earning points or the checkmarks needed to unlock later things.

For all you achievement whores out there tho, it's an almost constant flow of 'ding - 5 shunts, grats' 'ding - you shielded yourself against 10 mines' 'ding - you've healed 500 damage' etc, and they actually mean something, as the leader of each league won't even challenge you until you've proved yourself by meeting his/her bullet points of showing off.

Also, if you liked PGR, it's got a similar kudos system, which is a nice addition.

blipblop:
nah.. think I stick whit forza3 until TDU2 is released

Oh my god I had no ideea they're gonna make TDU2 . Thanks, you made my day.

VulakAerr:

Kermi:

Onyx Oblivion:
I was going to actually buy an Activision game again...Guess not. Ah well, I'l probably get Split/Second.

For what it's worth, I've heard the shine comes off of the Split/Second apple even faster than Blur. Guess it depends what kind of game you want.

I definitely agree. Once you know what can happen on a Split/Second track the novelty is gone completely.

My favourite thing about Blur is that different things happen each race, and the outcomes are almost always very good fun.

Ya blur is far superior then that action cinematic game called Split/Second. It's like your the producer and just take the same shots over and over again, once the satisfaction of blowing shit up passes and it will pass fast, it's over.

This review is good. I liked the Demo and I'll probably pick it up once it gets a price drop.

Thanks for the comments. This is my first review for The Escapist, but I've been reviewing games professionally for nearly twelve years now. I've always felt that the purpose of a review is not to tell you what you should think of a game, but merely to tell you what I think of it. If I do that job well enough, my opinion can help to tell you whether you'll like a game more or less than I did. As always, disagreement is a crucial part of the process.

My interpretation of the difference between a 2-star and 3-star game is simply this: A 3-star game is fun but has some bad qualities. A 2-star game isn't fun but has some good qualities. Sadly, the video game market has adopted a hit-driven mentality that sees moderate successes as failures. This cynical belief that "good" isn't "good enough" keeps us from honestly appreciating the variety of games that exist between the extremes of perfection and disaster.

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