Blur is a new arcade style racing game that’s due to launch out on May 25, 2010. I got a chance to hop on the beta, and oh my, was it nuts! Aside from all the technical details of the full game, the beta gives a preview of the online multiplayer...
I like to think of this game as the Mario-Kart for the Xbox and PS3. As you drive around tracks you can collect power ups. Some of them include small missles you can shoot to the guy in front of you, some are like mines you drop, shields, lighting burst, and my favorite the recover upgrade, which you try and get as mush as possible so that your health can go back up especially with the type of craziness that is happening in the race against your fellow drivers. The car models in this game are set to be more realistic like a Forza or Gran Turismo would be.
The game has intense racing due to this power up factor. I would be in first place for much a match, than someone would cruise up next to me, and hit me with a damn lighting power up. Since you can save up to three powers, the other racer preceded to slam me with then all at once. Recovering powe rups are great…why…because you’ll sure as hell need them in the races. Every time I got wrecked, I started at either last place, or near last place.
The racing maps are well done and have very little in the ways of alternate routes but overall were nice tracks to race. Since it’s only a beta we will have to wait out and see what the full games tracks will be.
There was also a Leveling up system, which follows the Bad Company, and Call of Duty format, unlocks new cars and upgrades. The beta however doesn’t allow you to mod your cars though, other than the extent of changing the paint color and as betas do, level caps at 14.
I really like the integrated tweeter features. You can tweet what cars your looking at, that’s at least what the beta would allow me to do. It will auto post your updates and achievements to your tweeter feed from in game.
A few drawbacks about the game to me, were mainly with graphic details. Used to seeing games Forza 3, and Gran Turismo dropping some smooth pixels, I felt like I was playing a game at the arcade, even though this game is cross-plat formed to the Ps3, Xbox 360, and PC. I loved this Beta though, and I don’t normally play and like racing games. One good game to try out.