Hands On: Blur

Posted on Friday 4 September 2009

Played some of the new Activision racing title “Blur” last night. Make no mistake –  this is Need For Speed vs Wipeout. Actually an interesting idea, taking the street racing genre and adding weapons & powerups which are decidedly unrealistic.

First off, the game looks great. While I did see some jaggies (this was on a 60″ plasma) the styling is really nice – again very much like Wipeout. Lots of neon colors and crazy fireball effects. Realism is out the window here – the cars drive like their on ice and although there is a damage model if you crash out y0u magically appear back on the track pointing in the right direction after a second.

On the downside, I really didn’t like the handling which was way too floaty. Also, there’s some wacky product placement going on here. How many street racers do you know who drive 4 door BMWs? But overall it’s a fun game. Not sure if its worth $60 though.

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