Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Frantic racer with plenty of cartoon violence and open chat.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 12 reviews

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Positive Messages

This game is clearly a fantasy racer. That said, it encourages players to stop rival racers from reaching the finish line in a number of "violent" ways, such as shooting at them or dropping mines. The game also condones street racing in real world cities and fails to authentically depict the consequences of high speed collisions.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are no characters in the game, which makes the player the de facto driver/protagonist. In order to win, players are forced to drive aggressively and use weapons to achieve their goals.

Ease of Play

This game is fairly easy to pick up and play. What's more, the events -- and the challenges within events -- are simple to understand.


Blur has plenty of vehicular combat. This arcade racer challenges players to not just reach the finish line faster than the pack, but also to try to take out opponents with weapons such as shocks, missiles, and mines. Cars can blow up, crash, and spin out. No people are seen hurt in the wreckage, though.




Players will hear some suggestive lyrics in one song: "Bump" by Spank Rock, in which players hear: "Let go your shoulders/My popsicle its so sweetsie...ya bitch believe me."


The game has some mild language. The narrator, Nika Futterman, uses words like "damn," "hell," and "bitch," but not very often.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Blur is a fairly safe game for kids 12 and older. The over-the-top arcade action involves firing weapons at competitors and fails to realistically depict the consequences of high speed collisions, but the racing scenarios are clearly fantasy. Player will hear some cussing and one song has suggestive lyrics. Also note that this game supports open voice chat in online games. Common Sense Media does not recommend open online play for pre-teens. Parents should also know that there is some research that suggests that new teen drivers can be influenced negatively by video games that glorify driving recklessly.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bynuenjins January 15, 2018

The best racer that answers the need for a Mario Kart on other consoles.

Much like the title states, this is a more 'realistic' racer that takes notes from a Mario Kart racer with weapons to pick up along the way and allows... Continue reading
Parent of a 7 and 12-year-old Written byNsideScoop December 27, 2010
Teen, 13 years old Written byGamerGabe369 September 2, 2020

Best thing since sliced bread

If your kid gets bored of Mario kart or just want something new play this game, it’s both challenging and fun, the fact they have officially licensed cars in th... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 June 22, 2019

Mario Kart meets Need for Speed

Blur was a super fun racer to play, especially playing online. Blur mixes it's gameplay, with a Need for Speed drive feel mixed with Mario Kart vehicular c... Continue reading

What's it about?

What if you took real-world cars found in a racing sim like Forza Motorsport 3 and added over-the-top weapons found in a game like Mario Kart? The result would look something like BLUR, developed by UK's Bizarre Creations (of Project Gotham Racing fame.) It's a fast and frantic driving game that looks great, plays fast, and enjoys a clever perk system borrowed from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare that rewards players with prizes for pulling off specific maneuvers behind the wheel. You must take sharp corners while avoiding mines, shoot missiles at competitors, and sprint to the finish line before your A.I. or human competitors. The single-player mode offers more than 60 events to compete in spread out between three event types: racing (driving and weapons with 19 others), checkpoint (no weapons or competitors; just achieve the fastest time) and destruction (races peppered with mini-challenges, such as "hit an enemy with a backward stunt shot").

Is it any good?

Gamers who prefer arcade-style driving games over simulations will enjoy Blur's speed, graphics, and car handling (though drifting around corners feels a little too tight). You have access to more than 55 licensed cars and many real-world locations (from L.A. to London, Tokyo to San Francisco), but the real fun is in your arsenal of power-ups, like nitro speed boosts, defensive shields, shock attacks, and mines. Online multiplayer is also a blast, featuring solo and team racing, and the ability to increase rank by earning "fans," which can be used as currency to unlock new cars, modifications, and online modes.

Despite the stiff competition from many other racing games released this month, Blur stands out for its clever blend of real-world vehicles and locations with fast action and weapons.

Online interaction: Blur can be played online against friends or strangers. The lobby system lets players host or join a game and open voice support is included for those who want to chat. There is a high probability that players who venture online will talk with strangers and hear profanity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the kinds of driving games they prefer. Cartoon kart racers? Futuristic racers? Deep simulations? Do any of these genres lend themselves to particular age groups?

  • Families can also discuss the depiction of crashes in racing games. Do games that show realistic car damage and drivers getting hurt act as a warning for kids about the dangers of reckless driving, or are they simply sensational and gratuitous? How about more cartoonish racing games that show no consequences?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Price: $59.99 ($39.99 for PC)
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Activision
  • Release date: May 25, 2010
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Lyrics, Mild Language
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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