A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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."
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The game has some mild language. The narrator, Nika Futterman, uses words like "damn," "hell," and "bitch," but not very often.
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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.
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.
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