Blur

Common Sense Media says

Frantic racer with plenty of cartoon violence and open chat.

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What parents need to know

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

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

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.

 

 

Sex

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."

Language

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

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$59.99 ($39.99 for PC)
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:May 25, 2010
Genre:Racing
ESRB rating:E10+ for Lyrics, Mild Language (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 7, 7, 10, 12, and 14 year old Written bya sane person December 1, 2010
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9
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I could understand if it was 10 or 11, but 12 is just absurd.

I dont agree it should be on for 12, even though its not the first racing game id pick. However,this is a good choice for tweens thats not a shooter, because all i hear my 10yo son talk about is Call of Duty, Halo, Assassins creed, Fallout, and Uncharted. The most violent thing in it is probably car wrecks which is sadly part of everyday life except in blur noones drinking or texting when they crash. And mild profanity is heard, but the worst thing they say is b*tch but its not like they use it on a minutley basis.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 8 years old January 17, 2011
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8
QUALITY
 

great video game

its a very good video game
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old July 13, 2010
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13
QUALITY
 
I think This Game Is Really Pushing It.......
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
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