Blur vs Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit: A Battle of Arcade Racers

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I initially planned to write up my thoughts on Blur by itself. But after playing Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit for a few days, I felt the need to compare the two games. They crossed each other’s paths enough that I couldn’t help but want features from one game and vice versa. Neither was perfect, but my preferences aligned more with Bizarre Creation’s. I respect Criterion’s take on the Need for Speed franchise and would gladly recommend it to those who have been missing those classic cop chases. However, if you want something a bit more “out there” and engaging, I cannot recommend Blur enough.

Stop reading if that’s all the convincing you need. Otherwise, give the rest of this post a good read.

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Checkpoint: Arcade Racing Edition


The 2011 Formula 1 season started today and I missed it all. It didn’t really bother me too much because I’m in that arcade racing mood. I started Blur on Xbox 360 and got myself a copy of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit from Direct2Drive.

My history with arcade racers stretches all the way back to the days of Megarace. Unlicensed cars with weapons, electronic music and crazy tracks. It would take another 10 years or so before I’d stumble across another game like that.

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FYI: MvC3 Gets Release Date & CE bundle, Bizarre Creations Closing?

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  • Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds debuts February 15th, 2010 for Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3
  • Marvel vs Capcom 3 Collector’s Edition announced & includes:
    • Steelbook case
    • Comic/Art book
    • 1 month subscription to Marvel Digital Comics
    • Shuma Gorath & Jill Valentine DLC characters 4 weeks in advance
  • Bizarre Creations in the process of closing? (via GiantBomb)

My Thoughts

  1. Glad to see MvC3 get a release date finally. Hopefully this means they’ll tone down the constant stream of character reveals.
  2. The collector’s edition of MvC3 costs $74.99 CAD. A bit pricey, but the extra characters and the steelbook make it worth it for me. I’m suspecting the characters are already on the disc and they’re going to charge unlock codes for it. Might as well get the package and spend the extra $15.
  3. Poor Bizarre Creations. I enjoyed Geometry Wars 1 & 2. I didn’t spend much time with Blur or Project Gotham Racing 3 or 4, but I enjoyed what I played. Sad to see them closing. I hope somebody like Zenimax picks them up. They’re a talented bunch when you give them the right project. (ie: not third or first person shooters)

Blur Is Pretty Slick

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I had my doubts with Blur when it was revealed last week, but after seeing it in motion in GiantBomb’s Quick Look and studio tour of Bizarre Creations, it looks pretty damn slick.

I believe Jeff Gerstmann described it as “Wipeout Zero” and I think that description is apt.

Screenshots don’t do it justice, but here are some anyways.

There’s an Xbox 360 beta happening soon and I would love to get in on that, but I lack a Gold account. Too bad. I’m sure a demo will be on its way though.

Blur is scheduled for May 25th, 2010 release for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

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