Got BMW? (Blur PS3)

Activision, Sony, and probably other people too…. oh yeah: BMW are offering a BMW if you play the Blur Demo.

If you’ve read my last post you’ll see that I’m in to the Blur Demo anyway, but I’m not sure if I’ve got to re-download it and start from scratch again. Not that that’s a problem as it only takes a couple of hours to max out your stats.

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PS3 Slim and Blur Demo

I’ve gotten hold of a PS3 slim as part of a mobile phone deal as I’ve been having a niggling thought in my head that my PS3 Chubby is going to YLOD. There’s no one thing that’s been making me think it’s going to blow up, but it’s a couple of years old now, out of warranty and when my Xbox RROD’d it literally did it overnight, without warning, and despite the fact that it had hardly been used (Microsoft did fix it though). Over the past couple of months the PS3 has been used a lot more than the Xbox ever was and has been reliable……

Now, the fixed Xbox has similarly not been used much since the PS3 came in to the house, and that even has an intermittent RROD. So when the other half’s mobile phone contract was up we decided that instead of being screwed by the phone company as a loyal customer we’d see who’d give us the best deal. And one “free” PS3 was the winner. Kills two birds with one stone – negates the issue of YLOD for me and means that games in the house now only need to be bought on one format.

There is one fly in the ointment though, Spectact kits and Onslaught mode are on the chubby and I’m using the skinny. But that’s no biggie. Although I enjoy reading about Donncha’s exploits on Onslaught I don’t think it’s a big enough draw for me to warrant paying for it.

In other news, I downloaded the Blur demo and that’s been a great diversion from BFBC2 and shooters in general. One thing that normally turns me off racing games is that people who play them generally get a bit fixated and spend their time learning the courses inside out to the point that they don’t really need to look at the screen. When you race against those sorts they get in to first place never to be seen again. Blur levels the playing field as a much more casual racer by having the ability to screw up the people who are in front of you, in the lead, or even those behind you. And that’s all jolly good fun for people like me who don’t have the time or inclination to memorise tracks back to front.

So far I’ve only played it with one person on my friends list – Duck. He’s very good, pulling first place in most of the races we played while I generally brought up the rear. Not that it’s an issue for me as I was having fun, and that’s what gaming is all about to me. My stats for the game are 5 first places out of 45 races – that’ll do for me.

The only downside to Blur for me (if the demo is the same as the full game) is the time in between race finish and race start. From crossing the finish line to getting in to the next race takes about a minute – that’s a loooooong time to be in lobby for me. Hopefully the full game has a Quick Race option because I couldn’t deal with that amount of down time after every race.

And here’s a vid, because I’m nice like that

And check out Duck’s channel for more Blur and Race Driver Grid vids.

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Blur Multiplayer Demo now on PS3

Okay, I don’t know if this New news, or Old news to most of you, but it’s new news to me as I only just got the Activision newsletter email:

The Blur Multiplayer Demo is now available on PS3.

The Demo gives you 20 Car on track action, 2 gameplay modes, and Twitter and Facebook functionality so you can brag to your friends.

“one of the best online experiences of the year.” – IGN UK

To Download the Demo:
1. Go into the PlayStation Store on your PS3
2. Scroll down to Demos
3. Scroll across to PS3 Demos
4. Choose A-C demos
5. Scroll down to Blur
6. Select Download and follow the on screen instructions

“leaps off the screen with its glossy power-up effects, great sense of speed, split-second strategy, and thrilling action” – Game Informer

© 2010 Activision Publishing, Inc. Activision is a registered trademark and Blur is a trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. The ratings icon is a registered trademark of the Entertainment Software Association. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners.

I’ll be having a look at that later as I quite looked the like of the game when people were putting up their vids from the Xbox. It’ll also be interesting to see how much lag there is as in my experience of online racers there is usually a truck load of it – or maybe that’s just for UK players…..

Anyone else giving this a go?

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Blur – Mario Kart for Grown Ups?

Donncha posted about Blur – the new driving game from Activision – a couple of days ago. I’m not really a fan of driving games – done my bit on the Need For Speed series and FlatOut Ultimate Carnage on the 360. Got Race Driver Grid with my PS3 (hated it), but was never into the more popular titles such as Project Gotham or Forza.

But the more demos of this Blur game I see the more I’m liking it. It has the right mix of racing and carnage that appeals to me. According to GoldGlove, the 20 player racing is absolute bedlam! I don’t know what the game physics are like but it looks like they’ve gone for Arcade racer rather than Formula 1 – which is probably a good thing when you’re being bombarded with electric bolts and big angry energy balls. With the power ups and rewards it looks like a grown up version of Mario Kart but with more options and damage included.

There are different game modes and track types where your choice of car will make a difference to your performance.

I’m not normally interested in racing genre games as shooting people in the face is my thing, but I think I’m getting a wee bit excited by Blur. We’ll see how it goes in June when it’s released….. Will I turn to the dark side?

And in other news…( UK/EU only sorry 😦 )

TheHut.com has an up to 80% off sale on right now. I’ve used them before – got Little Big Planet for the PS3 for £15, and was looking for the cheapest price for Mario Kart Wii (which is also at The Hut). There’s loads of different things on sale other than just games – Blu-Ray, DVDs, clothing, toys……sheesh, I sound like an advert. Anyway, they’ve got loads of stuff going cheap. Check them out* – http://www.thehut.com/offers/sale.list

*As usual – this is a non-affiliated link. If I ever post a link that benefits me I will label it as such.

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