Blur released on May 25th, 2010 mixing arcade and street racing game styles into one title. This merging of street racing with Mario Kart style power ups leads to some fun and unique racing strategies. The tracks in Blur are mostly street based, and feature a wide range track layouts. Like most racing games good driving will lead you to more wins, but being a good driver is not enough in Blur. Because of the power ups available there are two key areas that you can focus on being a better racer in Blur. First is with the cars and the second is in the use of power ups.
Because of the wide range of track types in Blur becoming familiar with the different cars is critical. The cars fall into three main categories of drifty, grippy and off-road. Finding ones that fit your racing style make a vast difference. The drifty cars make it easy to drift around corners with just a tap of the emergency brake as you round a corner. If you have trouble with controlling your drifts then grippy cars may be more your style. The grippy cars don’t drift except on extremely sharp corners and they hold their traction well. The off-road cars are generally heavier, large vehicles that are a bit slower than the other two classes. However, they perform well on dirt and water covered tracks where the other two classes don’t have traction. Not only is finding the right car for your play style important but finding ones that fit the track is important as well.
Blur has a leveling system that unlocks more vehicles as you progress through the ranks. Leveling up occurs as you earn fans for completing races, landing attacks or completing challenges. Even without ever winning a race you can level up quickly if you focus on completing as many of the Drivers Ed, Demolition and Daily challenges as possible. Most of the challenges have multiple levels to unlock so be sure to keep an eye on your progress. Also, completing the single player head to head races will unlock additional cars.
All of the power ups have a primary attack that is explained well in the game. For example Nitro makes you go faster, shunts launch a homing missile, and the shield protects you. Yet, many of the power ups have a secondary use as well. Be sure to familiarize yourself with all of these uses. Here are some examples of uses that you may not think of initially. When you know you are going into a corner too fast and are going to hit a wall hard activate a shield. It will keep you from taking damage and will help keep you going straighter down the track. If you are following a car that is out of range for a barge try firing a mine forward. Unlike the shunt they will not get a warning about the incoming attack and it is just as effective at slowing them down. When you are leading a race and enemies are attaching you from behind you can use a shunt or bolt fired backwards to protect yourself. Even better is if you can combine the power ups. One of my favorite combos is to active a shield and then you nitro to ram an opponent off the track. The shield keeps my car going strait and the nitro will push them further than a normal ram attack.
So, while being a good drive will help you win in Blur it is just as important to know the tracks, cars and power ups. Combining these elements is what takes a good Blur driver and makes them great.