After an extended weekend of playing Bizarre Creation’s intense online racer Blur, here are a selection of beginners’ tips to get you to the front of the field in multiplayer. This guide have been written specifically for newcomers but experienced racers may learn a thing or two as well.
Don’t Waste Mines -
As power-ups go Mines are one of the most versatile on offer. Not only can they be placed on the track, but they can also be fired directly forward to quickly spin out unknowing competitors. Just make sure you line up your car correctly and the racer in front of you won’t know what hit him or her. The distance they travel is around six car lengths, so don’t be afraid of shooting a fair distance ahead. If you must deploy Mines backward, try placing the giant red spheres by power-ups or near the outer walls of very sharp corners.
Rubbing is Racing -
The shiny power-ups are very impressive and all, but a well placed tap will often send the lighter, sportier cars careering out of control. Be sure to nudge any competitors whilst they are drifting to destabilise their momentum and potentially force them into a spin. It’s dirty, aggressive, mean and downright rude, but in the world of Blur this is an essential part of the online experience.
Drift Away -
Accumulating fans is the only way to rank up in Blur and thus unlock new cars, paintwork and game modes. Racers can do this by overtaking competitors and utilising power-ups, but you can never underestimate a good power slide. Even high ranking players rely on walls to slow them down. Don’t be like your lazy competitors, use your brakes to initiate a drift and gain more fans. This tactic also leaves you less susceptible to being rammed from behind.
Save Your Powers-ups -
Bizarre Creations have given users three power-up slots for a reason, preparation. It’s very easy to fire off some power-ups as soon as you get them, but if you wait for the right opportunity it can pay huge dividends. For example don’t use your Repair power-up if you only are damaged one or two bars, instead wait until you are swirling the drain on red so you get the most out of it. Another good example is Barge, don’t waste it on one competitor, wait until your properly engulfed by the pack so you’ll take out a handful of cars at a time.
Use Your Mirror -
Just like in real life, anticipating what other racers will do is key to getting ahead. Letting someone else remain in the slipstream behind you is never a good idea, so try and deviate from a linear driving path whenever possible. Shunt, Mine and Bolt power-ups rely on players sticking to the same predictable line, so try and vary it up a bit.
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