Blur vs. Split/Second

As the unofficial racing game specialist on GamesRadar US, I’m pretty sick of people confusing two of the biggest games of May just because they both happen to involve vehicles behaving dangerously. Instead, we should be applauding the developers behind Pure and Project Gotham Racing for actually thinking beyond the realism and licensed hype of recent racing titles. Both Bizarre and Black Rock are finally pissing a little adrenaline into a genre that desperatelyy needed a next-gen showcase for over-the-top vehicular mayhem.

BUT THEY ARE NOT THE SAME! Having played both significantly, I can assure you they’re both headed for greatness in May, but for completely different reasons. Luckily, we’ve received two new videos today that highlight the differences.



Blur is far more intimately combat focused, very much like Mario Kart… If you chucked it into the real world, then somehow convinced automotive manufactures to license actual cars for the slaughter. Seriously, you’ve never seen Corvettes BMWs and Dodge Vipers treated this maliciously.


Each track is littered with lethal projectiles, mines and boost items you can use to exploderize opponents to your heart’s content, as Blur appears to be extremely multiplayer focused. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Xbox Live Gold subscribers can jump in on the Multiplayer Beta right goddamned now! And the video below contains all the information you need to know about it. Find out more here.



Split/Second, on the other hand, is beast of an entirely different build. The game’s got multiplayer, yet as far as I can tell, it doesn’t come anywhere near the XP earning, aggresive mods, and ranking progression you’ll unlock in Blur. But that doesn’t matter, because everything else about Split/Second is unlike anything you’ve ever played. Those trailers and screen shots you’ve seen aren’t fibbing: The game is absolutely gorgeous, and wonderfully distinctive next to any other racing game you played this generation.


Instead of a series of weapons, you’ll have to detonate various aspects of an enormous race environment. Good driving charges the Power Play meter, which you’ll then unleash to bring down, planes, trains, bridges and boulders on any opponent foolhardy enough to pull ahead of you. As a result, Split/Second feels much newer than Blur. The video below should give you a better idea, as it elaborates far more on the not-so-subtle brilliance of the Power Play.

Hope that clears some stuff up. Now we’ve got just one question for you:

Which racing game are you looking forward to?
Split Second
Both, bitch! free polls

That poll above ain't no advert, so vote away! And feel free to elaborate in the comments below.

Apr 23, 2010


  • xSTARMANx - April 25, 2010 8:06 p.m.

    wait so their not the same?....
  • gigiosantos - April 25, 2010 5:38 p.m.

    If Split/Second's online play is at least decent, I'm going with it. Also, i'll pay attention to modding ability.
  • ensabahnur - April 25, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    I was debating on split second, but y ou just put me over the top Mr. Antista, thanks bro.
  • fanboyhunter - April 24, 2010 11:56 p.m.

    We need another burnout that's not open world. I miss burnout revenge. That said yeah I'm going with Split Second.
  • Spybreak8 - April 24, 2010 9:05 p.m.

    Well I grew up with Mario Kart and I've matured into the PGR series but that said I'm more interested in Split/Second just due to the awesome game changing destruction. I've played all the Burnouts and love those so I'll probably like Split/Second better. I'll pick up Blur later on though with the inevitable price reduction down the road.
  • nadrewod999 - April 24, 2010 8:07 p.m.

    LOL at the poll. Most people are getting Split:Second (43% said just SS, 44% said both, and 13-4% said just Blur). Personally, if I had to choose between Mario Kart and Blur, I would be driving my Camaro around all day while my Piranha Plant Pipe car would sit around, slowly decaying in my garage.
  • lovinmyps3 - April 24, 2010 7:38 p.m.

    Both, bitch!
  • Wolfman - April 24, 2010 5:45 p.m.

    It's Blur for me. I have been longing for another game like this since Rollcage and Rollcage Stage 2 on PC and playstation(1). I just hope that it can deliver on it's promises. The online has the potential to be epic and I will be looking forward to it a lot. Also the car licences in the game being actual cars instead of made up stuff is appealing. It's the imagining of a dream to have these sort of power ups on my own car while driving around the city of sheffield!
  • philipshaw - April 24, 2010 11:37 a.m.

    I'm more excited for Split/Second because the only racing game I'm into is Burnout and Spilt/Second looks closer to Burnout than Blur
  • TrIp13G - April 24, 2010 3:49 a.m.

    I'm actually quite surprised at how many people are confusing the two. At first, I was confusing the names, I knew which was which and that they were indeed two different styles of game.
  • Jacob816 - April 24, 2010 3:22 a.m.

    As petty as it sounds, I am automatically against Blur because of Activision. Plus Split/Second looks like a good evolution of the genre, while Blur is just another kart racer.
  • TyeTheCzar - April 24, 2010 3:09 a.m.

    Since Blur is published by Activision, I'm more interested in Split/Second. I want the former to burn in hell.
  • VyseTheTetrisdork - April 24, 2010 2:11 a.m.

    I was initially excited about Split/Second and didn't care about Blur. Then, I tried the beta for Blur and loved it enough to pre-order both it and Split/Second. The beta has been very enjoyable even after hitting the level cap. I just wish that there were more people playing the arena combat mode. Can't wait for the Split/Second demo coming soon.
  • Zeb364 - April 24, 2010 1:35 a.m.

    I wasn't looking forward to either but then (via Dan Amrich aka OneofSwords) I got into the private Blur beta just to try it and I've been loving it ever since. It's an awesome game and i've already got a copy pre-ordered. I'm not really excited about Split/Second though. It looks like a great game, it just doesn't appeal to me because I don't like the idea of wrecking myself while trying to take out my opponents.
  • TJP75 - April 24, 2010 1:31 a.m.

    Bizarre never let me down with any of the PGR games, played the beta of Blur and it was great fun. Split/Seconds looks very interesting, but until we get to play a demo & see how the AI works (I disliked the auto adjusting AI in Pure) and rubberbanding within races, I'll go with Blur.
  • OnyxOblivion - April 24, 2010 12:58 a.m.

    Well, neither. I only have money for one game...and that's either Lost Planet 2 or Red Dead.
  • GoldenMe - April 24, 2010 12:53 a.m.

    Until Spilt/Second comes out with a demo, I'm going for Blur That games is pretty intense
  • FriendlyFire - April 24, 2010 12:36 a.m.

    I like Bizarre Creations (if only for Geometry Wars), but I think Split Second has the potential to be far more unique than Blur and therefore I'm looking forward to the former a lot more. Let's hope it lives up to the hype!

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