WIN! Blur On PS3 And Xbox 360

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WIN! Blur On PS3 And Xbox 360

Blur, the new combat racing game from Project Gotham devs Bizarre Creations, wants you to race like a big boy. Activision wants you to win a copy. Here’s how.

Thanks to Activision we have TEN copies of Blur up for grabs. That’s FIVE on Xbox 360 and FIVE on PlayStation 3. We’ll be giving them away all this week, one of each per day until Friday. Wait… that’s today!

Blur is like Mario Kart. But with real cars. As this ad so amusingly demonstrates.

We want to know what weapon or power-up you would use to win a race in Blur. Name and describe your weapon or power-up in the comments below to go into the draw. The wittiest, cleverest and most creative entries will win.

Today’s draw closes at midnight tonight and the winner will be announced at 5pm on Monday. No multiple entries please.

Oh, and please state which format you prefer!

Thursday’s winners actually came up with some interesting and potentially plausible power-up ideas. Bali_Cooler‘s Time Gate is a really clever way of challenging the recipient while Jim‘s Overcharge provides plenty of scope for varied use. Who knew some (relatively) serious entries might win a Kotaku competition?

Kudos to Will, Dean, Kyle Castley, Sterling and Gobbo for contributing the most amusing entries. You’ve only got one chance left now…

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  • Now we’ve all played an arcadey racer with the ‘slingshot’ or ‘rubber band’ effect, where the lead car’s speed is crippled, and the cars at the back of the pack manage to catch-up with superhuman speed…

    Hate it? Yeah, so do we.

    We folk at Gobbo Industries believe that good racers deserve to be rewarded. Those hours spent training and eating bowls of concrete in order to harden-the-fudge up shouldn’t be in vain. If you’re winning, then you should be DOMINATING. And if you’re last, it’s cos you’re CRAP, so stop trying and go take up a new hobby like knitting or basket-weaving.

    Enter… our new power-up… the ANTI-SLINGSHOT! *cue 80s guitar lick*

    Once activated, the racing physics catch-up mode is turned on it’s head; leading cars will have their speed boosted (and the bigger the lead, the higher the boost), and trailing cars will be slowed down to a snail’s pace even more. Some people would call this ‘unfair’, but we just think it’ll magnify the actual state of the race, showing racers for who they really are… be that awesome, mediocre, or abysmal.

    If you’ve got half a brain, you’ll only really want to use this power-up when you’re in the lead. Otherwise you’ll be giving the cars ahead of you an added advantage over you, so you probably deserve to drop a spot or two from sheer stupidity!

    Sound tough?? Well… life’s tough!!

    [PS3]

    • An EMP shot wire thing (Like in the 2 fast 2 furious film, The wire that’s shot from the helicopter to disable the cars electronics) would be cool, ;D.

      Xbox 360

  • Some sort of hack to an onboard computer, which will sporadically pulse the accelerator, the brake, and the steering wheel. (i.e. it will make random changes to the state of each, causing uncontrolled braking and steering). Call it hacking.

    Xbox 360 😛

  • Instant Tank Tracks

    Converts your wheels instantly into tank tracks, allowing you to drive over anything, including all obstacles and othe cars.

    Also makes you feel like Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye, which is nice.

  • The Blur Bomb
    A random generator of Britpop track nonsense including

    “Girls and Boys”

    Activation of this power up forces competitors to construct a visual flow diagram of the following lyrics before being able to accelerate again.

    Girls who are boys
    Who like boys to be girls
    Who do boys like they’re girls
    Who do girls like they’re boys

    Coffee and TV
    A milk carton will mosey out onto the track in front of your competitors. When hit it will reduce visibility for a short period of time.

    Song 2
    Best used early in a race as this forces Song 2 to be played on non stop loop in competitors cars. Although catchy at first it soon drives opponents crazy limiting their concentration and driving skills.

    360

  • The Last Ditch Attempt Big Red Button.

    Pressing the Big Red Button labelled “Last Ditch Attempt” will fire all available weapons (offensive and defensive) and inject the car’s engine with an overload of nos that you have approximately 30 seconds to cross the finish line before the engine explodes (which has the side effect of possibly taking some opponents out in the explosion in a final attempt to hinder them).

    The Last Ditch Attempt button also throws a kitchen sink at the closest opponent.

    [PS3]

  • The Removalist.

    To affect both yourself and enemies.
    For you, any objects obstructing the course will be cleared out of your path. This includes all forms of debris also allowing visible access to course shortcuts and pathing out a clear road.

    For the enemies, their tyres will be removed from their cars causing them to come to a complete halt, done in a similar folding technique as to the Delorean from Back to the future films.

    The duration of this attack will last up to 10 seconds with a maximum of 30 seconds, dependant on the number of the power-up modules being collected.

    Xbox 360 version for me please.

  • The Kotakuciser

    This sucker will remove an opponents ability to accelerate and brake using conventional button presses. Insteadthey will be forced to enter controls in alternating haiku and limerick form.

    For example:

    HAIKU!
    Hit the turn’s apex
    Brake gives way to gas pedal
    Perfect powerslide

    LIMERICK!
    There once was a hot racing car
    Whose pilot was a driving star
    He sat in first place
    Was winning the race
    Till a weapon strike made him go “Wah!”

    And so forth.

    X360 FTW!!!

  • 1. ‘Red Rim of Death’… Gagged.
    2. ‘Rick-Roller’… Toe-Tagged.
    3. ‘The Bollinator’… Tea-Bagged.
    4. ‘The Distractor’… Body Bagged.

    So with hope in my heart I send you one more to accompany these lost souls to the Great Kotaku Competition in the sky.

    My final attempt is named the ‘Sheer Bloody-Minded Persistance in the Face of Insurmountable Odds’ it basically gives you the will to keep trying even though the odds are well and truly stacked against you. Now I can hear you all crying “But Jonmokoko (for that is my name and as such I would expect you to address me as such), surely ‘Sheer Bloody-Minded Persistance in the Face of Insurmountable Odds’ is more of a spritual state of being rather than a Power-Up, thus invalidating your entry for today?”.

    Well in response to your rather direct question… I’m going to say that becoming in touch with your inner-self and aqcuiring such a spiritual state as this would be what some could reasonably call a ‘Power’. And the concept of it being “Insurmountable Odds” is all in you head… which is at the top of your body, which is to say in comparison with for example your feet is… “Up” hence I feel justified in calling this a “Power-Up”.

    If you still aren’t satisfied with that response, I have prepared a second. This is it.

    *raises palms up, shrugs shoulders, winks and says “It’s all relative, baby” then strolls off into the sunset*

    • So, it tricks you into thinking you’re doing good?
      Anyhow, you would have an unfair advantage, as it seems you have this power available by default…

      • Well not so much in the sense of tricking you into thinking you’re good. Just sort of fills you with a sense of hope yet still keeping you grounded in the fact that you probably aren’t going to win.

        Yes, indeed. It is one of my many super-powers… others include the ability to jump my own shoe-laces in a single bound and to be faster than a speeding vole.

  • The Primary Buffer Panel.

    The Primary Buffer Panel will fall off your grram ship..err car, damaging anyone behind you. Your car will then start yelling in Alan Tudyks voice Phrases such as “Oh God, oh god, we’re going to die”, “We shall call this land….THIS LAND” and other classic quotes by Wash.

    PS3.

    • “This is gonna get interesting…”

      “Define interesting.”

      “Oh God, Oh God, we’re all going to die?”

      One of my favourite exchanges in Sci Fi.
      Firefly was better than Serenity in any case.

      • How can one be better than the other? It was one story, the movie being the conclusion of the series.

        • The story fit better as a TV series than a movie. And the movie was only partially a conclusion to the series, as it retconned several details from the series to make it more film-worthy.

      • Do you want to pilot this ship?

        YES!

        Well……you can’t!

        I agree Firefly was better than Serenity, but it’s just overall brilliance.As to how that is, Serenity kind of felt like a rushed conclusion. That, and Serenity gave me hope that the show could return. Which it didn’t. Which made me sad.

        In other news:
        “…..boy, we sure could use some GRENADES right now”

        • I think considering the circumstance that Whedon did an amazing job on that film.
          Managed to tie-up all the various plot-threads and mysteries while making it interesting and movie-worthy at the same time.
          Thought he did a really great job there.

  • The Aquaplane

    As it sounds .. with this powerup you drop a stream of water behind you. The opponents wont realise that they’re in an aqua plane till they try to steer their car and have it not respond. Great for use around corners (got me a few years back)

    xbox or ps3 (xbox preferred)

  • The P Plater

    Being the target of this power-up in a race is not where you want to be. ‘P Plater’ status automatically reduces your car’s speed to a maximum of 90 km/h and immediately places large Red P plates on both the front and back of your vehicle. In addition, picking up power-ups under this status is prohibited and will result in a loss of your license and your car ending up impounded for any future races.

    However, the potential ‘benefit’ of being under P Plater status is the ability to immediately slow down any cars that are directly behind you, subjecting them as well to your imposed 90 km/h speed limit.

    Still, it doesn’t stop them from letting loose a missile to clear you out of the way…

    PS3

  • Periscope Mole
    Activation turns your vehicle into a sub-surface drilling machine. The view changes dramatically with just a periscope slicing through the road above.
    Your size is reduced allowing you to pass easily between opponents with a smaller surface area for targeting, however your view of the track is also diminished making it more difficult to navigate. Awesome if you have committed the circuit to memory already.
    360

  • Dimension Gate
    When activated, this powerup slides your vehicle into an alternate shadow world where the other cars appear as ghostly apparitions. You are unable to affect them, and they are unable to affect you, until the powerup runs out and burst back into the “real world”. While in the shadow world you are not visible to the other drivers. Surpise!

    Still most interested in a 360 copy, but willing to accept a PS3.

    – Caligari

  • The Randomiser

    When used it randomly pairs racers up and switches them on the track (for example P1 and P7 switch positions, P2 and P4 switch positions, etc). This affect lasts for 15 seconds and at which point everyone is returned back to the position they where in, except for 1 pair.

    This creates a risk element. Do you sabotage the other player in the hopes that you are switched back to your original postion? Or do your best to win with the chance to stay where you are?

    DIABOLICAL!

    PS3 please 🙂

  • A truly insidious and sneaky power-up I shall call “Friday afternoon at work”. It initially gives a boost to everyone (the knowledge that the drudgery will be over soon) but then gradually whittles away at your oponent’s performance as they realise they have to put in extra effort to work through till finish time (or the finish line if you prefer).

    Also their susceptibility to distraction is inversely proportional to the remaing time in the race.

    PS3 please.

  • A truck load of manure!

    If the movies of my 80s childhood have taught me anything. That’s what stops a car.

    I hate manure!

  • The TXT MSG

    You can send SMS messages to the drivers of other cars, this distracting them and causing erratic and dangerous driving.

    (360)

  • Xbox 360

    “The Cheney”

    Be a complete Dick and turn and shoot freind and foe alike.
    When the police arrive claim you were shooting for quail.Be cleared of all charges, receive an apology from the victim and go on to win, win, WIN!!!

  • THE SIGNIFICANT OTHER-ATOR

    When activated, the girlfriend (or mother, for those single men out there) of the opponent taps the player on the shoulder from behind, informing them 1 of 3 things, depending on the level of the other-ator.

    LVL 1 – “Dinner’s ready”
    LVL 2 – “Time to take out the trash”
    LVL 3 – “It’s late – time for bed”

    The opponents turns around to respond “One more minute, almost finished” only to turn back to the screen and have crumpled his car against the siderail of the track.

    360.

  • The ultimate power up! Separate into 5 parts and once you have collected 5 parts during the course of the race you can activate it!

    With the press of a single button and whoosh your car turns into a transformer! And you can start gunning down the other cars but of course the opponents can just speed away from you. There will be a timer for how long the power-up last so its not for the whole course. If an opponent’s car is destroyed they will respawn within a certain time.

    But get this, its not only you that can collect and use this power-up but also your opponents! Whether it is against the AI or against your friends more than 1 person can use this power simultaneously and once two or more transforms you guys can duke it!

    This will be a fun distraction and advantageous if used properly but remember this is still a race so you still need to get to the finish line!

  • Introducing the OUTRUNNER

    To be used in the most dire of situations.
    Find yourself struggling at the back of the racing pack? Time running out and find yourself wishing for a miraculous comeback??

    OUTRUNNER:
    Bust out this bad boy, and your car will transform into a convertible. A blonde honey, complete with sexy white blouse, will be beamed down into your passenger seat.A timer at the top of the screen, will begin counting down, urging you to focus as you have to make it to the next branching stage before time runs out. A fork on the road will merge, and judging by your selection, you will be presented with another locale and hopefully easier track as compared to your other racers.

    Enjoy the cruisey track selection of :
    * Splash Wave (FM 80.3)
    * Magical Sound Shower (FM 69.2)
    * Passing Breeze (FM 74.6)

    as you find your car gripping round corners like never before, as you you overtake everyone to claim 1st !!

  • Some may call it dangerous. Some may call it abusive. We call it… THE TRACK EDITOR (catchy name, eh?).
    Been playing too much ModNation Racers lately? Why not try using your track-creation skills… DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE RACE! Screw the correct path- confuse and bedazzle your opponents by driving off into the wild blue yonder, a wavy line of track following behind you. Will your opponents continue on the standard track, or take a risk and follow you? Just remember to join back up to the regular path before you run out of track to lay, or else you’ll be stranded on a one way street and have to go back the way you came!

    PS3 please, senor. We fell upon hard times and ate the xbox.

  • Michael Bay/Megan Fox effect.

    When deployed Megan Fox slow-motion runs towards the camera with Michael Bay-esque explosions triggered in the background

    Xbox 360

  • The Body Switcher, a staple of many sci-fi shows. This weapon temporarily switches the bodies, err… cars of all your opponents. The person coming last will unexpectedly find themselves in the fourth place car etc. This sudden transition will naturally throw off the driver as they find themselves in another part of the track in a car with different handling.

    The most interesting part of this weapon however is the moral dilemma that it raises. If you suddenly find yourself switched into the first place vehicle, would you keep driving knowing that you might be increasing your opponent’s lead? Or would you deliberately sabotage them, knowing that they might do the same to your vehicle? Just where will your car be when you switch back?

    The Body Switcher weapon will cause temporary disorientation, followed by a bout of frenetic communication and expletives. It introduces moral choice into the racing genre, which would certainly make for a dot-point on the back of the box.

    • Whoops, 360 version please.

      … and I thought it was easy to include one word at the end of a post. Wrong!

  • The Polly Producer.
    Spawns a politician creates that creates havock to the other drivers by enforcing new regulations and policies to the race that eventually bans them from finishing.

  • My powerup is called ‘Hungarian Goulash with Spice Gravy™’

    When I use ‘Hungarian Goulash with Spice Gravy™’, every other car in the race is instantly filled with delicious ‘Hungarian Goulash with Spice Gravy™’. Overcome by mouthwatering aroma of ‘Hungarian Goulash with Spice Gravy™’, the racers have no other option than to instantly pull over and feast on ‘Hungarian Goulash with Spice Gravy™’. I go on to win the race thanks to ‘Hungarian Goulash with Spice Gravy™’.

    Xbox.

  • Radio Jamming

    When this is activated, all sounds and signals from the opponents point of view will be jammed to be replaced by the sweet music of “Never gonna give you up”. The minimap will be replaced by a dancing Rick Astley, as seen in the music video.

    360.

  • This is *the* best powerup in the game. Throughout the race players need to collect enough tokens to use this powerup. Each token loads up an additional weapon or ability. As each ability is loaded more and more weapons and powerups can be seen on the car, until finally the player is wielding an unstoppable machine of destruction.
    Upon activation, nothing happens.

    I call it the ‘Kevin Rudd’.

    (PS3)

  • The Rastafarian Smokescreen Bomb – this Device is deployed from the back of your Car and when it impacts with your opponents car it causes three Rastas to magically appeared in their Backseat quickly filling the car with their Ganja smoke

    PS3 Please

  • Weapon: “The Kotaku Kockatoo”

    Please note: this is an unoffical weapon and please do not fine me for copyright purposes

    Upon activation heaps and heaps of cockatoos with the Kotaku logo fly out of your in- game car window and they go to your opponents and peck and poop on their windscreen. Your opponents are blinded by droppings and Thus you Win!

    This weapon promotes Kotaku as their logo is shown in game! Its a Win-Win situation! 🙂

    PS3 please

  • My powerup would turn the other cars into dogs, then propell multiple tennis balls in the opposite direction so that they chase after them

    360

  • I would have the track changes. A powerup that actually unlocks an alternative track that everyone has to use. There is not real time benefit of this, but it just stops you getting used to the track.

    PS3 please.

  • Super Soccerball(beachball)(bouncy ball)

    The player releases the giant ball and creates havoc behind them by the ball bouncing around the track and the cars. It would kind of be like an annoying game of pin ball for the players behind you… no doubt making them crash and bumped around and get really frustrated … good times. One could also assume other players could deflate and explode the ball with other power ups, rending you offence useless or bumping it into your rear, so its a good kind of double-edged sword.

    [ps3]
    good luck to all and well done to current winners.

  • The MC Hammer!

    Upon deployment of this awesome weapon, a couple of things happen.

    First, all competitors will start to hear a section of his famous hit “Can’t Touch This”, when all of a sudden the music will cease. With MC Hammers’ own voice declaring to your competitor… “STOP! Hammertime!” Your competitors car will be instantly stopped in it’s tracks.

    For a brief moment when Hammertime is occuring (the competitor will see MC Hammer dancing on screen at the same time), their car will also deploy some Parachute pants out the back of the car. Once Hammertime is over, the parachute pants are there simply to slow the acceleration of the car. This second component last 10secs.

    System : PS3

  • The “instant coin” pick up.

    The driver who picks this up will get an “insert coin to continue” and a 10 second timer pop up on screen.

    The driver has to search around in their pocket for lose change, and then put 2 coins into the on screen slot within the time limit, otherwise the game is over for them.

    Of course, one coin will always be rejected by the coin slot.

    xbox 360

  • PENETRATOR DETONATOR

    shoots a harpoon packed with explosives in a streight line thats attached to a winch. The harpoon will bury itself into any enemy hit and then the tow line will pull your car toward the car targeted.
    The detonator part will activate on the second press. Causing massive explosive damage that is super effective.

    If a nub player misses a target, the harpoon of doom will drop to the ground and wind back to the nubs car, instantly detonating when there is no line left.

    A tricky player could intentionly miss and let the penetrator hang from the back of thier car to detonate it in the middle of trailing cars.

    Takes skill, has drawbacks and is versitile.

    Loving this thread! Some really great ideas so far, If only they gave us a weapon editor in game rather than just track editors in racers. One day I guess.

    Ps3 is my weapon of choice.

  • Zero Tolerance

    Upon using this power up it summons a Police radar gun crew to assess you and your opponents speed. Anyone exceeding the speed limit of 100km/hr will be pulled over, ticketed and possibly have their vehicle confiscated. I suggest braking before using this item 😉

    PS3

  • The coyote and the road runner.

    Once you pick up the power up all other racers are effected by the coyote. He uses his TNT products to take out all other competition. Leaving you the road runner to drive right past and make that classic sound.

    (PS3)

  • OK, last chance to win. Here I go:

    The “M Night Shamwow” (aka the “IT’S KEVIN SPACEY YOU FOOL” or, more seriously and accurately, the “Plot Twist”)

    Only one can be spawned per race. For the person who picks it up, a random player is chosen (nobody can see this). If the randomly chosen player comes 1st-3rd AND the player who picked up the powerup comes <4th, the driver gets out of their car, pulls off their helmet and is revealed to be… the driver of the car that picked up the powerup! Shock! Awe! Nobody could see it coming!

    It'd be a gamble, because it might do you more harm than good if you're purposefully going <4th and the random person doesn't place either, but if you get lucky you can pwn with ease 😀 (just remember to dodge the stuff your buddies might throw at you)

    PS3, btw.

  • The Spam Chain Cannon
    This weapon when activated on a target showers their screens with ads for cheap pharmaceutical products, male “enhancement” items and emails from Nigerian royalty. Forcing the player to manually close each popup which is no mean task with a controller.
    PS3

  • My final weapon is………- THE NINJA SPLIT –
    As your boosting down the track and you pickup this power up ( a logo written in kanji script of the word ninja ), once deployed a cool ninja word spoken in Japanese and the character of ninja is written above your car and splits your car into multiple copys of your car taking up the whole tracks lane blocking all behind you for five seconds and within those five seconds you have the ability to open fire ninja stars from all your duplication cars, these ninja stars bust tyres and smash windows of the cars infront forcing these drivers a little bit of havoc.
    Everyone loves ninjas
    PS3 ————————— * thanks kotaku for callout

  • some say when its turned on other racers back off in fear, and that the cars drives a perfect racing line.
    all we know is, its called STIG-POWER.

    PS3 version for me thanks

  • My power-up would the “The Bat Wing Effect”.

    If you find yourself falling behind the pack, this power-up will activate black metal bat wings from side panels in your car, which would not only lift said car into the air, but propell you to the front of the race.

    (360)

  • “SPLIT/SECOND™”
    Deploying this magnificent power up causes a sea of buildings explode, shooting rock, dust and flaming debris on the track behind your car for your slower opponents to enjoy.

    Xbox 360

  • NANA-NANA-NANA-NANA
    NANA-NANA-NANA-NANA

    “The Batman!”

    When this power-up is deployed your car becomes a blur style version of the Batmobile! Your car Sprouts some awesome fins, is changed to black and gets an awesome afterburner flame thing on the back. However none of this actually makes your car any better.

    What does help you thou is that if your new Batmobile hits another car they will receive a big POW!, BIFF! or WHAM! splashed all over their screen for a few seconds.

    The combination of retro looks and camp sixties style is a dynamic duo that will ensure you are in (Fireman)pole position!

    NANA-NANA-NANA-NANA
    NANA-NANA-NANA-NANA-NAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!
    360 Thanks,

  • Mentos dispenser

    When you’re in a situation that seems hopeless, flick the switch besides your steering wheel and the Mentos dispenser will… well… dispense Mentos!

    Suddenly you’ll think of something so damn clever and left of field that even if you don’t pull it off everyone will admire your moxy and stop what they are doing to smile at you in amazement.

    … all that’s left from there is give them the big Mentos thumbs up… or the Mentos finger. It all depends on the kind of person you are.

    360 please 🙂

  • How about the ‘casual gamer’ bomb; when it goes off it causes all the other players to quickly lose interest in the game, and cause them to log onto Facebook and play Mafia Wars or whatever else those ‘casual gamers’ do, leaving you clear and free to win as you should.

    PS3

  • PS3 entry.

    POWER-UP: Bubble-o-text

    DESCRIPTION: Activating this powerup would initiate a ringtone Sound effect. After a few seconds the screen of opposing players will be blocked by distracting text bubbles of the driver chatting with his girlfriend.

    WHY IT WOULD WORK: Distraction and view blockage. players find it hard to concentrate on their driving, especially when the text bubble is of the most inconvenient size and location. Big white bubble right smack in the middle of the screen. Occasionally it blocks the view of left and right turns as well.

  • The Track-and-Field

    Woe to the unfortunate soul that is on the receiving end of this weapon. Their control scheme will hark back to the good old days when button mashing was a skill. The player will be required to mash the accelerate and brake buttons alternatively to gain momentum. Its effects will last a total of 10 seconds.

    PS3 please.

  • The Stig

    Some say it is the ultimate power-up, enabling unparalleled driving ability and unlimited offensive weaponry for a limited time. Others say it is the most broken, game-breaking element in the title and a poorly thought out cross-brand promotion.

    All we know is, it’s called The Stig.

    As an added bonus, when the power-up is in effect and you take a corner at full speed you will get a bonus soundbite of some fat, balding English guy screaming “POWERRRRRR!!!”.

    And on that bombshell, 360 version.

  • Fog of War:
    Upon activation a black fog consumes the track barriers and all that is beyond them. All sound effects and music ceases except the roar and collisions of your own car. Any car that would have brushed or collided with a barrier will now continue into the extremely thick fog. If the car disappears fully it will reappear on the track from a cloud of fog 2 seconds later from a standing start. be careful because this can affect your own car too.

    xbox360 please.

  • Xbox 360

    A laser, that when unleashed fires forwards into the rearview mirror temporarily blinding the driver, causing them to swerve wildly across the road. If it happened to you your screen would go black for a few seconds.

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