Enslaved was one of the most under-rated games of last year
Anything it lacked in gameplay polish was more than made up by the game's beautiful art direction and fantastic characterisation. While the game might not have been recognised as widely as it should have been amongst the gaming community, it can at least add a feather to its bow in the form of an Ivor Novello award nomination for its..
As of today, British studio Bizarre Creations are no more
The Liverpool based developer were behind some of the best racing games ever, including Metropolis Street Racer, Project Gotham Racing, and even the more recent Blur. Hopefully Bizarre's talent finds work elsewhere. Thanks for the memories guys, it's been a great ride. <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/20084659"..
Despite releasing the brilliant Blur last year, Develop's reporting that British studio, Bizarre Creations, will close their doors on Friday
The Merseyside team has been behind some of our favourite games over the years, including Metropolis Street Racer and Project Gotham Racing. Despite releasing two good games last year — James Bond 007: Blood Stone and the aforementioned Blur — Activision..
Bizarre Creations might have delivered the brilliant Blur last year, but sadly it sounds like the studio's days are numbered
Last we heard Activision were looking to offload the developer to a potential buyer, but it sounds like talks have fallen through. Activision Worlwide Studios' COO Coddy Johnson told Develop that the publisher had explored leads with "pretty much everyon
Activision's released a statement claiming they are "exploring options" over the future of Bizarre Creations after the Internet exploded this afternoon with claims of the studio's closure
The rumours kicked off on GiantBomb when they cited sources claiming that Bizarre Creations will be going through a 90-day consultation period, statutory redundancy. The story was subsequently picked up by..
We suppose we have a weakness to anything with James Bond on the cover
The last PlayStation 3 Bond game, Quantum Of Solace, was pretty rubbish. But we still found ourselves ploughing in the 30 hours or so needed to get the Platinum trophy. It's because it's got Bond on the box. Even though Activision appears dead-set on burying James Bond 007: Blood Stone, we can't help but feel a little excited..
That's soon, right? We knew James Bond 007: Blood Stone was slated for this year, but it always felt like it was some way off
Mainly because the game only got announced a couple of months ago and, despite countless developer videos, not a lot's been said about the game. Still, it's out in two weeks according to VG247. The site also claims that there's no demo planned, so you're going to have to go..
.. It'll be the car sequences. With a studio like Bizarre Creations at the helm, there's absolutely no way the racing segments fail. This is their bread and butter. James Bond 007: Blood Stone continues to look really interesting to us. We're big Bond fans and we even enjoyed the last 007 game, Quantum Of Solace. Bizarre's a great studio, hopefully this exceeds expectations.
Say what you will about Bizarre Creations upcoming Bond product, James Bond 007: Blood Stone, they seem to have all the right elements in place to make a really faithful product
There's shooting, stealth, driving and, as detailed in this trailer, hand-to-hand combat. If they can get all the gameplay elements to mesh well, they could have a really satisfying Bond experience to their name. We..
James Bond 007: Blood Stone is going to be out later in the year, and it sounds like quite an exciting package
It's a brand new story; with shooting, stealth and driving and there's multiplayer. According to Bizarre, the multiplayer's designed for 16-players, and is based around team objectives. Hopefully this makes use of Blood Stone's various mechanics (vehicles, stealth, combat). If so, it could..
Activision's released an extended version of the James Bond 007: Blood Stone trailer from last week
The new trailer shows Bond driving through the streets of Istanbul and shooting-up some bad guys. The visuals look a bit rough, but truth be told, we have high hopes for this game. Hopefully Bizarre Creations can deliver the goods. They've yet to really disappoint me this generation.
There's no Bond movie this year
It feels like there should be. Quantum Of Solace was ages ago, and we're now being told that there won't even be a Bond movie in 2012 due to financial difficulties. Frankly, it makes us sick. We need Bond. So it's with lofty expectation that we wish, pray, demand and hope Bizarre Creations can deliver with their upcoming video game James Bond 007: Blood Stone. This..
Fancy smoke? Check
Swish silhouettes of men pointing guns? Check. Swish silhouettes of ladies touching themselves? Check. Big, orchestral driven audio backing? Check. Diva reminding us how well she can sing? Check. Jewellery and expensive champagne? Check. Fancy cars power sliding in slow motion? Check. Helicopters blowing up huge diamonds? Check. Yep, this is definitely the start to Bizarre..
If ever we had a weakness, file it under James Bond games
We were probably the only publication who genuinely loved (and played to death) the last James Bond game, Quantum Of Solace. So good. Perhaps then, our excitement for James Bond 007: Blood Stone should be tempered a little. GoldenEye aside, Bond games aren't traditionally good. But they are Bond games, y'know. There's something to be said..
Last month saw the release of two hotly anticipated arcade racers
Sadly, too much of a good thing can lead to a difficult choice, but worry not, we're here to help. Marking the first of our Playstation face-offs, we take a look at the pros and cons of Bizarre Creations' Blur and Disney Interactive's Split/Second. Blur on Playstation 3 Review -...
Burnout Paradise predates this website
It was released in January 2008, at a time when I didn't have to play every game that released. I picked it up sometime in September. Being a fan of arcade racers, it still bemuses me that I didn't buy it earlier, and I honestly can't for the life of me recall why. But I didn't - I picked it up late. At the...
Blur and its Mario Kart-rippin' buddies have taken to the Old Street Magistrates Court in London to promote Activision's racers
The game's out today in the UK today. The painting took over 30 hours to complete and was painted by British artist Gary Nolan. If you've yet to see the advert it's immitating, click through here. It's essential.
Blur's a racing game that's taken more than a few cues from Nintendo's Mario Kart franchise -- and mixing them all up in a gigantic blender with a hint of Project Gotham Racing
And that's exactly what the game's commercial states. This is racing for "big boys".
Y'know, we've really come around to Blur
At first we were a bit - "meh, Project Gotham mixed with Mario Kart" - but the extra development time seems to have really helped Bizarre Creations' cause. The game looks cool, with a weird blend of styles ranging from sci-fi to street racing. The latest trailer deals with the multiplayer functionality of the game. Which sounds awesome..
Bizarre Creations' first Playstation 3 racer Blur is not particularly far away at this point, but we're still yet to get our hands-on the game like our XBOX owning brethren
Thankfully this trailer pretty much details everything you need to know about it. The game's due next month.
Bond's appearance on the big-screen may be put on indefinite hiatus, but that ain't stopping Activision from pumping out a (hopefully) good Bond based video game
Said game has long been rumoured to be rumoured to be a racing game, espcially since Bond's voice-actor for the still secret title Adam Croasdell revealed that the game was to be a mixture of a third-person shooter with a mix of driving..
CVG are reporting that Liverpool based developer Bizarre Creations are not just working on their upcoming combat racer Blur
Nuh-uh, they've got two projects up their sleeve. Ged Talbot, Blur's co-lead designer told CVG:"We do have a couple of other projects on the go and they haven't been restricted or slowed down [by Blur's development]. "The team that make the shooters are still..
Bizarre Creations' announced that its power-up focused racing title Blur will hit the UK on May 28th
The game was due in November but has since been pushed back for an extra lick of polish or two. Interestingly, that's in a similar window to Disney's destructive racer Split/Second. Decisions, decisions. Although arcade racing games are one of our favourite genres, so we'll probably be playing both..
It's a funny one Blur
It's coming from a team with a fantastic heritage — the Metropolis Street Racer and Project Gotham Racing franchises were both absolutely fantastic. But Blur's never looked quite so exciting; particularly not for a Bizarre Creations game. This latest trailer makes more sense however. It's clear Bizarre are aiming for a super social game, and in many ways that has its own..
Bizarre Creations' weapons-based shooter, Blur, will not make its planned November release date
Like most of the other games this Holiday, it's been delayed. According to Activision CEO Mike Griffith, this is a strategic move to "fully optimize the vision set out to create for Blur including a distinctive and groundbreaking multiplayer mode that will appeal to a broad audience". We..
Boy are we bombarded with great racing games lately
With Split/Second on the horizon, the excellent DiRT 2 now off our review schedule and Gran Turismo 5 rumoured, what space will there be for the Blur? Given the developer's pedigree, probably quite a lot, after all, this is Bizarre Creations' latest franchise. And from the trailer we get the impression it's going to be a lot like Mario Kart..
Bizarre Creations have a fantastic track-record so it's hard not being excited about upcoming combat racer Blur
With the release pencilled for November, as usual there are a number of preorder bonuses popping up around the net, in this case for the USA. GameStop will offer the "Multiplayer Advantage Booster Kit" that offers "unparalleled multiplayer benefits". Hmm. You get the..
So Blur might end up looking like a mix between Need For Speed, Wipeout and Mario Kart but you have to remember that this is coming from the guys who made the Project Gotham Racing games
As such, if there's one thing those peeps can do, it's make an awesome racing game. Which we're hoping Blur will be. There are a lot of other good racing games planned to come out later this year and interestingly..
Picture the scene: you've just picked up your fancy new red Ferrari-esque sports car
You're serenely speeding down the motorway before you see a red flash in your rear view mirror. Next thing you know you're in a hospital bed with severe head injuries. That's probably what happened to the guy driving the car in this Blur trailer. We hope Bizarre Creations are taking precaution not to harm anyone in..
Blur is coming to the Playstation 3 from Bizarre Creation's, the developers behind the excellent Project Gotham series
The game aims to "make racing games fun" - an interesting mandate to say the least. It's going to be a weapons based racing game. It looks ridiculous. Colour us interested.
Bizarre Creations are a company with a pretty good portfolio, having worked on a number of games in the Project Gotham series over on the XBOX
They no longer work for Microsoft, and instead have a publishing deal with Activision where they intend to create a new racing series titled Blur.From a business perspective, we are targeting Blur to do for racing what Call of Duty did for shooters,..
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