Xbox 360 Review: Pure

Can this game be as pure as it sounds?

Thrill seekers will be racing against skilled rivals and performing gravity defying aerial tricks in Pure, an extreme sports off-road racing videogame. Pure takes off-road racing to a new level. Featuring vertigo-inducing massive aerial jumps and spectacular airborne tricks in photo-realistic real-world locations all over the globe, Pure delivers heart-pounding experiences unique to the genre.

Pure for Xbox 360 Features:

  • Massive vertigo inducing aerial jumps and spectacular airborne tricks. There are more than 80.
  • Seven real-world locations from all over the globe with more than 30 tracks. Locations revealed to date: Wyoming, Italy and New Mexico.
  • Build Your Ride – customize the ATV and modify during the game
  • Play online in 16 player multiplayer
  • Developed by award winning development team Black Rock
  • Pro rider Wes Miller, founder of H-Bomb Films, known for showcasing his team’s incredible stunts is advisor to the development team to assure the game adheres to the sport’s culture and authenticity but still allows creative liberties

    Pure is a pretty odd name for a racing game, especially one that has extreme stunts in it. It’s one of those games that aren’t incredibly deep when compared to other racers, but you’ll enjoy it despite that because of what it has to offer.

    At its heart, Pure’s objective is to win races while pulling off crazy stunts at each jump you come across. You gain tougher stunts to do as your meter goes up and the bigger the meter, you more you can boost. You also gain a ton of parts to add to your ATV for doing races, these parts will make your ATV much better in certain areas while lowering down some specs elsewhere, it’s all about balance and the level of customisation is astonishing. There are a total of 16 racers in each sprint or race, so it’s going to take some practise to come top…especially in the races. Sprints are fairly easy as they are short, while races are much longer and tougher. The game offers you achievements for all kinds of things that you would expect, like come 1st in a section’s races.etc

    Pulling off tricks aren’t always simple, you have to hold back on the left analog stick and pull it up as you jump and press a button, later you’ll learn other moves you can do for extra boost…but they are very difficult to pull off. I’ve fallen off my ATV a ton because of misplaced jumps or not hitting buttons in time, which can change the outcome of the entire race for you. One bad jump and its more or less over, if you’re done sprints then you have a chance for redemption…but not in races. It can be very challenging and a bit unforgiving. Multiplayer has a total of 16 players, exactly the same as the main game…so it feels the same, which is a great thing. It would have been nice to see something different and unique, but what’s there is still impressive nonetheless.

    Pure has some pretty slick visuals, they are very impressive to look at…you shouldn’t be disappointed by them; if you do…then you are just too much of a graphics whore. The game has a great soundtrack that fits the game well; the sounds of the ATV are also pretty impressive. Voices of drivers can be a bit annoying, but it’s hardly worth mentioning. Besides racing in single player and multiplayer, Pure doesn’t have much else to offer besides customisation of your ATV. It would have been nice to have other modes included, something to make it stand out just a bit more than the other racers…it’s not the end of the world, it just would have been nice to see something more. Perhaps some downloadable content?

    The Verdict

    Pure is a good racer, it doesn’t add much new to the genre but its mindless fun and that’s what games should be all about. This is one game that racing fans shouldn’t miss out on.