Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 20
  2. Negative: 15 out of 20
  1. With unique glitches evident Pure Football is an interpretation of the sport similar to Super Mario Strikers with its emphasis on pick up and play.
  2. Strips football down and takes its soul.
  3. It has some redeeming features and won't be the most depressing footballing experience most of us endure in the next 30 days, but rather like most professional footballers, it would do better to focus more on its football than the surrounding pageantry - and on the pitch it can't even get the accents right.
  4. FIFA Street meets Mario Strikers, but even as an arcade game this falls well short of world class.
  5. Pure Football has got problems, any hardcore football fan should stay well away from this one and stick with what you've got already.
  6. There's no freedom in Pure Football. It is a laser game disguised as a soccer game.
  7. Pure Football may be an arcade take on the sport, but that doesn't excuse its repetitive gameplay and general lack of game modes.
  8. Too much tinkering means Pure barely feels like football and becomes a chore.
  9. 40
    Pure Futbol is a mess of a soccer game. Its cover claims that an authentic experience awaits, but what's actually in store for players who pick up this game is far from the real deal.
  10. The controls are iffy, the soccer is inconsistent, and the game simply cannot hold its own against the far superior products EA released ages ago.
  11. 35
    Soccer is a simple sport that relies on execution and precise play. Pure Futbol is executed poorly and is an imprecise mess.
  12. Pure Football is quite simply a terrible game on every level, never mind the fact it is one of the worst football titles available. Everything seems to have been rushed and poorly thought out, and the online is just shoddy. Even short blasts will soon get tiresome and it would probably never get near most respectable rental lists either. Avoid at all costs.
  13. If this had been a modern take on the Bitmap Brothers' Speedball then it could have had some retro merit, but as a football game it's rarely anything more than stupid.
  14. A bad game with awful graphics, repetitive sounds and a control system that doesn't match this gen gaming standards. A game that soccer lovers must avoid at all costs.
  15. Not an entirely awful virtual re-creation of the beautiful game. [Issue#61, p.95]
  16. Sad football arcade fails in all aspects – delayed controls, weird ball physics, flat graphics – the result is boredom and an odd parody of football. [July 2010]
  17. This needed to be 80% faster and 150% slicker. [Sept 2010, p.104]
  18. The most telling problem though, is that even when playing with the very best squad of footballers that Pure can muster, it just isn't engaging and fluid enough to be of interest for more than a couple of matches.
  19. Overall, Pure Football is a weak attempt at obtaining the football crown. Whilst it offers a unique experience and some promising ideas and concepts, the over-use of meters, the lack of game modes and the poor implementation of features means the title is one to avoid, even at the reduced prices retailers are offering the game for.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Nov 16, 2012
    9
    The most underrated video game I know after playing and reading about 500 games in my life. This is a fun football game with lots of amazingThe most underrated video game I know after playing and reading about 500 games in my life. This is a fun football game with lots of amazing venues and cartoon style graphics. Yes it does not have freestyle moves but it is the only con about this game, if you can't play it well, then try turning the fouls off or try an easier difficulty level. Hell, no game in the world will let you bend the ball like Captain Tsubasa Ozora except this one:D Full Review »
  2. Jul 26, 2014
    9
    If you want realism, go play FIFA or PES, that isn't changing. Pure Futbol shows no interest in competing with these juggernauts. Pure FutbolIf you want realism, go play FIFA or PES, that isn't changing. Pure Futbol shows no interest in competing with these juggernauts. Pure Futbol is an over the top, approachable soccer game. The graphics and gameplay are cartoonish, and most importantly fun! The gameplay is probably closest to Midway's Redcard, but it retains some semblance of a soccer game. The only complaint I have is that the controls could be a bit tighter. I would have to agree with the underrated comment above, this game definitely deserves a better score.
    8.5/10 Would play again!
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  3. Apr 8, 2014
    8
    With the budget this game had and the established competition it was going up against, it seems Pure Football was doomed to fail. But beneathWith the budget this game had and the established competition it was going up against, it seems Pure Football was doomed to fail. But beneath the cheap box artwork and limited licenses, there is a soccer game that is fun and one of a kind.

    First of graphically the game is passable, player likenesses are a bit cartoon like and there is nothing exceptional about the locals you visit, but the presentation is surprisingly good, score a goal and see flags and player names fly past the screen, win a match and see your team run towards the camera celebrating their victory. A lot more work went into this than you would think.

    The biggest international teams on the planet are in the game, but if your looking for a small soccer nation you will be out of luck as only the top teams made the cut in this game. The career is a lot of fun, racking up players as you beat them and adding them to your super team, standard stuff that has been in other games, but still fun.

    Where the game gets really good is the game play, it's unlike anything to date, with a little practice, lobbing, passing and shooting can be expertly pulled off as the game slows down and lets you time your button press when the meter fills up a certain length. Get good enough at it, and you will be in the zone. It's never been done in any other football game and it is a cool mechanic.

    Don't pass this game because of it's budget looks, If you enjoy your PES, FIFA or FIFA Street, Pure Football can also hang on the pitch.
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