Pure Xbox 360

Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 55
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 55
  3. Negative: 0 out of 55
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  1. I absolutely loved Pure, and while I've played a fair share of decent off road racers in the past couple years, nothing compares to Pure in my opinion.
  2. The value here is high because there are a huge number of single player World Tour races, single player single races and multiplayer racing which will appeal to everyone. Building your own ATV is also very sweet since you can customize the hell out of it.
  3. I can’t recommend Pure highly enough. This is without a doubt one of the best racers I’ve played all year, if not the best.
  4. Gameplay depth comes from mastering the basic skills..., but none of this is overcomplicated: Pure delivers that prized "pick up and play" experience with several shots of adrenaline. [Oct 2008, p.72]
  5. It looks gorgeous, it has an addictive ‘one more turn’ feel to it, and it has a truly awesome soundtrack packed full of some seriously phat beats. At the end of the day, Pure is a shinning example of an arcade experience done right and it delivers on this with big air, big thrills, and a whole lotta dirt.
  6. It’s hard to imagine a gamer not getting at least a few jollies form zipping around in Pure; and I don’t mean just racing genre gamers. That’s ‘E’ for Everyone– just like Pure’s ESRB rating. Moto-heads and racing nuts should be all over this one, as should fans of all games extreme in nature.
  7. The throttling gameplay, gorgeous presentation and sweet multiplayer options make it a ride you cannot miss.
  8. Pure is sheer unadulterated fun. The game offers breathtaking graphics and addictive gameplay, combined with a decent set of single and multiplayer modes.
  9. Pure offers a massive amount of content for the money, and the online multiplayer, which features up to sixteen players, is as intense as any other racing game’s this generation. I cannot recommend Pure highly enough.
  10. 90
    It's a simple, straightforward game: go fast and pull out your best tricks. Fortunately, there's depth to be had if you're eager to invest the effort.
  11. We defy you not to enjoy Pure. In an age where simulation reigns supreme, Pure's over the top arcade fun is a refreshing change of pace. Somehow Black Rock has managed to make a game that is infectious, spreading the joy to all who touch it, even to onlookers who gather around the TV in awe at the incredible visuals.
  12. Overall, Pure is a lot of fun to play and that is what is important.
  13. There aren't many racing games that kept me interested long enough to aim for first in every event but PURE was one of them and comes highly recommended.
  14. The style is superb, and the gameplay flows right along with it to make Pure one of the few “must have” racing games in recent time.
  15. 88
    If you can deal with some minor shortcomings, Pure delivers exactly what the title promises: pure gameplay. Almost all aspects of the racing, tricking, physics and ATV creation come together seamlessly and the result is a rock-solid racer that aims to please and thrill in the same sweep.
  16. 88
    Pure doesn’t set any standards in the department of innovation, but it does take everything fun about the genre and cram it into a tight package.
  17. Pure is an adrenaline shot in a box, a quick paced action packed racer with streamlined gameplay and excellent production values.
  18. From the great looking graphics, solid sound, to the easy to pick up and play but practice makes perfect controls; one really can’t go wrong with this racer.
  19. When it comes down to it, Pure is fun. It's simple, it's effective, and it perfectly captures that "just one more race" factor.
  20. Pure is, without a doubt, the most unique racer to release in the second half of 2008. Forget driving cars and trucks; pick up Pure and kick up mud with your own custom ATV. There aren’t any better options when it comes to off-road racing on the Xbox 360.
  21. Pure exploded into the limelight by stealing the Best Driving Game award at E3 this year, and only weeks later it’s on the shelf. And, you know what? It’s an awful lot of fun.
  22. 86
    Pure delivers an outrageous, arcadey off-road racing experience with style and slickness. The controls are intuitive, the tracks are pure eye candy and the tricks are so crazy and over-the-top that you’ll find yourself gasping with glee when you land your first Lazy Girl.
  23. Overall, I highly recommend Pure. It’s a pile of fun online against some friends.
  24. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    86
    A stunning extreme sports title that nicely fills the void left by EA Big. [Dec 2008, p.80]
  25. The game achieves its core focus, taking you along for a thrilling ride. [Oct 2008, p.103]
  26. This is a great example of what can be achieved if fun is the primary aim. Massive tricks, amazing scenery, hugely modifiable bikes - what more do you want?
  27. A very impressive racer that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start line to finish.
  28. Pure is somewhat reminiscent of the old PC classic Motocross Madness, which was another highly addictive game. It doesn’t have the open-ended stunt practice, but everything else about the formula has been improved in almost every way.
  29. There isn’t much I can find fault with in this game. It’s certainly one of the best racing games out there and possibly the best in its little subgenre as well.
  30. The graphics, audio and customization are excellent, and although the World Tour mode is unoriginal, it's also unabashedly fun.
  31. Pure delivers on the promise of fast thrills and fun, so the very few minor issues seem non-existent. A definite recommendation for fans of both racing and arcade-style games.
  32. Pure is an enjoyable racing game even when an attempt to squeeze in one more stunt results in a pin-wheeling ragdoll rider and dropping a couple of positions. The visceral appeal of driving really fast and performing all manner of impossible gyrations is strong enough to make Pure a gotta play title.
  33. Pure is one of the most appealing arcade games of the last years. It's uncompromising, full of energy and with high production values.
  34. 85
    Pure is a fantastic off road racer and a brilliant arcade title. It's rough, it's filthy and the races are never clean, but we love it anyway.
  35. 83
    Thrilling on the ground, downright heart-stopping in the air, and beautiful throughout, Pure's a blast from start to finish. A career mode would've gone further than the game's "World Tour" in fully eliminating repetitiveness, but Black Rock has otherwise built a real winner here.
  36. Pure is the new kid on the block, and if given a sequel or two to improve, it could grow into a brilliant beast of a man.
  37. Watching 16 quads fly jump over a massive ramp, with each driver using different tricks, is amazing to watch. It's just a shame that a lot of the online players seem to be a lot better than me. Better keep practicing I guess.
  38. Pure takes racing all the way back to basics and emphasizes fun over complexity yet still incorporates enough depth to have some serious longevity. Excellent stuff. [Issue#37, p.86]
  39. 80
    As the name would imply, Pure wins because it sticks with only the most important facets of ATV racing: crazy handling and absurd, gravity-defying stunts. Its stellar visuals (exemplified by the glittering glacier track set in New Zealand) are simply icing on a cake of solid gameplay that rarely falters in providing the basic racing game essentials.
  40. Pure is probably the best Off-Road racing videogame in years. All the fun and the joy of riding a quad can be found here, and the pack comes with a great arcade style, astonishing environments and accessible and spectacular driving.
  41. Whereas Turok struggled in the murkiness of blandness and unoriginality, PURE offers a mud-slipping, cliff-jumping thrill ride that has come out of nowhere.
  42. Pure puts the arcade back in arcade racer. Simple and fun are the two keywords that describe Pure. Even though the lack of depth won't let you play for long, the game is easy to pick up. And that's what it's about in a game like Pure.
  43. As a starting point for a successful brand, though, Black Rock has totally nailed it, and this represents a hugely promising effort. Stomach churning insanity doesn't get any better right now.
  44. 360 Gamer Magazine UK
    80
    A brilliantly fun racer that feels more like a rollercoaster ride. An excellent mix of speed and tricks, along with some wonderful tracks, great scenery and cool music all brought together with rock solid controls, makes Pure a thoroughly entertaining racing experience.
  45. Pure looks great and runs fast. You'll get a good sense of speed on the ground and you'll get to see enough of the surrounding environment to make those huge jumps look positively majestic. The rider animations are perhaps a bit stiff, and the crashes are cut so short that they start to look a little weird, but overall, it looks terrific.
  46. 80
    Even after getting all the initial enjoyment out of the game, Pure is still definitely fun to pick up for short, satisfying bursts of speed.
  47. A perfectly polished and presented package. It offers extreme-tricking and adrenaline-fuelled racing and does it in a refreshing and challenging way.
  48. While there are slight drawbacks preventing Pure from being an absolute winner it is nevertheless a well executed racer and another excellent addition to the off-road racer genre from the Black Rock team.
  49. Arcade racing game with ATVs as the starring roles. Clean, soft and detailed graphics with a nice taste in stage and acrobatics design. The ability to play online along with 15 more people is its strongest point, though the core mechanic of the game itself proves to addictive on its own, being entertaining and spectacular as few others. Should it have more variety in vehicles to play with, it could even stand up to Motorstorm 2.
  50. Pure doesn't blaze many new trails, but this off-road racer still delivers an intense, tricked-out thrill ride.
  51. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    80
    Tight, fun and fast-paced racing action that just about anyone can enjoy. [Nov 2008, p.89]
  52. 80
    At worst, this is one of the best rental options this year. It doesn't have the depth or longevity of the big simulation racers but for sheer hair-raising off road action, a new franchise is born.
  53. The astounding visuals and deeper deviations from a simple arcade game keep Pure fresh, and while it isn’t perfect, it'll certainly take you for an exhilarating ride.
  54. There are other, deeper, and ultimately more satisfying racing games out there. But for a pure, pick-up-and-play sense of speed and fun, Pure is hard to beat.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Aug 2, 2011
    8
    Great game, include a good variety of parts to build some awesome ATVs. An great amount of tricks and overall a fun time for everyone. ThisGreat game, include a good variety of parts to build some awesome ATVs. An great amount of tricks and overall a fun time for everyone. This was a great chioce for me and could be for you too. I suggest to pick it up soon! Full Review »
  2. ZunG.
    Oct 6, 2008
    1
    Completely uninspired. Good background rendering but that's about it. It isn't a game you'll come back to again and Completely uninspired. Good background rendering but that's about it. It isn't a game you'll come back to again and again...perhaps not even a second time. Full Review »
  3. Sep 8, 2016
    7
    Pure is a solid ATV racer.

    The gameplay is good,with great controls,decent physics,and well-designed tracks with a variety of race types.
    Pure is a solid ATV racer.

    The gameplay is good,with great controls,decent physics,and well-designed tracks with a variety of race types.

    The graphics are good,with a good framerate that stutters occasionally.You can also completely create your own ATV's from scratch.

    The sound design and soundtrack are okay.

    Overall,Pure is a good game that just falls short of being considered a competitor in the racing game genre.
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