When I heard Disney was publishing a trick-based
ATV racing game, an image of mudcovered
Disney princesses catching air on
four-wheelers flashed across my mind. I was
bummed to find that PURE does not feature
Jasmine, Ariel, and the rest of the gang.
Despite this, the game does not fail to please.
PURE (which actually isn’t an acronym) brings
ATV racing back on the video game map in a big
way. The game gives you humongous, visually
impressive racetracks with death-defying jumps,
while it kindly asks you to perform the most
insane tricks you’ll ever see. Think SSX Tricky
but on four wheels.
The game offers a fairly decent number of
modes. The single player is divided into three
modes — Race, Sprint, and Freestyle — and you
pretty much rinse and repeat them in dif-ferent
locations across the globe. If you do get bored,
there is an online mode (and good luck finding
people who aren’t playing Call of Duty 4),
but sadly no split-screen multiplayer.
One of the really appealing features in PURE is
the risk/reward system between speed boosts
and tr icks. The sicker the tr ick, the more
boost you get; the more boost you use, the less
complex your tricks become. When you start a
race, you’re only able to per-form basic tricks
with the A button. After landing a few basic
tricks, your boost meter begins to fill, allowing you
to bust intermediate tricks (B button + left
stick) and, finally, advanced tricks (Y button +
left stick). So the game forces you to master the
balance of the two, which hasn’t really been
done in an arcade racer before.
Overall, though, if you’re big arcade racing
fan, then you can’t go wrong with PURE.
My only real problem with the game is that
the single player mode fal ls somewhere
between “8 a.m. Chemistry lecture” and “David
Blaine’s latest stunt” on my “I’m really getting
PURE (X360, PS3)
Developer: Black Rock Studios
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios