Pure Football is a 5-on-5 arcade game with a blatant disregard for the laws of physics. If done right, arcade sports games can be a lot of fun. In Pure Football, however, it’s all gone horribly wrong.
Gameplay is where Pure Football suffers the most. Stiff animation and clunky player movement make you feel like you’re controlling elephants rather than the world’s top pro footballers.
The poor animation also affects the responsiveness of controls, resulting in delayed passes and shots on goal. Regardless of where you direct shots, the ball seems to travel along its predetermined paths.
So even though you may see a teammate in an open space, there is a chance that your pass will be directed closer to an opponent. The AI doesn’t help matters either. Teammates have a knack for making runs straight into opposition players, and in defence, they run around everywhere but in the direction of the ball. Visual presentation is slick at times, but mostly bland and lacking in detail.
Even if the intention was to go after a cartoony art style, the detail and texture work are way below par. There’s no commentary to speak of; just a barely noticeable soundtrack and the occasional sounds of players calling for passes. Pure Football also falls short in graphics and audio.
No matter how much you love football, Pure Football is not a game you should buy or play. It’s short on content and the gameplay is broken. Just pretend this game doesn’t exist.