The main game mode that you will be spending your time on is tournament mode, which consists of 8 events, each one having 5 race type modes. Depending on how you finish in the race you can earn up to 3 stars which are needed to unlock further events. Now for £10 you would expect some length to this, but in reality the tournament can be finished in a few hours and there is little reason to go back to earn the 3 stars in each race, as the gameplay really isn’t that exciting.

The quad bikes handle just fine, but there is a lack of depth in the gameplay that hurts the experience. Given the name of the title you would expect to be able to pull off crazy tricks that give you that sweet satisfaction, however this is not the case as there are only a few tricks to pull off such as a front and back flips. There is one nice addition called the air drop whereby on certain areas on a track there will be target zones after a jump and you have to land in that area to give yourself some boost. But this isn’t enough and is a big shame considering the amount of air time that you get in each race, and an even bigger shame as the track design is actually quite good offering the player different routes to take to give you the advantage over the AI opponents.

To give the game that arcade feel, there are power ups that you can acquire by driving through them; including recharge, boost, and shortcuts. Boost is straightforward, it allows you to go that much faster with the press of a button and recharge drops boost power ups just ahead of you. These are simple ideas but are a necessity if you want to win. The inclusion of a shortcut power up gives players routes that were inaccessible at one point, there is nothing wrong with this idea but one element of racing games that I love is finding my own shortcuts. Imagine if Burnout Paradise showed you where all the shortcuts were in a race, that would be half the fun gone and the same goes here.

Another problem with the tournament mode is the fact that each event is hugely dominated with only the race mode. Therefore, even though it has 5 types of races which are, stunt race, arena, race the clock, ghost challenge and normal race, it’s still lacking the variety to keep you interested in playing. Arena mode is definitely the highlight of the game modes, in which there are several checkpoints in an oval shaped arena and the winner is determined by who is the quickest to go through all the points. Why this is not in more of the events is bizarre and the fact that we don’t see a lot of the stunt races clearly demonstrates that the trick system is poorly done.

With each race that you complete you earn XP which in turn raises your level. The problem with this though is that there are no real rewards. Whilst you earn new quad bikes, at the end of the day they all feel the same. This wouldn’t be the case if maybe you could customise them more, but all you can do is change the paint style.

The game visually looks ok but the aesthetics of it just don’t match the gameplay that you expect, and that’s probably it’s biggest problem, it’s suffering from an identity crisis. It just doesn’t know if it wants to be a serious or fun game.

This is a shallow game with no depth to the gameplay and with better games like Pure, you would be MAD to spend the asking price of £10



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Aaron Stone
Aaron Stone

I am an audio and music technology student, who loves playing video games. My favourite game of all time is Metal Gear Solid 3:Snake Eater and my favourite online game is Gears of War 3.