Blackrock Studios' ATV racer is just around the corner, but we thought we'd take one more look at the game before its launch. While we've seen the game a few times already on the Xbox 360, we thought it was time to see how the PlayStation 3 version stacks up. From what we've seen, we're pleased to report it stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Xbox 360 version. The game is looking pretty solid, and while the team at Brighton-based Blackrock Studios are no doubt busy polishing the game as we speak, for the most part it looks complete.
Pure's gameplay is split among three modes: race, sprint, and freestyle. The first two are pretty self-explanatory and consist of five- and three-lap races respectively. One interesting caveat is that the sprint races feature a modified, shorter track than that in the race mode. The freestyle mode, on the other hand, requires you to pull off as many insane tricks as you can, all while keeping an eye on your ever-dropping fuel gauge. You'll fill up the tank at the end of each lap and can also pick up fuel bonuses along the way, in addition to other upgrades such as score multipliers when performing tricks. When you've eventually run out of juice, the event is over.
We've seen the Wyoming, Italy, and New Mexico stages before, so we headed to a new stage this time around: Ocotillo Wells, California. Set in the baking hot California desert, it's perfect for an off-road racer like Pure. The stage takes place in an aircraft graveyard with the shells of old cargo and passenger planes strewn around. The track is littered with old fences, spare tyres, corrugated iron, and scrap metal for that authentic feel. It might not offer as many chances to grab some insane airtime, as Italy does, but the curving corners and steep jumps make it well suited to faced-paced races.