Football games are a bit like Lady Gaga’s wardrobe; every game is diametrically different. Some require a doctorate in rocket science just to get past the menu screen while others just ask for a sturdy forehead and repeated hits on the controller in order to win the World Cup. Imagine my surprise finding Pure Football has simple controls, even a thumbless chimp could play like Ronaldo on crack within minutes. It focuses more on the physical side of the game, doesn’t pretend to be something it isn’t, looks great, feels great and it’s bloody fun to boot.
Pure Football is a game that as removed all the pretentious formality from the beautiful game. Gone are the commentators repeating the same four phrases with feigned enthusiasm. No fake crowds that look like a bad Picasso forgery. No referees, just you and four team-mates versus two hundred and thirty of the best professional footballers to touch the pitch in the last decade. It sounds too good to be true but it isn’t.