Brunswick Pro Bowling
Finally a new bowling game on the console
world and what better console than the PlayStation Portal that
introduces Brunswick Pro Bowling for the portable gaming market. Bowling
is also a game that is accessible by almost everyone and in the past,
many developers who have attempted to create a bowling game generally
created something a little dull and lacklustre, unless it was designed
for the Nintendo WII which is as close as you can get to real bowling.
However, this game is the PSP and in its
essence is a professional bowling game that offers the gamer a variety
of gameplay modes, options and good old fashioned bowling fun that beats
any mobile phone game. Whether you want to start your career as a
professional bowler or play a quick game, the title has quite a bit of
variety... especially for a bowling game.
For those that want an in-depth
bowling experience, the player needs to create their bowling avatar
which means selecting their sex, hairstyle, clothing, body types and
even facial expressions which will give the title that personal touch.
Once you have created your bowler, you're basically ready to hit the
lanes and hopefully get those strikes.
As you play against your opponents in the
league, the more games you win, the more money you are awarded and your
reputation begins to grow in the professional bowling community. This
aspect of the title is almost sim-like as you can purchase additional
items for your character and even improve their statistics such as
accuracy and even arm strength.
This RPG part of Brunswick Pro Bowling
gives the genre a much needed boost because computer generated bowling
is sometimes a little dull, unlike this current title. As you progress
through the world of Brunswick Pro Bowling, you soon start moving up in
the different leagues and tournaments in order to become one of the top
king pins around.
The control system of the game is rather apt and allows for some
entertaining and strategic play with the developers creating a rather
good graphics engine to surround the gameplay. You can control how much
spin, speed and strength your bowl will have that uses the d-pad and
analog stick on the PSP.
Even the small things in the title such as your
bowler's fatigue will effect the gameplay of the title which adds to
realistic nature of the title. In order to master a strike or spare, you
basically need to be extremely accurate with the control system but once
mastered, it gives the gamer the satisfaction they are seeking.
Graphically, Brunswick Pro Bowling is a
fairly good looking title on the PSP with detailed bowler animations,
good backgrounds and a decent menu system. Strangely enough in order to
get more bang for your money, you will need to hold the PSP vertically
in order to get that true bowling feel as you gaze down the alley. The
pin and bowl animation is quite realistic and match that with a variety
of bowling sound effects and it's almost as if you are almost at the
In conclusion, Brunswick Pro Bowling is a sturdy title on the PSP that
comes at an affordable price with good graphics and quite good gameplay.
The only downside of the title is that it cannot capture the real fun of
bowling but it's great for those times where you want to have a few
games of bowling when you're out on the road. Definitely recommended for
those seeking something a little different or for lovers of bowling.