Virtual Pool Tournament Edition
Pool games are such a
hit and miss affair (GEDDIT! HIT! MISS!) that often they simply fly
under the radar for anyone other than devoted enthusiasts of the game.
Let down by shoddy ball physics, pool titles are left to gather dust on
shelves till they hit such a low price that some simpleton is bound to
pick them up.
With this title all the usual gameplay options are
there for those who love pool and want to get serious about it. For the
rest of us, sorry but no quick game for you buddy! Set up of a profile
is a must and whilst it certainly has a lot of features, there is no get
in and out of a game quickly.
In career mode you can work your way
up and out of the garage to the luxury settings where the big money is.
There is the addition of a cue shop where you can buy all important new
cues to make those shots count. The intelligence of the opponents varies
and provides a nice challenge although personality wise, there could
have been slight improvement.
There is no online aspect to the game which would
have been fun to play against other people around the world and maybe a
leaderboard of some type but it is not to be.
The balls move nicely around the table and even leave
it with a good degree of realism, play is fairly quick with the AI not
too sloppy in providing decent competition. The main antagonist in the
game Curly is not too overwhelming and his voice work, whilst meant to
be intimidating falls a bit flat.
Graphics and Audio are pretty ordinary and what do
you expect from a pool game? At the cut rate price this puppy will go
out the doors at, you really have no right to complain! I think that the
Xbox has potentially hit the point now that any game will make it
through as they try to prepare punters for Xbox 360° and the great
titles that they are going to unleash on the world with that amazing
It happened with the PS2 and is was
bound to happen here as well, at least little kids will get more games.
Recommended for pool enthusiasts only.