Pool Nation video game reviewWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Pool Nation (Cherry Pop Games) – PlayStation Network
If you have any interest in virtual pool games you might have already heard of Pool Nation as it has been a favorite for fans on the genre. For owners of the PlayStation 3 however, they have had to wait a few months for the title to be ported over from the Xbox 360. Fans can be happy knowing the transfer has been faithful, but for those already who have the PlayStation title, Hustle Kings, the experience is very comprable. Pool Nation offers stunning visuals and a wide variety of game modes but does little to separate itself from the competition.
When you think about graphical showpieces it is likely that a downloadable title comes mind, let alone a game about the common pastime of pool. Developer, Cherry Pop Games, has gone through extraordinary lengths to make this game something to show off. The variety of reflections and lighting effects from the highly detailed balls to the partial effects of the chalk spreading around when hit on impact showcase the greatly detailed graphics. Tour and Endurance Mode along with a tutorial option are the available types of play for offline play. Tour mode offers the usual campaign experience mixing it up with 8 and 9-ball play and also offering other variations like challenges for some satisfying trick shots, which developers map out nicely for players in the tutorials. A spin on the survival mode, often seen in fighting games, is presented with Endurance Mode. A time limit is set and the player must knock in 24 balls before the time runs. All the single modes are available for multiplayer and online play.
I have already experience Pool Nation’s main competition, Hustle Kings. Besides Pool Nation being a aesthetically stronger game, I do not see myself being able to recommend one over the other because they both offer similar experiences, which may be because there is only so much one can do in the pool game genre. If you have not already played Hustle Kings, you will not be disappointed with this pool simulation game (***, rated E for everyone, $8.49 on PSN, also available on XBLA).
+ Variety of single and multiplayer modes
+ Fantastic graphics
- Does little to differentiate from competition