“ Manufacturer: Codemasters „
Love this game but then I love snooker. Simple to use with tutorial included and plenty of levels to ensure you can still win a few sets as your negotiating your way around the game. Good to play on own and fantastic with two players however misses is a bit of a snookerphobe so dont get to play two players often. Must have game for anyone with an interest in snooker. Good value for money providing hours of entertainment. Very intensive and once started I couldnt stop playing. The kids have no interest in snooker but even they enjoyed it.
Snooker is boring. That’s just my opinion and as I’m bigger than all of you it means that I’m right. Oh, sorry, less attitude? OK. Snooker is reeeeeeaaaaalllly boring!!!!!!!! That would technically make you clinically insane if you were going to recreate this dull, actionless ‘sport’ in the form of a computer game wouldn’t it? So why on earth are Codemasters presenting us with this horrible thing that I see before me? World Championship Snooker 2002 - even the title could make you fall asleep if you were to read it just that once too often. Sadly, I’m now being faced with an astoundingly grim reality and that reality is that for the first time in my life I’m kind of interested in Snooker. A couple of months back I couldn’t put the demo of this title down. It’s as if Codemasters have laced this title with the most addictive gaming stimulant known to man. Now a statement like that quite clearly needs to be backed up with some hard evidence so grab your cue and follow me…. Graphics: There are some titles out there that feel better if they’ve got cutting edge visuals and graphical effects galore. This game is at the other end of the spectrum however and does not demand quite the same level of visual stimulation. The whole graphical look of this game is good. The most important things such as the snooker tables, balls etc are actually very realistic looking. Balls feature accurate reflections and as you pan around the table you can see the polished wood revealing glare as lights bounce off it. OK, so it’s not going to have you reaching for the tissues but let’s be honest – this kind of title isn’t going to shift copies based on graphical splendour. If there is one thing that I am disappointed with it really has to be the featured players. From time to time you get a TV style look at your player who is likely to be someone that yo
u know (Ronnie O’Sullivan etc) but you’re not going to be saying ‘hey, that looks exactly like Ronnie O’Sullivan!’. Just about the only game that ever made me say that was Virtua Tennis. It’s a real shame as the players are obviously recognisable names that feature in the Snooker world so more realistic similarities would have been a big bonus. The bottom line is that there is very little to be disappointed with, as the overall presentation is good - if nothing to write home about. Sounds: One thing that I couldn’t get out of my head was that menu music! A strange thing to say perhaps but that’s me for you, strange. Now despite what you may be thinking, there are quite a few things to hear in this title including match commentary from the legendary Dennis Taylor. The commentary is one of the most impressive features as it’s almost always relevant and at times it’s even a little spooky as he points out exactly the right information. You’ve had a look at the balls on the table and you’re thinking ‘yep, the green has to be the one to go for’ then Dennis says ‘looks like the green is the one to go for’. Scary – but clever. Balls bouncing off each other, cues striking the balls and even coughing (oh yes!) can be heard clearly and it all sounds just right. In game music is provided by the Chemical Brothers and Steps. OK, there is some in game music actually but it’s only during some of the more fun elements that it appears (and in case you haven’t guessed, it isn’t provided by the Chemical Brothers or Steps). Snooker Cue peripheral: Wouldn’t it be great if each copy came complete with a mock up snooker cue (and let’s face it, it could be done)? Well, there’s no need and if a Golf game can be controlled using a gamepad then so can Snooker titles. This is definitely the best control
method I’ve used in this kind of game and it really does work incredibly well. Every time you are about to take a shot a set of arrows appears. One is the direction of the ball you are aiming at and the other is the direction the cue ball will take after the shot. If you apply some backspin or swerve you can pot the ball without putting the cue ball in another pocket. Shots which are close to pockets tend to be made nice and simple due to this method but longer shots become more difficult as the arrows only stretch so far. This way you get a fairly good simulation of real life Snooker shots as the long ones will require careful positioning and judgement. Content: Again the WCS2002 team have done themselves proud. There are more options and possibilities here than you can shake a stick at. If you want to just pick up and play then you can go for it, be it alone against the CPU or against a friend. Failing that you can get seriously stuck in and take the championship route whilst engaging in tournaments from around the world (and yes, each venue differs too – you don’t just see the table). Dennis Taylor can talk you through training, you can pick your own character and if you really want to you can give him a lovely pink shirt. Those of you who know me will already be aware of my habit of dressing gaming sports stars in the most horrible kit available! If it’s Snooker related then it’s almost guaranteed to be here so even if you’re a hardened Snooker addict you should be feeling very satisfied with what you’re being presented with. Thumbs down: World Championship Snooker 2002 contains everything that bores me with the real game and yet for some reason I just can’t put this damned game down! It would have been more appealing to the likes of me if players looked more realistic but other than that there seems to be only one major criticism. Even as a non-snooker fan I have no
ticed one HUGE problem – what on earth are the snooker table’s cushions made of?!!!! The physics of this title are stated as being absolutely spot on but as soon as the balls hit cushions it just doesn’t look right. They even sound a bit too solid (so I can only presume that this is intentional). Whenever, on the rare occasion, I’ve played Snooker I always felt that you can’t whack the balls off cushions as they’ll bounce quite well – that just doesn’t seem to be the case in WCS2002. Perhaps I’ve got it wrong though, all I know is that it’s one element that doesn’t feel quite right. The verdict: Despite the simplistic gameplay and very average graphics World Championship Snooker 2002 gets a resounding thumbs up from me. It’s very addictive (hence the five star rating) and it’s the sort of game that is good fun to play on a console with or without friends. Let’s put this into perspective – it’s the first PS2 game that my other half has played so far (and that really is a major achievement). I can see the game packaging now…”Thumbs up from Mrs.Coates” – it’ll sell by the lorryload! MR.COATES
How real can a snooker game get? With the awesome power of the playstation2 this is pretty close. There are various things to partake in with this game, you can enter career mode and take on 70 other world-class snooker players and aim to get to a NO.1 ranking in the world of snooker. You have the opportunity to brush up on your real life snooker skills by going through this very clever coaching mode. Dennis Taylor guides you through a full snooker game advising you which ball to hit, where to hit the white and how hard to hit it. This is invaluable to getting better at the real game! You have the ability to take part in all of the snooker championships. These include, The Grand Prix, British Open, China Cup, Royal Scots and a few others that I am unable to remember at present. You are able to win prize money for winning tournaments. I thoroughly enjoyed playing this game and it will last me thoroughly the 2002 snooker season. I highly recommend this game to snooker and non-snooker fans alike!
Snooker. Not the obvious choice for a PS2 game is it? With the screeching tyres of Gran Turismo 3, and the thumping blows of the much anticipated Tekken 4, why would someone want to knock some coloured balls around a table? Well, in truth, because it's one of the most fun, challenging and relaxing games you'll ever find. In the past snooker games have been dogged by poor controls, difficult opponents and unconvincing physics, but all this has been put right in World Championship Snooker. Balls roll and bounce as they would if you were watching on TV, the commentators make useful comments in the right places, and best of all, it's easy to make adjustments to the angle and spin on the shot without pinging the ball into the audience. Admittedly, people who like a bit of pace in their games won't get on with this. It's snooker as we know it, and you won't get any big explosions or 200mph car chases. What you WILL get is a gaming experience the likes of which you will not regret.
Here is an odd game, as most people would say ‘oh look; it’s a snooker game. How boring can you get’. Well I’m sorry but this one makes an exception. For years I have said the same thing, that snooker games are so boring and that I would never get one. Well I was wrong. There are many different fun modes you can play on this game, which will keep you at the screen for hours on end. Firstly I am going to talk about the players. You have a range of world-class players to choose from, such as Steven Henry and Mark Williams. What shocked me about this game is that there is a create-player-mode. So even if your favourite snooker player isn’t in the game you can create him. There is a career mode so that you can go through years, competing in tournaments and having friendly bouts. The good thing about this mode is that you can use your created player on it. So you can win 7 world championships in a row and beat every single computer player till your hearts consent, that’s if you’re good enough though. There is a fantastic mode on this game called the Fun Mode. This takes the mind off the frustrating games you have by playing trick shots and other good games. This is also 2 player, so you can have competitions between you and your mate. This just gets you into the game more when you first buy the game as well; it lets you get use to the controls a little better. You can also do tournaments, as this is a mode. No I am not talking about the career mode as this does tournaments and other little stuff. You can get straight in there in this mode. Playing for world championships and embassy’s (if that’s what they call it). The exhibition and the quick match modes are also in the game, so if you want to show your mate who’s really best then you can kick some ass here. You can also play against the computer in this mode, if you want to just touch up on your
safety shots. Overall this game looks pretty cool, even if it is snooker. So I would advise anyone to buy this game. THANKS FOR READING SEANAPHUN