“ Genre: Sports, Manufacturer: Sega „
When the game World Championship Championship 2005 was released in 2005 on the PSP it was the first snooker game on the console. After I had played a few snooker game sin the past I was curious to see whether or not this would be a good game for a portable console. With the game having so many top players on the game it promised to be very good so I had to purchase it to see if it was as good as it was built up to be.
When this was first released the price was £24.99 which considering that a similar game on the PS3 would set you back around £45 the price seemed acceptable due to it being on a smaller system. After looking around for the game now you can get it for as cheap as £8-£10 which I think is a very good price considering what this game offers the user.
This is the thing I was most interested in because it doesn't matter if you get a cheap game, if the game isn't good it is just a waste. With the game now having over 100 professional players which I don't think I had ever seen on a snooker game before it offers the user a wide range of difficulty.
Going onto difficulty you can choose whether you want to play in Easy, Medium or Hard mode. My recommendation would be that you start off on Easy because the game itself can be very difficult at times. If you start off on Easy you will get an arrow on where your shot is going to end up, on the hard mode you won't get this which does make it far harder.
If you play against someone like Stephen Lee on whatever mode it is you will find it is much easier to play against him than someone like Stephen Hendry or Ronnie O'Sullivan. This is a good feature because with numerous snooker games you find it doesn't matter who you play they all do the same thing. I found that when you play one of the very top players you take much longer with your shot choice because you know if you miss they will likely knock in a 60+ and end your frame.
Graphics and Controls
The graphics on the game are actually pretty good considering it is on a portable system. The image of the player is also very good and looks very similar to what they actually look like in real life. You will also find that it is very simple to use the game and take your shots. You can put things such as spin on the ball by simply clicking on the ball and moving the arrow. Stuff like that is very simple and will be very easy for anyone to get used to.
You can start a career mode which you can design your own player on your image and start a career hoping to get to the World Championship. This is a good mode I believe because you have to make sure you play well to earn enough ranking points to get into tournaments. Other modes are Bar Billiards and Snooker plus.
Overall as the first snooker game released on the PSP I was very happy with how this game actually played. The players are all very real and this is what makes it that extra bit better. The game unlike most snooker games in the past is very hard and when playing on the highest level and against the highest ranked players you need to make sure that you take everything into consideration. I think if you own a PSP and are a snooker fan this game is a must have.
There are a lot of sports games on the market for every console from football to tennis, golf and snooker. I had a snooker game years ago on the PC which was okay but this is the only game I've owned and played recently to do with snooker and I normally get into it again when the world championships comes round on TV. I found it a very good simulation of the real thing. It is not that expensive to pick up now and is great value for money as keeps you occupied for a fair while.
The thing that makes this game more interesting than other snooker emulations I've played is the fact that you can challenge yourself against the top 100 players in snooker based on their rankings in 2005 when the game was released. Therefore you can enter tournaments and play against the best players thoughout each tournament to get enough ranking points to play in the world championship, the ultimate prize in snooker.
The best thing about this this game is that the harder the player you play the harder it gets. For example, if you come up against say Stephen Hendry if you miss a pot you can quite literally be sat there while they clear up like in real snooker. This may sound boring but adds a realism to it. Plus you don't have to watch while they wipe the floor with you. You can skip over their shots so it's quicker and rattles up the points on the board.
There are three distincitve modes, easy, medium or hard. If you start on easy mode then you have a an arrow pointer with which you can line up shots into pockets exactly right. It's easy for potting but you still need to get the positioning right. On hard mode you have no help and you are thrust into a proper game with no help like in the real game. This is the most realistic and toughest level of the game. And it's hard to master..
The graphics and player characters are pretty realistic and you can create your own player at the start to launch your career with and customise them. As for the gameplay it's pretty easy to use and the controls are not hard unlike some snooker games.
Overall this is an excellent snooker game and if you are into your snooker it's a must have and I highly recommend for value for money and realism.