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Having always been a fan of sports games on the consoles I am someone who tries hard to have a variety available to me (currently I have football, American football, basketball, ice hockey, cricket, golf, tennis and boxing) but snooker is not one that I have ever been that interested in (all those years back I owned Jimmy Whites Whirlwind Snooker on the Amiga) but following on from a colleague at work telling me that he had this game and to give it a try I took a look and found it for less than £10 delivered so picked it up and wanted to let people know what it is all about.
The game is, rather obviously, a snooker simulation but does also offer up pool for those more keen on the faster game. I am going to review the snooker side of the game as this is what I play.
The game starts out by allowing you to select what you wish to play which for me was to go through designing my own player. Here you will select how to spend skill points, design your body, hair, face and even your outfits in order to have a player who represents you in your matches. Once you have your player designed it is time to move on to the season play where you will go through qualifiers matches to see if you are able to qualify for tournaments...don't get dis-heartened when you don't reach the tournaments as I have found it a challenge too with patience definately being needed in large doses but stick with it and you will see improvements.
The game is well developed with a good standard of graphics and a well thought out control system but this does not make it an easy game as one mistake can lead to your winning or losing being outwith your control so concentration is a major requirement. The commentary is good throughout the game but some of it will get on your nerves with the likes of "no position there" then becomming "brilliant positioning for his next shot" which is a bit annoying but I have found I am not noticing it much after a few plays. Their is some commentary also where you will hear comments about getting a cup of coffee or about sandwiches which for me is something that can make you feel slightly like snooker is a boring game which for me it isn't.
If you are into snooker as a game (don't have to enjoy watching it) then this is a great game for you and one I could see myself playing with a few drinks and some mates around as it is something where missing the easiest of shots is something that can happen and you need to laugh off.
Overall an excellent offering which I have been informed by people I trust has had huge improvements over the previous offering from the year before.