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Developer: Takara
Publisher: Infogrames

1-2 Players
PS2 memory card 150kb on 8mb
Analog/digital control
Vibration function
Rating: Everyone

Da Introduction:

Pool is not a favourite pastime of mine, but video games are. So when there's a video game about pool it better be good. The PS2 now has 2 pool titles. Q-Ball Billiards Master and Real Pool. Real Pool developed by Takara and published by Infogrames is the title I'll be focusing on in this review. The graphics look much better than any other pool or billiards title so I decided to try it. "Rack 'em up."

Da Graphics:

Okay, the bad news first. Real Pool's graphics are marred by 1 thing, jaggies. The dreaded jaggies give this game an unpolished, unfinished look. Since most of the game's action takes place on straight edges (i.e. the cue stick and straight tables), the rolling effect placed on them by the lack of anti-aliasing will probably turn off most gamers as it did me. Otherwise, the graphics are fairly well done. There are no large amounts of polygons being thrown on screen, so Real Pool doesn't even come close to taxing the PS2's power. The model constructs are good representations of pool tables and their surroundings. I found the custom tables in puzzle mode very cool with some very imaginative and bizarre creations. There are also no signs of clipping and slowdown throughout the whole game.

Da Sound:

Unfortunately the musical selections in Real Pool are, Real Poor. Most of the tracks reminded me of late 70's early 80's sitcom music. "Ouch!" The balance of the music felt like I was ballroom dancing, now that's an ugly picture. Luckily, the gamer can turn the music completely off. So they'll be able to hear the quite well done sound effects. The sounds of balls hitting each other and dropping into pockets will almost fool you into thinking you were really playing in a pool hall. I especially liked the pool ball "crack" when breaking at the start of a new game.

Da Gameplay:

The gameplay mechanics in Real Pool are solid, but ultimately the overall experience suffers from a few letdowns. There really isn't much more you can do on a console and most people would probably have more fun going out to play real pool. A hardcore pool nut will no doubt love this title; there are a plethora of modes and options buried within the game. Casual gamers will more than likely skip most of them to get to the meat and potatoes. There are 4 modes with countless options. For simplicity sake we'll stick with the basics. The modes include Carom games, Pocket games, Tournament and Puzzle. I played straight 8-ball in pocket games mode. The gamer must sink 8 balls in any pocket or order. They must stick with a solid or striped colour and sink the 8-ball (black) last in a pre-determined pocket. This mode is perfect for the casual gamer.

For the most part I found the control very straightforward and easy to use. Another mode I tried was the puzzle mode. The object here is to clear the table of solid coloured balls. This is made difficult by having striped balls thrown in (you cannot hit or touch them). Having to go around them is even more difficult because you play on over 40 different customized tables. The table designs are key here. They can range from circular to cloverleaf and everything in between. Playing the angles will take a large amount of skill but this is most enjoyable and sometimes frustrating. In addition, Real Pool's manual lists a glossary of terminology for the rookie pool player. I found this to be an excellent touch.

Da Conclusion:

Real Pool is a solid pool sim. Fans of this type of game should be satisfied, especially with the whole host of options and modes included. The graphics could have used a bit more polish, but overall they were fine. As a casual gamer of this type of game I found my attention span wavered. Quite honestly I would much rather go out and play pool in a real hall. The puzzle mode is a redeeming factor in this title. Real Pool barely earns a joystick up.

Graphics: 6.0
Sound: 4.0
Gameplay: 5.5
Reviewers Tilt 5.0
Overall: 5.2

Real Pool was reviewed by DA GAMEBOYZ contributor Alucard

Real Pool

 

Real Pool

ESRB: Rating Pending - RP
Platform: PlayStation 2
Category: Sports
 
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Developer: Takara Publisher: Infogrames 1-2 Players PS2 memory card 150kb on 8mb Analog/digital control Vibration function Rating: Everyone Da Introduction: Pool is not a favourite pastime of mine, but video games are. So when there's a video game about pool it better be good. The PS2 now has 2 pool titles. Q-Ball Billiards Master and Real Pool. Real Pool developed by Takara and published by Infogrames is the title I'll be focusing on in this review. The graphics look much better than any other pool or billiards title so I decided to try it. "Rack 'em up." Da Graphics: Okay, the bad news first. Real Pool's graphics are marred by 1 thing, jaggies. The dreaded jaggies give this game an unpolished, unfinished look. Since most of the game's action takes place on straight edges (i.e. the cue stick and straight tables), the rolling effect placed on them by the lack of anti-aliasing will probably turn off most gamers as it did me. Otherwise, the graphics are fairly well done. There are no large amounts of polygons being thrown on screen, so Real Pool doesn't even come close to taxing the PS2's power. The model constructs are good representations of pool tables and their surroundings. I found the custom tables in puzzle mode very cool with some very imaginative and bizarre creations. There are also no signs of clipping and slowdown throughout the whole game. Da Sound: Unfortunately the musical selections in Real Pool are, Real Poor. Most of the tracks reminded me of late 70's early 80's sitcom music. "Ouch!" The balance of the music felt like I was ballroom dancing, now that's an ugly picture. Luckily, the gamer can turn the music completely off. So they'll be able to hear the quite well done sound effects. The sounds of balls hitting each other and dropping into pockets will almost fool you into thinking you were really playing in a pool hall. I especially liked the pool ball "crack" when breaking at the start of a new game. Da Gameplay: The gameplay mechanics in Real Pool are solid, but ultimately the overall experience suffers from a few letdowns. There really isn't much more you can do on a console and most people would probably have more fun going out to play real pool. A hardcore pool nut will no doubt love this title; there are a plethora of modes and options buried within the game. Casual gamers will more than likely skip most of them to get to the meat and potatoes. There are 4 modes with countless options. For simplicity sake we'll stick with the basics. The modes include Carom games, Pocket games, Tournament and Puzzle. I played straight 8-ball in pocket games mode. The gamer must sink 8 balls in any pocket or order. They must stick with a solid or striped colour and sink the 8-ball (black) last in a pre-determined pocket. This mode is perfect for the casual gamer. For the most part I found the control very straightforward and easy to use. Another mode I tried was the puzzle mode. The object here is to clear the table of solid coloured balls. This is made difficult by having striped balls thrown in (you cannot hit or touch them). Having to go around them is even more difficult because you play on over 40 different customized tables. The table designs are key here. They can range from circular to cloverleaf and everything in between. Playing the angles will take a large amount of skill but this is most enjoyable and sometimes frustrating. In addition, Real Pool's manual lists a glossary of terminology for the rookie pool player. I found this to be an excellent touch. Da Conclusion: Real Pool is a solid pool sim. Fans of this type of game should be satisfied, especially with the whole host of options and modes included. The graphics could have used a bit more polish, but overall they were fine. As a casual gamer of this type of game I found my attention span wavered. Quite honestly I would much rather go out and play pool in a real hall. The puzzle mode is a redeeming factor in this title. Real Pool barely earns a joystick up. Graphics: 6.0 Sound: 4.0 Gameplay: 5.5 Reviewers Tilt 5.0 Overall: 5.2 Real Pool was reviewed by DA GAMEBOYZ contributor Alucard



 
 

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