Excerpt: Pool Nation is now available on the PlayStation Network and was released on the Xbox Live Marketplace in October of last year (2012). The game has been developed by CherryPop Games. Pool Nation allows you to play games of virtual pool without breaking the bank or even having to leave the comfort of your own home. The game's tutorials help give a handle on the gameplay mechanics for various types of shots you can make.
Conclusion: It's hard to see why you'd need multiple billiards games, but Pool Nation is a fine choice if you are just looking for a way into the genre. Solid physics and solid design are all you really need and you'll get that and more here.
Excerpt: Pool Nation first saw its release on Xbox Live in the dying months of last year, and was well received critically. Now CherryPop Games have brought the game to another system in the form of a PS3 version, which is now available to download on Sony’s PlayStation Network. Pool Nation is the England-based developer’s very first game, and, as you’ll find out in this review, it’s a rather good first effort.
Excerpt: Pool is a sport that has been played for centuries around the world, and the sport has made its way into the video game industry plenty of times over the years as well. Whether playing classic 8-Ball, attempting to pull off the best trick shots or even completely changing the rules of the game for more extreme releases of pool games, nearly every iteration of the sport has been released in some form or another at some time in gaming, but the game has never looked better...
Conclusion: Nothing cheap, nothing overly time consuming, but especially in the case of the Endurance mode achievements, of which there are several, requiring a high level of skill and/or practise. This is an excellent pool game, I might even say definitive. Worthy of 1200MSP. The fact that it is only 800MSP makes it a steal. And if you need any more content, there's already a large pack of balls, cues and decals available for a paltry 80MSP more.
Conclusion: Sports games can be hit or miss. On the execution side, Pool Nation is all hit. I absolutely feel that there is no more accurate representation of the game of pool, and was really impressed with all the extra features Cherry Pop Games added to the overall product. Community online play misses the mark, but there’s not much to be done when there’s rarely anyone to play against.