Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: When I was first looked at the box of Real Pool for the Playstation 2, I was quite impressed with the detail of the graphics. I am a PC gamer originally, so I was anxious to see what the PS2 had to offer. The tables and cues look very realistic. Unlike some pool games on the market, there are no opponents on the screen. You see their pool cues, but that's about it.
Conclusion: Real Pool is not a terrible game -- you certainly could do worse -- but it is not exactly a next-generation billiards simulator. The presentation and gameplay are lacking, and an awkward camera system makes lining up shots more tedious than it should be, which is a definite no-no for this type of game. Although it provides a few hours of entertainment, the light challenge and questionable replay value limit long-term enjoyment.
Excerpt: Billiards simulations usually have to add some sort of extra pool-style fun that wouldn't be possible in real life or enough options and features to make it seem like a comprehensive package. Real Pool tries to deliver on both of these counts, but aside from a fairly inclusive list of pool variants, the game doesn't have much to offer. Real Pool is made up of four different game types, which then break down into the different rule sets.