Vita (also on PS3/PSN)
not for balls, we’d all be fucked. Actually, more to the point we
wouldn’t be – in which case none of us would even exist. Umm.
What we started getting at before a mid-sentence realisation
explosion hit was that without balls we wouldn’t have much to
entertain us. No footy, cricket, basketball, soccer or
insertyourfaveballsporthere. No pinball (wah!), nothing rotund for
dogs to slobber over, Jaffas wouldn’t roll down cinema aisles... and
that’s just entertainment-wise. Hell, maybe we’d have no videogames,
for it all started with Pong which was based on, uh-huh, a
Luckily, however, we do, and one of our fave uses for balls is to
plock them around a fuzzy green table with a rather big stick.
Hustle Kings lets us do that in the confines of our teensy flat,
which is cause for several hallelujahs and a few other Happy Mondays
Especially as it does it so bloody well. Inarguably better than its
PS3 forerunner, it fits the Vita like those vests fitted Eddie
Charlton – like vest-shaped gloves. In fact, it’s possibly the best
use of Vita’s touchy-feely stuff of all the launch games as there
are no bullshit gimmicks, just functionality – with alternate
classic controls for the most part if you just can’t get down to the
So, you move the cue around, aim and make sticky-stick go now with
your finger. It’s remarkably natural. As is the first person table
view, although in reality the overhead one offers better accuracy.
There are more game/rule variations than through a season or two of
AFL, challenges aplenty, local single or multiplayer, online and
even a whole free bonus download of snooker for those who dig red
balls. Plus it all looks slicker than Eddie’s hair.
Oooooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh – do it! Do the hustle!