aren’t enough games about swimming.
There still aren’t, for –
as anybody with even a poofteenth of nous would realise - Pure
Pool has nothing whatsoever to do with immersion in wet stuff.
It is, of course, about a shared supply of vehicles or resources to
be drawn upon when needed.
No it isn’t – oh this is futile!
OK, it’s a game about tables lined with Kermit hide upon which
shiny balls are hit holewards with big sticks.
balls here are astonishingly shiny. Actually, everything graphical
looks gorgeous – Pure Pool is easily the most
realistic-looking videogame we’ve ever seen (there’s your
advertising pull quote, marketing peeps). From the fuzzy to the
woody to the shiny balls (which are shiny) to the background of the
wanky pool establishment you’re within. Hopefully DLC will deliver a
scuzzy punk club someday.
Ball-bashingly, there’s 9-ball (pub
pool), 8-ball, and challengistical pursuits like potting so many
balls in a row or in a certain time.
It’s all like totally
online (a procession of those logging on spools constantly at top
left, proving that 99.86943142713 percent of PSN handles are
ludicrous), meaning you can challenge friends or strangers.
Obviously, they can do the same. Want out? Nup. You can get ur freak
on and clone DNA though. BWAHAHA!
Pure Pool plays a
mean cue ball, however fans of its predecessor
Hustle Kings might miss
stuff. Like an overhead view – there’s not enough angular
dextrousness here to always set up a shot as you’d like.
Presentational glossiness can kill drama, too. If your shot’s gonna
go pocket kerplunk it’ll hit chalk-flying s-l-o-w-m-o immediately,
so you know you’re in. It can be disabled, but it should default
Meanwhile, AI players are the arsiest fuckers ever –
suspicious - and a hurry-the-fuck-up-you-interminably-pedantic-tool
button would help for when they ponder forever before taking shots.
Pure Pool’s lovely and fun, but could be even better.
Maybe it needs a water feature?