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Virtual Pool (PlayStation)

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Overall User Score (5 votes) 3.2

Critic Reviews

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Allein schon der Film mit dem Ex-Pool-Champion “Machine Gun“ Lou Butera rechtfertigt den Kauf dieses überaus gelungenen Titels von Interplay. Der Einführungskurs in die Techniken und Taktiken des Billards erspart Euch das Lesen eines Handbuches, und das Trickstoß Tutorial ist einfach umwerfend. Das eigentliche Spiel braucht sich aber nicht hinter dieser Multimedia-Show verstecken. Noch nie habe ich ein solch realistisches “Kugel- stoßen“ erlebt. Durch die Oben-Unten-Tasten des Joypads läßt sich das Queue derart fein steuern, daß man glaubt die Kugel wirklich zu stoßen. Die physikalischen Gesetze werden im Spiel strikt eingehalten. Man “fühlt“ förmlich nach jedem Stoß die Kugeln rollen. Das üppig ausgestattete Optionsmenü erlaubt eine individuell maßgeschneidetete Steueung. Virtual Pool ist zweifellos ein Spiel, bei dem man sich richtig wohlfühlt, doch nur für jemanden, der unbedingt Billard auf einer Konsole spielen will.
The first pool title for the Playstation, Virtual Pool contains certain sketchy graphical elements. Its 3-D perspectives, geometric clarity, and wealth of features, however, overcome these shortcomings to provide a realistic pool experience capable of improving real-world gameplay. Virtual Pool is no hustle.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
It's about time someone made a serious pool game for a console system. Virtual Pool delivers, but it could be better. Everything you could want in a pool sim is here, including instructional videos and tips on how to make trick shots. The problem lies in control and game speed. For such simple 3-D graphics, VR Pool has a hard time moving them, especially when a lot is on screen. The control is very clumsy and imprecise as a result of the gamepad. If you really like pool, pick this up, along with a PS mouse.
Aside from the bland, flat shaded graphics, Virtual Pool is an awesome pool sim. This game gives you a real pool hall feel complete with skilled competitors and cheesy music, minus the cigarette smell and horrible food. Definitely chalk your stick for this one.
Play Magazine
At the end of the day, Virtual Pool is competent, but nothing special. It's a straight PC conversion with some new tunes, but really Interplay could have done so much better.
All Game Guide
What it all comes down to is that players in search of a pool game should look elsewhere. On the other hand, anyone not wanting to spend $39.95 on those pool instructional videos you see all those commercials for might want to take a look at Virtual Pool, if for an entirely different reason.
GamePro (US)
Impressive 3D graphics create a real-time, 360-degree environments that lets you move around and view the table from any angle. The controls are exact and enable you to play each shot using actual pool table physics. Mixed tunes and good background sound effects complete the experience.