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IGN (May 26, 2006)
I've said it before and I'll say it again -- I love pool. I don't play it as much as I used to these days, but when I do, it's still thrilling. The playing field is constantly changing as balls knock into one another and create interesting gameplay opportunities. So when I saw The Hustle: Detroit Streets was made for consoles, my interest was perked, again. A fully-realized video game about pool sounded exciting when it came out on PSP, and it still does. Unfortunately, the game is rather lackluster, even though it's made for consoles this time around.
GameSpot (May 23, 2006)
While The Hustle was already kind of a tough sell on the PSP, given its multiple caveats, it's near impossible to recommend the game as it appears on the PS2 and Xbox. This isn't some slickly written, The Color of Money-esque tale of stylish pool hustling, nor is it a particularly detailed or compelling game of pool. It was more compelling on the PSP since no one else had even made an attempt to represent the game on the system up to that point, but with dozens of different pool games available for consoles at a near-universal budget price, many of which are vastly superior in terms of gameplay quality, The Hustle: Detroit Streets becomes thoroughly unnecessary.
You know, when I reviewed this game on the PSP, I considered it one of the worst games I'd played in a long time. Imagine my surprise, then, when I loaded up to PS2 version and discovered that, in rank defiance of all that is good and right with the world, it's actually just as bad. So, like the PSP version, it's solid pool gameplay buried under a mound of crap, but unlike the PSP version, there are better pool games available for this system - go and buy one of those.