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|Editor Rating:||7.3/10, based on 2 reviews|
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The truth is finally out... Sushi loves to bowl. Brunswick Bowling is one of the rare games to feature the real bowlers we've come to know from Saturday-afternoon telecasts. It also features the real tournament names and bowling lanes that the high rollers play on. The graphics are good for a bowling game, but subpar compared to other titles. Character models are animated well and show good resemblances to the pro bowlers. The backbone of any bowling simulation is the physics of the ball in relation to the lane, in relation to the pins, etc. Fortunately, Brunswick does a great job at this and features some of the most reliable ball spins ever seen in a bowling title. Put simply, the balls react in a very realistic manner. The achilles heal of many bowling games (including Brunswick) is the "easy strike" syndrome. There are definitely ways to always get strikes and the CPU doesn't do enough to make it hard on you. There are other annoying gaffs like the unnatural delay between you throwing the ball and the sound of it hitting the lane. It would be nice if there were some variations in the crowd cheers as well. I would say that this is the best bowling game available on the PlayStation, but considering that there's only one other bowling game out there, that woulcn't be saying much.
Bowling--it's a weird sport. So I guess it's OK that Brunswick Bowling is kind of a weird game. Why? It's just strange how serious this game takes itself with the different balls, oil patterns and such. Graphically, it's decent but nothing special, and the same goes for the music. The physics seem a little screwy on the ball. Overall, it's a little sloppy design-wise but it gets the point across. Go for it if you're into bowling.
If you've been looking for a desperately easy bowling sim with washed-out graphics, sub-par physics and very little replay value, then you've come to the right place. Everything about this game is so vanilla you just have to laugh at it. Why would anybody (especially gamers) want to play a bowling game that strives to be serious? But then again, it wouldn't matter how they present it, the weak gameplay would kill it anyway.
The toughest area to tackle in a bowling game is obviously the physics model. In this aspect, Brunswick Bowling rocks. The ball and pins move so realistically, you'd think you could improve your real-life scores by practicing on your PS. But realism doesn't translate into excitement. You might pull Brunswick out to play a quick hit here and there (like Solitaire on the PC), but don't expect something you can play for hours on end.
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Although not the first on the lane, Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling has enough features to make it worthy of a frame or two of your attention. Equipped with the Brunswick name and license, BCPB allows up to six players to choose from either 13 top Brunswick Pro bowlers or to create their own player to bowl in six play modes that feature authentic Brunswick rules, equipment, and structure. The graphics, animation, and sound are standard but efficient in capturing the essence of the game--after all, it's just bowling. What's crucial is the very smooth interface, which makes this an easy game to just pick up and play. Yet, it also retains enough details and mechanics to intrigue tenpin diehards. If you haven't bowled on your PlayStation before, this game's worth the lane fee.
- Make use of a hook to cover splits.
- Depending on which arm you bowl with, always aim for the same side of the center pin in the first frame.