|a game by||Bulldog Interactive|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 1 vote|
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In a recent game of Killer against the major game companies and a couple of PC Gamer wannabes, Chris Anderson surprised everyone, including himself, by taking the cash. And then proceeded to bore everyone (including the manager of the pool club) with the details of the brilliance of his winning shot, despite the fact it was over the pocket and about a foot away. The actual truth is that our esteemed editor was seeing double at the time, and was aiming for the phantom ball.
If you play pool this story will be very familiar. One of the greatest non-exercise sports going, it's best played with friends in the surroundings of a local pub. The PC equivalent is playing online, but amazingly this game has failed to exploit this possibility.
Even more bizarre is that the game is built around a virtual chat room, as if the developers wanted the Internet side, but couldn't code it. So instead I had to enter fictitious bars, and hawk around for a game. Laughably, getting a game is almost impossible to start off with. As a beginner no one's interested in playing you, and after about 15 minutes of being ignored and insulted by virtual opponents I left with a complex.
Thankfully, you can enter tournaments at any time, and the game itself is a faithful (if Americanised) version of the three best games (8-ball, 9-ball and snooker). Choosing a static overhead camera leads to problems, and it's not always easy to line up your shot properly, but the interface is very easy to use (set power, spin, aim and shoot) and after a while you forget the limitations and enjoy what is a very simple, but addictive game. If Internet play was in I'd have given it a much higher score. As it is I'm going to go back and sit in my virtual chat room hoping that someone finally notices the virtual pisshead in the corner.