World Snooker Championship 2005
|a game by||Blade Interactive Studios Ltd.|
|Platforms:||XBox, PC, Playstation 2|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 3 votes|
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|See also:||Relaxing Games|
A Common view of snooker is that it's dull. It's a problem that the sport itself faces, although the last (and only) time I was at a snooker match it was anything but, particularly when a heavily refreshed Jimmy White stumbled into our executive box, accompanied by leather-faced Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood. No such shenanigans occur in WSC 2005, although you can sense the development team's desperation to make it more interesting. Once you've got the physics right and have managed to create the world's roundest balls, where do you go? The answer is Snooker Plus, a modification allegedly invented by the legendary Joe Davis that sees the addition of two new coloured balls; an orange for eight points and a purple for a whopping ten. It may irk purists, but it does lead to more open play and bigger breaks.
Elsewhere, it's business as usual, with developer Blade on its third publisher in as many years. Commendably, Sega has at least managed to get the game out in time for the World Championships, which are of course featured along with a number of major tournaments.
Ultimately, you know what it's going to be - like snooker, but with the key difference that you can actually pot the balls. It looks all right, it works and there's online play if you like sitting around on your arse.