Wait, stop, don't don't turn off the review. I know games like this tend to be boring, to be honest. But I'm telling you, if you turn away now, you'll be missing out on one of the best billiards video games, I've ever played in my life. I can't even believe that sentence just came out of my mouth. It's Pool Nation for the PlayStation 3.
So this game was developed by a studio called Cherry Pop. Which is fitting, because when it comes to pool games, they're about to pop your never mind. Point is this game is freakin' unbelievable. So good that even sexual innuendo seems like a waste of time.
Cherry Pop? Islay what, like Cherokee Red? A delicious and G-rated beverage for a delicious and G-rated pool game. Well, except for Peaches. Peaches don't look like she drinks Cherokee Red. So, I mean there's not much to describe here. Pool Nation is a pool game. And the thing that makes it so much fun is its game play.
Honestly, this is some of the tightest, most realistic pool you'll find without being in a disgusting bar, with these disgusting reprobates. You don't want any part of that. You buy a case of Yoo-hoo, you fire up Pool Nation. Maybe throw on some Anthrax. That just sounds like trouble. You know, Pool Nation plays so well, it's hard to even describe it. The ball physics are just perfect. They do exactly what you expect them to.
Unless, like, you play a lot of pool on freaking Neptune, or something and the balls, shatter into pieces, because they 'refrozen. If that's what you're expecting, you'll probably hate this game. This pussy Earthling game. That realism extends into the presentation, too. I mean, the balls glisten, and reflect light. And listen, there's nothing better than a set of glistening balls. Pool Nation looks almost as good as it plays, and it also packs in the content.
There's a campaign, with this path to billiards glory and you get to play against some surprisingly awesome characters, too. I mean, it's just an icon and a profile, but it's kind of cool. The characters actually manage to add a lot of Character. In addition to the campaign, there's a ton of other ways to play. There's 8-ball, 9-ball, straight pool, speed play, this crazy endurance mode and across them all, you have lots of customization options.
You can unlock different pool cues, lots of new table designs, colorful balls you can unlock colorful balls. Boy, this just keeps getting better. But you know, I think what surprised me most about Pool Nation—uh, aside from its stellargameplay—is just how polished and well-thought-out the game is. I mean, it's just really well-made.
From the subtlety you can apply to your shots, to the way you can just swap through camera angles and get your aim down to the pixel. Pool Nation lets you do everything your instincts tell you to do. Except for calling Peaches. You can't call Peaches. Otherwise, great freaking pool game. It's Pool Nation for the PlayStation 3.