Review: Pure Pool Xbox One Edition
After the success of the critically acclaimed Hustle Kings on PlayStation 3, VooFoo Studios have honed their craft and taken hyper-realism to a whole new level with Pure Pool. Renowned for beautiful high definition graphics and silky-smooth gameplay
- Gorgeous graphics, Some of the best looking balls I have ever seen.
- Opening tutorial section that explains all the controls and basic rules.
- Uses a two stick control scheme, Left to move around the ball and the right stick flicked back then forward for shots. X is used for fine tuning whilst circle is for spin.
- The whole of the game is one big social hub, You are always connected online and you will get notifications of players coming online, not just friends off your list but all players.
- Has a Platinum trophy if that’s your thing.
- Options allow you to change the cloth colour and table design on the fly.
- Easily challenge friends and randoms to games by bringing up the players tab and hitting challenge.
- Setup your own private league with friends. You can set the game type so 8 ball, 9 ball etc along with how many matches each player must take part in. Results are shown in a league table.
- Offline practice against a random AI character.
- Help section will go over the controls again and explain each game type to you and give general hints and tips.
- Practice area, When you first boot the game the first place you start is the practice area, its the main area.
- Has local play for up to 2 players.
- Career mode is a series of matches against AI in a tournament style ie you must beat one before facing another. Along the way you will unlock bonus mini games and your goal aside from winning is to collect stars. Stars are awarded for completing the 3 objectives within the match. This could be things like win in under 2 minutes or pot a ball when breaking. Stars unlock new tournaments.
- You can check what the objectives are in game at any time by pressing RB.
- Game types available are: US 8 ball, 9 ball, killer,perfect potter,royal rumble, speed potting.
- Accolades are awarded for many things and act as like mini achievements. A few examples of accolades awarded are: pot 3 balls consecutively or pot a ball from over 150 yards or pot in the corner 3 times in a row.
- Accolades earn you exp along side winning matches and ranking up in turn unlocks new cues.
- You have a players card which everyone can see. This card wil show your last few accolades earnt, your rank with exp bar, full stats on games played shots taken etc and your availability.
- You can download players DNA from the players tab. You do not even need to face them first. Simply click on someones name and hit download. The DNA version of a player will play very much as if you were playing them for real.
- Full online leaderboard support across all mini games and challenges with a country flag next to everyone’s name.
- Brilliant ball physics that we come to expect from VooFoo. balls move naturally.
- Cinematic camera angles.
- When you are on the black the screen gets darker and you can hear your heart beat, if you are successful at potting you are given a slow mo ball strike where you see the chalk flying off the cue.
- Challenge mode is more your arcade mode, Here you can play events like pot as fast as you can, perfect potter or best consecutive pot score. Leaderboards will show your best score but also how many attempts you took.
- My games tab is a shortcut to quick matches or the last game played and accessing league games.
- the game is really easy to get into and is perfect for players who want an easier time of it.
- cannot change the music track in game.
- no actual pause button, Instead you just bring up the overlay and the game continues.
- You cannot just quit easily out of a game.
- No overhead camera
- No instant replay or save replay options.
- No skip AI shots in game.
- Cannot chalk your cue for better shots. that whole mechanic is absent.
- No restart match/challenge apart from going back through the overlay.
- No custom avatars for your player card.
- No power bar for shots.
- Only the one basic control scheme.
- The camera likes to fly all over the table after shots.
- Cannot adjust the sensitivity of the shots or do really precise shots.
In Summary, The game finally akes its move to Xbox One. Not a lot is different from the PS4 version but it does have all the updates and fixes that came on PS4 at the beginning. I am just glad they got rid of that annoying so and so is online notification rubbish! That said I actually prefer this version as the aim and power control seems a lot more responsive. This could be the controller but the game plays really well and pulling off light or heavy shots is a lot easier than before. Anyway you look at it this game is a brilliant bit of fun and well worth grabbing. The online gives it so much playability and replay value. Bit dissapointed to not see more actual in game unlocks like table types and that but even with that I enjoy the game and anyone can jump in and play.