Review: Snooker 19 (PlayStation 4)

Make history and break records as you assume the career of your favorite snooker pro, or start a brand new journey fresh from the Q-School academy. Rise through the rankings, earn prize money, fill your trophy cabinet and unlock rewards on your way to the Hall of Fame.

Pros:

  • Great graphics.
  • 8.10GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Official game complete with the venues and player likenesses of the players.
  • Opening optional tutorial.
  • Play now- Quick match, online vs, and online tournament.
  • Private room support using a specially created code.
  • Career- Play, Schedule, Ranking, Hall of Fame and trophy cabinet.
  • 3 game types- Snooker, Six reds, and shootout.
  • Match length-1-35 frames.
  • Aiming aid- Pro, Master, Amateur and none.
  • AI difficulty- Easy, Medium and Hard.
  • Commentary.
  • View changes as you set up and execute the shot going for a more TV presentation.
  • Can fast forward AI turn.
  • Power bar system- you set the power with the sticks then you get a set area to hit and hitting is done by hitting back on the right stick then forward on the right stick.
  • Freelook camera.
  • Color-blind support.
  • Realistic ball physics.
  • Captures the atmosphere.
  • Difficult.
  • A wide selection of venues and events.
  • Stats screen.

Cons:

  • Only one control scheme.
  • The slight learning curve on the controls.
  • Inconsistent AI difficulty.
  • Slow pace.
  • Aiming aid is not ideal, even on the highest setting the bars are short.
  • Controls menu is hidden away.
  • Freelook camera is really slow.
  • Players look uneasy and move like a robot.
  • No instant replays.
  • Aim line doesn’t show rebounds.
  • Not the greatest camera control/options.
  • Only a handful of modes, no fun ones.

 

 

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.8/10

Summary

Snooker 19 is a snooker game that goes for the ultra-realistic official approach. You won’t get any crazy fun modes. This is a snooker game to play just snooker. It plays really well and looks fantastic. I love how they have the camera angles change as you go through the steps of setting up a shot. I do hate however, how long it takes to do said shots, the inability to change the angles and how the controls are set in stone and not always ideal. The difficulty is high here as well with even the basic tournaments having rock solid opponents. Players look like the players but that’s where it ends as they move like a robot that is in desperate need of WD40 shower and it just irks. Nails the atmosphere but that is pretty hard to mess up. In short snooker 19 is a great game but it does have its issues with player movement and controls.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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