Cherry Pop’s Pool Nation presents a truly realistic Pool experience, and puts the player in the most ideal settings, against quality competition. Offering players the opportunity to play against other players online or in the same room, Pool Nation is a game that the casual and dedicated Pool players will enjoy mastering. Players are not limited to connecting with others through competition. Pool Ninja’s, as Cherry Pop likes to call it, have the option of saving replays from a number of fantastic, player controlled angles to show friends later. The game doesn’t have a legitimate story, but Cherry Pop creates a scenario that last throughout every challenge in the game. When a player enter the realm of Pool Nation, they leave their everyday lives outside the door and become a Pool Ninja.
As a Pool Ninja, known to be the best of the best, players have the option of completing ladders of computer Pool Ninjas in the Single-Player campaign or compete against other Pool Ninjas online. The game offers eight game modes for Ninjas to engage in. Standard modes, such as 9 Ball, 8 Ball, and 3 Ball, are available to play, however, the game offers five other alternative game modes. Straight is a mode that has Ninjas compete for a score of 30, with each ball potted equaling one point. In Rotation, Ninjas earn points equal to the ball number for each made shot, in a first to score 61 points match. Golf challenges players to pot certain balls in designated pockets. The first Ninja to pot in each pocket wins. While Speed aims for dexterity in an 8 Ball format, Killer has players go head to head in a do-or-die format. In Killer, Ninjas get one shot per turn, and lose a life if a ball is not potted on said shot. When playing these game modes, players will notice a finely tuned control scheme. Putting the right amount of touch and velocity at the right angle is key in any Pool game, and Cherry Pop did a fantastic job with tuning the controls for easy use, whether a beginner or an expert. With a ranged option of game modes and a variation of customization options, Pool Nation is quite fun to play.
Graphics and Sound
The atmosphere of Pool Nation is very relaxed, but players will feel a competitive vibe as well. The lighting in the games 12 venues brilliantly brings out the depth and consistency of the table, stick, and balls. Upon unlocking ball sets, sticks, and table decals by completing challenges in the Single-Player ladder or purchasing the DLC, Ninja’s have the option of personalizing their Pool experience. Ambient music plays as balls collide and drop into the pockets. Pool Nation offers a realistic Pool experience in ideal, high scale environments. The physics in Pool Nation are relatively spot on as well. Some of the shots that the player is capable of attempting can seem a tad far fetched at times, but being a Pool Ninja, and with believable physics, the shots maintain the games realism.
Pool Nation is a quality downloadable game that offers the closest simulation to real life Pool to date. Beautiful environments, atmospheric background tunes, and realistic physics allow for a fun and competitive experience. Practice mastering the numerous skill shots or take your skills to the main stage online. Either way, players are bound to find entertainment in Pool Nation for as long as they find entertainment in the game of Pool. Pool Nation is available now on PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE.