You can’t have a new generation of consoles without having a Pool game to push the polygon count limits and render the most realistic and roundest pool balls. Ripstone and VooFoo Studios are the first to plant its flag firmly into the PS4’s game library in the form of Pure Pool. The name sounded promising so we wouldn’t wait to check out the game, to see if it is just pure pool.
The first thing you’ll notice when launching this game is that it looks fantastic. You can already see that the next generation is here, because the graphics are very smooth and there are a lot of high polygon models. You can normally tell this by the fact that the balls on the table are a perfect sphere shape, whereas they may not have been on a previous generation console. The cue and table also look really great, and as this is Pure Pool, there isn’t much focus on anything else.
The game is extremely simple and quick to pick up, therefore making it easy to play. There are no load screens, and the lobby is a practice table, which is quite slick because you can jump into practice whenever you want. The controls are relatively simple, and everything that you need to know is accessible from the HUD (heads-up display). You use the right-stick to control the cue, and push it forward to hit the ball. One of the key differences between this game and other pool games is that there is no overhead aim. You can “stand up” to get a bit of a clearer view, but it will remove the aiming guidelines. Also, the further away the ball is, the less likely you are to get an aiming guide. This sounds frustrating, but it actually makes the game a lot more realistic.
The meat and potatoes of this game are in it’s career mode, which allows you to enter simple tournaments 8 and 9-ball tournaments, increasing in difficulty from Amateur, Pro to Master. All of the tournaments are incredibly long, but also provide an opportunity to take part in some challenges to try and break the monotony. For example, there is a speed potter mode, which adds 5 seconds to your time each time you pot a ball, or the Accumulator mode in which you must pot the balls in numerical order, and gain points for doing so.