Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Antagonist
    98
    Without a doubt, the closest thing I've ever seen to a game that approximates a real honest-to-goodness game of pool...There is honestly nothing that you could want in a pool game that you won't find here -- well, with the exception of stale cigarette smoke and a fistfight or two.
  2. Virtual Pool 3 has it where it counts: high precision pool table action and awesome cool-and-confident A.I. opponents.
  3. By far the best pool sim available on the PC. The statistics and player ranking system appear to be slightly flawed, and the sound department lacks consistency, but the accurate physics model, along with a wide variety of game modes, game types, and other various options, make Virtual Pool 3 a clear-cut winner.
  4. Bottom line: You can't find a pool sim that looks and plays as much like the real thing as Virtual Pool 3 does.
  5. PC Gamer
    85
    The box says it's guaranteed to improve your real game. I believe it! [Mar 2001, p.83]
  6. 85
    The physics in this game are very impressive. It plays just like the real thing. Well... the real thing on a nice table. The games don't simulate all of the beer stains and little pieces of dirt that would be on regular bar pool tables.
  7. Yes, Virtual Pool 3 really does improve your game, I'm living proof! Blatant commercialism aside, Interplay brings back the best of billiards with VP3.
  8. Pool fans will be happy with this game (unless they have a "Diamond Viper II"), especially if they're snowed in this winter and can't get down to their local billiards hall.
  9. Get really good and you challenge real women’s champ Jeanette “The Black Widow” Lee in her beach house—where losing your shirt wouldn’t be so bad.
  10. After conquering the human opponents, the toughest challenge is to move into tournament mode and take on Jeanette Lee. Better make sure you're at the top of your game, though, because she doesn't enjoy losing.
  11. The funny thing is that the makers of this game actually guarantee to improve your real pool game. Speaking from experience, their claim turns out to be true, and spending a good amount of time on VP3 is analogous to attending a billiards clinic.
  12. 70
    Its more realistic graphics, short-but-helpful training videos, a nifty career mode, new multiplayer additions, and lots of other tweaks make it the best in the series thus far.
  13. The best pure simulation of pool currently available for the PC, but it lacks much in the way of frills and simple user-friendliness and warmth.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. SamF.
    Feb 20, 2006
    10
    VP3 Is a must have for anyone interested in The game. I have tried other pool games such as REAL POOL But VP3 Beats them all. Even in 2006 VP3 Is a must have for anyone interested in The game. I have tried other pool games such as REAL POOL But VP3 Beats them all. Even in 2006 The VP3 Game is hard to beat in terms of physics graphics gameplay and sound effects. Full Review »
  2. NunoJ.
    Oct 22, 2005
    10
    I started playing vp1 in 1996 aproximately... Graphics were bad ut still the best back then. when vp2 came out... Well... nothing could come I started playing vp1 in 1996 aproximately... Graphics were bad ut still the best back then. when vp2 came out... Well... nothing could come close. Since then and playing vsnooker and vphall too, I finally fell into vp3's nest, never to leave again. Definetely not much room for improvement, amazing game. Full Review »
  3. JamesC.
    Aug 14, 2005
    10
    I discovered VP3 in 2002... It's now 2005 and I still haven't found a pool game that comes close. Online play is great fun and it I discovered VP3 in 2002... It's now 2005 and I still haven't found a pool game that comes close. Online play is great fun and it really does improve your real game. Full Review »