Pure Pool PlayStation 4

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75

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7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 67 Ratings

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  • Summary: Bring the pool hall home in this recreation of the much-loved sport. Rack up the table with visuals and take your shot at becoming a pool legend. Hone your skills against computer-controlled opponents or your mates - and when your friends take a break, Pure Pool can copy their play style.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Aug 15, 2014
    91
    Overall, Pure Pool is a fun and accurate representation of the fine game of billiards and there will be little that fans will find that is overlooked here.
  2. 90
    It’s challenging from the start, but in a way that promotes your growth, you will want to get better in order to beat your opponents. If only the online was a little more real-time, I would be inclined to give this a perfect score.
  3. Aug 27, 2014
    85
    The creators of Hustle Kings take it to the next level, by creating a very beautiful, realistic and hyper-addictive pool game.
  4. Jul 31, 2014
    80
    Minor niggles stop this being a perfect pool game, but it is the best simulation of pool to date.
  5. 80
    Pure Pool offers a beautiful and accurate game of pool, featuring a large amount of various games types and difficulties to accommodate all players. The network works enough to get the job done, but there are a great deal of flaws that keep the servers from being a constant stomping ground. Regardless of the online issues, Pure Pool has a great sense of progression that embodies a stellar pool mechanic only beaten by actually playing pool.
  6. Aug 4, 2014
    76
    A proper pool simulator that allows you to play several modes of this sport without going out home. Pretty all-round, eye-pleasing and a wide range of possibilities both online and offline that will keep you playing for quite some hours.
  7. Aug 27, 2014
    60
    It manages to entertain for short periods but if you want more than the occasional 8- or 9-ball the potential here remains mainly untapped.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Jul 31, 2014
    10
    Response to pithing_needle on the 31st of July.

    Yeah I understand what you are saying dude and to some extent I agree with you, the angle
    Response to pithing_needle on the 31st of July.

    Yeah I understand what you are saying dude and to some extent I agree with you, the angle viewing could be better and markers but none of that detracts from the game quality. I prefer no power bar, no chalk, no gimmicks, just Pure Pool!

    I find the table very good so each to their own opinion, lets meet up and have a few games online! There are server issues with launch which they are fixing and is not anything to do with the game itself but rather the servers...

    I also agree it is harder to play opponents who are like minded and don't use aids etc, it seems you need to create a League or know your opponent and challenge them, the Quick Match I never used in HK since it would match me up with full aiming lines!

    Interestingly I played Virtual Pool 3 and Virtual Pool Hall a lot on the PC and was involved in the world leagues, I was ranked 9th at one point many moons ago...but never played 4...

    Original Review:

    I disagree with pithing_needle...I play pool for my pub team and this pool simulation is by far the nearest thing I've ever played on a console to real life.

    The game drips in quality and oozes class. The 1080p and 60fps does it justice but the game itself feels very right when you play it. I found the table speed very good, I felt the amount of power I pulled back with on the cue reflected what I wanted to do in the shot and love the fact that aiming lines are not so accurate.

    I much prefer no aiming lines but the angle you view the shots with can be hard to judge so the little circle makes sense so you can at least tell which side of the object ball you are hitting.

    Online play was smooth and seamless...I too would prefer to weed out those using a line but there must be a way to do this. In Hustle Kings if you went to a Quick Match you got a random person who may have used lines too but then in HK you could create rooms that specified no aiming lines. More time is needed on Pure Pool.

    This is by the far the best pool simulation game ever and deserves a 10/10 for me. The fact that The Last of Us Remastered edition is still in its wrapper shows how addictive this game is.
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  2. Aug 4, 2014
    10
    Pure Pool is a fantastically addicting and fun pool sim that feels as good as it looks.....and boy does it look good in 1080/60. As a leaguePure Pool is a fantastically addicting and fun pool sim that feels as good as it looks.....and boy does it look good in 1080/60. As a league competitor who owns a pool table i can honestly say that P.P. is the best feeling pool game with the best physics i have ever encountered in console gaming. The people who feel P.P. is a glorified demo are quite foolish in their arguments considering the fact that P.P. is $9.09 and gives you 3 career modes, online/local mp, free play, DNA play, 8ball, 9ball, killer, accumulator and numerous other mini games along with a Platinum trophy. I spent $32.10 on MGS V Ground Zeroes and i'm okay with that, but to be honest MGS V GZ was a glorified demo with 14 trophies . If i had paid 60 bucks for P.P. then maybe i could sit back and knit pick like an elitist snob, but i would still be pleased with my purchase. The music is great and the pool hall/bar environment with people moving about in the background is great, but i would love it if they added more locations and more songs. I also have yet to play The Last of Us Remastered because every time i turn on my PS4 i'm playing Pure Pool. If you have a PS4 and 9 bucks then you owe it to yourself to get this game, at the very least it's a wonderful reprieve from the jarring cacophony of fps's and the hair pulling frustration of puzzle platformers - it's nice to just sit back, relax, and play some pool. I would give Pure Pool an 8.75/10 normally, but considering some of the egregiously asinine scores coming from the "pc elitists" i feel as though a 10/10 is necessary. We get it, pc is the greatest and virtual pool 4 is game of the century....is that why virtual pool 4's online community is " virtually" non-existent? J^¥ P. Expand
  3. Jul 31, 2014
    9
    Realistic as it gets and just beautiful. Wish I could gamble though and I haven't see but one background. I want other places to play pool inRealistic as it gets and just beautiful. Wish I could gamble though and I haven't see but one background. I want other places to play pool in a download, more table felts, custom balls, etc. Make it happen in a DLC Expand
  4. Mar 14, 2015
    8
    Good game, server issues improved lately, after update having to delete game and reinstall works ok, good physics and plays basically like theGood game, server issues improved lately, after update having to delete game and reinstall works ok, good physics and plays basically like the real thing, as few mentioned being too easy you can remove the aim lines just change skill level settings. Expand
  5. Nov 15, 2014
    7
    Really well polished pool game with a relaxing atmosphere. Best played with friends because the AI players get too difficult too quickly.Really well polished pool game with a relaxing atmosphere. Best played with friends because the AI players get too difficult too quickly. One miss and you may aswell restart the game even half way through amateur. Expand
  6. Feb 16, 2015
    7
    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    To start "The Good" – the games looks amazing and the physics are very good. Other than the career mode,
    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    To start "The Good" – the games looks amazing and the physics are very good. Other than the career mode, this game is quite fun. Lots of fun challenges to keep you busy for hours. For online games with friends there are some server glitches every once in awhile, but I expect this with any PS4 game these days. For $10 bucks you get a fairly decent game so I really can't complain...but I will LOL!

    "The Bad" –The angles are not perfect in some situations so you will miss several shots until you get used to the wonky view. Also the colour selections of the table felt are too dark and you can't see the far corner pockets very well. I used the slate as this seems to be the best in my opinion. The background music which is 3 or so ambient instrumental lounge songs will get annoying quick, just go to your setting and turn the volume off.

    "The Ugly" – Like most have mentioned here when you start out in the 8 ball amateur career (or any career) the AI seems fairly well balanced, then soon the AI becomes nearly impossible to beat. If you miss one shot your done. Sometimes you won't even get a shot. For purists I guess this ok, for casual players this blows. Too bad there is such un-ballanced AI, because at some point the fun fades and the frustration starts. If there where settings to allow the player to dial down the AI's ability, it would make for a much more enjoyable game for us casual players. Also you will spend way too much time watching the AI take it's sweet time lining up shots, basically if the game is 4 minutes, 3 minutes will be you bored to death watching the AI.

    That's my take on Pure Pool.
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  7. Mar 28, 2015
    0
    All of you giving this 9 or 10 must never of played an actually finished pool game. Virtual pool 3 15 years ago had better controls moreAll of you giving this 9 or 10 must never of played an actually finished pool game. Virtual pool 3 15 years ago had better controls more options and just the same stunning graphics. This is lack luster attempt with no real options for game play. No camera angles at all. No ball sets no real cue sets. You get cues but no options to choose. Just completely horrible AI. Look I understand you just want to push a product fast to bilk people or of money. But seriously ubi you should be ashamed. And those giving 10 need to play games with real content. I bought this because of the great reviews. I'm tired of companies producing $!@# and selling at outrageous prices and people praising it as great. To end this is a horribly incomplete game don't buy. Expand

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