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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.
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  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: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  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 7, 2014
    10
    This is without doubt the best representation of pool I've ever seen in a video game. Everything about the control and feedback is spot on.This is without doubt the best representation of pool I've ever seen in a video game. Everything about the control and feedback is spot on. People are complaining about the lack of a top down view. Do you guys hang from the ceiling to aim your shot in real pool? The graphics and presentation are breathtaking. For the price, this game is the biggest steal of the year.. Expand
  3. Aug 20, 2014
    9
    This is the best pool game I've played for a long time.

    For me the absolute number one requirement for a pool game is realistic physics.
    This is the best pool game I've played for a long time.

    For me the absolute number one requirement for a pool game is realistic physics. This game feels spot on in that regard and that's enough for me to score it 9/10. The one criticism I have of the physics so far is backspin. It seems to have a delay whereby the cue-ball continues to move forward a few inches after striking the target ball before the spin kicks in.

    The only thing the game needs is a bit more polish. A few more options and game modes, a slightly more slicked up interface perhaps.

    My main suggestions would be:

    UK modes (smaller different colour balls, smaller pockets, different table size, and different rules).
    Custom cues, table clothes, chalk etc.

    Still, the main aspect is there and playing the game on master difficulty is a good challenge which keeps me going back to play it again.
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  4. Apr 11, 2015
    8
    I have played the game for 2 hours now its very entertaining but i encountered a lot of bugs which i had to restart the game to fix. ApartI have played the game for 2 hours now its very entertaining but i encountered a lot of bugs which i had to restart the game to fix. Apart from the bugs and all pure pool is a great coop game to play with friends.
    You can play online matches on a quick match or a league which is competitive. Overall its a solid 8.
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  5. Aug 5, 2014
    7
    Overall good game, but is lacking in several areas. Graphics are great, physics are pretty good, and it's cheap. But... The rules are notOverall good game, but is lacking in several areas. Graphics are great, physics are pretty good, and it's cheap. But... The rules are not true to life and take away from strategy, 8 ball is one of the most strategically demanding games in pool. There are no diamonds on the table. The viewing angles are limited, no top view? No gambling like in the demo. No user tournaments? More customization would be nice. I like it, but I can't go higher than 7. Expand
  6. Aug 1, 2014
    5
    Showing promise, feels like a paid for demo.
    Firstly, yes, the visuals are as stunning as a pool game probably could be. The balls looks
    Showing promise, feels like a paid for demo.
    Firstly, yes, the visuals are as stunning as a pool game probably could be. The balls looks suspiciously like very shiny balls, the table has nicely detailed cloths and decals on them, if you choose to have them on.

    Sound is good, plenty of ambient noise, sounds like you're in a hotel bar and shooting a little pool. Clacking of the balls is good and the "thunk" as the cue hits the ball is satisfying.

    BUT < and believe me, that but is so big you could fit 20 PS4s end to end between the B and the T, the lack of game types, customization, career and general options lets the game down horribly.

    It has 3 game modes. US 8 ball, 9 ball, Accumulator....... that's it. Where is Rotation? Straight pool? Killer? 3Ball? let alone even more obscure versions of pool like Golf, 1Pocket or Bank pool.

    There is only one location. It looks nice though. there's a bit of movement in the background but nothing off putting. I wouldn't study it too hard or you will notice that it's not as good as a quick glance would lead you to believe.

    Game play is also a little limited. You can use side, back and top spin. You can also raise your cue butt.
    BUT, don 't be expecting to pull off the type of shots the pros of Youtube make. You can barely swerve the ball, barely jump the ball and when you do either you can't really control where it ends up. The basic controls are enough, however, to play a basic game of pool.

    On the whole.
    For the money they're charging the game isn't bad, but it does feel like you're paying for a limited demo, kind of like there's a really great pool game on the way and this is just to show you what they're working on. For now, if you have a PS3 / X360, Stick to Pool Nation and keep an eye on Pure Pool.... hopefully it will grow up and be a great game.
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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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