Championship Snooker 2003
Developed by Codemasters
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released - Out Now
Price : £39.99
always been a challenge to do a Snooker (or Pool for that matter)
game on a console. I've always felt simulations of these games seem
to be more suited to the PC as the mouse could easily be made into
a 'virtual cue'. However it has to be said that World Championship
Snooker 2002 was a damn good game that most Snooker fans are probably
still enjoying. What is strange though is that in all the time that
has elapsed since the release of WCS 2002, no one has released another
Snooker title (at least to my knowledge) on the PlayStation 2. Anyway
it's time for World Championship Snooker 2003, so let's see how
course it's difficult to think what could have been added to the
last version but let's see what this years version contains. You
can play a single match of snooker, take part in a tournament, compete
in a career, attempt trick shots (once you've completed all of these
you'll have access to John Virgo's Trick Shot Challenge), play fun
games and even receive coaching from Dennis Taylor. Pool fans will
be pleased to learn that both the 8-ball and 9-ball versions of
the game have been added but whilst single matches can be played,
you can't compete in tournaments or play a career as a pool player
(this is a snooker game after all). On top of all that the game
boasts improved physics, which is impressive because there was little
wrong with WCS 2002.
all snooker enthusiasts are going to interested in though is the
career mode. Here you create your own snooker player, customise
his appearance, and embark on a journey to become the number one
player in the world. You begin, of course, at the bottom of the
pile, ranked a lowly 71st. The other seventy players are a mix of
professional and fictitious players. There are 28 professional players
all in all and these include the likes of Peter Ebdon, Ronnie O'Sullivan,
Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Mark Williams, to name just a few.
Making it to the top is no easy feat and it will take most of us
more than a couple of seasons before we are anywhere near ready.
Throughout your career you'll earn money and you'll be able to buy
new waistcoats and other pieces of kit. Career mode is a time consumer
and probably justifies the price of the game on its own.
not much has changed from WCS 2002. The whole thing is presented
very well indeed and will instantly be recognisable to anyone who
has watched the game on BBC. The balls and board do indeed look
realistic but the same cannot be said for the visual quality and
animation of the players. The framerate is susceptible to dipping
from time to time and although it doesn't affect the gameplay in
any way, it is a little disappointing to see (this might not be
the case with the Xbox and PC versions though).
Championship Snooker is fine for deaf gamers. You can enable subtitles
(they can be found under the graphics options). With the subtitles
on, you'll find the commentary in matches is shown in text and you'll
be able to follow the coaching section. It would have been better
if the subtitles had appeared on an overlay for the coaching though
as it would have made the text easier to see.
World Championship Snooker 2003 is a good sequel to WCS 2002. I
suppose the main grumbles will be that the players could look a
lot better and while it's true they could do, the professional players
are recognisable, which is what matters. Whilst the game is great
value for money and the career mode is improved (not forgetting
the addition of pool) the actual gameplay doesn't really feel much
different. The bottom line is that if you enjoyed WCS 2002 you're
going to enjoy this but if you didn't then there's nothing here
to change your mind.
Game Rating: 8.0/10
replaces WCS 2002 as the snooker game of choice on the PlayStation
2 but only just. The arena, player animations and graphics could
have been better too.
No problems at all as you can enable subtitles.