you only have to look at the release date of this game to realise the programmers suddenly realised their deadline was fast approaching, and they still had so much to do. so many things have been left unfinished, in an unacceptable condition, or simply left out altogether.
in the gameplay, the first thing i noticed, when playing stephen hendry was the fact that he cheered and celebrated after playing a simple safety shot back to baulk, with the score at 15-0. the graphics are shoddy, with only a few movements ever performed by the players. Before entering the arena, your player chalks his cue, and half the time he uses the new special chalk, floating around the cue tip as if by magic. a high def console, with the ability to use high def graphics on all games has not been utilised at all. with regards to customising players... apparently we all have one of three hair colours, and can look one of four ways.
having had this game for one day, the commentary has already began repeating itself, and its poor anyway, the next time john virgo tells me he 'can hear people pressing buttons, everytime someone lines up to take a shot' im going to scream. honestly, and most of the time he tells me its in well well before it drops, or the crowd gasp for a miss, the second i hit the ball.
the cushions on the table are made of something strange, can't quite put my finger on it, but the way the balls bounce off them i can be sure they arent normal. i have managed to get a couple of breaks of 120+ without using any sidespin whatsoever, which is practically impossible, and anyone who has ever played snooker will know how hard positional play is without adding a bit of side here and there.
when the referee places potted colours back on the spot, be sure to watch the ball change from a dull, matte ball, to a super shiny one. brilliant...
one final thing, i know i am going on a bit, is the fact that in the audiences, there are about four people, scattered about, then the same four people, scattered about another few times, wearing the same stuff.
overall, a bloody rubbish game that should not have been put on the market, and am sure that it wouldn't have been if the world chamionships weren't on. AVOID AT ALL COSTS