I wanted to buy this game on the release date but was unsure of what to expect. I read a number of reviews from other websites and wanted to be certain that this was the game for me. I love snooker and I have only played versions on the old PS1. While reading the reviews, a large number of people compared this version of WCS 2011 to WCS 2009. I decided to rent both before making my mind up and although I have to agree that there are similarities in both games, such as the same commentary and annoying spectators, the comparable difference was in the graphics. 2011 had much shaper tones and vivid colours which really stand out in true HD. I will admit that off the table the graphics are basic, however this is a snooker game and you are not playing this to look at the spectators or your opposition player sat in his seat.
One slight dig at the game is that it does state real in the title which would imply the basis of the game to have a visible referee. This sadly is not the case and after potting a coloured ball it magically reappears on its spot. This did not bother me though and in truth sped the game up.
This game does shine in the physics department though and the movement of the balls is superb. The further you progress through the season the more attributes you can acquire such as improved spin or potting long shots so there is no need to get frustrated during the early parts of the game whereby you are missing easy shots.
If you love snooker and are not too worried about graphics off of the braise then this game is must have. I have compared prices and found that there is not much difference between this release and 2009 which shows that this product is holding its value. This can only be a compliment to the franchise and shows what a great game this is.