What I liked:
- They’ve done a good job of capturing a realistic feel in terms of the presentation and both the visuals and sound design deliver quite a bit of immersion.
- Playing as the superstars of snooker is a blast and being able to play in proper licensed tournaments means winning a tournament feels that much more important.
- The physics on the whole are actually pretty decent and this makes building breaks very satisfying especially when you get the movement of the ball spot on.
- I found the controls implemented in the game to be really good and they’ve done a good job of keeping them simple whilst not making them clunky.
What I didn’t like:
- The AI feel a little overpowered for the most part and this does mean beating them can pose quite a bit of a challenge, which brings with it frustration.
- There’s a few bugs you have to deal with every now and then which do impact on the immersion levels a little.
- I was disappointed with the lack of modes available to me and the lack of character customisation means you can’t give your game that personal touch.
Does Snooker 19 do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all snooker isn’t as popular as it once was which is a shame because it’s probably my third favourite sport behind football (soccer) and boxing. I’ve been watching snooker for many years now and I actually play a bit of it as well so I had a great deal of excitement for the release of Snooker 19 and thankfully it’s actually pretty good but it’s also far from the perfect article. It does however get more things right than it gets wrong and one of them things it gets right can be seen right from the get go because in my opinion they’ve done a good job with both the visuals and sound design. This good presentation then means that the game has a true snooker feel to it and when you combine that with the licensed players and tournaments it does immerse you quite a lot. In terms of the gameplay I found the ball physics to be good for the most part and winning a tournament did carry with it a very rewarding experience. Unfortunately though winning any tournament is a very difficult proposition indeed and that’s mainly due to the AI being very overpowered at times. You also have to deal with a few bugs as well which can be quite annoying from time to time. At the end of the day then whilst Snooker 19 does have a few shortcomings and it lacks in terms of modes I’m still excited to watch this game grow because they’ve got the most important aspects correct and at the end of the day it’s the most realistic game of this kind available on the Xbox One.
I rate Snooker 19 7.5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Release Date (Xbox One): April 17, 2019