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Editors' Review

by   / February 27, 2009

Virtual Pool 3 was released in 2000 to much acclaim and fan praise due to its realistic ball physics and comprehensive customization features. So how does it stack up after five years? It's still one of the best pool games available for the PC. The graphics and sound both seem outdated, but the controls are top-notch and the gameplay engaging. Unfortunately, a lack of online functionality and extremely limited game and table choices keep this quality sim among the four-star downloads.

Old-fashioned billiards enthusiasts be warned. This is not your great-great-grandfather's game of American four-ball. The only game available in the demo is a "Quick Play" version of "four-ball," which is actually nine-ball without balls four through eight. And while you can easily challenge a friend to a quick match, there's no computer opponent to provide us solitary folk with competition. As mentioned, the gameplay remains very solid. Everything from adding English to raising the cue butt is accomplished through simple and logical hot keys. Virtual Pool 3 rewards smooth strokes, which means that shooting the cueball via mousestroke feels very much like the real thing. Yet while the ability to change rail firmness, pocket size, and corner cut can add variety and difficulty to the gameplay, there's only so many games of four-ball most gamers will want to play.

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Full Specifications

General

Publisher Interplay
Publisher web site http://www.interplay.com/
Release Date January 04, 2006
Date Added January 04, 2006
Version 3.2.1.7

Category

Category Games
Subcategory Sports Games

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/2000/XP, 233MHz CPU, 32MB RAM, 2MB VRAM

Download Information

File Size 14.27MB
File Name External File

Popularity

Total Downloads 305,599
Downloads Last Week 0

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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