[PlayStation 4] Pool Nation Review

by the_nmac

Line up the shot up, pull the cue back, make impact… and drop the ball into the pocket. Check out our Pool Nation review!

Pool Nation is the ultimate Pool Simulator for PlayStation4®. Prepare yourself for pixel perfect physics, photo-realistic graphics and super detailed visuals in this truly immersive representation of the sport.

Play live matches seamlessly online, compete in Leagues, share, challenge and enroll in the Pool Nation Cup, explore our unique rule set customization tool and re-discover this much-loved sport.

Pool Nation flawlessly blends reality with the impossible, resulting in the finest example of digital pool you will ever play.

Pool Nation | Launch trailer | PS4

Pool Nation from Cherry Pop Games has been working on this game for quite a few years. It was released initially on Steam a handful of years ago, and the team has now ported it to the PlayStation 4. How did the transition to PS4 go? Let’s find out!

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Pool Nation is a game based on billiards focusing on the eight-ball and nine-ball variations. The gameplay mechanics are very simple to learn but hard to master. Your point of view is centered around the white cue ball, and you can then spin and find which ball you want to target to sink it in a pocket. When setting up your aim, the ball you are hitting will give you an idea of what direction it will go when hit based on how you make an impact. This allows you to take your time and find your best potential shot to sink your ball.

It’s not all about sinking the balls though since you also need to pay attention to where the cue ball will end up at after your shot so that you can set up the next one. The best pool players aren’t making hard shots, they’re making sure the cue ball ends up in the best spot to make their next shot easy. The game gives you this control as well, so if you are good enough, you can lineup shot after shot. The physics are tight with balls hitting and rebounding off walls as they should be. This is something a dev needs to nail in a pool game, and they did that for Pool Nation.

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I loved the Career mode as it puts you in tournaments that you need to qualify for, and then in a bracket as you make your way through the tournament. It’s really easy to jump in and play, and matches don’t take too long to complete. The difficulty ramped up as I progressed with a nice curve, making subsequent matches more challenging without making it feel unfair or overwhelming – you will have very little wiggle room for mistakes.

The game looks great on my PlayStation 4 Pro. The way the light reflects off the balls as you aim your shots, it looks really good. This is one of the best looking pool games I’ve played on the console, and the colors of the HDR bounce right out of my 4K TV. It’s stunning. The music has a fun quality to it as you are playing, making the experience even better.

The game has a ton of customization options you can unlock as well form new cues, new balls, table decals, and more. It’s a lot of fun unlocking them and lets you customize your game the way you want to play it.

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Final Thoughts

I started this review wondering how this would compare to what I consider one of the best pool games in Pure Pool, and Pool Nation is now taking its place in my folder on PS4. The physics of the game are spot on, it looks gorgeous, taking advantage of the PS4 Pro extra power and what the system can do and, most of all, it’s just fun to play. This is an easy recommendation on PlayStation 4, so be sure to check it out!

This Pool Nation review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Cherry Pop Games.

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