Parents' Guide to

Pool Nation FX

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Accessible, uninspired pool is a scratch in the side pocket.

Game Xbox One 2015
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The good news is that Pool Nation FX gets the basics of billiards right. All the most popular pool games are represented, the ball physics are spot on, and players have plenty of control over their shots. With multiple skill levels and aiming assists, there are entry points for both rookies and pool veterans. Beginners can simply line up and whack away, hoping the cue ball ends up someplace useful, while more skilled players can carefully plan out ways to run the table after a break. It even looks pretty nice, thanks to detailed environments and imperfect polishing applied to balls to add realism.

That said, it's not very inspired. There's little here we haven't seen in previous pool games. Worse, the interface grows much more tricky should you decide you want to try shots that involve anything more complicated than adding a little spin. Add in overly long pre-game loading times and a confusing menu design bound to leave some players a bit baffled, and the result is something altogether lackluster. Hard-core pool enthusiasts may stick with it for the long haul, but for most others it will simply be a curiosity that fails to hold much interest after the first few games.

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