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The game's developers guarantee that Virtual Pool 2 will improve a player's real-world shooting skills. That claim seemed ridiculous until we saw the simulation's incredible physics model in action. The way the cue interacts with the balls (and the balls interact with one another) truly must be seen to be appreciated. One of the best aspects of the game is that we could try felt-shredding stunts we would have been hesitant to practice on a real table, like massé tricks and jump shots.
The most convincing test of the game's ability to accurately model the physical complexities of a pool table comes from watching one of the included trick-shot videos. The game gives you the chance to attempt the trick once you've seen it, and when properly executed the balls react exactly as they did in the video. Everything is rendered in clean, crisp 3-D, making it easy to line up shots and to see the effects of english, because the spin given to each ball is displayed in great detail.
Players can test their skills against computer opponents or play a multiplayer game using many variations of pool, including eight ball, nine ball, straight pool, one pocket, and three ball. Virtual Pool 2 may not improve your real-life game (it did help ours), but it makes learning the rules of unfamiliar variations painless, and the video tutorials can help the overall strategy of all but the most experienced pool sharks. Best of all, you get all this for less than the cost of a few hours of table time in a real pool hall. --T. Byrl Baker
5 new games: 3-Ball, 6-Ball, 10-Ball, Bank Pool, and One Pocket
Includes classic games: 8-Ball, 9-Ball, Straight Pool, and Rotation
Full simulation of all physical action including friction, speed, collision, and roll
Full-motion video tutorial with lessons on specialty shots and pool strategy
Head-to-head games can be played on the same PC or on 2 computers via network or modem