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Hustle Kings VR Review

VooFoo Studio’s Hustle Kings has came in a few iterations, but none quite as realistic as in Virtual Reality, which in this latest version, places a pool table right in your living room.

Trying to get a game of pool is never easy and is a strange experience; first you have to find the pool hall which is usually hidden down some strange side road with only a small buzzer on the steel reinforced door with a speaker system that barely works. Once in you have the fear bumping into the locals, the guys that just sit and drink, never actually playing pool, or chatting to the gangster’s moll of a barmaid, working the pumps for 60 years, what scenes she must have witnessed! The décor is late 50’s, its dark, you are constantly worried you may be playing on “Big Al’s” favourite table and why are there no windows, is it so people can’t look in, or for the players not to see the world passing by outside? So if you have you ever feared trying out your local pool hall, not quite sure what are behind those buzzer entry doors, do you fear that every local gangster is in there, eyeing you up? Worried you may get hustled out of all your cash? Well Hustle Kings is the perfect addition for you, taking you to the safe Haven that is your own house.

Before you get started with the main event it’s certainly worth checking out the tutorial mode. This will get you up to speed on the controls, which are spread between touch, analogue and the standard buttons. It’ll also teach you the various trick shots, giving you the skills to get out of those more difficult situations and once you master this, it’s time to move on.

Hustle Kings offers a wide variety of game modes, each offering a decent challenge with exhibitions, tournaments and trick shots available from the start. Each mode allows you to try out a selection of different pool rules like US 8 ball, 9 ball, three ball Killer or good old UK “Black Ball” pool, there is even a solid training mode if you are unsure of the rules of play. The main single player tournament mode pitches you against a variety of players, all gradually getting harder over across pool rules, earning Hustle Kings Cash which is vital for later in the game.

With PSN and Move versions already available, the VR version basically places you in a virtual pool hall. As you look around you’ll see the well detailed sights, such as big screens, a bar and also some ads for other PlayStation VR games.

It’s amazing seeing this pool table in front of your eyes, in fact it really does make the whole game a lot more realistic, as suddenly you can see all the proper angles and get a better measure for your shot. Speaking of which, taking a shot is easy using the DualShock 4, simple line the shot up, push ‘X’ and then hit the ball using the analogue stick. You can even add after-touch to make your shot even more fancy.

While you can use other control methods, the DualShock 4 is definitely the one I would recommend using.

If you already own Hustle Kings and PlayStation VR then this update adds a new dimension that you are sure to appreciate. If you are on the look out for a VR game and are a fan of pool, then you are sure to love the fact that you can now have a pool table in your living room without the worries of it taking up too much space. It’s a win, win situation really.

Words by Joe Anderson
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/XBLA: wotta

(Version Tested: PlayStation VR)


+ A pool table without the loss of space
+ Looks impressive
+ Good fun


- Won't be for everyone

Edited On 17 Oct, 2016

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