Review by Drunky
"Fun... if its free."
Bankshot Billiards 2 is entertaining, but unless you're a huge billiards fan, its not worth the marketplace points.
The basic gameplay is like that of any other billiards game, get the balls in the pockets. However they throw more game modes in to keep the player entertained, from the standard 8 and 9 ball to trick shot, golf, and even an extensive multiplayer so you can play with other Live users.
Trick shots is basically that, they set up the balls in a way that requires you to use your billiards skill to complete the goal. Which can range from sinking all the balls, to some, to avoiding others. Golf is basically well, golf. You have your cue ball which acts as the putter, and the billiard ball which acts as a golf ball. This isn't as easy as it sounds, because they use other billiard balls to make a golf course for you to play through.
For an arcade game, the game mechanics are extremely in-depth allowing you to play just as you would in real life, from varying your power to adding a spin.
Graphics are decent, at best. However one of my personal problems with the game is that on smaller televisions it becomes hard to see which balls are stripes and solids, which can lead to you sinking the wrong ones and losing. The only real graphical element in the game is the table itself, which is detailed right down to the woodwork. Due to the top down view, there is no environment, although you do get to choose the color of the carpet.
The sound effects are dead on, you can hear the clacking of the balls striking each other which is about the only sound effect in the game. The background music is pleasant and helps set the laid back mood of the game.
Depending on how much you like pool, the play time will vary. If you don't like it you probably wont enjoy this at all, and if you do, then you'll have your hands full trying out all the different tables and modes of gameplay. The multiplayer adds a nice amount of replay ability, although finding a game can take a bit of time, but that will hopefully improve as the Xbox Live user base grows.
As previously stated, unless you enjoy pool this game isn't worth the marketplace points, so hopefully you got it for free in your Xbox Live starter kit.
Reviewer's Score: 6/10 | Originally Posted: 03/27/06
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