A good deal here for any avid snooker enthusiasts. The Hut are offering up copies of World Snooker Championship 08 plus an interactive cue pack for just £7.73 on the Nintendo Wii. According to price comparison that’s the cheapest copy available by more than £2 - with the next best price being offered by Simplygames for around £10.
SC 08 is a fairly traditional sort of snooker game in terms of gameplay. The player has the ability to switch the perspectives of the table, change the angle at which the cue strikes the ball and use the controller to apply the desired pressure. However, although this is a rather mundane affair on the Xbox 360 and PS3, the Wii version provides the player with a two foot long cue which the Wii remote is slotted into.
The player then holds down the B button and thrusts the cue forward in order to take a shot. Apparently this does take quite a lot of getting used to and is significantly more difficult to pull off on the Wii compared to the analogue sticks of the Xbox 360 and PS3. However, the designers have lowered the AI difficulty of the Wii format by a massive 30% in order to compensate for this. But one thing which really does set the Wii version apart from other consoles is that it does not include any online multiplayer features.
Instead the game focuses on a lengthy career mode in which the player is able to fully customize the appearance of their player and then gradually work their way up to matches with world class masters. The player can also supplement their income by making appearances in various snooker DVDs, and along with newspaper cuttings about your various victories, these will gradually begin to line the shelves of your snooker hall. The matches also feature commentary from the likes of John Virgo whose witty commentary will provide some relief (occasionally having little digs at the player when they take forever to make a shot!)
So all in all World Snooker Championship provides all you could want from any snooker game. The graphics superb and the gameplay has a highly realistic feel. However the cue does take a while to get used to on the Wii and the fact that it lacks a multiplayer feature does ruin the sociable element which became so popular on Xbox and Playstation. But according to many, if you’re a snooker fan, SC08 is a must have. However it did receive a mixed back of reviews and like marmite it seems, either you’re going to love it or absolutely hate it.