Hustle Kings Review
Hustle Kings Box Art
System: PS Vita
Dev: VooFoo Studios
Pub: Sony
Release: February 28, 2012
Players: 1-8
Screen Resolution: 544p

The multiplayer component in Hustle Kings is, at the very least, the most interesting part of the game. Currently, Sony is using it to tout the famous cross-platform play that became one of the Vita's primary selling points. For a limited time, players who purchase Hustle Kings will receive a free copy of the PS3 version, which will allow for multiplayer matches between the two consoles. Obviously, this is more of a gimmick than an actual selling point, but you essentially get two entire games for the price of one, and who's going to turn down that kind of deal?

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If you're not interested in the magic of cross-platform play, you can jump on the PlayStation network and roll the dice with the online matchmatching system. The matches are everything you would expect from a pool hall matchup; they're not exactly action-packed, but if they were, you wouldn't be playing a game of pool.

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At its core, Hustle Kings is a game that focuses heavily on meeting the needs of its central audience: pool players. And, even though it remains relatively accessible to the hustler in all of us, it probably isn't for everyone, and that's a shame. If we can get past the fact that it's a pool title, we would probably genuinely enjoy ourselves, but there's a good chance that this is a hurdle that most people won't care to jump.

By
Josh Engen
Contributing Writer
Date: March 5, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Surprisingly good for a pool game.
4.0
Control
Simple and Intuitive, but sometimes clumsy.
2.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Playing with the volume off is preferable.
3.7
Play Value
Great for the avid pool player, but probably not for the rest of us.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Hustle your way to the top of the global leader boards in this beautifully chic, yet minimalist pool setting.
  • Control every move with intuitive front and rear touch interface and keep the game moving with quick push notifications.
  • Using your PlayStation Vita system's touchscreen and rear touch pad, skillfully position your cue, adjust the angles, add spin and fine-tune the power of each shot.
  • Choose from a variety of pool rules, including Eight Ball, Nine Ball, and Killer.
  • Pot balls, pull off trick shots, and win matches to earn credits, then spend them on new equipment in the Hustle Kings Store.


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