|System: PS Vita|
|Dev: VooFoo Studios|
|Release: February 28, 2012|
|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?
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.
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.
Date: March 5, 2012