Overall Pool Nation sells the fantasy of the age old cue and ball sport better than any other experience we’ve had the pleasure of sampling. Even a risk-averse player like myself had a blast just smacking balls around. The easy-to-grasp, hard to master nature of the control scheme makes matches feel alive and engaging, thanks in no small part to pulling back the right stick and pushing forward to initiate a shot; perfecting emulating that feel of pulling a cue back and hitting a ball.
The only real problem I found during the review process is that there just weren’t enough players online to have matches against, which is a real shame as this experience deserves a lot more attention than it’s currently getting. Cherry Games has even added Blackball (UK 9 Ball) to the game as free set of DLC, so in theory and execution at least there’s no reason why Pool Nation shouldn’t be a lot more popular.