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March 19 2007
World Snooker Championship 2007 - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
23/3/2007THQSegaBlade Interactive
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
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Ready to break and start the game.
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Background detail could be improved still.

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This is a pretty nice table.
It's quite clear that World Snooker Championship 2007 is quite a niche product. It's unlikely that those who have never played snooker in real life (or pool) would be interested in this title - and that really isn't a market that Sega are after anyway. This game though will cater to the millions of snooker fans the world over - and particularly in England where the sport has a large following.

World Snooker Championship 2007 boasts around 100 of the worlds best snooker players, including the likes of John Higgins, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Shane Murphy, Ding Junhui, Steve Davis, Peter Ebdon and Graeme Doff to name just a few.

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Showing the shot angles.
A host of new features compliment the title this year. In addition to the snooker offering, developers Blade Interactive have added the greats from the world of Pool. World Snooker Championship 2007 boasts a comprehensive pool experience where you can play 9 and 8-ball competitions. Play as or against an array of the World’s best pool players, and take on 10 major Pool tournaments, including the Mosconi Cup and the World Pool Championships. You can also show off your true skills in a Trickshot Championship – step up and pull off your favourite crowd pleasers from a vast selection of trickshots.

The new Golden Cue mode will allow you to mix the different cuesports within each match, so now you can test your versatility by taking on Ronnie O’Sullivan in frames of Snooker, Pool and more, all within the same match!

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OK then, one more screenshot.
World Snooker Championship 2007 further improves the authenticity of the franchise with a new positional play feature. You can now position the cueball with greater accuracy than ever before, helping you to make advanced safety shots for better defensive play. The create-a-player mode has also seen dramatic improvements, allowing you to customise the star of the future.

The screenshots you see around this preview were released by Sega way back in May 2006 - and as yet no others have been released so we're hoping that the game is improved from these rather average screens. The PS3 certainly has the power to push a lot more detail onto the screen. In fact, it appears that the game is stretched to be widescreen rather then native as the ball on the bottom right looks more oval, then circle, shaped!

So this won't be a game to show off the power of the Playstation 3, and certainly won't be pushing the systems hardware anywhere near its potential, but for Snooker game fanatics this will be a game worth checking out. With my family selling their pool table about 2 years ago I'm pretty keen to check this out myself. Expect this to be a launch title, ermm, this week!