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July 12, 2005
World Snooker Challenge 2005 - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
1/9/2005SegaBlade Interactive1-2$TBA

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Snooker - a brilliant game!
First things first, World Snooker Championship 2005 is the PC, PS2 and XBox snooker title from Sega. This game, World Snooker Challenge 2005 is the PSP title. Don't ask us why they're virtually the same game. Anyway as you can probably tell this is a snooker title - that wonderful English sport where you get to whack some balls around a lovely (usually) green felt covered table. It really is a wonderful sport be it in a pub (where Pool is more the game) or a friends lounge room. Now you'll be able to play it on your PSP - and it looks mighty fine too.

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Now that's a nice table!
Take on 100 superstars of the modern game in stunningly accurate representations of the sport's top venues, including the Crucible Theatre, home of the World Snooker Championship. World champions such as Ronnie O'Sullivan, Stephen Hendry, Matthew Stevens and Paul Hunter are all brought to life, ready to meet you on the green baize in the unique Challenge Mode, while dozens of past champions await in the unlockable Champions' Trophy. All real locations from the 2004/2005 tour have been accurately modelled, while tournament structures are now modelled exactly on their real-life equivalents.

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Ready to break.
World Snooker Challenge 2005 isn't just about snooker however. I mean if you've already modeled all the tables, balls, rooms and players why stop there and indeed the developers are including Pool, Billiards and Bar Billiards modes into the mix. The developers are also promising 'Tactile Control analogue control system that allows fine judgment of shot power.' Sounds good to us, but the proof is always in the pudding as they say. If that's not enought Sega are also including an option to create your own player - how detail this is remains to be seen.

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Lining up for the shot.
The PSP's Wi-Fi mode will also be used to allow for 2-player competitive matches, although we also expect 2-player support on a single console. Finally the game will include an all new and improved commentary system which is being voiced by snooker legends Steve Davis, John Virgo and John Parrott.

As yet another launch title on the PSP World Snooker Challenge 2005 is probably going to be targeted at a niche audience - but for fans of the sport it looks like Sega are going to deliver the goods.