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World Championship Snooker 2003 (PC)

by Codemasters
Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
 Ages 3 and Over
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Challenge over 25 snooker professionals, including the top 8 players in the world
  • Sink the black in 11 new international arenas
  • Massively improved graphics – photo-realistic players and environment
  • Even more challenging opponent AI
  • TV-real presentation with enhanced commentary throughout
  • New game modes including extra Fun Games and 8- & 9-ball Pool.
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game

Product details

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  • ASIN: B00008NB4H
  • Release Date: 28 Nov 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,075 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The chart-busting success of World Championship Snooker returns for a new year and a new snooker challenge. Veteran snooker fans and championship newcomers step up to the table in opposition to Peter Ebden, Mark Williams, Ronnie O’Sullivan and more than twenty top players from the world of professional snooker. With incredible enhancements in every area of the game, plus new game modes and a more compelling snooker experience than ever before, World Championship Snooker™ 2003 is set to make the big breaks frame after frame.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars We are the robots 22 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Well, first I want to say that the guy giving this only 1/5 should RTFM !! You can finetune your aiming by holding down the 0 key. That is however the first flaw: the controls are terrible. To have any idea of where you are aiming, you have to hold the CTRL key for the overhead view + hold the 0 for the fine aiming + use the arrow keys for the actual aiming. When applying spin you have absolutely no idea of where exactly you are hitting the cue ball. And the different cameras are all but useless, except for the overhead camera meaning that you will be holding the CTRL key throughout most of the game.
The biggest problem however lies in the AI. Obviously a CPU could be perfect in this game as its all about computing ball trajectories so a CPU could virtually pot any ball from any position. A human on the contrary would not take an almost unpottable ball unless he has no other options and can have a shot to nothing. Also his positional play will be key to having long breaks. Not so with the AI in this game. I've seen the CPU play the most unlikely pots, including long distance plants, while there being obvious others that any snooker player would play. This gets extremely frustrating extremely soon : on my first game, which was an 8-ball game, the CPU cleared the entire table on its first visit! It's like playing a dumb robot rather than a human! Add to that that even on the easiest setting, the CPU still makes 30s or 40s on every visit and you see that there is little fun in competing the CPU.
Add to that mediocre animations (I can imagine some snooker pros sueing Codemasters feeling insulted by their digital counterparts) and unsynchronized and dull sounds, and there is very little left.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Codemasters? Will they ever learn? 8 Jan 2004
I was Asked by Codemasters to Beta test their First Attempt at W.C.Snooker whcih happened to take place online, youd log in and then play a match against a Computer player, Well the experience Was Sadly very Annoying, You See what happens is you break off and then sit and watch the CPU player make a 140ish break, This happens just about every time, Not very Satisfying at all, With this experience i let Codemasters know exactly how i felt, and now we have WCS2003, and boy does this game drive you nuts!! You start a career as a Professional, even tho you cant play for didly, and thats where the problems start! why o why cant you start a career as a Amatuer? and work your way up to the World Championships? i know with practice you can make decent breaks, ive even made a 62 myself, but every time you miss thats it, frame over! what a waste of career mode! 2 Player and online mode are the only way to have fun with this game! Even Ronnie and the boys dont make 130-140 breaks every time they go to the table in real life!! all you end up with is the feeling your playing robots! not real opponents! I gave this 2 Stars simply as there is a good game in here somewhere, but it aint playing against super human CPU players... the pool option adds 1 Star to this Review! Foul and A Miss for CM!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars CPU gets a chance and... frame over! 2 May 2004
Once you get past the last 16 in a tournament the CPU turns superhuman and turns one chance into a frame winning break. I left 3 half chances in a quarter final and was greeted with breaks of 131, 90 and 85. This saps your desire to play the game again quite quickly.
The other main problem is that everything takes forever. Navigating your way to a match is a tortuous affair. There's the usual tedium of 'Are You Sure?' messages. During a match you get unasked for replays which you have to escape from and click the Skip Replay button. There is no global setting to skip replays automatically. Same with highlights. Don't they understand that players just want to get on with the game? This is just programmers' indulgence. Also the game seems to get held up until a piece of commentary has finished which is very frustrating especially when you've heard the same bit of commentary dozens of time before. There are also bugs with the gameplay. I've had perfectly legitimate shots which I've been unable to take because the power bar won't show.
On the plus side the physics engine is extremely good and the balls look great.
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