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Developer: Cherry Pop Games
Genres: Simulation, Sports
Delight your senses with an immersive and accurate representation of the sport using motion control and real pool physics. Choose from several variations of pool with popular rule sets. Play against the AI or with your friends globally Online, including voice chat so you can really talk some smack! Grab, stack, and smash objects in the world. Create a tower of bottles, stack them high and launch a pool ball at it.
SportsBarVR - Preview Trailer | PS VR
I didn’t quite realise it until I saw and played it, but VR needs these slightly mad cap social games as much as it needs racers and shooters, the kind of game where you hop in with friends for a bit of a laugh. Much like hanging out at an arcade or bowling alley, there’s only so much time before you’ll tire of the games on offer and want to head home. The VR Pool at the heart of this is great, and the other games are fun to try out as well, but your fondest memories will be of pushing the game’s limits and seeing what shenanigans you can get up to.
While Sports Bar VR captures the look and feel of a sports bar, the control scheme combined with Hulk Mode made me feel drunk, complete with hangover. The four games on offer are hampered by inconsistent physics, resulting in an unsurprisingly uneven experience. None of that, somehow, interferes with the game being a stupid-fun experience with friends.
SportsBarVR is a solid collection of multiplayer sports bar games, with pool and darts being the stand out experiences. However, the other experiences on show seem to have been rushed a little to hit PlayStation VR's release date, and the small pool of online players detracts from the overall appeal of the package a little.