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User Rating: 4.2 | Bankshot Billiards 2 X360
The most expensive game available to download on Xbox Live Arcade at launch with a price tag of 1,200 Microsoft Points ($15), Bankshot Billiards 2 is a pool game that boasts no fewer than nine different modes of play, as well as Xbox Live support for up to three players. In addition to the regular 8-ball and 9-ball gameplay modes that you'd expect to find in any pool game, Bankshot Billiards 2 lets you take on the CPU or another player at Euro 8-ball, 14.1 continuous, or 3-ball. A three-player game titled cutthroat is also included, along with single-player golf, time trial, and trick shot options. Bankshot Billiards 2 is a decent-looking package as far as the menu screen is concerned, then; but once you get to the table, the game consistently disappoints. Figuring out the rule sets used in Bankshot Billiards can be a real challenge. One of the first things that you'll notice about Bankshot Billiards 2, particularly if you're playing on an HDTV, is that its visuals are simple but convincing. The game is played exclusively from a bird's-eye view, using a camera situated directly above the table, and while the table itself and the cue mysteriously floating in the air above it are nothing special, the lighting and the shadows on the balls make them look really solid. Furthermore, you can customize the look of just about everything in the game to suit your tastes, including the table, the cloth, the floor surrounding the table, the balls, and your cue. What's unfortunate is that the customization options for the gameplay aren't nearly so impressive.