Looking better and playing better than ever, World Championship Snooker 2003 is the new generation in Codemasters' best-selling series and coming to PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC this spring, just ahead of the 2003 tournament.
Designed to be the definitive snooker simulation, World Championship Snooker 2003 will bring all the tension and atmosphere of professional snooker matches to game screens. If you've got the skill, the game can take you all the way to professional status, competing at the highest levels - even playing against current world champion Peter Ebdon at the famous Crucible Theatre to take his title.
Offering the complete cue-ball experience, World Championship Snooker 2003 features the full World Snooker championship season, plus 8-ball and 9-ball pool, Quickplay fungames and a special Trickshot game.
As the only official video game of the sport, World Championship Snooker 2003 takes 28 professional players (including Peter Ebdon, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Mark Williams, Ken Doherty), real venues, real shots and the whole atmosphere of world class snooker tournaments to deliver a competitive and absorbing game.
In the Career game, compete in the World Championship season of 11 events, rising up through the rankings to take the world title. Prize money won in matches provides additional game bonuses, unlocks and secrets, such as classier cues, special tables, custom design baizes or even clothes for your player.
Presentation is television-realistic, with views from roving cameras, in-pocket, over-pocket and pocket to player cameras. All the star players featured are captured in high detail and represented in their true likeness, thanks to an advanced character modelling system (9,000-15,000 polygons per player model). A new animation system creates natural character movements, including full facial expressions, making them stunningly lifelike.
With photo realistic balls, tables and venues, the game is astonishingly detailed right down to particle chalk dust effects and chalk marks on the baize. A unique aiming system assists players in building high-scoring breaks in a very realistic manner and ensures the whole playing experience is incredibly immersive.
Snooker celebrity Dennis Taylor makes an in-game appearance. Need to improve snooker skills? Dennis Taylor hosts a dedicated Coaching mode. From beginners who want to perfect basic shots, right through to learning advanced cue skills, it can improve a player's game performance and even give them the edge on a real-life snooker table.
Technically, high-end physics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems ensure World Championship Snooker 2003 is astonishingly faithful to the sport. The game boasts a new complex AI engine, developed using new neural network techniques, which authentically replicates specific professional players' styles. Essential for a snooker game, a top-level physics and kinetics engine delivers natural and true-to-life ball movements around the table.
Officially licensed from World Snooker, the official governing body of the professional sport, World Championship Snooker 2003 will continue the game's genre-leading reputation as the most realistic snooker video game. As the sport enjoys a resurgence and mass popularity under a new generation of top professional players, World Championship Snooker 2003 is set to become the perfect and intuitively playable game for the far-reaching audience the sport attracts.