PBA Pro Bowling – Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One Review of PBA Pro Bowling
I love a good game of bowling. I used to enjoy going bowling with family and friends when I was younger, and although admittedly I’ve never been great at it, I always do enjoy it. It offers a fun and enjoyable experience. I must say though I’ve not seen a good bowling game move over to console. I used to enjoy playing Wii-Sports and the bowling mode it offered, but I’ve not seen a full bowling game release on console that has really appealed. Over the past week, I’ve had the chance to play with a new bowling title that has hit on console and comes in the form of PBA Pro Bowling. How would it fair? Well, it’s going to be exactly what it says on the tin, it is a bowling simulator which is pretty good fun.
Developed and published by FarSight Studios a few weeks back, it is a sports simulation title that has its emphasis on, you’ve guessed it, bowling. Playing across a variety of game modes, you’ll take to the courts in a variety of venues and try to take the top spot on the leaderboard. Offering both quick modes and Career Mode (Which you`ll want to play through in order to unlock things to use within quick play without purchasing), like other sports title, you’re aim is simple – to finish top of that leaderboard.
Early on, you’ll start to get to grips with the controls, and by no means, is it going to be a difficult title to learn with the controls. You’ll find early on playing in modes that whilst other opponents seem to be hitting strike city you’re struggling to do the same, over-time you’ll find the different techniques and angles to aim at in order to get full precision from your bowls. Using the sticks to control the movement and release of the bowl with a few movements of your bumper to aim different angles other than straight, it is a very simple game to pick up with the controls. I found it more to be a case of practicing the different angles and movement, rather than finding the initial controls too difficult.
Whilst most of the early games will come from quick play mode, where you start to gather the controls and get to grips with the game (Although you don’t have too – this is only how I started the game) I found most of my time going into Career Mode, which’ll see you take on your pro and work your way through a variety of tournaments whilst you work your way to the top. PBA Pro Bowling, is also fully licensed, so includes a ton of PBA players, and also offers licensed commentary throughout. There’s a ton of different tournaments to get involved with, and the career mode surprisingly offers quite a lot to play through and enjoy. I’d even argue it’s one of the better career modes I’ve played in Sports titles, a mode that unfortunately within the Sports Genre, doesn’t always get a looking.
In addition to a single player experience, it also offers local multiplayer, so also makes for a good party game to play when you have a few of you around one evening. I’d have like to have seen more of an online aspect to it, as that would have really added another dimension to it I’d have thought. The ability to jump online with other people for an evening of bowling rather than locally would have been a great addition for me.
PBA Pro Bowling is a game that is enjoyable and fun – and I’ve enjoyed my time with. The career mode is good, and other modes likewise. It’s not a game that’s going to be difficult to pick up, and although some of the techniques may take some time to practice, it isn’t going to be difficult to understand the basics on. At £16.74 it isn’t breaking the bank either, and is a good game to play, either on your own or with friends around your house. As mentioned, the online aspect would have been a great addition, but the main concept for the game is there, and I’ve enjoyed my time with it so far.
Review code supplied by FarSight Studios
Developer: FarSight Studios
Publisher: FarSight Studios
Website: PBA Pro Bowling