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(Pocket-lint) - Another year, another update and the latest edition of World Snooker Championship is upon us once again, but this time from a new developer and publisher. Taking the reigns from Codemasters, Sega is now at the helm, but does that means we are going to see a more arcade style approach? We pick up a cue and find out.

World Snooker Championship 2005 offers pretty much everything you could want from a snooker title: Big names, over 100 professional Snooker players, real locations from the 2004 / 2005 tour, real tour tournaments including the British Open, UK Championship, The Masters and the World Championship, a "League of Champions" event and even the back Bar Billiards and trick levels.

Just like the offering above the game is well polished, but just like the offering above the 2004 offered all this as well. And we are struggling to see where the improvements have been made.

Okay, so the graphics and physics have been improved over the previous instalment and the balls and players now look sharper, but we would expect more for our money than just a tweaking.

Gameplay and the computer-generated characters are incredibly slow. Good shots will be replayed automatically and you can call up a replay of any recent shot, however more than once we found ourselves shouting at the screen asking the computer to get a move on.

The action has been given a lift in the commentating arena with the hiring of Steve Davis and John Parrott to join the terminally depressed John Virgo. Like the EA games with John Motson, it does add an air of authenticity to it all.

To recap

The game just doesn’t do anything for us compared to last year’s instalment

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Writing by Stuart Miles.