Like pool in real life, Hustle Kings is easy to pick up and play, and a great challenge to truly master. Using the left stick to control aim and cue elevation, the right stick to choose where to strike the cue ball and the L2 and R2 buttons to adjust the power of the shot, the entire spectrum of pool strokes can be played quickly and simply.
To help you aim, a pair of lines shows where the object ball and cue ball will travel after contact. The harder the difficulty level, the shorter these lines will be - you can even turn them off completely if your aim is good enough.
When you're happy with the shot, there are two control methods for executing it: analog or skill meter. If using analog, move the right stick backwards and forwards to play the stroke, and when using the skill meter method, you must stop the power bar at exactly the right point to get a perfect result. With either method, the more difficult the shot, the harder it is to hit accurately; for extra help, you can purchase special chalk that extends the aiming lines or increases accuracy, depending on the type you choose.
Career is the primary single player mode and it lets you earn Hustle King Credits for online multiplayer while trying out the game's extensive list of modes and game types. You take on increasingly challenging opponents in eight-ball, nine-ball and many other pool variations, not to mention extra challenges such as trick shots and clear-up, where you have to pot every ball on the table in one break.