The best PC bowling game was Brunswick Circuit Pro bowling from the late 90's. The graphics aged poorly, but the pin physics were the best. I have tried every bowling game on the PC and have bowled thousands of games in real life.
The latest on the PSP has very good pin physics. After about 6 hrs of playing, I'd say the pin action feels right about 85-90% of the time. About 5% of results are just strange.
People who bowl often can predict with a pretty good accuracy what they will leave before the ball hits the pins, and this is where the % comes from.
The game's biggest problem is that the pins are too stable during the secondary collisions. (eg. A pin rolls into or comes in contact with a standing pin.) This must be a compensation for a lack of realism during the initial collisions. Initial pin action is good though.
(Yes, I'm a physics nerd)
As for the oil breaking down, so far on league pattern it's subtle at most.
People might initially complain about high scores being easy, but on different "league nights" the oil seems to be slightly different than the night before, plus your character's attributes change which means you have to find your strike zone again. This has been more than subtle.
It would be nice if the game had additional play options and the career mode is just adequate.
I also think them going "vertical" holding the controller at 90 degrees was excellent, but why does it go back horizontal after the game is over?
The FUN FACTOR: Probably on the low side. It's a bowling Simulator. I'm going to try out the Wii version this week (which has been hammered in reviews because it's not Nintendo bowling.) Wii Nintendo Bowling is like beginner bowling with your friends on Saturday night (with higher scores). Brunswick Pro is like a serious league night.
THIS GAME IS ONE OF THE BEST BOWLING GAMES EVER IN MY MIND, THE GRAPHICS ARE FANTASTIC FOR THE PSP, AND THE PIN PHYSICS ARE JUST LIKE HOW THEY WOULD BE IN REAL LIFE, THE STORY MODE OR JUST NORMAL MODE IS FUN, BUT THE LEAGUE GAMES GET BORING FAST, THIS GAME IS ONE IF YOU HAVE WI-FI PLAY IT THERE NOT BY YOURSELF OUR YOU'LL START DREAMING ABOUT BOWLING INSTEAD OF PLAYING IT ON YOUR PSP.
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If you need to burn an hour, or just kick back with a game that involves very little skill, Brunswick Pro Bowling is the game for you. The league games can get boring pretty quick, but the challenges and the tourneys are kinda fun. The game is quite easy, I was bowling in the 270's after about an hour of game play. But for twenty dollars, what can you expect? The game would probably be totally worth it if it had online gaming, but it doesn't so that is why i gave it a 5 and not a higher rating. For 20 bucks I almost recommend buying this game. Just kidding, rent it.