Eightballs clack on PS2, PSP

Pool games are one of those great mysteries of the video-game industry. New ones seemingly appear out of thin air on a fairly regular basis, and while we've never heard of anyone looking forward to the next big billiards simulator, they just keep coming.

The latest entries in the genre are due out this fall, courtesy of Sega. The company yesterday announced that it plans to publish World Pool Championship 2007 for the PlayStation 2, and World Pool Challenge 2007 for the PSP. Featuring eight-ball, nine-ball and trick-shot games, both titles will let players compete in more than 10 official pool tournaments as either a real-life pro or their own custom player.

Not much else has been revealed about the games as of press time, but would-be pool sharks will be able to get a much closer look in a couple of weeks when E3 rolls around.

April 28, 2006