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PBA Pro Bowling Update Adds 9 New PBA Pros, 20 New Bowling Balls, New Commentary & More

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PBA Pro Bowling Update Adds 9 New PBA Pros, 20 New Bowling Balls, New Commentary & More

A new update has arrived for PBA Pro Bowling… Actually, it arrived a few weeks ago and I’m just now finding out about it, so I figured I’d let everyone else know, that wasn’t aware.

The update, which is available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam, includes 9 new pro bowlers, 20 new bowling balls, and additional commentary from PBA announcers Rob Stone and Randy Pedersen.

The 9 PBA Pros that have been added to Quickplay and Career Mode include: Ryan Ciminelli, Shota Kawazoe, Francois Lavoie, Rhino Page, Osku Palermaa, Ronnie Russell, Matt Sanders, Tom Smallwood, and Stuart Williams bringing the full count to 26 PBA pro bowlers.

The 20 new officially licensed balls have been added from Brunswick, Columbia 300, Ebonite, Hammer, Roto Grip, and Storm.

Here are the full patch notes:

  • Nine new PBA Pros added.
  • 20 new bowling balls added.
  • New commentary added.
  • Player and AI bowler transitions between throws have been sped up for faster gameplay.
  • Updates to Pro Trivia.
  • Left Stick works again for throwing with Arcade controls.
  • Fixed bug where spare leaves were occasionally credited as a strike.
  • General bug fixing.

If you missed our PBA Pro Bowling review, you can read it here.

The actual gameplay is done well but is a bit bare bones. You have one character to play with and you cannot change camera views. There is some learning curve to be successful. Each bowling ball has its own characteristics to evaluate. Weight, hook, and control will all impact how hard you throw the ball and how much spin you should put on it. The overall controls of the game are simple. You use your right stick to throw the ball, and accuracy is determined by the straightness of pulling the right stick back and pushing forward. Speed is determined by how fast you push the right stick forward. When the ball is going down the lane, you must then add spin by pushing the left stick in the direction you want the ball to spin. This is similar to a breaking putt in golf. If you hit it too hard, the ball won’t break. If you hit it too slow, the ball will break too much.

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  1. I just want to say that this game is fantastic. For a bowling game, it's incredible. The physics are off the charts realistic. When I finally bowled a 300 game, I felt like I just conquered COVID-19. It's great to see the developers continuing to support the game. I play it on the Switch, and it's such a great portable game. You should definitely check it out.
    It has a career mode, but it's more just a series of events you play back-to-back-to-back.  I believe the only multiplayer it has are tournaments.

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