Poker Night 2 Xbox 360 Review: Learn how to hit the royal flush with this new platform
Due to its immense popularity, poker has spawned a couple of titles across several console platforms. Coursing through the options online, we found Poker Night 2, a new 3D card game that has stellar graphics and interesting characters. In this entry, we’ll walk you through the game to see if it has the same intensity and high-octane action found at the online and real casino card tables.
Battle with A.I. card masters
In Poker Night 2, you’ll be pitting yourself against five popular characters from different films, games and television shows. These are Brock Samson (Venture Bros.), Sam (Sam and Max), Claptrap (Borderlands), Ash Williams (Evil Dead and Army of Darkness) and GladOS (Portal) who acts out as the leader of the pack.
Each A.I. is complete with their own personality, humorous dialogues and playing style that will challenge and entertain players at the same time. GladOS, for example, has a slow yet tactical playing style that has distinct similarities with Sam Tricket, the current winner of Partypoker.com’s Road to Old Trafford competition last month. Some opponents, meanwhile, will recklessly bet big on different turns while others have moves that are easy to distinguish.
Unlike its other console predecessors, this title really puts effort to make these A.I. players entertaining. Geeks will definitely enjoy Ash and Brocks clever quips about popular science fiction references and it is also exciting to see the growing love and hate relationship between GladOS and Claptrap.
Texas or Omaha
Players can choose between a game of Texas hold’ em or an Omaha hold’ em. Each tournament starts with a $20,000 buy-in and you can increase your earnings by winning on every hand. Each character does a decent job of making every round interesting by betting or bluffing at unexpected turns and constantly raising the blinds. However, making them chug down inebriated beverages will make it easier for players to know their weaknesses and outwit them entirely.
Great replay value
Although you may not win real money for playing in every hand, there are plenty of in-game extra items that one could unlock giving this title more replay value. Depending on your performance on the table, you will be rewarded with tokens for buying virtual liquors for making your opponents drunk, chip sets and tables that are based on the featured characters. Finishing several challenges also gives players the chance to unlock items that can be used in Borderlands 2 and Team Fortress 2.
No multiplayer, a lot of predictability
Although it is a very exciting title, it still lacks that certain flair found in real and online casinos because of its lack of multiplayer functions. The virtual opponents may be humorous at first but playing with them for hours will make them stale and boring. In addition, their moves also get too predictable in succeeding rounds.
Overall, this poker title for the console has a lot of potential because of its interesting characters, dialogues and great prizes. It is highly recommended for casual players who want to learn the game. But if you want to go pro, better practice in a real and online card table.