posted by alecspade (JACKSONVILLE, FL) Oct 31, 2006
Member since Apr 2006
gamers (38%) found this review helpful
This game is utterly unplayable. I am a regular poker player and am always looking to try out the new poker games. I just don't see how any poker video game can be successful.
The AI in the beginning is ridiculously stupid, which seems to be the standard for poker video games. I've never seen so much bad play, and not only that, suckouts seem to happen at an alarming rate.
Playing the game is either amazingly slow or amazingly fast, neither of which makes the game interesting at all. The sound effects at the table are annoying. The camera views don't add anything to the enjoyment.
The only good thing I could find out of this game is the tips offered throughout, which are solid hold'em tips and strategies for either limit or no-limit. The rest of the game is pointless and annoying. Do not buy this game under any circumstances. Rent it but don't be surprised if you're quickly returning it.
for being a poker player myself i think that the game gives the game poker a bad name. For example every hand takes at least 2 mins and if you fold there is no way to skip to the next hand or let alone fast forward the hand. it is really boring and i only could really only play it for about 45 mins b4 i had to shut it off
posted by mgscj26 (BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI) Apr 11, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
The game presents a decent card playing experience, but it's lacking a bit in terms of fit and finish.
After you play a number of hands, you unlock tools that will aid your play; such as how powerful your hand is compared to potential hands, and how often your opponent folds. This might give you a good idea as to how likely it is that someone is attempting to bluff you, or the "Outs" section will show you what cards will make your hand more powerful if they happen to come up in the flop, river or turn. These things are nice, but if you're like me and haven't played a lot of poker in real life or in games, you'll be checking them constantly. And holding down the right trigger while searching through a menu to find the data you need, while it isn't exactly difficult, it just seems like the experience could be smoothed out.
The only real gripe I have is with it on a less statistical level. I imagine that when or if I were to play poker of any variety against a table of human opponents, that I would try to glean information based on body language, tells, and what else had happened that hand.
However, character models in the face leave quite a bit to be desired, it's difficult to try to get a read on someone. It begins to feel after a few games like you're really just playing the statistics rather than playing the perceptions of players and statistics alike.
That being said however, if you've slowly pummeled your opponent card players out of the game one after another, when you finally go all-in and try to take that last hand, a fair amount of tension exists while you wait for the final card to be revealed.
Essentially, if you're really into Texas Hold'Em, you'll most likely get a kick out of this game. If you're looking for an introduction, it seems to throw you into a world where you're only partially familiar with the terms, and doesn't offer the intensity of the tournaments you might watch that share the moniker of the game.