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.
I dont really know what i was expecting renting this, but ill go ahead and let you know it was bad. The graphics.... terrible. Commentating is extremely repetetive. I play poker every thursday with a group of friends and usually end up in the top 3 out of 12 and this game is complete bull to be honest. The hands you are supposed to play dont play and the ones not even worth looking at play. I won more hands with low off suit non connectors than with pocket rockets or big slick. Not worth your time so dont bother with it.
I know alot of you out there have played a game thinking that the reviews are wrong, they don't know what they are talking about? Well let me tell you, this game just doesn't capture that poker feeling for me. When you win a tournament, it isn't really all that. You feel like "i just wasted all this time for this ending?" Now I have to be honest I never made it to the WsOP table, but I did win some tournaments and just wasn't that impressed. On the plus side, if you like Chris Ferguson then you will like this game, and winning a hand off of a 2 pair low-card does feel good. So all in all, not bad, but not that good. Hopefully 2008 is better.