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World Championship Poker 2, Featuring Howard Lederer Review - PS2, PSP, Xbox, PC

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Customizable characters and Eye Toy support add charm to WCP2

The Bottom Line

Who would've thought that the best console poker simulation would be a budget title? Crave brought poker star Howard Lederer on to help them make a solid poker videogame, and they pulled it off. World Championship Poker 2 calls the bluff of the sorry excuses for poker games out there and raises with decent graphics, fun characters, a solid announcer, and great poker action. Looking for a gift for a poker nut? No need to look further, it's the best budget game you can give.
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Pros

  • Finally, a poker game with decent A.I. opponents
  • Poker career mode keeps the game fresh and interesting
  • Lots of poker games, including Texas Hold 'em, Pineapple, Omaha, Razz and more
  • Play poker online and actually see your opponents thanks to eye toy support
  • One of the better budget titles out there, a WCP2 is a steal at $20

Cons

  • Some of the animations can't be skipped
  • Music seems to consist of variations on one song... again and again

Description

  • Graphics: 3 The graphics are serviceable, though some textures just don't like up well
  • Sound: 2.5 World Championship Poker 2 is confused; it's got a great announcer and an evil soundtrack
  • Concept: 4 It takes everything you like about poker games and throws in some fun twists
  • Control: 4 WCP 2 plays great and is easy to pick up, to bad you can't hit X to skip every animation
  • Difficulty: 3.5 I won tournaments I thought I wouldn't and got hammered when I thought I had the pot
  • Multiplayer: 4 It's only available online, but the matchmaking and eye toy support add a lot
  • Rated: Teen, but there's no sex, violence or foul language, it's just poker, I'd give it an Everyone
  • All scores are out of 5. The total score is not a composite of the above scores.

Guide Review - World Championship Poker 2, Featuring Howard Lederer Review - PS2, PSP, Xbox, PC

World Championship Poker 2 provides what has been missing in console poker sims, actual poker. Sure there's plenty of silliness, like playing against animal heads,dressing your character as a pirate, or the shameless Robosapien plug, but there is a solid poker simulation as well, giving you the chance to learn the basics and practice betting particular hands.

World Championship Poker 2 provides three basic modes of play, quick pick-up games, a career mode, and online play. With the exception of online play, the modes are single player, and fair enough; the temptation to screen watch other players hands would be enormous. The quick-play and online modes give you all the various poker games available, including Texas Hold 'em, Omaha, Draw, Stud, Pineapple, Razz, Hi-Lo, and Triple-draw. But the heart of WCP2 is the career mode. While the character creator isn't as deep as Tiger Woods, I made a surprisingly good likeness of myself, except that I added an eye-patch for kicks. The career mode works on a week-by-week basis with various games opening up at different venues. Some are high-stakes, some are not. You can sell or buy furniture and items at a pawn-shop witch may help you enter tourneys. The computer controlled opponents you encounter have different play styles, and after several hands, you will learn to read them. Online it's human v. human for the ultimate challenge.

WCP2 is a vast improvement over other poker sims and acts as a great coach for newbies and poker pros.

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