Saturday, September 11, 2010

Video game number two hundred and sixty six: World Championship Poker: All in

Video game review number two hundred and sixty six in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "World Championship Poker: All in".

If for some reason you've been reading all of my reviews for this project, you might remember me making a comment a week or so ago about how all poker games are pretty much the same.

I take it back.

World Series of Poker 2008 is a much better poker game than this one is.

This game features ho-hum graphics with an incredibly lame and repetitive soundtrack. The menus are annoyingly difficult to decipher, but once you'll realize that all your options are crap anyway.

I tried playing offline, but the character models (and voices) are so ridiculous that it's almost annoying. They let you customize a character, but the choices are just...silly. It's funny, but I actually miss the pros from the last poker game I played.

I switched to online, and met up with some guy from England who was going for achievements. There are achievements just for playing hands, so he'll set himself up in a match and just let his character auto-fold all day to rack up the "hands played" stat. Every once in awhile he would jump in and play, which made it difficult to predict how to bet.

I let that go on for awhile while I checked my email, and then I actually took a trip to the mailbox to send some of my games back to Gamefly. When I returned from the mailbox, both our characters were still auto-playing hands and I had a new achievement. I'll bet if I let this go all night, I could get like 200 gamerscore.

Anyway, I was about to call it a day when a real player came into the lobby. He used the onscreen chat board to say hi. I said hello and then settled back in, after all...this guy was the only other person online right now, and he was for real. We played 4 or 5 hands, and then he foolishly went all in against me when I had a full house, and I took him out of the match. He never came back.

After that, I found a few new people to play with...and the game got a little more exciting (ultimately, I ended up winning about 500 in game dollars). Still, with the horrible music and horrible voices, it was incredibly annoying to play.

Overall Score? 3/10. Honestly....that one all-in hand was the only real "fun" I had in this game. There's not much of an online community to speak of anymore, so unless you want to generate some quick gamerscore...I can't think of any reason to play this one.

Achievements: Here's what I got while playing (and while NOT playing).

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