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Poker Night 2
Reviewed by
Peter Bourke
on
Poker Night 2 360 Review. Poker Night 2 is fun but a tad repetitive!
Rating:
3.25

Gameplay 6.0
Graphics 8.0
Sound 8.0
Value 6.5
Developer: TellTale Games
Rating: Unrated
Review Date: April 2013
Reviewer:
Peter Bourke

6.5


Poker Night 2
XBLA

From the developers that brought us one of the most critically acclaimed games of 2012 The Walking Dead, come their next installment, Poker Night 2. Unlike the strenuous nerve racking experience of the aforementioned game, Poker Night 2 harkens back to the old PC Poker days of yesterday and if you're old enough, you may remember that quite a few games by Sierra Entertainment featured some of their classic video game characters in similar gambling situations. Poker Night 2 supports a similar premise and Telltale Games have included a variety of popular characters in their current game such as Ash Williams (The Evil Dead) and GLaDOS (Portal) to add some humour into their poker title.

Available via XBLA, Poker Night 2 is a virtual poker game with the goal of the game to out win all the other poker players. Unfortunately Poker is all about odds and bluffing and as the game uses virtual currency, a considerable amount of the danger element is removed. Not that we're condoning real-life gambling but when you're gambling with your own money, things definitely become more nerve racking. The game also boasts two versions of poker, Texas Hold 'Em and Omaha.

However Poker Night 2 is all about the characters that you play and Telltale Games have included a healthy amount of humour and some very amusing cutscenes to liven up the game of poker. Joining the player in their round of poker is the aforementioned Ash Williams (voiced by Bruce Campbell), Brock Samson from The Venture Bros (Patrick Warburton), Sam (David Nowlin) from Sam & Max and finally ClapTrap (David Eddings) from Borderlands 2. GLaDOS (Ellen McLain) from Portal 2 acts as a mediator in the title and is priceless!

These characters provide some great entertainment to the title, especially with their witty banter. It's actually bizarre to be playing poker with the evil GLaDOS computer entity from Portal making quite nasty comments and seeing some of the expressions of your co-players is hilarious. These are just the main characters in Poker Night 2 and without spoiling the full list, there are a couple of other surprises from other franchises.

As you play through the various rounds of Poker in either Texas Hold 'Em or Omaha, you will accumulate cash which can be used to purchase additional content for the game such as new decks and other fun elements. As players become eliminated, they return to the bar to be served by one of the coolest characters from Borderlands.

The star of Poker Night 2 is GLaDOS, the computer psychopath from Portal who has some great one-liners and is truly mad. Although multiplayer is not available, there are some online leader boards which is great for those competitive types and hopefully Telltale Games will release additional DLC characters in the future and perhaps multiplayer which would definitely liven things up in an overall relatively static game. For fans of Borderlands, if you purchase this game, your Borderlands 2 characters gets access to new skins which is quite cool.

Graphics/Audio

Graphically, Poker Night 2 looks like a treat on the XBox 360 with all the characters mimicking their franchises perfectly, especially Ash Williams and GLaDOS. With such great looking character models, the only let down with the graphics is the backgrounds and hopefully we will see some additional environments in the future. Nonetheless it is still a great looking XBLA game. Of course the highlight of the game are actors who once again lend their voices to these very memorable characters but as with the backgrounds, the one-liners and banter does become a tad too repetitive, especially if you play this title continuously.

Final Thoughts?

Poker Night 2 is a fun game to gamers who enjoy the odd round of poker but unfortunately the title is a one-trick pony. You'll get some great laughs out of the game but this will wear thin as you progress through round after round. Thankfully it's quite affordably priced at 800 Microsoft Points and hopefully Telltale Games will continue releasing additional characters and hopefully the inclusion of multiplayer.

Poker Night 2 is fun but a tad repetitive, especially once everything is unlocked.

 






 
 



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