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Gameplay 9.0
Graphics 7.0
Sound 7.0
Value 9.0
Distributor: Take2 Interactive
Classification:
PG
Review Date:
April 2006
Reviewer:
Andrew B

8.8

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World Tour Poker

Take a seat at the world's most prestigious poker tournaments with World Poker Tour. Feel what it's like to play with the world's best as you compete against real World Poker Tour players, in real life World Poker Tour venues.

It's time to Shuffle Up and Deal!

I must admit that I’ve become a fan of the World Poker Tour series on television and even though there is nothing really in the content of the show, it somehow draws you into the world of big game gambling. With that said, I was pleased to discover that World Poker Tour has been faithfully recreated on the PlayStation 2 to give the gamer that real casino feeling and experience of the original television series.

Unlike real-life poker, World Poker Tour features the virtual equivalents of Antonio "the Magician" Esfandiari, Erick Lindgren, Evelyn Ng, Lyle Berman, Michael "the Grinder" Mizrachi, and Phil "Unabomber" Laak that have been faithfully recreated to play as their real-world counterparts. With that said, the best part of WPT is that even if you have the worst losing streak in history, the players real-world money is safe.

Features:

  • Exclusive World Poker Tour Presentation - Including real World Poker Tour venues such as Commerce Casino and the Aviation Club, broadcast style overlays and commentary featuring Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten.

  • Elite Professional Players - Compete against the virtual equivalents of Antonio "the Magician" Esfandiari, Erick Lindgren, Evelyn Ng, Lyle Berman, Michael "the Grinder" Mizrachi, and Phil "Unabomber" Laak, that play each situation just like their real-life counterparts.

  • Master the Cards - Improve your poker playing skills by utilizing in-game tutorials and an in-depth stat tracking system that outlines your playing tendencies in numerous situations.

  • Make Your Mark - Create a player, launch a career, and strive to become a World Poker Tour World Champion as you build your character's experience and boost your career earnings by competing in multiple game modes including Quick Play, Satellite Tour Play and World Poker Tour Season Play. Flaunt your success by using your earnings to deck out your player with hundreds of accessories.

  • Learning AI System - Hone your game and play against AI that will learn how you play poker at the table and adjust to your unique style of play just like real players. Learn to play and bluff your way through huge tournaments just like the pros on the World Poker Tour.

  • Limitless Poker Variations - Create custom poker games by setting rules and limits with the poker game editor, or choose from 14 different community poker games including Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Pineapple, Double Flop Hold'em, Super Hold'em, Billabong, Tahoe and Shanghai.
    * Online - Take your stack online to compete against players across the country, set up poker nights with your friends, and chat live.

Before starting WPT, the gamer must create their own virtual persona in order to take on the world greats and to make things even more interested, the title also supports online play that allows you to create your own buddy lists and even chat with your opponents while playing poker.

Apart from the usual gameplay modes, WPT also offers a very intuitive tutorial mode that basically teaches the player how to master their own poker game. Another nifty feature is the game also monitors your strategies while you play, that not only shows your weaknesses but also your strengths. The gameplay modes that are featured in WPT; include quick play, satellite tour play and World Tour Poker Season Play that is ideal for those poker fanatics that wish for world domination... or is that casino domination?

It should also be mentioned that WPT features a wide gamut of different poker styles that include greats such as Billabong and Double Flop Hold’em. What are they? Well... in Billabong, you are dealt three down cards and one up card, for a total of four hole cards. Next, three community cards are dealt (the flop), followed by a second betting round. Then a fourth community card is dealt (the turn), followed by a third betting round. Finally a fifth community card is dealt (the river), followed by a final betting round and showdown. You play the best five-card poker hand you can make using three or four of the cards in your hand plus one or two of the five community cards. As to Double Flop Hold'em, you'll just have to play and apart from the 14 different poker styles, WPT also allows the gamer to implement their own rules via the poker game editor.

Graphically, WPT is a slick game on the PlayStation 2 that features polished graphics to go with the polished gameplay. The developers have done a great job at recreating the casino environment and the players have been faithfully created to look as real as possible with that touch of “cartoon” magic. The background environments look amazing and really help immerse the gamer into the world of poker.


As with the graphics, the sound in WPT features all the sounds one would expect to hear from WPT with a rather amusing little soundtrack that will make gamers wanting more. The sighs, the chips and shuffling of cards, this is as realistic as you could get without spending your hard earned cash at a casino.

In conclusion, WPT is a great poker game, provided you enjoy the game and has hours upon hours of replay value. This is one of those games that you’ll virtually be playing forever. Great stuff and recommended to all poker buffs!

PS2 Compatibility

  • 1 player

  • Memory card (8MB for PS2): 93Kb minimum

  • Analog Control Compatible: analog sticks only

  • Vibration Function Compatible

  • USB Headset(for Playstation 2) Compatible

  • EyeToy USB Camera(for Playstation 2) Compatible

  • Network Adapter (Ethernet, for PS2) Compatible: 1-6 Players






 
 



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