Hard Rock Casino
Hard Rock Casino by Oxygen Games is the
latest Casino simulator for the PlayStation Portable that allows gamers
to experience the high rolling gambling world as they attempt to tackle
more than 20 different games.
Unlike traditional card
games where gamers play a variety of casino games such as Poker or Slot
machines, Hard Rock Casino allows the the player to customise their
character as they attempt to become the highest roller in the Casino
world. It's The Sims meets the world of Casinos!
Before beginning Hard Rock Casino, players
must first create their casino avatar by selecting their sex, body
shape, hairstyle and a variety of other attributes that gives ownership
to the player. Once created, gamers can then attempt to challenge the
best as they begin the game with $1,000 dollars.
For those players who are not familiar at
the variety of different Casino games such as Craps or Black Jack, the
game offers a great tutorial mode which teaches the player the rules,
strategies and tips for each game. Even for a seasoned veteran like
myself, this did come in handy.
Although the title features 4 different
themed casinos, gamers must first conquer the current casino that they
are in and this is achieved by winning certain goals of each game and of
course obtain more money. Once you have completed certain objectives,
it's time to explore other casinos.
Oxygen games have attempted to introduce
some AI into the title as each of the players that you compete again
have their own personalities and goals, some are also extremely annoying
As you progress through the game, you also
start earning a reputation plus more money (follow the theme of this
game?) which allows you to access other areas in the game that are not
open to mere gambling mortals.
The gameplay itself is quite entertaining,
provided you are into casino games, however for those players that have
never played a card game or more specifically a casino game before, they
might want to rent before they buy. With this in mind, the title is also
the perfect compendium to learn the rules of the various games inside a
Graphically, Hard Rock Casino is quite
impressive on the PlayStation Portable that features simple yet
sometimes impressive graphics with a few special effects here and there
thrown in for good measures. Add in an elevator soundtrack, various
sound bites and voices and it's almost as you are in a real casino like
Jupiter's on the Gold Coast or Crown Casino in Melbourne Australia.
In conclusion, Hard Rock Casino is an
entertaining and interesting Casino Game, provided you enjoy those sim
style of games. The title also features realistic casino gameplay,
decent artificial intelligence and everything you would expect to find
inside a casino. Definitely for the high roller in all those gambling