World Championship Poker 2
featuring Howard Lederer
World Championship Poker 2 allows gamers
from across the globe play against some of the world's best poker
players which include greats such as Annie Duke, Howard Lederer and
Thomas Bihl who have been faithfully recreated in the gaming
environment. Even on the PSP version, the developers have done a great
job at recreating their actual likeness. Best of all, World Championship
Poker 2 allows gamers to play 19 different styles of poker from classic
Texas Hold'em to something a little more modern in Razz.
In its essence, Poker is
a card game in which players bet that they hold the highest-ranking
hand. In Texas, players are given two cards and they can either fold,
call or raise depending on the cards they have been given. The game
itself consists of both luck and skill and fortunately the title
contains a great tutorial for those who are unaware of the game poker
but wish to learn.
Before becoming a poker
champion, the player must create their own avatar by choosing either
male or female characters. Once the sex has been chosen, gamers can then
modify their facial features and even give them their own personalities.
Once created, you are then ready to engage in some of the world's greats
thanks to the AI of this program. Each player also has their own
personality "poker" traits which does make for some interesting
The game features three
different modes of play which include Quick Play, Career and a
Multiplayer mode. For those that want extras, there's even some
interesting mini-games which are more like tutorials but still fun for
those that don't know better. You can even play the title against PS2
owners through its great online mode.
Play 19 of today’s
favorite poker variations from Texas Hold’em and Five-Card Stud to
Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw and Razz
Compete against the
amazing likenesses, play styles and signature personality traits of
six of the world’s best professional poker players
Become your own card
champion with an enhanced Create-a-Character mode including more
variations of skin tone, clothes, hats, and accessories
enhanced look-and-feel, with more realistic characters and advanced
animations something happening all the time!
Discover six new
themed poker environments to host the action with multi-table online
like never before with smarter AI that actually thinks ahead
players and casual gamers will enjoy hours of heart-pounding poker
The game is quite
entertaining on the PSP, however the title is extremely slow to load
certain aspects of the game with the poor little UMD drive spinning
furiously as it tries to load the game. The title is also compatible for
online play with World Championship Poker All-In PSP® system users which
is definitely a bonus feature for those that wish to challenge real
players. However in the end, World Championship Poker 2 featuring Howard
Lederer is just a poker game that happens to feature a variety of
different incarnations that is definitely a title you should consider if
you enjoy playing the game of poker.
Championship Poker 2 on the PSP is a little lackluster when compared to
its console cousins and features a "poker" type environment where the
player is located in one of the many Casino type poker rooms. The
characters have been professionally designed and featured 3D character
models that move quite realistically on the platform.
Apart from the players
moving, the cards are dealt to the players and that's probably where the
animation finishes. There are some facial expressions as players try to
"bluff" their way through their hands and your character will seem
pleased when they win. Still... for a portable PSP poker game, the
graphics are not bad.
Musically and sound
wise, World Championship Poker 2 is a little lapse in this department.
My biggest gripe is that when you select your characters personality,
this is not reflected in the sound department which is a shame as I was
looking forward to some of their cute personalities.
In conclusion, World
Championship Poker 2 featuring Howard Lederer is true poker game on the
PSP that features good graphics, okay sound and decent gameplay. The
only drawback are the sometimes excruciating load times but if you're
stuck in the middle of nowhere, waiting for your flight, friend or an
alien invasion, then you might want to check this game if you love the
game of poker. Interesting!