Poker Night 2 Review

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Think you can handle some high stakes poker? Once again Telltale Games has outdone themselves with the sequel to 2010’s smash hit “Poker Night at the Inventory”, where you, “The Player”, go up against 4 well known superstars in a high stakes game of Texas Hold ‘Em! (or Omaha if you’re into that sort of thing)

While last time you faced off against Heavy from Team Fortress 2, Max from Sam & Max, Tycho from Penny Arcade and StrongBad from Home Star Runner. This time you face off against Brock from the Venture Bros., Claptrap from the Borderlands series, Max from Sam & Max, and Ash Williams from Army of Darkness and a special dealer who’s none other than GLADoS from the Portal series. There’s even some special cameos in the background like Moxxi from Borderlands.

Poor Moxxi, she looks so bored.

Poor Moxxi, she looks so bored.

If you’re a newcomer to the game of Texas Hold ‘Em or Omaha, the game is quick to give you a small and pretty funny tutorial, so there’s no need to fret if you’re nervous about playing a game like this. It’s a fairly simple point and click style game, with every fold, bet and call bringing some kind of banter or taunt from your opponents. Speaking of, each player is voiced by their original actors except for Ash, who is played by Danny Webber, and all of the conversations that occur between the combinations of them are all worth watching and listening to because of how well each actor has voiced their role.

GLADoS just loves to taunt everyone.

GLADoS just loves to taunt everyone.

Graphics-wise, it’s got the cartoony style that we’re familiar with from the last Poker Night game, showing that even though these characters hail from different universes, they don’t seem to clash too harshly in the Inventory. Although at times there are some glitches where Moxxi will walk through the bar to give drinks and if you’re playing on the PC version, it tends to crash at random times as well (though hopefully it’s been patched by now).

From a gameplay standpoint, it’s hit or miss. For veterans of Texas Hold ‘Em and Omaha this should be cakewalk, but for newcomers (or just people who generally suck at poker) it’ll be a frustrating journey. Especially so if you want to win the “Bounty Challenges” that will allow you to unlock special items in Team Fortress 2 and Borderlands 2 (PC), Avatar Items (Xbox360), or Custom Themes (PS3). You can even unlock special table sets that will change the background and look of the Inventory, like the Army of Darkness setting that causes players who get busted out to be sucked into the Necronomicon!

And for once it's not Ash!

And for once it’s not Ash!

This makes it even worse when there are times when you have a 95% victory chance and all of a sudden GLADoS decides to screw you over by dealing a hand that the computer can’t possibly lose to. I can’t say for certain that it’s rigged, but there are times when I was left with almost next to no money and I suddenly won a big pot to be kept in the game.

Aside from some glitches, crashes, and possible card manipulation, this is definitly a game worth getting and considering the price, you couldn’t ask for a better kind of crossover game!

Grade: B+

Pros:

-Price is only $5/800 MS points

-Hilarous conversations between all the characters

-Plenty of challenges and replayability

Cons:

-Glitches and Crashes at random times

-Difficulty can jump from easy to insanely hard

 

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