Thinking about picking up a poker video game this Christmas season? Overwhelmed with the number of new games on the market? Looking for one that most accurately reflects the real world of competitive poker? WCP2 with Harold Lederer might be just what you are looking for.
Platform: PS2, PSP, Xbox, PC
Publisher: Crave Entertainment
Release Date: October 31, 2005
The original World Championship Poker left a lot of people scratching their heads and looking for more than they got, but this year the creators at Crave Entertainment promised a much improved version. But would they be able to back up this promise?
The answer, according to this reviewer, is an emphatic “YES!” Not only has the game improved in virtually every area, but it can now count itself as among the best poker video games on the market. It appears the input of poker star Harold Lederer helped them to make a more realistic game which consistently reproduces the complexities of high-stakes tournament poker, while at the same time keeping it fun and accessible to just about everybody.
As I already mentioned, WCP2 had the benefit of having a predecessor off of which to build – a huge advantage in the gaming industry. The people at Crave would be able to iron out the creases in the original version, namely the gameplay which is the most important part of card/casino game. And somewhat to my surprise they did exactly that. This time round the AI is much improved, as opponents bet and bluff realistically. The game’s best feature is the single-player mode, and there are three options from the main menu: QuickPlay, Career, and Multiplayer.
The career mode is particularly impressive. The player starts in his/her mom’s basement and works towards the big games featuring real professionals, such as Howard Lederer himself. In a realistic manner, the player has all the limitations of new player. In order to progress to the bigger games, you must first build a sizeable bankroll and a reputation to match it. Also, you are limited as to which type of game you will play at the early stages of your career.
WCP 2 offers an impressive 14 game types including: Texas Hold`em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Low, 7-Card Stud, 7-Card Stud Hi-Low, Razz Ace to 5, Razz 2 to 7, Pineapple, Crazy Pineapple, 5-Card Draw, Lowball Ace to 5, Lowball Ace to 5 Triple, Lowball 2 to 7, and Lowball 2 to 7 Triple. The range of options, the significantly improved gameplay and realism, and the considerable low price of around $20 US make this game an incredible bargain. If you are currently seeking a quality, single-player poker game for your console or PC, look no further than World Championship Poker 2.