Reviews for Poker Night 2
Extremely well made sequelcommanderhavoc | Nov. 19, 2013 | See all commanderhavoc's reviews »
If you loved the first game, then you'll absolutely love this one as it has more colorful characters in the form of Ash from Evil Dead, Brock from the Venture Bros, Claptrap from Borderlands and Sam takes Max's place this time around. And even GLaDOS from the Portal games acts as the dealer for the game and as usual has plenty of sarcastic comments to come with during the rounds. You can also during the rounds complete a set of challenges that gives you special currency that you can use to change the table, chips and such to another complete design, like something out of the Borderlands games for example.
Suprisingly Good......Rhoobarb | Nov. 12, 2013 | See all Rhoobarb's reviews »
....but not without one or two issues.
Poker Night 2 is the sequel to 'Poker Night at the Inventory' and rests firmly in the 'entertainment' end of poker video games.
Like the original, you are the silent player, a high stakes poker player invited to play at The Inventory. A secret club with a few characters from various multimedia franchises, some well known, others a little more obscure.
The bare bones of the game is playing either Texas Hold'em, or Omaha Hold'em poker against 4 other A.I. players.
The four other players being; Claptrap (Borderlands), Sam (Sam & Max), Brock Samson (The Venture Brothers) and Ash Williams (The Evil Dead). A support role as the dealer is filled by the sinister, and ever sarcastic GLaDOS (Portal).
The club has a supporting cast of characters too, notably Moxxi (Borderlands), Max (Sam & Max), Reginald Van Winslow (Tales of Monkey Island) and Steve (Borderlands).
The back and forth between the characters is the games biggest selling point, but also the biggest flaw. With any game that has long periods of time with characters talking, eventually you will start hearing repeats. Thankfully despite the size of the game, other than a few short reaction one liners (Hey Ash, is that enough money for you and Wendy to fix up the Oldsmobile? Are you sure??), the repeats are not too often, but here is where it gets a little frustrating. Some of the banter sequences can be quite long, with some actually stopping the flow of the game so they can play out. The first couple of times this is entertaining, but it soon gets tiring as you cannot skip them.
Despite this, the game has a few bonuses to keep it from going stale. There are unlockables which allow you to change the card design, table surface and chips, based on each characters background. This in turn opens up more dialogue, and as such mixes things up a little.
Now, to me, the core of poker is about what cards the opponent has, so a big part of playing is bluffing and interpreting a players reactions to their cards, however slight. In this game you can buy your fellow players a round of drinks to loosen up those poker faces a little, increasing your chances of noticing any 'tells' they may have. Personally, I am a complete failure at reading facial cues and body language, even the exaggerated movements of the game characters were of no help, so as far as I was concerned I was out of pocket and no better off. Despite my lack of visual perception, the other players are at a distinct disadvantage in that I have no physical presence within the game, so cannot be 'read'. To redress the balance, the developers seem to have given them a little boost of luck. 'Sure thing' hands are all too often obliterated by last cards played at incredible odds. Many times I was well over 90% chance of winning only to lose by just the right card being dealt. Some may say 'that's poker!', but I just felt it happened a little too often.
Another slight irk with me is the AI. It is a little too predictable in that most of the time they play it safe, and very rarely try anything crazy. So keeping a fairly steady amount of wins is a bit too easy to what I would like. The unlockables were all bought up after a few match wins, without many losses, and I already have most of the achievements, even though I have not been playing it that long.
I think any serious poker player would quickly give up on the slow pace, stop-start nature and predictable opponents. If you are not a serious poker player though, I highly recommend it as an entertainment title, especially at the prices it has been down to recently. It is funny and entertaining with some decent character interactions. (Anyone else think Steve is great?)
Really Fun!karatenipple | Aug. 14, 2013 | See all karatenipple's reviews »
This game is really fun, but only if you're into poker, what's even better is the amount of cool characters seen in the game, and the way you can customize the poker table, cards to different game themes, like borderlands 2, Portal 2 and Sam and Max.
A great game to get into PokerDanJamesStone12 | Aug. 12, 2013 | See all DanJamesStone12's reviews »
I was a little unsure about purchasing Poker Night 2, I thought it looked slightly too similar to Poker Night at the Inventory, and in some ways I was right.
There's not much you can change about a Poker game, but Telltale Games managed to iron out some previous problems found in the first installment of the Poker Night series.
There is no option to change the difficulty of the game, but I didn't find this to be a problem, the gameplay was fun and challenging at points- I've managed to get a great load of fun out of it. The four other characters you play with all provide some amusing banter and jokes, but they do repeat themselves after a while, I found this repetitive, but still a nice feature. All in all, for the price, I think it's definitely worth picking up.
Improvement over the first gamedarkyhbk | Aug. 10, 2013 | See all darkyhbk's reviews »
Poker Night 2 is possibly the most entertaining virtual poker game to date. It improves over the original on almost every aspect. First of all, it offers not one, but two games : Texas Hold'Em and Omaha. Furthermore, it gives you more customization options, as you can buy personalized cards, boards and such, which you can use in the game. You can also buy drinks for your opponents, which makes them more predictable and easier to fool into making mistakes, as well as being more obvious when they bluff. Winning the special items is also a bit easier, as you first need to complete a set of three objectives, and win the following tournament. You no longer need to be the player who eliminates the character who offers the object in order to win it. However, despite the much better dealer, glaDOS, and the fantastic characters of Sam and Claptrap, Brock and Ash are not so great, and they lack the chemistry that the original cast had. However, this does not make it any less fun to play - it is the most entertaining poker game which you can play on your PC.
A good poker sim.PixelNinja101 | Aug. 8, 2013 | See all PixelNinja101's reviews »
This game is much better than the first, with better characters and items. The Gameplay doesn't change that much, as it is Poker, but this is a lot better than the first one.
Funny and rewardingtheelcaminokid | July 18, 2013 | See all theelcaminokid's reviews »
A great game to play if you don't feel like booting up a AAA title or for when you only have a short period of time to play a game. The banter is hysterical especially between claptrap and GLaDoS. Wait for it to go on sale ~$2.49. Award DLC for Borderlands 2 is a great incentive to play smart and watch for each characters unique "tell." Difficulty curve is modest and the AI will push your poker skill. All in all, well worth the money, and very fun.
Funnier than the first, Gameplay the same, if not betterAllan88 | July 7, 2013 | See all Allan88's reviews »
If you liked Poker Night at the Inventory, you'll definitely love Poker Night 2. You have four new AI + GLaDOS and a heck of a lot more dialogue and hilarious one liners. Even though at first I only knew Claptrap (Borderlands) and, Sam (Max & Sam), and GLaDOS (who doesn't love Portal?), Telltale creates great interactions between characters that draw you into the game.
Note that prior to playing Poker Night at the Inventory, I had no idea how to play poker (I only got it from the Humble Bundle in the Telltale Pack with the Walking Dead). However, after playing the first, I was inspired to buy the second when I saw the sale here and have had no regrets
For only $5, Poker Night 2 is a hilarious steal.
General improvement though with new flawsandrealbu | July 7, 2013 | See all andrealbu's reviews »
This new Poker Night brings new characters to the picture, though it remains it's proper fun. Brock Samson, Sam, Ash Williams, Claptrap and GLaDOS offer truly memorable moments, however most of them get more repetitive than in the first game.
Steam achievements are easier (for example straight flush and four of a kind aren't anymore required and bounty trophies aren't won for kicking a player out but for winning a tournament).
Difficulty levels options were also erased though this isn't a problem regarding to the gameplay. Furthermore, there are many items unlockable for Borderlands 2 and Team Fortress 2.
Boring and painfulkhaotic | July 4, 2013 | See all khaotic's reviews »
Let's face it, most people buy these games to unlock the items for team fortress 2. This time around there are items for Borderlands 2 as well. The items themselves are pretty average. The Pyro hat is especially ugly.
The dialogue is painful to sit through after the first match. It's notable weaker than Poker Night 1. What makes it even worse is that there is no option to reduce the frequency of dialogue. There are less options across the board. Granted some of the options for gameplay and graphics aren't high on some people's lists. The fact that they don't exist anymore just add to the view that Poker 2 is a stripped down version of the first.
Gameplay wise, Telltale has added Omaha poker, which is nice for anyone who plays. They also changed the method used to acquire items. You have to complete bounties, which are a set of goals in order to unlock the chance at a item. Which means you have to win twice to get an item and you have to win. It's not like the first game where you can just eliminate one of the opponents to get it. It makes the task a lot more unenjoyable. This is poker so you are bound to get unlucky turns and rivers.
Telltale releases a new Poker game where items are more difficult to unlock. The dialogue is not all that funny or interesting. The items are lackluster and make you question why you went through the pain of sitting through multiple hours of virtual poker hands.
Quite better than the first onespycid | June 22, 2013 | See all spycid's reviews »
If you love Borderlands and Portal characters and want to have fun with your friends in a unique environment completely different than the characters original universe than you should try this. It's a fun game for such a small price
Just as Funny as the Firstthegaminglyfe | June 21, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »
Poker Night at the Inventory was a surprisingly fun game to play and Poker Night at the Inventory is just that. I can't really place my finger on it but it doesn't have the same feel to it and just doesn't feel as fun as the first. But the game is still really fun and still funny, no doubt about it. The characters will make you laugh, especially with GLaDOS as the dealer. If you loved Poker Night at the Inventory like I did, you will like this one too!
ItemsBynn | June 11, 2013 | See all Bynn's reviews »
Most people bought Poker Night 1 and 2 for the exclusive items. Yeah, the characters are fun, but after a while it gets dull, specially without a multiplayer option.
Good game for a discount priceBTerran | May 29, 2013 | See all BTerran's reviews »
Whether or not you’ll enjoy this game depends entirely on what you’re looking for. In Poker Night 2 you will, unsurprisingly, play poker (either Texas or Omaha Hold ‘em). You will always play Poker against the same four AI and while there’s challenges and rewards for you to work towards, the actual gameplay doesn't change.
And yet there is a certain charming and even addicting element to this game. It’s great fun if you’ll in the mood for a more laid back, casual gaming experience. A large part of that stems from your opponents. Telltale did a great job of staying true to the characters of Claptrap, Ash, Sam, Brock Samson, and GLaDOS.
Listening to them muse about the dreams they've had, comment on each other’s adventures, and just crack jokes is entertaining even if you eventually exhaust all the dialogue and start hearing the same lines over and over again. Beyond that, just trying to beat them is a lot of fun. The game might be just poker, but it does a great job of capturing the excitement of that game.
If that appeals to you, then it’s a great buy for just $5.
mediocrepanzer1 | May 26, 2013 | See all panzer1's reviews »
you get what you pay for here. after about 30 minutes, the banter gets annoying (especially claptrap) and you stop playing and forget you ever bought this game. lack of multiplayer really kills it for me.
in any case, if you really want those "exclusive and unique" borderlands 2 and tf2 items, id say go for it.
TF2 HatsSir_MikhailW | May 25, 2013 | See all Sir_MikhailW's reviews »
Like most people that got this game, was for the tf2 hats, i loved the first game! and now i can continue to make little girly giggles at the cheesey puns that telltale has to throw at my face.
over all, good game, great for passing time and to keep your mind off of things
A great sequel to Poker Night at the InventoryKoomazaz | May 17, 2013 | See all Koomazaz's reviews »
Telltale took a great game and made it even better with new characters, new environments, and new dialogue. This game is hilarious and worth your time and money. You can even unlock new special items for Borderlands 2 and Team Fortress 2. GLaDOS makes the game more enjoyable as dealer, and the other characters are a riot. Play this game, and you will not regret it!