Poker Night 2
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The chips are down and the ante is up in this sentence already bursting with poker clichés! Take the fifth seat in Poker Night 2, at a table featuring Claptrap (Borderlands 2), Brock Samson (The Venture Bros.), Ash (Army of Darkness) and Sam (Sam and Max series). Play to unlock new Team Fortress 2 items and win unique skins and heads for Borderlands 2! Your dealer is GLaDOS (Portal series), but at no point will you be considered as a candidate for a visit to Aperture Science’s Enrichment Center. Unless you lose.
Play to win exclusive and unique item unlocks that you can show off in TF2 and Borderlands 2!
Listen to your new poker buddies’ hilarious banter discussing life, Rusty Venture’s underwear and other amusing anecdotes!
Unlock in-game bounties including themed tables, chips, cards and more awesome items!
Play either Texas Hold ‘em or the slightly less popular Omaha Hold ‘em. No one knows why it’s less popular. Omaha is a great place.
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.