you do don't confuse this game with the glut of poker
games available for the PS2 and the Xbox. Although
it appears to have the right title this is World Poker
Championship and not World Championship Poker. That
may not seem like much of a difference but there's
more to this than just the rearrangement of one word.
is hands down one of the worst poker games of the
bunch, and considering that you can play online poker
for free, the twenty dollar price tag is just a cold
slap in the face.
not going to go on about how hip and popular poker
is now. I was playing poker when poker wasn't cool.
That's not to say I'm any better at it than anyone
else because it all boils down to the luck of the
draw. You can bluff and you may be able to read other
players' tells but if you don't get the right cards,
you're going to lose. That's all there is to it. I
don't care what anyone says, if you don't have some
great hands you're not going to win the tournament.
There are too many aggressive players out there now
that think nothing of risking it all (going all-in)
on a pair of threes. But you won't come across those
kinds of players in World Poker Championship. The
AI is so unintelligent that if these were real people
you'd be a millionaire in a couple of days.
main problem with WPC is that it's a piece of $#!+.
Not only can you read the AI like a teleprompter but
there's no online play should you (and believe me
you will) crave some human interaction. You can play
online poker for free - with real players - and you
don't have to use real money. This game doesn't even
make a decent tutorial.
least there's no storyline. That would be the icing
on the crap cake. The premise is to get in a game
with a bunch of seedy looking freaks with supposedly
hilarious names and win enough money to find another
game with larger stakes and more seedy looking asses.
consist of 7 Card Stud, 5 Card Draw, Omaha Hold 'Em
and the big daddy of them all, No Limit Texas Hold
'Em. In Texas Hold 'Em the AI always bets big before
the flop and folds if it doesn't have anything good.
In all of the other games it's very easy to tell what
the AI has. It will bet big when it's got something
and check when it's not confident. Regardless of your
style of play, the AI never seems able to figure you
out. I don't think it even cares.
5-card draw the interface doesn't tell you how many
cards a player might draw. Without knowing how many
cards your opponent threw away you can't even begin
to implement a strategy. For instance, if your opponent
threw away all five cards you would know he or she
has nothing. If they only threw away one card they
might have two pairs or are working on a flush or
a straight. If they don't throw any cards away then
they're either bluffing or you better look out. To
make matters worse, you get to see all the cards at
the end of the round. Not that it really matters in
this game but that's just not the way things happen
in real life. Keeping your hand a secret makes you
a mysterious force and can be advantageous to your
style of play. It should be up to you if you want
to show your cards or not.
you believe the game actually included LAN multi-player?
As if hooking another computer up is easier than just
getting out a real deck of cards. If that's not the
most ridiculous thing I've ever seen than I guess
it has to be seeing Cole eat take-out chili with only
a straw when he though no one was looking.
are 20 different characters. They don't move. They
just sit at the table and look stupid. I wonder if
these are self-portraits of the developers? The announcers
don't have much too say but at least they say it flamboyantly.
It's too bad they also say it repetitively. There's
not much for music with the exception of some crappy
tinkle tunes that would be more appropriate on the
GBA than a two thousand dollar PC. The only sound
that is satisfying to the ear is the sound of the
disk being ejected from the tower.