World Championship Poker 2: Featuring Howard Lederer Image

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  • Summary: WCP 2 features Howard Lederer, Greg Raymer, Clonie Gowen, Amir Vahidi, Paul Darden, Robert Williamson III, Matt Savage, and Annie Duke. World Championship Poker 2 features a much more detailed one player game, where you now have to work your way up the ranks, starting in your mom's basement. Once you start winning and accumulating money, you can spend your winnings on increasingly better pads, and furnishings. Hit a losing streak, and you may have to hock your stuff to stay in the game. 14 types of poker are featured, including Texas Hold'em, Five Card Draw, Seven Card Stud and Pineapple. [Crave] Collapse
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  1. The long-time problems that do and will always hold gambling videogames down still exist here, mainly the fact that human emotion and reaction cannot be duplicated and gambling with fake money isn’t always satisfying when you can pull a real game together with your friends, but with all elements considered there simply isn’t a better videogame simulation of the popular card game to be found.
  2. World Championship Poker 2's offline play is the best you'll find amid this year's competition, and the online play is still pretty engaging.
  3. Despite the good attempt, WCP2 is nothing compared to real-life poker.
  4. Seeing poker-star Howard Lederer on the box piqued our interest, but once you get in the game, WCP2 hits you with weak voice acting, substandard graphics, and wonky animation. [Apr 2006, p.100]
  5. With nothing beyond a grim gambling fascination, I quickly went from reckless overbetting calamities to profitably unsexy play. [May 2006, p.87]
  6. Fine selection of game types, but outdated and lacking in soul. [May 2007, p.80]
  7. If you forget about the weird tell animations, the constantly repeated phrases and terrible voice acting of the players then the actual poker in the game is decent. Just remember, let the suckers go out first and then you play.

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  1. NathanM.
    Feb 5, 2006
    I also like this game, but when you get really far in a touranment it freezes. I've played in the same touranment twice now because it freezes.
  2. JudyJ.
    Jan 29, 2006
    I really like the game, but it freezes and crashes at the worst times. Since you can't save more than one instance of a game you end up wasting tons of time doing the samething over and over again because the thing crashed - the alternative is to overwrite when it might be to your disadvantage. Very annoying. Expand