Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Stacked with Daniel Negreanu is the best Texas Hold 'Em videogame on the market currently. It lets you play cash games, single table and multi-table tournaments and online on all platforms.
  2. While the AI has its issues as detailed above, it does a good job of helping players learn how to be better poker players as well as some of the basics on how to bluff someone.
  3. 83
    An impressively solid computer AI and overall gameplay makes Stacked possibly the best Texas Hold’em game, and possibly one of the best teaching tools on the market.
  4. Stacked with Daniel Negreanu succeeds largely because it comes very close to recreating an actual game of poker. The presentation could have used some fine-tuning but the interface is solid enough. Although not perfect, Stacked is about as close as you’re going to get to a real game of Texas hold’em on your PlayStation 2.
  5. Stacked presents itself as a typical game of poker, but thanks to a pretty intriguing artificial intelligence system, it plays things much smarter than your average poker title.
  6. Beginners and intermediate Texas Hold ‘Em players will love the custom avatars, multiple unique AI, and the chance to play against digital renditions of poker superstars. Experienced players will want to skip Stacked with Daniel Negreanu and head over to their favorite online poker site.
  7. Stacked could benefit from more polish and deeper player customization (no, we don't want to look fat and balding, even if we are), but its actual gameplay is solid, and the creepy I'm-watching-you-so-I-can-destroy-you vibe can only help your real-world strategy.
  8. STACKED is the best poker video game currently out on store shelves. That said, I am a little disappointed that the title didn’t go that extra mile in making itself a hit.
  9. The strength of STACKED's AI is what holds the game up. The presentation is lackluster, the audio basic and the character creation severely lacking. Even with all that, this is still the best poker game out there. It's just not a must-have.
  10. This game is about a realistic Texas Hold 'Em experience against the computer, and not much else. [Aug 2006, p.75]
  11. Save-game swapping with PSP and organized MTV-sponsored online tournaments only sweeten the pot. [Sept 2006, p.88]
  12. Stacked offers some of the most realistic poker gameplay out there. The game isn't a fast game, and this will bring down the enjoyment level for the majority of gamers.
  13. It's easily the best AI experience you'll find in a console poker title, so if you're dying to pick one up, definitely go with this one.
  14. Stacked lacks a playable interface and simply does not do enough with its modes to set itself far enough apart from the competition.
  15. Until you’ve decided and played your hand, the Pokibot is extremely slow.
  16. Two things work against Stacked in the end. One, while the computer AI is great, whoever is dealing the cards needs to be looked into by the gaming commission. And it says "Halo With Chips" on the back, which gives the game higher expectations than it should. Being that I am really enjoying playing Texas Hold'em both in video games and in real life, I wanted to like Stacked. Unfortunately there are just too many other Poker games out there that are better, even with less realistic AI.
  17. 50
    Stacked does have one hook (aside from the Negreanu name), but it's not a terribly compelling one. You're in control of a customizable avatar, and you can convey some basic poker information through your character via frowning, smiling, calling tentatively, or raising aggressively. Trying to simulate body language and table presence is a fine idea, but with such limited options it's more a gimmick than a viable gambit.
  18. 50
    Unfortunately, similar products have been around for years now, and unless you're not old enough to play competitive poker on an online gambling site (most of which offer free games as well), it's hard to justify picking this one up.
  19. If you're old enough to play online for nothing, why spend $30 for an ugly interface and weak action?
  20. Probably because when compared to the likes of World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour, even Hello Kitty: Poker Party would look like gold. Stacked is better than that fictitious mess, I think, and might be worth a rental if you'd like to see some decent poker-sim A.I.
  21. 48
    Its AI is mostly solid, but it generally doesn't play aggressively enough to put a whole lot of pressure on you, allowing you to sit back and dictate the course of play.
  22. 45
    But the real problem with Stacked is that it’s not worth the price tag. You can get the same gameplay for drastically less.
  23. The tutorial sets the stage for a pleasurable experience, but shoddy game modes, AI, and visuals kill the moment.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 4
  2. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. BrianL.
    Jan 12, 2007
    5
    Severely lacking in many areas. With the graphics being average, you would expect the interface to move quickly. But nope, making selections, Severely lacking in many areas. With the graphics being average, you would expect the interface to move quickly. But nope, making selections, chosing the amount to bet, and other actions take much longer than in real life or even free online poker. Which makes you ask yourself why not play a real game? The excitement of trying to build a career for yourself loses steam quickly as you work with the annoyingly slow interface and lack of features. Full Review »
  2. JarrodH.
    Jun 21, 2006
    3
    This game started off with a good marketing run, a great promotional DVD, and a release date of 7/2005. Well, delays pushed it back to This game started off with a good marketing run, a great promotional DVD, and a release date of 7/2005. Well, delays pushed it back to 6/1/2006. Now it's out, with half the features it promised, and a lackluster online play. This online play has rampant disconnects and is anything but fun. My recommendation is .. if you like online play, get one of the many free poker sites and play in their online rooms. If you like singleplayer play, this game is decent IF you want to play a video game. If you want to play poker, i'd suggest poker academy standard.. it contains the bots this game used, and it contains a lot better versions of them. Full Review »
  3. [Anonymous]
    Jun 17, 2006
    1
    the worst poker game i have ever played . never in my life have i felt that the comp ai is cheating me as much as with this game.