Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. In a sea of look-alike poker game clones, WCP2 stands out as the one that feels most like playing an actual game of poker against actual people, for better or worse.
  2. 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.
  3. The career mode will suck a lot of hours out of your life as you try to get the best pad around.
  4. Newcomers and poker addicts alike should all be pleasantly surprised by World Championship Poker 2‘s simple, easy to learn interface and addictive gameplay.
  5. The best part of the game by far is the career mode. [May 2007, p.82]
  6. 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.
  7. The best poker video game available for home consoles. Sure, it'd be nice if the presentation were flashier, and if the game offered more configuration options, but the poker itself is damn near perfect. That's what matters most.
  8. As solid as it is, this is just not the game for me. I view the title as ideal as an introduction for the novice to a plethora of different poker games prior to that intimidating first live experience.
  9. 70
    WCP2 features nice AI and a healthy singleplayer career plagued by many presentation issues and a lack of second year polish. There's also a run-of-the-mill multiplayer game.
  10. Probably not worth much more than a simple weekend rental.
  11. Although the game's overall look is best described as "functional," and in spite of the card dealing just looking weird, what really matters with a poker game is its fun factor, and that's where WCP2 puts forth a solid effort.
  12. The AI has no qualms with calling you on your bluffs and aggressively checking, creating a believable experience that is fresh and unique each play.
  13. Even with the tutorials WCP2 is still quite dense if you come to it as a poker virgin (there’s no glossary of terms, for example) and for that reason, along with the drab, sometimes thoughtless presentation and subsequent lack of glitz and glamour, WCP2 can be thought of as little more than above average.
  14. When the pickings are slim, you gotta take what you can get. [Jan 2006, p.80]
  15. However, WCP2 is a disappointment for people who are looking for an entertaining simulation of poker. WCP2 lacks imagination, quality graphics, and the "fun factor" which is required of any successful game title.
  16. 60
    Online mode is fine if you can find the players. It’s compatible with EyeToy and the USB headset, and matches are easy enough to set up and play. But for all that hassle, why not just get a deck of card and have some friends over?
  17. The most challenging poker game yet - so newbies beware! [Jan 2006, p.95]
  18. The game has its flaws, especially in the design and in some parts of the Career Mode, but it also serves up some mighty fine aspects that could serve the series better in its obviously-coming third incarnation.
  19. Dodgy implementation lets down some genuinely nice ideas and shark-like AI in one of PS2's better gambling games. [Nov 2006, p.106]
  20. 40
    All In seems like Crave's attempt to bet the farm on nothing more than a high card. The few improvements the game makes over last year's entry pale in comparison to its shortcomings.
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  1. BobMorrisroe
    Dec 30, 2005
    Found a big flaw in the game! If you play in a tourney of 100 or more people and are lucky enough to get down to the final 2-3 tables itFound a big flaw in the game! If you play in a tourney of 100 or more people and are lucky enough to get down to the final 2-3 tables it freezes up! I think it has trouble balancing players at the tables since it always freezes up when players move to your table. Anyone else experience this? Let me know. Full Review »