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. 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 career mode will suck a lot of hours out of your life as you try to get the best pad around.
  3. The best part of the game by far is the career mode. [May 2007, p.82]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 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. Expand