Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Poker is a lot of fun when played amongst good company, which is definitely the case in Poker Night 2. Claptrap from Borderlands and GlaDOS from Portal steal the show with their goofy remarks. But once you have collected all the goodies, you just want to seat yourself at a real poker table. [June 2013, p.90]
  2. May 14, 2013
    70
    It’s definitely more fun than it has any right to be, but its lasting appeal is seriously questionable.
  3. Jun 24, 2013
    55
    Undeniably funny and entertaining. Too bad it's a dreadful poker game. [Issue#232, p.83]
  4. 55
    Hidden underneath all the issues with Poker Night 2, there’s an enjoyable game. If Telltale manages to patch Poker Night 2 on the PS3 to a level where it runs smoothly, you should buy it, especially if you’re a fan of the characters features in the game. Since we aren’t at that point yet, hold on to your money.
User Score
4.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. May 5, 2013
    2
    This game is broken on PS3. The stuttering and freezes isn't occasional. It is ALL OF THE TIME. Makes a slow game of poker even slower. For some reason it wants to save between hands and it will just stutter the audio. I think it saves between hands because it will also freeze indefinitely causing you to restart every once and a while. Telltale dumps some shoddy stuff on PS3 again. Not sure how you can screw up a POKER GAME. The dialog is hit miss on the funny but is hampered by a delivery on PS3 that is less than ideal. Buy elsewhere if you find the characters so hilarious you want to play Poker with them. Full Review »
  2. May 9, 2013
    2
    It looks like telltale pulled a Bethesda on us ps3 gamers and released a COMPLETELY BROKEN GAME! The game often freezes and characters stutter audio frequently. It's been nearly 2 weeks and there still has been no patch. Telltale didn't even acknowledge or respond to complaints on Facebook concerning their broken game. The only saving grace are the characters. Glados and Claptrap are awesome! Ash and Brock are alright but Sam is unfunny and boring. you do get a couple of themes which is nice. My original score would be a 5/10 but it is a 2 because there is a particular bounty challenge that you must complete to be able to try and win Glados's special item and it is impossible. You have to win a showdown with only a high card no pairs flushes full houses only a high card. This is nearly impossible in the game of Poker and the fact that the developers put this as a bounty challenge is both disgusting and revolting to me as a gamer. You basically are forced to spend HOURS And HOURS trying to beat 1 bounty challenge that's not possible. You might want to get it after a patch But only after patch and even then prepare to rage when you see the bounty challenge. Full Review »
  3. May 8, 2014
    7
    People are so damn easy to anger when it comes down to video games. Do they even realize the Poker Night franchise is like a mini-game made by the folks at Telltale? This isn't a normal franchise that a dev will invest on. Telltale's employees were going to get paid for nothing since they were ahead of time on their schedule for their main games. So, they decided to work on some other game in-between and that's how Poker Night 1 and 2 saw the light of day.

    Alright, so maybe it won't justify the occasional freezes, but at least you can't expect it to be a big budget blockbuster like GTA, for the love of Miyamoto!

    Yeah, it does freeze a lot. And it is annoying. And it will indeed affect my rating. Now let's move on, shall we?

    This game is funny. You're bound to know a least one of the 4 characters sitting at the table - they are so diverse and they all have their own fans. The interaction between them is hilarious. Whoever wrote the dialogues for this game should do stand up. The conversations keep you entertained and are very similar to real life poker games - of course, you don't talk with robots or talking dogs, but you will chat about all sorts of things. It has a relaxed laid-back feeling to it which is, to me, essential in poker games.

    The character animations are nicely done and so are the graphics, considering this isn't a big budget game.

    The music is especially good. It features new renditions of songs heard in Borderlands, Army of Darkness, Venture Bros and Sam & Max and they're all nice, smooth jazz tunes. It adds an atmosphere to the game for sure. Once you unlock stuff, you end up unlocking new "levels" that come with new songs as well, so there's a lot of diversity here for a poker game.

    Now, this game only is playable offline, so the IA had to be good. And it is pretty good for a AI. Sure, it will sometimes behave abnormally ( going all in with just a pair of 6's with no cards on the table yet ), but most of the time, it will simulate real players in a pretty believable manner. It can bluff relatively well. After some hours, you can identify the AI's behavior and have a pretty good idea of what to come, but it's still better than the vast majority of poker AI's out there. In comparison, the Red Dead Redemption poker AI is mentally challenged. Poker Night's AI will not let you win easily, that's for sure, but it is not "cheating" at all. It's simply aware of the % of chances it might or might not win with the cards it has. It might be a little more ahead of you in that department, but if you are slightly experinced at the game, you'll hold your own pretty well. Don't believe those who claim this game is too difficult or impossible to beat. It's just a good simulation of what an average poker game is in real life with people who actually know what they are doing.

    I noticed there's a way to get the players drunk by paying them drinks. I never really saw the so-called effects of the drinks. The game says the characters are more prone to show their emotions which could tell whether or not they have a good hand. Sure, some animations do tell, but sometimes it's just confusing. How are you supposed to know Claptrap is bluffing when the dude's a robot?

    Unfortunately, once you've figured out the AI, the game becomes easier and easier and the dialogues end up repeating over and over again. There's no multiplayer ( that could've been the redeeming factor - too bad ). This game lacks replay value once you've unlocked everything. If Telltale really wants this franchise to become a serious poker franchise, they need to add multiplayer in their next installment of Poker Night.
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