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  • Summary: World Series of Poker features the likenesses of poker professionals participating in the 2005 WSOP Tournament. The game offers players a truly unique experience unlike any other poker video game on the market today. For the first time ever, the 2005 WSOP Tournament will be held at Harrah'sWorld Series of Poker features the likenesses of poker professionals participating in the 2005 WSOP Tournament. The game offers players a truly unique experience unlike any other poker video game on the market today. For the first time ever, the 2005 WSOP Tournament will be held at Harrah's Rio Suites in Las Vegas, the same location simulated in the video game and the location of the 2005 Lifestyle Show. All the sanctioned poker various of the World Series of Poker are available, including Texas Hold 'Em, 7 Card Stud, Omaha, and 5 Card Draw. With the flexible character creator, the player can create his or her own poker face, wear Vegas-style threads and upgrade looks/clothes as he or she gains money. [Activision] Expand
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  2. Negative: 5 out of 6
  1. 60
    And hey, you don't have to worry about getting fitted for cement shoes later, am I right? I just wish the presentation was a bit more illustrious.
  2. If you're going to buy a PSP poker game, get the other one ("World Poker Tour"). [May 2006, p.95]
  3. The graphics are bad, the sound is marginal at best, and worst of all, the gameplay doesn’t feel like Texas Hold ‘Em because of the poor AI.
  4. 33
    There's essentially no reason to pick up World Series of Poker. Scratch that, there is no reason to pick up World Series of Poker. Regardless of the fact that it's a portable version of Hold 'em, Omaha and whatnot, it's still not worth snagging.
  5. 30
    A severe disappointment. The AI makes such ridiculous decisions that it feels like the decisions are just made randomly.
  6. Another cynical exploitation of a fad, but hey, at least it's portable. [Dec 2005, p.139]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. JohnnyA.
    Sep 23, 2005
    9
    This game is awesome!!!. Very intense and for those poker lovers, this is a must have. It almost feels as if your at the table in real time. This game is awesome!!!. Very intense and for those poker lovers, this is a must have. It almost feels as if your at the table in real time. This came is super fun and should be checked out. You will not be disappointed. Expand
  2. TerryB.
    Oct 5, 2005
    9
    This is a great game for poker fans. The graphics are solid, the sound is just ok, but it's poker, we don't play for the sound This is a great game for poker fans. The graphics are solid, the sound is just ok, but it's poker, we don't play for the sound effects. AI is solid and plays both smart and less skilled players. The rewards are soso and sometimes distract from the game when you just want to move onto the next hand. If you're not a poker fan this title won't do alot for you. But for a portable system this title works very well. Online play is good and depends mainly on who is online when you log in. My only real complaints about the game are that you can't speed up the action in the omaha style matches, which makes them slow and tedious. My other complaint is that because it's trying to show the whole table at once with 4-9 players at a time you really don't get much chance to "read" your opponents. Most of the time you're just playing hunches and hoping for the best. the big names in the game, like Chris Fergusen does add some nice touches. I was thrilled the first time I eliminated him at the final table. But 90% of the time you don't even notice they're there until near the end of the series. Best advice for newer players, try to win big during your first table then fold any hand not rock solid til you get into the final tables and know you're in the money. If you like poker and are looking for a good game on the go that doesn't require reflexes and keen eyesight, this title is very solid. Expand
  3. MariosP.
    Dec 12, 2005
    9
    Professional reviews of this game are completely ridiculous -- they miss the point of the game by such a wide mark that it's obvious Professional reviews of this game are completely ridiculous -- they miss the point of the game by such a wide mark that it's obvious that none of them have ever played a game of poker in their life. Graphics? Sound? Who cares! AI slightly off? So what! This is a great game for the aspiring poker player -- especially begineer to intermediate -- it will hone your skills at the basic level until you can go for it online -- sometimes I simply cannot understand how a 'niche' game can be reviewed by mainstream reviewers more used to playing FIFA, Tiger and Shoot-em-Ups! Its a poker game for the poker-nut -- simple -- and a good job it does to! Expand
  4. TenakaL.
    Sep 20, 2005
    8
    Great game, online is superb, love it to bits. one of the best psp games if you ask me.
  5. Muhahah
    Sep 24, 2005
    7
    i was expecting a lot from reader reviews on ebgames, but as much as i want to love this game, the production quality is so low. but i will i was expecting a lot from reader reviews on ebgames, but as much as i want to love this game, the production quality is so low. but i will say the AI is pretty good, and makes for a quick poker game on the go. Expand
  6. ZH
    Apr 7, 2006
    6
    Its not as bad as the professional critics have made it out to be. First I would like to point out that 'World Championship Poker 2: Its not as bad as the professional critics have made it out to be. First I would like to point out that 'World Championship Poker 2: Featuring Howard Lederer' was well received by the critics yet almost all public reviews were very low scores as many were incensed by the game randomly freezing up, effectively ending your progress. How was this fact not picked up by the pros? World Series of poker's AI is very difficult to judge. I feel some of the critics must have lost some big hands and automatically blamed the A.I. for their loss, I can't tell at this stage (I will update you guys on the A.I when I play the game even more). The graphics are fine but repetitive, the sounds are good, the voices are terrible, annoying to say the least, but you can turn that down. The presentation and career mode are good. The major downer for me is the game speed that appears to be very random. While you're playing, you'll eventually find yourself pressing the x button as fast as you can to get the game moving faster (the x botton skips graphical short scenes of your opponents actions), its cute at first but you realise its very repetitive and tedious. And then the strange thing is how the game speeds up too quickly during showdowns, one second you're all in and then the next you'll see a close up of the character who won the hand. You hardly have time to figure out who won by yourself, you spend a few seconds later examining each other cards to see what went wrong because as soon as the 5th card is displayed, you have miliseconds to look at it. It kind of takes the fun out of showdowns. Overall, its nowhere near as bad as the critics make you believe. Its not amazing either. I would pay attention to what the public has written and wait for World Tour Poker before making your decision. Expand
  7. GordonS.
    Oct 19, 2005
    1
    I can't understand how can someone rate this game with more than 5. It looks like crap. Textures are horrible, models are low polly, AI I can't understand how can someone rate this game with more than 5. It looks like crap. Textures are horrible, models are low polly, AI is terrible. Only good thing about the game is a online play. Expand

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