Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Apr 24, 2013
    84
    Very few games are stuffed with this much personality. If you like humorous video games at all (and especially if you like Borderlands and Portal), you really need to play this. It actually makes you feel like you’re sitting in a room and hanging out with some of gaming’s favorite stars, and that’s an opportunity you shouldn’t pass up unless you simply hate video games.
  2. 80
    About as good as non-human poker gets. [July 2013, p.79]
  3. Jun 26, 2013
    75
    The inner-character jibes and japes are tops but after a few games the unskippable hi-jinks go from funny to frustrating as repetition kicks in. [Aug 2013, p.67]
  4. Apr 30, 2013
    75
    Poker Night 2 provides a fairly standard poker game in the company of some fantastically written characters, but once the jokes start to repeat and you’ve unlocked everything you need there’s not much reason to keep playing.
  5. May 14, 2013
    72
    Familiarity with the game's characters is what breeds enjoyment of the game, otherwise you're probably looking at contempt.
  6. Jun 7, 2013
    70
    For now, however, Poker Night 2 puts a very different spin on the flooded poker sim scene by placing all it’s chips on character interaction and being able to listen to some hilarious smack talk with an interesting, albeit fictional group of competitors.
  7. May 13, 2013
    70
    It's a decent poker game with characters from beloved franchises. There's really nothing more you need to know.
  8. May 10, 2013
    70
    A great mix of characters and ample personality give Poker Night 2 some strong pull in its early stretches. The poker play works well enough to keep you trucking along to hear all of the funny tales and to experience the dialogue vignettes.
  9. 70
    However you look at it, the so-so cardplay (you can choose Texas Hold ’Em or Omaha this time) does offer some nifty real-world prizes for winning challenges and tournaments: several unlockable heads and skins for use in Borderlands 2, plus five 360 Avatar items. It’ll take a number of hours to get them all, although while you’re working on that, you can also spend your in-game cash on custom chips, decks, and felts for use within Poker Night 2 itself.
  10. Apr 29, 2013
    70
    A funny follow-up to Poker Night at the Inventory, with several guest stars from other series and some entertaining dialogues and sketches. Too bad for some technical issues and the lack of multiplayer.
  11. May 15, 2013
    68
    As weird as it gets, Telltale returns to the card-based games to bring this unexpected sequel. It offers loads of fun and loads of unlockables, but not having multiplayer modes –and not being localized if you don't speak English– does limit the experience.
  12. May 8, 2013
    67
    The conversations in Poker Night 2 are fun, and it fits the feeling of playing a poker game with these characters. For 800 points though, the game falls into a sort of middle ground where it’s hard to fully recommend.
  13. Jun 9, 2013
    65
    Poker Night 2 offers some fun characters, extra’s and especially dialogues, but those start to repeat quickly and the lack of modes prevents you from coming back.
  14. May 3, 2013
    65
    This is Poker Night 2's biggest problem. I was ready to mute the game after the third time being forced to watch a particular Claptrap sequence. You can't skip segments you've already seen, and some don't allow you to keep the poker game going while they play out.
  15. Apr 28, 2013
    65
    Poker Night 2 is a fun game to gamers who enjoy the odd round of poker but unfortunately the title is a one-trick pony. You'll get some great laughs out of the game but this will wear thin as you progress through round after round. Thankfully it's quite affordably priced at 800 Microsoft Points and hopefully Telltale Games will continue releasing additional characters and hopefully the inclusion of multiplayer.
  16. May 27, 2013
    60
    Poker Night 2 doesn’t have particularly deep pockets as far as original content goes, but considering its budget price you could spend your money on worse things. If you like poker and just want to fold some 2’s and 7’s there are definitely better games for you out there already.
  17. Apr 28, 2013
    60
    While the writing is solid and the card playing has been notably improved over the first game, Poker Night 2 suffers from the same basic problem that plagued the original: a lack of staying power, thanks to the absence of competitive multiplayer and eventually repetitive dialogue.
  18. Apr 24, 2013
    60
    Once you’ve heard all the dialogue, you won’t have much reason to come back to Poker Night 2. It features Texas Hold ‘em and Omaha varieties, but the poker isn’t polished enough to stand on its own. After you’ve unlocked everything, there isn’t any reason to come back.
  19. May 9, 2013
    58
    Now, if Telltale Games could get a few more licenses for even more popular characters, we could get a really fantastic series of games. Maybe in Poker Night 3 would see Peter Griffin from Family Guy taking on Ryu from Street Fighter in a rousing game of 7 card stud. One can dream.
  20. May 16, 2013
    49
    Telltale Games is fresh off the success of The Walking Dead, an episodic game fueled by dynamic character arcs and the sensation of meaningful choices. Poker Night 2 has neither of these, as its repetitive character dialogue and technical miscalculations prevent either from stealing the pot. When the chips are thrown and the hands are dealt, it's best to sit this one out.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Apr 30, 2013
    9
    Admittedly, not having multiplayer kills replayability past a certain point, but do you know what has multiplayer? Every single other poker game out there. If that's the jones you need, there are a thousand ways to go get it. Not every game has Poker Night 2's personality, and as Jules Winfield would tell you, personality goes a long way.

    In lieu of multiplayer, what you have are five great characters and deep amounts of barks and conversations between various combinations of them. Despite what the reviewers said, dialogue repetition is not that big a problem. There are only so many ways to say "check" and all in." What amazes me is that I've played this game for about thirty hours now, and as recently as last night, I saw some one-liners and conversations that I hadn't yet.

    The call for multiplayer is misplaced. It's not that kind of party. My only suggestion for future games would be the option to get up and walk around...explore the room, play some of those arcade machines seen in "Poker Night 1", etc. etc. "Poker Night 2" is a "through the looking glass" game where your most ridiculous gaming fantasies get dragged into reality and forced to play cards. I don't even like poker, but I love this game.
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  2. Jul 7, 2013
    6
    The first Poker Night game is pretty fun, but it is one of those games that didn't need a sequel. However, this isn't really a bad thing. Poker Night 2 was also really fun and I found the characters to often times be more enjoyable in this one than I did with the first one. I'm not fully sure why Brock and Ash Williams are in this game, but they aren't that bad of characters. However, it is really annoying that they didn't get Bruce Campbell to do the voice of Ash. It seems as though I enjoyed the game, so why did I give it a 6? The xbox port is bad. It freezes, there's glitches and bugs. It's like telltale had Bethesda release the game for them. If you want to have a good experience with Poker Night 2, play it on PC. Full Review »
  3. May 3, 2013
    1
    Poker Night 2 must be the worst poker iteration I've ever come across, at a screen or table...
    the mini game poker in Red Dead Redemption is
    addictive and likely to cause seizures of excitement compared to this,
    just some old characters from different Xbox titles (I won't bother with the names, it really doesn't matter...)
    who yammer on with no skip functionality, and though I only played two hands before I took upon myself to warn you not to even try this, it doesn't seem to be any real poker "engine" either...

    it's no poker game, it's an old-man stand-up fart-joke game! 800 points....Zynga Poker is probably better....stay away!
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