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Hard Rock Casino is a gambling simulation game which includes over 20 different gambling games including Slots, 5 various forms of Poker, Blackjack, Baccarat, Craps, Roulette and Pai Gow as well as horse race and sports betting. There are unique, and sometimes influential, NPC characters to meet and play against, side tasks to complete, invitation only tournaments and unlockables for enhancing your customized character. The game also features a tutorial accessed from the main menu

There are three game modes, Adventure, Quick Play, and Poker Tournaments. In Adventure mode the player creates an identity and starts in the Hard Rock Casino. They are free to play any game but must complete a set of goals before they can unlock the next casino. While playing at the Hard Rock they may also be asked to undertake challenges, or side tasks, in which they can earn extra money. In one such challenge a customer complains that a slot machine is broken because it does not pay out so the manager offers $100 as a reward for getting a winning line on that machines maximum bet.

Quick play allows the player access to all the games in the unlocked casinos playing as a randomly selected game character. Here there are no goals or challenges.Poker Tournaments gives the player instant access to the same poker tournaments that are available in both Adventure and Quick play modes however the Adventure mode has a greater variety of table limits.

There are four different casinos in which to play, each with its own games, house rules and table limits. Players start with a modest amount of money, $1000, in the Hard Rock. The object is, naturally, to win lots more and earn a high enough reputation to be able to play in invitation-only tournaments and high stakes games. The major goal is to become the "Hard Rock High Roller".


Hard Rock Casino PlayStation 2 Here's something a bit different. All casinos have this kind of slot machine where the top prize is the car but it's unusual to see this in a game
Hard Rock Casino PlayStation 2 The in-game challenge has been completed, shame it cost over $100 though
Hard Rock Casino PlayStation 2 When playing in the Poker Tournaments direct from the menu the player does not play as the character they created. Tournaments are usually in 'heats' where the player must finish in the top three
Hard Rock Casino PlayStation 2 On all slot machines L1 shows the pay-out table

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GameZone PSP May 15, 2007 6.6 out of 10 66
AceGamez PSP 2007 5 out of 10 50
Video Games Daily PSP Sep 10, 2007 5 out of 10 50 PSP Aug 02, 2007 46 out of 100 46
IGN PSP May 10, 2007 4.5 out of 10 45
IGN PlayStation 2 Jan 30, 2007 4.5 out of 10 45
Pocket Gamer UK PSP Aug 15, 2007 4 out of 10 40
AceGamez PlayStation 2 2006 4 out of 10 40 (UK) PSP Apr 14, 2008 3 out of 10 30
GamesRadar PlayStation 2 2007 3 out of 10 30


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