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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 The title screen
Hard Rock Casino PlayStation 2 Adventure mode is divided into chapters and each chapter has a set of goals. The 'Final Goal' is unlocked by completing four sub-goals
Hard Rock Casino PlayStation 2 Checking in to the Hard Rock Casino. the D-pad keys navigate around the casino or the player can go to their room, this is where appearance is changed and/or the game is saved
Hard Rock Casino PlayStation 2 Naturally when the money runs out it's game over, this is the point where the player wishes they'd gone to their room to save progress at least once

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Critic Reviews PSP Apr 10, 2008 11 out of 20 55 PlayStation 2 Apr 10, 2008 11 out of 20 55
Video Games Daily PSP Sep 10, 2007 5 out of 10 50
AceGamez PSP 2007 5 out of 10 50
IGN PlayStation 2 Jan 30, 2007 4.5 out of 10 45
IGN PSP May 10, 2007 4.5 out of 10 45
AceGamez PlayStation 2 2006 4 out of 10 40 (UK) PSP Apr 14, 2008 3 out of 10 30
Digital Entertainment News (den) PlayStation 2 Dec 16, 2006 3 out of 10 30
GamesRadar PlayStation 2 2007 3 out of 10 30


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