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World Poker Tour is the best of the console poker bunch--though that isn't necessarily saying an awful lot.
I found myself comparing it to several of the better PC poker games, but realized that kind of comparison doesn't really come into play. It is a pretty good attempt at compelling poker play for the PS2, but ultimately misses the mark.
World Poker Tour isn't a huge step above World Championship Poker, but the career mode is at least more engaging and the AI is less aggravating. The multiplayer game also doesn't appear to be as broken, though it's still clunky. But again... If you have access to online poker of any kind, the benefits of playing WPT are small.
Grâce à son interface en français, World Poker Tour parvient à se glisser juste devant son concurrent direct Wolrd Series Of Poker. Le jeu de poker est suffisamment soigné pour intérresser à la fois les joueurs débutants et les joueurs confirmés. Attention tout de même aux énormes temps de chargements.
It's getting there, but even $20 sadly isn't enough to keep the game interesting once the license novelty wears off.
If anything, buy this game for harmless online poker fun, without fear of getting into huge debts and running into the mafia. The graphics are piss poor and the AI a joke most of the time, but generally this is the best of the bunch.
World Poker Tour makes some admirable efforts to sidestep the foibles of its competition but doesn't play as brave a game as the nature of poker demands. Maybe it's time for this addition to the videogame genre stable to start uttering that often resented yet ever-powerful f-word. That's "fold", by the way.
So while World Poker Tour is a step in the right direction for console based Poker games, it's definitely a very small step. Large improvements need to be made to the AI to make the game challenging and enjoyable, and more time needs to be spent on improving the character models and announcing work. If you're jonesing for a fix of poker and can't pony up a few friends and a deck of cards, then perhaps this game will work for you. Otherwise, stick to real opponents until developers find a way to drastically improve the AI or Skynet manages to take over the world. Whichever comes first.
("Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I think I'm going to.............................. fold."), made far worse by the agonising load times, mean that you'll spend most of your timing shouting at the screen to hurry up and let you just fold the 2 6o you've been dealt for the ninth hand in a row. In real life that time's filled with the social side of poker, which obviously a game cannot recreate. Without this, it's treacle slow tedium. You can get a game of poker out of it, and you can persist with the desire to win to reach the next tournament, but the volume of frustrations along the way mean it cannot be hailed as the first great poker game. It's getting there, but not there yet.
Difficile d’apprécier un jeu tel que World Poker Tour sur console alors qu’avec un jeu de cartes, quelques jetons et une bande d’amis les parties sont beaucoup plus conviviales. Avec une réalisation plus que médiocre et l’absence d’un tutorial pour les débutants, seuls les amateurs y trouveront leur compte. À noter que le jeu est vendu à 30 euros.
Comparing World Poker Tour to World Series of Poker is like asking if you'd rather be short & fat or ugly & stupid. The generally competent A.I. and career mode make this one the better choice, but your best bet is to leave both flops on the table and find a new game altogether.
All in all, WPT is not a bad title, but $20 can get you into a couple of real tournaments online. Tournaments where you could actually make money. And if playing for free is your thing, any number of programs is just a download away.