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World Championship Poker 2 featuring Howard Lederer

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87
PlayStation 2Worth Playing
All accounted for, how does World Championship Poker 2 fare? In a sea of look-alike poker game clones, WCP2 stands out as the one that feels most like playing an actual game of poker against actual people, for better or worse. If you're already a diehard poker buff looking for something you can play on your child's PlayStation 2 while he's at school, WCP2 is the best choice on the market. If you're new to poker, however, then you might want to look elsewhere; World Championship Poker 2 is every bit as cautiously paced as real-life poker and gives little to no support to anyone without knowledge in the card game.
81
PlayStation 2GameZone
World Championship Poker 2: Featuring Howard Lederer is rated Teen for mild language and simulated gambling. It requires 80kb on your memory card. Broadband is required to play online with up to 8 people.
80
PSPTTGamer
As mentioned previously, for a poker game to be bad, something would have to be terribly wrong as all you need to do is stick to what works. WCP 2 does this, but at the same time it also manages to add enhancements that make it more than just a mere 'pick-up and play' time waster. Whether you want some fun poker action on the go or a more in-depth and involved experience that captures the more advanced aspects, it's hard to go wrong with World Championship Poker 2 PSP. It could still use some fine tuning here and there and one could argue a lot of the game isn't ideal for PSP gaming, but most of the important things are done right in this game, and it shows.
77
PSPKombo.com
World Championship Poker 2: Featuring Howard Lederer is a solid poker title for the PSP. Don’t expect this genre to win any awards in the near future but World Championship Poker 2 can be entertaining. This game isn’t going to sell because of mind-blowing graphics or its innovative sound. World Championship Poker 2 is a fun poker game to play and does it’s job, a poker title without a lot of bells and whistles.
75
XboxGameSpot
If you're the kind of person that'd rather just pick up a deck of cards and call some buddies up for a quick game, World Championship Poker 2 won't do an awful lot to get you into the mind-set that playing video game poker is the way to go. But for those who do enjoy console, handheld, and PC poker, WCP 2 is simply the best there currently is. That might not sound like a ringing endorsement, considering the quality of the competition, but really, it's got the smartest offline game, a perfectly serviceable online game, and a style of presentation that, while not anything to write home about, does what it needs to to stay out of the way of your enjoyment. There's fun to be had here for the poker enthusiast, and fun that comes without too many caveats.
75
PlayStation 2GameSpot
But for those who do enjoy console, handheld, and PC poker, WCP 2 is simply the best there currently is. That might not sound like a ringing endorsement, considering the quality of the competition, but really, it's got the smartest offline game, a perfectly serviceable online game, and a style of presentation that, while not anything to write home about, does what it needs to to stay out of the way of your enjoyment. There's fun to be had here for the poker enthusiast, and fun that comes without too many caveats.
74
XboxTeamXbox
World Championship Poker 2 is the best poker game on the market. Not by much, but it is nonetheless. The career mode, quick play, and multiplayer aspects of the game all combine to make a nice little package for your hard-earned twenty bucks. The attribute system is a nice addition and while the mini-game representation of the poker face doesn’t come off as well as it should, WCP 2’s ability to deliver a more authentic experience than its competitors is the deciding factor in what makes the game the best out there. Hopefully in years to come developers will find whatever missing algorithm it is that they need to turn the AI into the perfect embodiment of real people, but until that day comes, there’s always Xbox Live.
73
PSPPlay.tm
Whilst WCP2 is a confident poker rendition, it will always find it hard to compete against a real world game; for one thing the beer and snacks aren't quite the same in a virtual world. The algorithms are a good approximation of real world play, but inevitably fall down from time to time, and lack that spark of imagination that makes Poker so addictive. The online play obviously helps with this, and the career mode fleshes out the game to provide better value for money. Combine this with the none-too shabby expert poker style and we probably have one of the best poker games of the year on PSP.
73
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
Until something better comes along, World Championship Poker 2 featuring Howard Lederer is the best poker video game available for home consoles. Sure, it'd be nice if the presentation were flashier, and if the game offered more configuration options, but the poker itself is damn near perfect. That's what matters most.
70
PSPGameSpy
There's no shortage of choices when it comes to playing poker in the video game world. If you're a fan of the game looking to be dealt a hand at your leisure, you can't go wrong with World Championship Poker 2. The game's impressive A.I. and variety of gameplay will keep players coming back for more, even with its noticeable flaws. Although title has been dealt a few bad cards, the overall hand is still strong enough to win the pot.
70
XboxComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Presentational quibbles aside, though, this is a really good game. A bit more polish (and by 'a bit' we mean 'a lot'), a few more career options and some recognisable licensing and this could become an essential purchase for poker fans. Enter EA stage left perhaps?
70
XboxIGN
WCP2 features nice AI and a healthy singleplayer career plagued by many presentation issues and a lack of second year polish. There's also a run-of-the-mill multiplayer game. As it stands, WCP2 can certainly compete with 2005's other poker winner, WPT, but we need to see a combination of the better features found in both products before we announce a clear victor. As is, WCP2 is too much unlike its predecessor in too many different ways to warrant an immediate recommendation to fans of the WCP series. In fact, they might prefer WPT, since it's very similar to the original WCP. That said, this is still one legitimately good title that deserves a look, if only for its solid AI and interesting character development system.
70
PSPGame industry News (GiN)
For hardcore poker players that want a real experience, there are a ton of titles out there and even Websites where you can go. For those of you who would rather play a game and have fun, WCP is all in.
70
PlayStation 2Game industry News (GiN)
For hardcore poker players that want a real experience, there are a ton of titles out there and even Websites where you can go. For those of you who would rather play a game and have fun, WCP is all in.
70
XboxGame industry News (GiN)
For hardcore poker players that want a real experience, there are a ton of titles out there and even Websites where you can go. For those of you who would rather play a game and have fun, WCP is all in.
70
PlayStation 2Game Chronicles
But for the rest of us, who are not so caught up with riding the poker bandwagon, World Championship Poker 2 is not a whole lot different than any of the other poker games already available on the market. And as so, World Championship Poker 2 is probably not worth much more than a simple weekend rental.
70
PlayStation 2IGN
As it stands, WCP2 can certainly compete with 2005's other poker winner, WPT, but we need to see a combination of the better features found in both products before we announce a clear victor. As is, WCP2 is too much unlike its predecessor in too many different ways to warrant an immediate recommendation to fans of the WCP series. In fact, they might prefer WPT, since it's very similar to the original WCP. That said, this is still one legitimately good title that deserves a look, if only for its solid AI and interesting character development system.
68
WindowsGameplay (Benelux)
Als we even door de gedateerde graphics heen kijken vinden we echter een pokerspel dat eigenlijk best wel te pruimen is. Een gigantisch voordeel tegenover andere pokergames, die zich vooral focussen op de meest populaire variant (Texas Hold 'Em), is het feit dat WCP2 niet minder dan 14 verschillende varianten biedt.
65
PSPJeuxvideo.com
Portage quasiment identique de sa précédente version PC, World Championship Poker 2 se fait pardonner ses quelques imperfections par son détour remarqué sur consoles portables. Sans prétendre révolutionner le genre, le titre garde donc ses acquis pour proposer quelques moments de détente fun et agréables. Les amateurs de Poker apprécieront très certainement !
60
PlayStation 2Gamernode
World Championship Poker 2 serves more as a tutor on how to play the different variations of poker, rather than as an entertaining video game title. The game is able to prompt you when you make "questionable" calls and helps you to understand the game better. If you are someone who knows nothing about poker or is new to the game, WCP2 may serve as a valuable tool in getting you ready for the next home game. However, WCP2 is a disappointment for people who are looking for an entertaining simulation of poker. WCP2 lacks imagination, quality graphics, and the "fun factor" which is required of any successful game title.
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PlayStation 2G4 TV: X-Play
There’s not much more to say about World Championship Poker because, quite frankly, there’s not much to the game. The great selection of poker styles is ruined by limited play options, a horrible presentation and crappy player A.I. Save yourself some cash and just buy a deck of cards instead.