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This is a tough genre for developers to master when casinos, cards, slot machines, etc., really exist, while most other genres are pure fantasy. Having said that, Hard Rock Casino is presented and implemented more efficiently than any other casino game collection. The games are simple, random fun; the graphics are more than eye-catching; and the replay value is higher than any standalone poker game. If you want the casino experience in virtual form, Hard Rock Casino is the place to visit.
Hard Rock Casino a choisi de miser sur le contenu au détriment du tape-à-l'oeil. Bien lui en a pris puisque le jeu est de toute façon destiné à un public d'initiés, adepte de ce type d'univers. Les autres lâcheront bien vite l'éponge.
A mildly interesting game with good looks and sounds, but if that's all it took to make a good game we'd have a lot more hits on our hands. That unexplainable fun factor is what turns something average into something great. And when all the cards are on the table, Hard Rock Casino is found lacking.
Hard Rock Casino shouldn't be a terrible game, but it is. It's not that playing the game will win you no money, or that it might convince you that you're a gambling god only for you to blow your entire budget on one hand of blackjack in a real casino or online, it's simply that it isn't good enough to be worth your time. Some games, such as the slots and sports books, are so poorly implemented that I just don't understand why they were included at all, while the Adventure Mode doesn't try anything adventurous and you'll soon find yourself bored to tears as you simply play one game of chance after another, without any pattern or reason as to why you're playing. You can take a chance buying this game, but you'll only lose in the end and that's not really a gamble worth making when the odds of enjoying yourself are so much higher with the wealth of PSP games available at the moment.
Overall, Hard Rock Casino is nowhere near as polished as Crave's other recent gambling release WCP2. Where they have upped the stakes with the poker game, Hard Rock Casino seems to have been pushed out the door before it was ready. The basic concept of the game is not a bad one, but it needed a lot more care and attention applied to it before being let loose on the waiting public. It could well be that Crave are aware that these gambling fads only last a certain amount of time, and they needed to get it out whilst casino's are at the front of the public consciousness. Maybe they'll be better placed the next time the gambling bug hits the mass populace.
Hard Rock Casino is a poor attempt at a decent idea. Mixing a ton of casino games into one package and then tying a goal-based story around it certainly works on paper, but when you use low-budget implementations of each and every game to put it together, the whole thing falls apart.
Hard Rock Casino, then, is engaging for about an hour as you wonder around the various areas to experiment with each game, but thereafter the enjoyment factor drops off dramatically. Ultimately, the virtual chips have no significance and despite the game's good intentions, you're left with a tremendous sense of disappointment. Which, in fact, probably makes this the best preventative cure for gambling addiction currently on the market.
Some of the challenges, admittedly, aren't random - but you'll fail other ones purely because the random number generator didn't like you that time around. It's an exercise in frustration and annoyance, and the payoffs aren't worth it - nothing you unlock makes this game any fun. Even the most ardent casino game fan (do those really exist?) will struggle to enjoy this.