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You love it or you hate it. Not interested in poker? Stay away from this game. If on the other hand, you like it, then this game should earn a place in your collection . It is instructive and will improve your poker games.
What it ultimately comes down to with Stacked is just how much you want to play a realistic, offline game of Texas hold 'em. There's certainly no shortage of ways to play this game for free on the internet, but playing against random online players doesn't always provide you with much tangible feedback on how your game stacks up in a real cash game or tournament environment. Admittedly, Stacked's AI system doesn't always pull this off either, and there are holes in Stacked's game, but far fewer than most other poker titles, and it's the best measuring stick for your personal poker skills available in the realm of entertainment software.
Stacked is een fraai vormgegeven pokergame die ideaal is om de game aan te leren en garant staat voor uren pokerplezier.
Stacked offers some of the most realistic poker gameplay out there. The AI feels as if you are playing against live poker players. It will offer you a way to hone your skills or provide you an outlet to play poker when your buds can,t come over to play. The game isn,t a fast game, and this will bring down the enjoyment level for the majority of gamers. But if you are a dedicated poker fan, and want to play a game that is realistic and challenging, Stacked with Daniel Negreanu is a good choice. In short, Stacked isn,t bluffing, but it won,t cause a lot of gamers to go "all in," either.
All told, Stacked isn't an awful title, but it isn't a good one, either. The odd thing is that normally, a genre-specific game (such as a sports sim) that failed to perform would be recommended only for lovers of the genre. In the case of Stacked, it is exactly the opposite and simply isn't recommended for experienced poker players. With its shoddy A.I., limited game styles, and strangely vacuous multiplayer mode, most versed card players will find the offering well below both their expectations and skill level. On the other hand, the very cool video tutorials and professional tips may be just the thing the novice player needs to push into a higher skill bracket. Hopefully, he can then at least win back the price of the game.
I can’t say I’ll be playing this game often, because I find the pace of the game is too slow. Until you’ve decided and played your hand, the Pokibot is extremely slow. If you’re used to Internet Hold’em play, this game seems quite boring. Let me offer you a Pro tip: you can either pick up this mediocre to decent poker title on the consoles, or simply play online using the computer you are sitting in front of, and have faster-paced and more enjoyable challenge. Take your pick.
Beyond the game: Play-money games are available at many Internet poker sites, and they're faster, more user-friendly, and free. And even the graphics aren't much worse than the cruddy last-generation look of Stacked. Worth playing for: Flawed as it is, Stacked improves on poker games past and isn't a bad learning tool for beginners. Until IBM develops a Big Blue for poker, this will have to do. Frustration sets in when: Bad beats are part of the game, but suckouts on inexplicable plays are like salt in the wound. Final judgment: If you're old enough to play online for nothing, why spend $30 for an ugly interface and weak action?
Sadly, none of the three platforms has a large amount of players online, so it's hard to recommend one over another. The PC version also crashed during my play experience a handful of times, usually during a tournament, costing me all the progress made during long, arduous sessions filled with many folds and wait times. If it wasn't for your ability to fast forward the action when you're not involved in a hand, it would be nearly impossible for casual poker players to stand the longer tournament formats. With the constant breaks in gameplay made for player animation and dialogue, the pacing is just far too slow for those who want to play lots of hands of poker.
For poker beginners who are too shy to jump into the online fray, Stacked is a good way to get acquainted with the game in all its forms, from low-limit cash tables to no-limit multitable tournaments. But if you think you already know when to hold and when to fold, or don't mind learning the hard way against strangers online, keep your $30 safely in your wallet.
Stacked isn't the worst poker game we've ever seen, but it's also quite weak in comparison to many of the other titles we've seen recently. Its AI is mostly solid, but it generally doesn't play aggressively enough to put a whole lot of pressure on you, allowing you to sit back and dictate the course of play. The presentation on a whole is either poor and/or awkward, including the raise adjustment, menu navigation, visuals (specifically for the chips), lack of a reasonable create-a-player and more. These are essentially vital in any poker game and they really stick out when they're not done properly.
When Daniel Negreanu announced his involvement with Stacked, people took notice. Expectations were moderate at least, as promises of a dynamic AI system that could outplay veterans was to be developed, challenging even the most seasoned players in their own living rooms. The jury is now in on this “dynamic” AI, and the rest of the package, and it seems that Daniel should have known to fold before this bomb hit the market.