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It really is hard to screw up Poker. If you already have a winning combination of AI and good Poker mechanics, you can only refine from there. The 2005 and 2006 titles had their fair share of little hiccups, but this title irons out nearly all of them. From top to bottom, World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets is a solid Poker title – bring your chips – they’ll look good in my stack.
World Series of Poker 2008 is a great poker game. The AI is aggressive without obviously cheating and the underlying gameplay mechanics are solid. It isn’t perfect for newbies, though the game does have some tutorials for newcomers. But if you’re looking for a challenging poker game that plays well in multiplayer, this is your game.
As an avid poker player, I enjoy each new WSoP release, though I really hope for some improvements in the presentation and AI skill level (both in the degree of challenge provided and by offering various playing styles to test your abilities to figure a player out). This year’s game doesn’t seem to raise the bar in those ways, but there’s plenty in the game to keep you busy—and at a $30 price tag, that’s not too bad.
World Series of Poker 2008: Battle For The Bracelets is a very basic game with very basic controls, meaning that anyone can manipulate the on-screen action with extreme ease. My favorite button is the "peak" button, which has you looking at table level as you look at the hand you were dealt. What playing poker does take, however, is a slightly analytical mind that helps in determining odds and just knowing when to play, fold, raise, or call.
Alles in allem ist World Series of Poker 2008 ein durchaus gelungenes Pokerspiel. Die etwas unübersichtliche Präsentation stört zunächst, PC Spieler und Konsolenspieler mit einem HD-TV kommen aber nach einer Eingewöhnungsphase damit klar. Die Kampagne enthält viele abwechslungsreiche Aufgaben und Turniere, so dass man sogar ohne den guten Onlinemodus auf seine Kosten kommt. Online lässt das Gameplay letztlich kaum Wünsche offen. Vor allem die jederzeit betretbaren "offenen Tische" emulieren die beliebten PC-Programme von Partypoker, Pokerstars und Co. Die enthaltene Pokerschule und die jederzeit einsehbaren Poker-Tools helfen auch Zockern ihr Spiel wirklich zu verbessern. Neulinge sollten sich die Grundlagen zwar zunächst woanders aneignen, wer aber längst im Würgegriff des Pokerfiebers ist, wird von diesem Titel nicht enttäuscht.
This year’s World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets is arguably the best poker game on the market these days. The enhanced AI and depth of the career mode make the game more than just poker. However with the overlooks of the few visual effects, it has room for improvement in the coming editions. For those who enjoy great poker against their favorite television stars, this game should be at the top of their list.
I see quite enough of Phil Hellmuth's tantrums and arrogance on ESPN2. I don't need him popping onto my screen every five minutes offering me advice.
Poker is a great game. It requires intelligence, strategy, patience, and anticipation. World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets is not a great game. It features all the glitz and glamor of the World Series of Poker, but only a fraction of the depth of play involved.
A l'instar de nombreuses franchises sportives, on est en droit de se demander ce qui légitime une édition annuelle de World Series of Poker. Le jeu est toujours aussi intéressant pour les adeptes, toujours aussi rébarbatif pour les autres. Le lifting graphique n'est pas assez probant pour recommander aux possesseurs de la version précédente cette édition 2008 dénuée de toute prise de risque. Mais les nouveaux initiés y trouveront sans doute leur compte.
As I reflect on World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets, it's difficult for me to find any reason to recommend to any but the most ardent poker players. If you're the type who will set up the TiVo to record the tournaments airing at 3am or whose greatest dream is finding yourself at the final table of a big Vegas tournament, then you likely already own this game and don't need a reviewer to tell you to play it. However, if you're just a casual poker fan or are looking for a way to brush up on your skills for friendly games, you'd probably be better off just playing online for free. WSoP '08 tries to go all in and steal the pot, but I'm here to call its bluff.