Poker Night 2 video game review
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Featuring stars from the worlds of TV, film, comics and video games, Telltale Games' Poker Night 2 is another bizarre melting pot of celebrity guests and smack-talking Texas Hold 'Em. It's funny and silly, but a large portion of your enjoyment is going to rest on how much you enjoy the crossover characters, like Brock from Adult Swim's "The Venture Bros." and Ash from the "Evil Dead" movies. If those names mean something to you, congratulations, you're in Poker Night 2's target audience.
Poker Night 2 is built for the casual player, as the quality of the computer-controlled Texas Hold 'Em is not fantastic. There's a system to induce the cast to develop tells -- at the cost of buying them drinks -- but it's too expensive to seriously consider. This leaves you with a lot of random-seeming poker with no actual metagame of predicting opponent patterns.
There's no multiplayer either, so you're playing poker with just the cartoon characters and not actual people, who might be more methodical and logical with their plays.
You have to ask yourself, how hilarious would it be to have the foul-mouthed murder machine from "The Venture Bros." sit beside the chirpy, eager robot from Borderlands? If you're a presold fan, you'll dig the mashup. If not, then this is just mouthy, mediocre poker.
The PlayStation version has some audio and video issues where characters will briefly freeze or the sound will skip. You might be better off investing in one of the other versions, either Xbox 360, PC or iOS.
RATING M for Mature
PLOT Cartoon jokers are wild in this poker game
DETAILS Sony PlayStation 3, $9.99
BOTTOM LINE Fun, but no big deal.