World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions

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World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions
Game: World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions
Platform: PSP
Studio: Activision
Rating: 5/10

GAME DESCRIPTION: Building on last year’s most successful poker title and the number one brand in poker, World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions takes a story-based approach. Take a seat next to Chris “Jesus” Ferguson as his protégé, a new professional poker player. Test your skills against the world’s best poker players, in this invitation-only, winner-take-all tournament at the Rio Resort in Las Vegas. There’s a seat at the table just waiting for you. Raise the stakes with Xbox Live play – Host multi-table tourneys, read your opponents tells via camera footage, or even test your psychic skills by playing Blind Man’s Bluff.

PLAY: The game starts with you creating a player in order to compete to win the big pot of gold in the Tournament of Champions. The players are fairly generic as is the game play. You join Jesus Ferguson in hopes that he can help you become the next champion. There isn’t much more to Tournament of Champions.

The different characters offer their own unique conversation, however their styles seem nearly identical. There won’t be anyone who takes an all or nothing approach. No one will go for the gusto—it’s seems to be completely black and white throughout. The players bet more aggressively when they have a good hand which tips you off that it’s better to fold.

World Series of Poker isn’t the way to learn how to play poker either. This isn’t a tutorial. It’s actually harder to play because you won’t get any tips thanks to weaker AI. There is a decent menu full of statistics which give you the odds of winning a hand—but that’s about it.

GRAPHICS: There isn’t much to enjoy. The tables are basic and the characters barely resemble their real life counterparts.

SOUND: There are a few token bits of dialogue from the real players—too bad the dialogue seems random and irrelevant to the game play.

FRANKLY: World Series of Poker is too bland and doesn’t offer a good enough tutorial to recommend. Sure there is a license and some models that slightly resemble their real life counterparts—but this isn’t a solid game. Players want tips, tutorials, and a good challenge—all of which Tournament of Champions doesn’t offer.

+ Richie Wright

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