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Not for those used to playing online
World Poker Tour (PSP)
Member Name: bluetillew
World Poker Tour (PSP)
Date: 28/03/10, updated on 28/03/10 (9 review reads)
Advantages: There's an option to skip hands if you muck
Disadvantages: It's way too slow compared to online games
I love poker and having reviewed the games that were available for the PSP opted for this one, World Poker Tour.
I've played quite a lot of poker online over the last few years, starting off playing sit n gos before moving onto cash games, just at low limits I might add. Not having played a poker game before, other than against other real people (online or against friends at home) I wasn't really sure what to expect really from this game. I thought anything that allowed me to play poker on the go, was worth trying and I thought it might even help me find holes in my game.
Well, first impressions were the graphics were OK but nothing great. I created my own player character to take on the poker tour, which took about 5 minutes, as the options were quite limited. You start with a small pot of money and the idea is obviously to win as much as possible, with the end goal winning the WPT. You choose which tournaments to play in, each with varying levels of buy-in. I suppose the higher the tournament buy-in the more difficult the game's supposed to be.
So I started playing tournaments against various random players at different levels of buy-ins. For those who play poker, you'll know that you don't just play the cards but the players too. One of the issues with this game, is that there just didn't seem to be any way of telling how any of your opponents actually played - e.g.; tight, loose, passive or aggressive - as their cards and actions appeared to be all too random. When I did get the money in, I found that I mostly had the best hand but then would be outdrawn.
However, the biggest issue I have with this game, is that you have to wait for what seems like an eternity for your opponents to decide what they're going to do. I think this is perhaps because I'm not used to waiting when playing online. Online there's a strict time limit, players are generally quick to respond plus I often play multiple tables at once so there's always lots of action. In this game, there's a option to skip the hand if you much your cards pre-flop, or at any time during the hand which is good but the game is still way too slow for me. This is the main reason why I haven't played this game hardly at all despite my love for poker. So, I might well have underestimated the artificial intelligence capabilities of the game itself because I haven't played it enough.
I tried going online once but that seemed like a complete waste of time because there wasn't anyone there to play against!
For those players who are used to playing online like me, I'd steer clear of this game as you'll just end up bored and frustrated. Save your money or better still, use it to play a real game online where, even if you go all in on your first hand and lose, will be a more memorable and enjoyable experience than this playing this game!
Summary: Too slow if used to playing online games but maybe OK for very patient newbies
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