Product Type: Microsoft Xbox 360 games
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Full House Poker (Xbox 360)
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Full House Poker (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Hours of Play. Good Price. Great Fun to Play Online with Friends.
Disadvantages: AI Players Are Incredibly Frustrating. Online Play Still a Little Bugged.
If you love gambling, but don't have the bankroll to do it for real then this is the game for you. Go head to head against a number of Poker Pro's, your Xbox Live friends or thousands of online players around the world, there are numerous ways to play and endless amounts of unlockables to find. Hours of endless fun and it isn't going to cost you a penny....Well maybe just the 800 Microsoft points needed to actually purchase and download the game! ha-ha!
There are several different ways in which you can play Full House Poker;
Single Player - You can customise everything about your games, first of all this starts with the various options available for gameplay. You can choose from a standard game which enables you to buy back in, or play in a tournament. You can choose the betting limit, buy in limits which range from 0 - 50,000 chips, this is where the big money is at. Changing the turn timers from Amateur to Pro means that you have less time to make decisions between turns, I always have mine on pro so the game doesn't take as long, there is nothing worse than having to wait for 15 seconds for someone to make up their mind on what they want to do. You can also choose how many players you want to go up against, and across how many tables. You can have up to 3 tables, each of which can have up to 10 players on each. The more people you go up against the bigger the reward in the end, but then the longer the game is going to take. I normally just choose to have 10 players including myself on the 1 table, this game still takes a fair amount of time, depending on how the AI play.
Ranked Multiplayer - This is where you can go head to head against other players online. You can choose to play a quick match which will put you into the first game available, regardless of the buy in or limits. Or you can choose to search for a specific game type, so you could choose to only be in a game that has a buy in of 5,000 chips with Pro timers, or you can go for the big money and choose a game that has a buy in of 50,000!! If you don't want to join someone else's game you can create your own from scratch and people can join you, or you can invite your Xbox Live friends to come and play on your table.
Multiplayer - This is very similar to the Ranked Multiplayer except it's not as "hardcore" and isn't ranked on leaderboards. You can choose from standard quick match which will put you into the first match available. Choose a tournament quick match, search for a particular game of your choice or create your own. There are still big bucks to be made in this side of multiplayer but it just isn't ranked on some leaderboards.
Pro Takedowns - There are 9 pro's in total to go up against, and each increases in difficulty and playing style. The buy in's also increase for each of the pro's. I've won and lost quite a lot of money going up against the big boys but it's great fun and really challenges you and your playing style. Once you have beaten the 9 pro's in head to head games, it's time to go up against all of the pro's on one table in a single game. This took me one attempt to do but it took me around 2 or so hours to complete as it's really difficult playing against so many AI. Once you beat each of the pro's you unlock their costumes which are then available for your in game Avatar to wear. The pro's vary from an Elvis wannabe, to a tye-dye hippy that resembled John Lennon to a Hugh Hefner wannabe called Larry Louche. You also unlock new items to customise your own games, like new tables, card decks and loads more!!
Texas Heat - These are the Live shows that are on every Tuesday night going into the early hours of Wednesday morning, and on Saturday night until the early hours of Sunday morning. This is so they can get all players from across the globe to play at reasonable times. If a game is on at 4am for us in the UK then it's probably around tea time in the US. The live shows feature thousands of players from around the world playing together in tournaments of up to 30 people at a time, it's great fun and there are big rewards to be had. They're great to play with friends, but it is still a little buggy, with games freezing and players being kicked out quite often. I'm still holding on to the hope that these issues will soon be fixed as it's a great feature, just like the 1 vs 100 that used to be played Live on Xbox Live every week a few summers ago.
Playing Full House Poker in any of the ways above, earns you various awards. For every hand in a game, you earn XP even if you don't win the hand, you can win XP for a smart fold or big XP for a big win or knocking another player out of a tournament. This XP increases your player level which in turn unlocks new things for your player, including new chip tricks for you to show off with at the table, and new items for your games. You also win chips at the end of each game depending on the buy in.
There are also numerous online Leaderboards showing your Lifetime XP, Bankroll, Weekly XP and Ranked Play, your score can be compared to just your friends or to everyone worldwide. The more XP you earn, and the more chips you win the higher on the leaderboard you climb.
Are nothing special in all honesty, but then I wasn't expecting them to be outstanding. The games are colourful and bright, with great animations from all the in game characters and your own Avatar. There isn't much more that can be said really.
The longevity for me with this game has been brilliant, I play at least 3/4 times a week for a couple of hours at the moment as I'm trying to level up to 50. I have reached a bankroll of nearly 1,000,000 since beating all the pro's and winning big in a fair few tournaments, it's great fun. I also take part in at least 1 of the live Texas Heat shows every week, depending on what the "theme" is for the night. Last week it was double XP for female players, this week it's double XP for all so there's a lot to play for this weekend. They change the theme's for the nights every week so it has quite a lot of variety in the game play and everyone can benefit from extra XP.
I looked around online and there isn't much in the way of downloadable content in the pipeline for Full House Poker, apart from new "series". The only downloadable content available at the moment is the Texas Heat Spring Season add on. Similar to the 1 vs 100 show that was brought to the Xbox a few summers ago, there will be new series to download. All of which I'm assuming will be free as the Texas Heat Spring Season was free to Download when I purchased Full House Poker. This enables you to play in the weekly "live" shows like I explained earlier in the review.
A lot of people complained about this game as it was meant to be free to download to begin with, just like 1 vs 100 was on the Xbox Live Arcade. But I really didn't mind paying just 800 points for it, it's really great fun especially when playing in tournaments online with friends. I've spent a fair few hours on it and it was only released mid March. I love the customising options so you can create a personal game, with endless new stuff to unlock you can customise your game to suit your personality.
With an age rating of 12+ it isn't recommended for younger players as it is promoting gambling, but to be honest nothing is stopping a player younger than 12 from playing this game, much like there isn't anything stopping younger kids playing games like Grand Theft Auto! ha-ha! It's really up to the parents if they let them purchase this game or not.
The only downside for me is that the online "live" Texas Heat shows are still a little buggy, I've never had a full table of 10 online players on a Texas Heat show, I always end up with a table full of AI players, which is ridiculously annoying, they bet all in as they have nothing to lose whereas it's much better to play against real live players who act differently than a computer player and are a lot more fun to play with.
I'd recommend anyone who enjoys Poker and Xbox Live to purchase this game, there are a lot of worse games on the Arcade that retail for more than 800, there is so much to do, and so many things to unlock that you really do get your moneys worth.
Summary: Only available if you have Xbox Live!