Product Type: Microsoft Xbox 360 games
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Full House Poker
Full House Poker (Xbox 360)
Member Name: killiefan
Full House Poker (Xbox 360)
Date: 17/05/11, updated on 10/01/12 (51 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to play, good multiplayer
Disadvantages: May be slow paced for some.
Poker is one of the most popular card games around and has a massive following, especially since the launch of online poker. According to the world poker tour website there are more than 60 million poker players in the United States alone and more than 100 million players worldwide.
Microsoft have taken notice of these figures and launched an xbox live download game called 'Full House Poker'. In Full House Poker you play as your avatar, which is the character you create on your xbox, with the game offering you both single player and live multiplayer options.
Before I go any further I would like to mention a couple of things. Firstly the only cost involved with Full House Poker is the initial cost to download the game which works out about £7 which I believe is very reasonable. After this point you are playing with an in-game currency so no real money is involved. Secondly just to point out that you do not have to be an expert at poker to play this game. I have played poker with friends a handfull of times and have tried online poker a few times, enough to know the basics of the game and to know what a good hand is,but this is not nescessary as you will learn the basics of poker as you play this game.
Texas Hold'em is the variation of poker which is used on the game Full House Poker. If you have any interest in the game of poker, you will already know everything that you need to know to be able to play the game. If you have never played any kind of poker before, there are some tutorials on Full House Poker to help to get you started.
There are various game modes in Full House Poker which include single player mode, Pro Takedown mode, online multiplayer and Texas Heat and I will tell you a bit about each gameplay mode below.
In the single player game you will play against the computer controlled players. You can start by choosing how many players are at the table and how much the starting bets will be. You will play rounds against the computer characters and depending on your cards you will bet, fold your cards or try to bluff your way to a pot. As you play more hands and win pots, as well as earning in game cash you also earn experience points or XP. These experience points can be used to level up and unlock features on the game. These features include some things like different outfits for your avatar to dress up in for the poker games and also the ability to perform tricks with the chips which you are holding.
Pro Takedown Mode
Pro Takedown Mode is another single player mode. In this game you will play one versus one against the computer controlled pros. There are nine players that you can play against in this game mode and each opponent has a different playing style, for instance they may be a very aggresive or a very passive opponent. As you beat each player you will progress through the game, to be able to take on the next player who will be a tougher opponent. The one on one element on this game mode gives you a different game to play and you can often play a different style here as you only have one opponents cards to beat.
On the online multiplayer game you can either join a game that someone else has set up on xbox live or you can set up a game yourself and wait for other people to join. You can also set up the game and invite friends to join you. This mode gives a different element to the game as you will be playing against real players who will be less predictable than the computer controlled players.
Texas Heat is a scheduled game which Microsoft runs, which are 30 minute events where you can compete against players from all over the world. This is a fast paced game and if you are doing well on your table, you will progress and be moved up to higher ranked tables playing against other players who are doing well.
Overall I believe that there is a good mix of game modes and options here. The single player modes will help new players to poker to get a feel of the game and an idea of the best hands before you start to mix with other players on the online modes.
Gameplay Rated 17/20
You wouldn't expect graphics to be an important part of a poker game and while you may not be blown away by the graphics in Full House Poker, the presentation and look of the game are of a very high standard.
The inclusion of the avatars in this game is a positive thing, you are able to perform chip tricks with your avatar and you can also make your avatar move in an aggresive or a submissive way which is good. This can of course be done to try to bluff your opponents making it more realistic.
The areas that you play in are all well designed and the graphics for these areas are all of a good standard. Tho only downside with the areas you play in are the lack of choice as there are only three to chose from.
Overall the graphics are of a good standard and the game and avatars that people control are pleasant to look at.
Graphics Rated 15/20
Again you would not be expecting much sound wise from a poker game and this is pretty much as you would expect here. The sound is minimal on Full House Poker but that does not detract from the game as I would not expect much noise on a poker game. Anything that is done here is decent enough, the announcer introduces some of the game modes and there are a few in game noises like the noise of chips being played and cards being dealt. Also if there has been a tight hand or a high value pot played for, there can be some applause at the end of the hand.
Overall the sound on FullHouse Poker is minimal but does its job, it is the kind of game that you could mute while having some music on in the background if you wish.
Sound Rated 13/20
VALUE FOR MONEY
As previously mentioned FullHouse Poker is a downloadable game on xbox live and is available for 800 microsoft points or £7 in real money. As there are somany game modes and features in the game I believe that £7 offers very good value for money. I believe that £7 compares very well against a lot of other xbox live games which cancost 1200 points, or about £10. Also compared against retail releases which cost about £40 Full House Poker offers real value.
Value For Money Rated 18/20
Full House Poker is a game that you can dip in and out of at anytime so has a very high level of longevity. As you earn experience points, your avatar levels up, starting at level 1 going all the way up to level 50. Reaching level 50 will take a long time to do, keeping you coming back as you try to progress.
Also the fact that you can play online against players from all over the world as well as players from your own friends list means that your interest in the game will remain for a long time to come.
Longevity Rated 19/20
Overall I believe that Full House Poker is a very good game and would reckon at £7 it is definately worth downloading. The presentation and gameplay are very smooth, the game looks really good and is very easy to get in to.
There will some people who will not understand why you would play poker without real money being involved. If that is your belief than this game will not be for you, for everyone else just looking for a bit of fun then give Full House Poker a go.
Overall Rating 82/100
Summary: Top download xbox game.