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: Fun, great longevity, can play against friends, lots of achievements, reasonable price.
Disadvantages: Once you miss the achievements of a season on Texas Heat they're gone forever!
This is an Xbox Live downloadable game called 'Full House Poker'. This is an avatar based game with uses a character that you will have created for your Xbox 360 username, either a male or female character, and you can then play this game with your avatar representing you throughout the game. You can play as a single player, with friends or even take part in one of the poker nights that are frequently advertised. You can then compete against players from around the World while working on unlocking some achievements and downloadable content such as new clothes and accessories for your avatar. You play with chips so there is no money involved once you have paid the initial purchase price for the game.
=== The cost & where to find this ===
You can download this from the Xbox 360 Live marketplace, for 800 Microsoft points, which is around £8.00 I believe in money, or alternatively you can purchase a gift card, for £7.99, in various computer game merchants which will allow you to enter a code and download the game 'for free' as you have already paid for the code. This game can be found in the marketplace quite easily and appears in numerous categories, being quite highly advertised over the past six months or so.
=== Gameplay ===
Full House Poker is played using the poker variation of Texas Hold 'Em Poker. There are four
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.
Single Player: This is a mode where you play alone against AI players. You can select the amount of players, with a maximum of 10 players allowed in a game of Texas Hold 'Em per table, and you can decide how much the blinds and bets are. You will then play Texas Hold 'Em poker, taking it in turns to bet, fold etc and you will be able to earn game currency while playing which can be saved up for other game types or just for betting again on the next hand. You will earn XP while playing which helps you rank up and become the best poker player that you can be. When you unlock levels you will also unlock lots of different items that your avatar can wear and this helps you express your style and creativity while playing, and as you progress you can also show off to people that you have earnt some of the higher ranks.
Pro Takedown: This is another game that you will play alone, except this time you will be against just one AI player. The players are designed to be progressively harder to bust and as you progress through the different player levels you will be playing with more money and for higher winnings. You will also earn lots of XP while playing through these levels and you can even earn some achievements while beating these players. Some of them are tougher than others and each of them have a distinctive playing style with some going all in on almost every hand and some of them being a lot more cautious and guarded therefore meaning that some people are quick to beat and others may need more than one attempt to be beaten.
Online: This allows you to play other real players online. You can choose to set up your own game or join someone elses. This is a fantastic way to play poker online and generally you will find someone available online at all times of the day or night. This is a slightly harder game to play as you cannot really read a player like you can with the AI ones but I personally find that this makes the game a lot more interesting.
Texas Heat: This is a series of scheduled games that Microsoft lay on for you. There will be different games on at different days and throughout the year. Each game is a 30 minute long one and you will be playing at various tables, depending on how well your standing in that current game is, and you will be playing against a mixture of AI players and real life ones. Your aim here is to basically play the games as fast as possible and the best that you can ensuring you unlock maximum XP and rank high against other players. This is a really fun element to the game and if you are one of the top ranking players in your game you will be able to unlock one of the most coveted achievements and add to your gamer score.
=== Overall opinion ===
This game is so much fun as being a real fan of poker it is fair to say that I have put some serious hours in on this over the last few months, mainly playing online against friends and taking part in the Texas Heat Schedule to try and unlock some of those elusive achievements that just keep being outside of the grip of my fingertips!
I love the feel of this game, the avatar characters really bring something extra to this game and when the Texas Heat game is loading and my avatar is there in the crowd I am really excited to start playing this game. I feel that the game is well presented with a little something extra over some of the other poker games that I have played online in the past. There are lots of little action that my avatar can do and this allows me to express whether I am being aggressive while playing or just being a little more relaxed. I can also customise my avatar with clothes that I choose and some of these I have unlocked while playing the game, this is particularly useful if there is a double XP night on Texas Heat and I need to dress up in a certain style to ensure I get my extra points.
I love some of the actions that go on here, with everything from the announcer at the start of the game to the clapping at the end bringing something extra to my surroundings while playing. I love the funky music that is played while waiting to start and when my avatar is celebrating, I also love the funky little dance on the table that she does when I have won a round against one of the AI players in the Pro Takedown.
It is fair to say that I can return back to this game whenever I feel like it and still thoroughly enjoy the game. I don't need to worry about missing out on much and at present the Texas Heat games are being updated every 3 months meaning that there are new achievements to download and work on completely free of charge. I feel that this just increases the longevity of the game which substantially and it usually means that I end up returning back to the game here and there ensuring that I am thoroughly enjoying myself and getting my monies worth.
This game is fun, I love it, it keeps me coming back for more. Quite a few of my friends have downloaded this game and from time to time we will meet up and play against or with each other in one of the Texas Heat games. This is a fantastic way to socialise with friends and means that we are all getting great value out of our purchase. I like the music, the funky dances and the chip tricks that my avatar can learn along the way. Some of the achievements are a little more difficult than others but I feel that all of them are achievable. The only minor gripe I have is that if I miss some of the achievements when the newest season of Texas Heat comes out I am not able to go back and earn those achievements, however, that is just another reason that gets me playing the game and getting the most for my money possible.
If you have an Xbox 360 and you are a fan of Texas Hold 'Em poker then why not download this? The price is reasonable and the longevity is good, particularly if you have friends who you can play with too!
Summary: A fantastic poker game from Microsoft.