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Stacked with Daniel Negreanu review

Just like poker against your friends, only the computer's not drunk

That tool happens to look halfway decent too. Stacked's players show a lot of detail and personality; unfortunately they're mostly goofy caricatures with limited animations that don't really work as online avatars. Watch for the guy with the huge gold medallion who calls people "dawg" and "pimp" - he doesn't represent us, and he's probably not like you, either.

The PS2 and Xbox versions look and play quite nicely, but Stacked feels like it was designed as a PC game. It's the most satisfying to play on that platform - it's quicker, it's slicker and it's easier to get a good online game going. However, by keeping the interface simple, the game translates easily to the consoles. The PC's hotkeys become directional pad commands on Xbox and PS2. It's easy to bug Negreanu for advice, check your hole cards or send a sneaky smile to other players at the table to make them think you're up to something. Maybe you are, maybe you aren't.

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DescriptionA smarter AI system gives Stacked an edge as a poker tutorial as well as a satisfying video game. It's also surprisingly cheap.
PlatformPC, PS2, PSP, Xbox
US censor ratingTeen
Release date30 May 2006 (US), 20 April 2007 (UK)
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