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World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets review

Wearing sunglasses won't help you bluff here

Pros

  • Improved graphics
  • Nice interface
  • Beefy selection of modes

Cons

  • Can't bluff AI
  • No real money
  • no real thrills
  • Creepy mannequin men

Dec 18, 2007

Shrouded in a veil of smoke and darkness, a man stands before a legion of chanting acolytes; a low murmur moves through the throng like a ripple across a pond and the mists part, a figure emerges, and out steps the Master of The Obvious with a declaration so plain and clear to everyone on Earth that it never needed stating in the first place: YOU CAN%26rsquo;T BLUFF A COMPUTER.

Videogame poker against computer opposition is, by default, immediately pointless. No matter how smart the CPU%26rsquo;s game, you%26rsquo;re restricted to playing the cards you have and occasionally scaring off computer opponents with colosso-raises. Psychology is for the mentally ill, and since gambling imaginary money means the stakes are zero, the game falls down like the house of cards you would have had more fun building if only you had bought a deck instead of the digital equivalent.

More Info

GenreStrategy
DescriptionThe nice atmosphere can't make up for the lack of bluff. Save your money for a real trip to Vegas.
PlatformXbox 360, PS3
US censor ratingTeen
Release date26 September 2007 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)
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