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Gaming Poker Night at The Inventory Review

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 2 Dec 2010.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. MaverickWill

    MaverickWill Dirty CPC Mackem

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    Joe, you always review games with scores like this. I mean, does the scale go from 1 to 10, or 1 to 3? Seriously, I think that the journalistic integrity of this site is being called into question, and I'm starting to think people are receiving back-handers. How much did Activision pay you to publish this terrible review of a competitor's product? I can't believe the levels some people will stoop to.

    /sarcasm

    On a serious note, good to know this is crap. I did ask whether it was worth it. Decided no. Quite glad now.
     
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  3. Farting Bob

    Farting Bob New Member

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    Refreshing to see a site not scared of giving less than a 5/10 for a genuinely terrible game!
    Even at £3 it seems like an offensively bad ripoff.
     
  4. Omnituens

    Omnituens New Member

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    I bought it for the unlocks, and to have a bit of fun. Loved some of the dialogue, but I'm pretty crap at poker. Got 2 of the 4 unlocks so far.
     
  5. Autti

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    GOTY for sure. Obviously Joe is unable to see the artistic brilliance in the characters
     
  6. Toka

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    my hearts all of a flutter for this one
     
  7. Bauul

    Bauul Sir Bongaminge

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    Everyone bookmark this page for the next time someone complains that Bit-Tech doesn't use the full scoring range.
     
  8. Jamie

    Jamie ex-Bit-Tech code junkie

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    I actually sat at Joe's PC when he left this game open and tried to play it. I couldn't actually fathom the controls beyond being able to see what cards were in my hand. It wasn't very clear how I was supposed to be able to call, fold or check. BAD
     
  9. Dreaming

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    he leaves his PC unlocked?

    I hope you changed his desktop background.

    As with MaverickWill, I thought about getting this game, but decided not to based on the fact I could type into google 'free poker game' and get essentially the same thing. I think the stylistic approach is interesting but at the end of the day it's just poker :/ maybe exciting for many but not really for me! I've never seen the appeal.
     
  10. leveller

    leveller Yeti Sports 2 - 2011 Champion!

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    There has been so much hype surrounding this game! Out of principle I wouldn't get it because it doesn't have a multiplayer mode, but then from what people say, it wouldn't be that great anyway.
     
  11. wiggles

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    I think this was an attempt at a fanboi game. No content just hyped characters.

    Basically TF2 without wheels
     
  12. Omnituens

    Omnituens New Member

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    Errr... they are clearly labeled at the bottom of the screen?
     
  13. Matticus

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    Add multiplayer. Win!

    Surely that is all this game needs. I can't imagine any single player poker game is fun, regardless fo setting, characters or TF2 Items.
     
  14. general22

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    **** game really, I'll have to find the motivation someday to get my 2 remaining unlocks.
     
  15. Scoopy

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    Long time reader, had to sign up to comment on this review. Was not at all surprised to see Joe was the reviewer from the opening tone.

    This game is as good as any poker simulator out there - the AI plays such that the games don't drag out. You can't be too defensive and expect to win - Joe strikes me as the build-my-base-and-then-attack type, but you can't do that here. The AI will make sizeable bets and force you to choose whether to commit to your hand or fold.

    The characters are great, and if you are familiar with them, Telltale have done a good job of capturing the essence of the characters and framing it in a poker game. Sam and Strong Bad are spot on. I think Joe doesn't like Tycho because he is irritatingly American and uses a lot of dumb DnD/geek/internet slang, but that's the character he is (it's from Penny Arcade, for crying out loud). If he was British, I'm sure it would be less annoying to Joe (and to me too, I'm from Oz).

    The banter between the characters is excellent, and Telltale have done a good job of making the game flow while the characters are interacting with each other. I think there's a lot of material recorded as well, so although you will hear repeats of the common words (call, fold etc), the flavour material (Tycho asking the Heavy for the going rate to kill someone, etc) will stay fresh for some time. I don't think Telltale would have made the game exhaust all this material for the first playthrough.

    The controls are clear - there are three buttons. Fold, call or raise. When you hover over the call, it shows you what you will be calling, although it's easy to keep track because the game shows what each player does. When you click raise, it raises the bet according to the value selected on the slider next to the button. Your cards are clearly displayed to the right. You can skip the rest of hand if you are out, to speed up play. Each hand is clearly separated from the last, and can be started by clicking anywhere on the screen.

    The swears are only bleeped out in the subtitles, not the audio. The text speed matches the audio. The controls are responsive. As a criticism, I would suggest the order of the player names up the top should have the human in the middle, and that the names should be little pictures of the players instead, to make it easier to see at a glance.

    As you play, you unlock new decks and tables. And the TF2 items. Also, it lets you resume the last game if you have to quit mid way. It keeps track of some stats (wins, showdowns etc).

    Joe, I think your review deserves a 2 and the game deserves a 7-8. It's a poker simulator first and foremost, but it has been given an entertaining paintjob, especially if you know the characters already, and if you act like you're playing with them, not just against machine code. For $5, it's a good buy.

    It's better not to review a game at all than review it like you did here Joe.
     
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  16. pendragon

    pendragon I pickle they

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    several of my friends have this game. They've all enjoyed it (they do admit that the AI sucks) too.
     
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    I never thought of strongbad as a gimp.. but I guess he is
     
  18. HourBeforeDawn

    HourBeforeDawn a.k.a KazeModz

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    well I for one have fun playing this game, its funny and a good time killer.
     
  19. TWeaK

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    The thing is, as soon as you make it multiplayer you lose the main selling point of the game: familiar characters. Unless you made the characters playable, but I don't think I'd really want to put myself in any of their shoes.

    Saying that, if it was multiplayer I'm sure a few more TF2 players would go for it, particularly to wind down from all the hat purchases.
     
  20. thehippoz

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    this is why I play blackjack..

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