Summary: In 2011, Microsoft Game Studios released 'Full House Poker' a full-featured Xbox Live Arcade title that allowed players to not only play single-player poker action but more importantly, multiplayer game play that allowed casual social games or full-fledged tournament mode action. Two years later, following semi-regular DLC for 'Full House Poker,' the spiritual successor arrives on the Xbox Live Arcade in the form of 'World Series of Poker: Full House Pro' a (currently)...
Excerpt: Say whatever you like about Xbox Live avatars, but there's no denying that they have some of the best poker faces around. Until now, the profit-making potential of avatars at poker tables has gone largely untapped, but in Full House Poker, you finally get an opportunity to put your Mini-Me's brilliantly blank expression to work.
Pros: Experience system rewards you even when you're not winning, Regularly scheduled Texas Heat tournaments are a lot of fun, Good tutorials for both poker and game mechanics, Persistent bankroll encourages you to play realistically, Loads of customization options to unlock
Conclusion: Considering the simple and ubiquitous nature of the subject matter, there were very few opportunities for this game to be exceptional. That said, it does what it sets out to do, and it does it well, providing an excellent poker experience. If you are a poker fan, and your XBLA friends list is filled with the same, then this may well be the way you’ll be spending your nights for the foreseeable future.
Summary: I approached " Full House Poker " with a little trepidation as I just could not see how much variety could be given to a poker title to set it apart from rival titles, however the game offers a nice array of content and game modes to make this a worthy download.
Conclusion: And many of those achievements that comes with it are just a long extremely boring grind. - 0/6 Good game? My review kinda explains it all. I really hope that newer versions of this game will be much more enjoyable.
Excerpt: Texas Hold ‘Em is a pastime that has taken the world by storm and grown increasingly popular over the past decade or so. For the avid poker player, there has been little to choose from in the way of competent poker titles for gaming consoles. It’s been attempted in the past with efforts like Texas Hold ‘em on the Xbox Live Arcade, but none have been able to emulate the strategy or capture the emotional ups and downs that occur when a stack is won or lost in a real poker...
Excerpt: Most of the time, the lack of real consequences helps make games more fun. After all, who wants to really get shot in the face and then [shudder] tea-bagged? But poker’s different. For it to even work, you need to put something you care about on the line — usually money — or, as the long, sad history of poker videogames has proven, the illusion is broken.
Pros: + Sharp XP system gives you “stakes” to care about., + Playing with Avatars is always good fun.
Cons: - At launch, the huge potential of multiplayer was crippled by inexcusable glitches., ? When is Xbox Live Primetime ever going to take off? It’s such a good idea!