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World Series Of Poker 2008: Battle For The Bracelets

Author: Memphis Raines
Friday, 14 December 2007
7/10


PlayStation 3
Activision


I’ve never been much of a poker fan nor really inclined to learn how to play it properly – in fact I didn’t really know there was an assortment of variations of the game… but the new PlayStation 3 game World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets has rekindled my primary school infatuation with a good old card game.

It’s not just some run-of-the-mill poker game – this is a fully loaded title that you will need to set aside a lot of time for… This game is girlfriend-disappointingly addictive.

Apart from the ‘quick play’ and ‘training’ options there is the ‘career’ option, which is the best way to create the full poker experience. You begin as ‘the Rookie’ (as the commentators call you) and, once you have stylised your player with signature glasses, hairstyles and crazy cowboys hats, you enter the World Series of Poker, going up against some of the familiar names in the real-life poker scene. 

Your career is set out in a calendar style, going from week to week, playing the organised championship events. The aim is, obviously, to finish first and grab the bracelets handed out to the winners. The higher you finish the more championship points you get and money you walk away with.

Throughout the game you receive ‘phone calls’ from well-known players who invite you to play special cash events, where you have the chance to earn some cash. This all ties in with the Championship as you need money to enter the daily events.

Like any gambling – real money or not – this game is addictive. I found myself playing for hours… “One more hand, maybe two… oh OK I’ll get to $600,000…” and before I knew it I’d invested a good evening into the game.

The game also boasts a multiplayer feature, and I would love to tell you about it, but to be honest I haven’t even given that a go because I was so hooked on the playing in career mode – go figure eh-

Throughout the game you receive tips from Phil ‘The Poker Brat’ Hellmuth, which include MTV Cribs style video vignettes of posh Vegas suites.

The World Series of Poker has a lot more to offer – more than I can fit into this review. Even more than I have even roadtested completely. My only gripe with the game is the load times, which really adds up after 342 hands of poker.

That being said though this is still a great step away from your standard console game of shooting, driving and so on. A great game to for something different to do and a great game for when you have some mates over.

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