Poker Night 2 is the sequel to 2010’s Poker Night at the Inventory. Like it’s predossesor Poker Night features four crossover characters from different franchises. This time around your will be putting your gambling skills to the test against Brock Sampson (The Venture Bros.), Claptrap (Borderlands), Ash (Evil Dead), and Sam (Sam & Max); your dealer for the evening is the one and only GLaDOS (Portal). Returning as your host is Captain Reginald Van Winslow (Tales of Monkey Island). Now, personally, I’m not a poker fan but I am a fan of all the characters involved in this game, so I was willing to take a chance on it and at only 800 MS points (also available on Steam, PSN, and iOS). I figured why not.
Concept: It’s No-Limit Hold ‘Em. You play against four computer players in either Texas Hold ‘Em or Omaha. You can play for real prizes such as Borderlands 2 add-ons, Xbox Avatar awards, Team Fortress 2 add-ons.
Graphics: The graphics are not top notch all around. All the characters look like themselves. The table and background are kind of bland, but there really isn’t much to look at other than the characters and your cards. You can buy different cards, chips, and felts for the table to change up the scenery.
Sound: The voice acting is done very well. All but Ash (in this game voiced by Danny Webber) is done by the current voice actor. This is where the money is in this game, the banter and quick quips between the players and the jabs at you for your style of play is really the bread and butter of this game. There is some soft background music but nothing too distracting.
Gameplay: Not much to the gameplay as you’re playing Texas Hold ‘Em. There are challenges for you to complete; once completed you are given the chance to win a collector prize which in turn gives you DLC and awards. You can also earn tokens to unlock rewards as said above, but in addition tokens can also be used to buy the other players drinks (from Borderlands favorite bartender Mad Moxxi) which help you to easily identify their tells, giving you the upper hand.
Story: You are taken to a warehouse called the Inventory where you come upon a secret underground poker tournament. Once arriving at the table you are introduced to the other players, everyone antes up and the game beings. Not much of a story, but there really isn’t much to the game, so there you go.
Verdict: Poker Night 2 is what it is, with a cool twist. There are a few glitches here and there that are more of an annoyance than a detriment to the gameplay. The humor of the game is the real reason to buy this game. It’s like having a fun poker night with friends inside a video game….if only your friends were as awesome as these guys.