World Series Of Poker
Developer: Left Field Productions
Publisher: Activision Value
Game Rating: E (Everyone) [Simulated Gambling]
Release Date: August 31, 2005
$19.99 / $?
HDTV 480p, System Link: 2-8 , Xbox LIVE Multiplayer , Leaderboards
Websites: Official WSOP Web site
Played primarily from a top view looking down at the table, players have a viewpoint of several things happening in the game. The only thing visible in regards to other players is their names and chip count. When playing with the computer AI, players shouldn’t expect a well-matched game every time. It seemed there were a few occasions when the computer (or myself) would receive the exact card needed several times in a row. While fun at first, the single-player experience is mixed when it comes to the AI.
Games include Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha, Omaha High Low, Seven Card Stud, and Razz Poker.
This option lets players hop into a game of their choice. There is no setting up of options; the goal is simply to have fun. Pick a style of game, a character, and start dealing. Players can also practice with each card game and see what they have to offer, and for those players new to poker, the instruction manual provides a nice breakdown of each game.
For those single player gamers, not interested in the multiplayer options the title offers, this is where the heart of the game lies. Players can take part in the World Series of Poker tournament, and have ten years to earn as many WSOP championship bracelets as the can. The main goal? To earn a spot in the World Series of Poker All Stars.
Along with supporting System Link on the Xbox, World Series of Poker also lets up to nine players take part in online matches and tournaments, where it is time to take the skills learned in the offline world, into the online jungle.
While there are no platforms to jump, tricky ledges to traverse, or precise aiming to be done in World Series of Poker, the controls are still great, relying heavily on the thumbstick for a large portion of the control. While the pace of the game is up to the player, it is nice when controlling bets and other gameplay aspects is second nature.
- Up = All In
- Down = Fold
- Left = Check/Call
- Right = Bet/Raise
Left trigger – Game Stats
Right trigger – Poker Hand Rankings
A button – Confirm
X button – Show Cards (Multiplayer Only)
Players do have some say when it comes down to the options of the game, and are left with a few items that can be tweaked with. The speed of the game (which is quite fast for those just starting with the title), the ticker display, maximum amount of times a player can raise, and the players seat at the table are all customizable.
Adding some strategy to an already tactical game is the introduction of collectable chips players can acquire during their time in the game. By performing specific requirements, such as how many people a player has taken out, to how many tables won, and how well of a winning streak a player has, gamers will be rewarded with a variety of chips. While plentiful, and fun to collect, these add to the gameplay by unlocking new features, such as being invited to specific online tournaments.
All in + Win Hold Em
Go all in and win a hand before Flop in Hold'em.
All in + Win Hold Em 2
Go all in and win a hand after the Flop but before the Turn, in Hold'em.
All in + Win Hold Em 3
Go all in and win a hand after the Turn but before the River, in Hold'em.
All in + Win Hold Em 4
Go all in a win a hand after the River in Hold'em.
All in + Win Omaha
Go all in and win a hand before the Flop in Omaha.
All in + Win Omaha 2
Go all in and win a hand after the Flop but before the Turn, in Omaha.
All in + Win Omaha 3
Go all in and win a hand after the Turn but before the River, in Omaha.
All in + Win Omaha 4
Go all in a win a hand after the River in Omaha
Flush Poker Hands
Win hand with Flush
Four of a Kind Poker Hands
Win hand with four of a kind
Full house Poker Hands
Win hand with full house
Pair Poker Hands
Win a hand with pair
Royal Flush Poker Hands
Win a hand with royal flush
Straight Poker Hands
Win a hand with a straight
Straight Flush Poker hands
Win hand with straight flush
Three of a kind poker hands
Win hand with a 3 of a kind
2 pair poker hands
Win a hand with 2 pair
3 players single hand takedowns
Knock three players out of a tournament in one hand
2 players single hand takedowns
Knock two players out of a tournament in one hand
100 players total takedowns
Knock 100 players out during career
1000 players total takedowns
Knock 1000 players out during career
25 players total takedowns
Knock 25 players out during career
250 players total takedowns
Knock 250 players out during career
50 players total takedowns
Knock 50 players out during career
500 players total takedowns
Knock 500 players out during career
Fifteen players tournament takedowns
Knock fifteen players out of a tournament
Five players tournament takedowns
Knock five players out of a tournament
Ten players tournament takedowns
Knock ten players out of a tournament
Twenty players tournament takedowns
Knock twenty players out of a tournament