is now hip thanks to TV shows like Celebrity Poker
and Black Jack. Of course seeing people wager big
bets has some appeal. If you really look at who is
making the bets, the money is not theirs and even
if it was, they can afford to lose big. While poker
and black jack have always been popular, trying to
find a decent video game for a console can be hard.
Bicycle Casino is loaded with games and variations;
almost 500+ are included as well as craps, slots,
and video poker. It offers plenty of game play without
the risk of losing the money for real.
have always enjoyed a good poker night with some friends.
I even used to play online years ago on the Hoyle
server in a poker league. Of course there was no mic
and the graphics left a lot to be desired. However,
it was enjoyable. Casino captures some of that. The
games are dead on and you have plenty to choose from.
You can even play online with up to 6 of your friends
or other gamers on Xbox live depending on the game
and the room. Many games like this give the gamer
a bankroll to start off with and then if you blow
it, you need to restart all over again. Thankfully
they added a nice feature that will allow you to start
again with another grand to build up your bank. The
easiest way to build that up fast is black jack if
you understand the game. In less than an hour I had
around 250 thousand. Now if you don't know how to
play the games, they even have help in the single
player mode. So anyone can learn the rules and some
tricks if they want to take the time.
there are plenty of good things about the game, they
did not nail it. The major complaint right off the
bat is making your character. It has several options
yet; it's so touchy and tedious that getting that
right look is a chore. Once you hit save, that's it.
If you want to change anything about your looks, you
will need to start all over again. So the create-
a-player needed some work. The games are not fast-paced
and the AI players can get annoying. They also can
be read like a book if you watch them closely. Bluffing
in poker is an art form. The AI players will attempt
to bluff and with some time you will be able to know
who is bluffing. On the graphics, let's face it; if
you're expecting fantastic graphics and sound effects,
this game is not for you. Gamers will hear the dealer
shuffle and some speech. The realism element greatly
improves by taking the game online. This is where
the real fun is for this game! The lobbies are made
well and easy to find friends or find a game to hop
into right away.
times it's nice to stop the shooting and racing and
just try and beat the house using only your skills
of the game. Again, this one takes time to build up
a bankroll and learn the games even for those who
know the games. Taking the time to learn each game
makes the online mode great. If you just jump right
in, you will get clean out fast!
was looking forward to this game myself and it did
not disappoint me. It has some nice features and it
is realistic. That is what is important here. For
fans of poker or gambling games this one is great
to buy. For those who are not huge fans of sitting
around and playing a slower pace game that requires
concentration, you may want to pass on this one. It's
a nice change of pace to be able to play with friends
and shoot the breeze while trying to clean out your
friend's virtual money. Not graphically sharp but
a solid gambling game that is certainly worth the
price for gambling fans.