So I've pre-ordered this game on Steam, both hoping to get the items and just have a good time like I did with Poker Night At The Inventory. But despite the huge period of time between the original game and the sequel, Poker Night 2 was a huge disappointment. And I'll just put it out straight forward, this game is dumbed down.
This game is so badly, cheaply, sloppily done that it doesn't deserve to be called a poker game, they just took Poker Night 1 and dumbed it straight down, I'll tell you why:
1/ The Configurations
The game suddenly has less settings than it does before, the options were cut down to only some basic 3D graphical game options. The Gameplay tab now only has the line "How To Play". WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT?
In the first game, we have the options to choose difficulty, dialogue, it wasn't quite much but we can see that it's more detailed than the sequel. They could have put in many more options that allow the game itself to be friendly to everyone, all kinds of player's skills. BUT THEY DIDN'T
I feel like I was in some kind of Indie Game Demo with those options, how can it go from options to less options?!?
2/ The Little Things
Then I want to talk about the stupid things that make me angry, WE DON'T HAVE A "BACK TO THE MAIN MENU" button after a tournament. How can we not have that button?. So now that if I want to go back to the main menu, I can't, so I have to EXIT the DAMN GAME.
You maybe say that it's pointless, but we're talking about the little things that are necessary to a game, we're talking about the little conveniences that make the player feel comfortable. THEY FAILED.
And about the savings, THERE IS NO SAVING. If you're in the middle of the match and you have to go, you have no choice but to EXIT the DAMN GAME and prepare to LOSE 20k of HARD EARNED MONEY (for me and many players out there, not everyone is good at poker). Or if you're down to only 1v1 and suddenly you have to go, then all of the 100k in front of your face suddenly turns into MINUS 20k.
3/ The Gameplay
Aside from the quite fair Bounty Challenge, the gameplay was even worst than Poker Night 1. All the dialogues are boring even in the first time you hear it.
And especially GlaDOS, I mean, GlaDOS WAS FREAKING UNNECESSARY AND USELESS. Well you may say that the lines are good, I partially agree. But all GlaDOS does is WASTING TIME, her lines are long and sometimes boring. It's bad timed, it's a pain to hear them after the first time. She keeps talking and talking, delaying between turns and rounds.
More horribly, I can't turn off GlaDOS, I can't even skip her lines. You don't have any tool or option that can help your game to be faster, to be an exact poker game. I mean, this game is not a Dialogue Simulator, it's not a place where crossover dialogues are played simultaneously. This is a POKER GAME.
In Conclusion: I'm quite disappointed about the game, I used to think that it could push away the stress and give you a nice relief. Poker Night At The Inventory only did 50% of that, but Poker Night 2 only does 50% of what its precessor did.
I guess it's just something to cash in...