Poker Night 2
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Though the online-poker craze has died down, there is a new reason to go all-in. This sequel to Poker Night at the Inventory features a new cast of card sharks—crossing over from other games, movies and TV shows—who will mercilessly mock you and call your bluff. Sam and Max are back from the previous game, but this time it’s Sam’s turn at the table. Ash Williams (Army of Darkness), Claptrap (Borderlands 2), and Brock Samson (The Venture Bros.) join the doggy detective and you around the table while GLaDOS (Portal) acts as the dealer. The game offers Texas Hold ’em and Omaha tournaments, and themed chip, card and table sets, but the real appeal is the banter between your tablemates. You couldn’t ask for a better lineup, and each gambler brings a distinct comedic style to the table. Telltale Games does a great job of making the various styles work together, and the hilarious dialogue will win over non-poker fans. Eventually, you’ll hear the same jokes and, while annoying at times, a few cameos and the ability to win in-game gear for Team Fortress 2 and Borderlands 2 keep things interesting. Considering that the most money you’ll ever lose is the $5 you spend on the game, Poker Night 2 is the safest bet in town.