I really wanted to give STACKED with Daniel Negreanu
a lower overall score. The graphics and sound are average at best. There is also the unforgivable inability to save. So, why such a high score? Simple - STACKED
is about poker. Poker is about playing a patient game, knowing when to bet and when not to. It is also about playing the players. The Poki-bot A.I. system used in the game is as close to playing a real poker game as I have ever seen in a game, and believe me I have played my fair share. Usually games use loose play and skewed odds to make the game fun. Poker isn't about fun only, it's about playing the odds, watching your opponents' betting habits and facial expressions. Though, yes the body language could have been better, the A.I. is competitive and intelligent.
All of the cards are on the table, and STACKED comes up aces in my book. I would like to see this go another revolution allowing more time for sound animation. It would only make the game that much better and more immersive. After all, that immersion is what playing at a table is all about.
Editor's Note: It has come to our attention that you actually can save during the Tournament modes on single player. As things would have it, and I fully understand that they do, there is a minor glitch in the game that pulls up the "All Progress will be lost" screen accidentally when you leave a tournament. Simply ignore this screen and then save your character in the menu. It's that easy. You still will not be able to save during "Quick Play," but that is how it should be. This minor glitch should not and does not take away from the great Poker play of STACKED: With Daniel Negreanu. Enjoy and good luck.