Poker Night 2 is Incredible! 10 More Characters I Want to Take My Money
So desperate am I for another Portal game that when I heard someone had GLaDOS dealing hands in a poker game I downloaded it even though I hate poker and am objectively awful at it. I didn't care, as long as a bitchy robot called me fat. Imagine my surprise when I found that Poker Night 2 is amazing.
The sequel to 2010's Poker Night at the Inventory was quickly developed by Telltale Games during a break in their release schedule. It manages to combine characters from several different franchises in a Texas Hold 'Em tournament. Participants are Brock Samson (Venture Bros.), Ash Williams (Army of Darkness), Claptrap (Borderlands 2), and Sam (Sam & Max), with GLaDOS serving as the dealer.
What makes the game so fantastic is the way Telltale made interactions between the characters so flawless and enjoyable. Listening to your opponents insult and make small talk is easily the best part of the game, and even after the lines begin to cycle they're still amusing. A lot of care was put into the voice acting and dialogue, and hopefully we're seeing a new paradigm in crossover gaming. It certainly makes more sense than random go-kart outings or fighting games where every suddenly beats the crap out of each other.
Telltale has done something so simple and yet so revolutionary that I am here to beg for more characters. I will happily throw money at the screen until I can download...
Johnny Cage (Mortal Kombat): Johnny Cage is video game royalty, with a winning track record going back over 20 years. He's loud, obnoxious, and wonderfully overconfident. Plus, he'd be the perfect character to make Hollywood screwing up video game movie jokes with and about.
Booker DeWitt (BioShock Infinite): As the first non-mute first-person protagonist in many a while, DeWitt is already shaping up to be one of the most iconic heroes in video game history even with only a single game behind him. Gruff and troubled, he'd make a nice straight man for the group, and could offer helpful explanations about the nature of traveling between worlds.
Juliet Starling (Lollipop Chainsaw): Lollipop Chainsaw wasn't exactly a brilliant game, but Tara Strong turned in a hell of a performance as Juliet. Aside from GLaDOS the games have been total sausage fests thus far, and a hyper-violent cheerleader would just about do the trick. It would give Johnny Cage someone to flirt with at least.