Telltale Reveals Poker Night 2

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Telltale Reveals Poker Night 2

The game will feature Sam from Sam and Max, Brock Samson from The Venture Brothers, Claptrap from Borderlands, Ash Williams from Evil Dead and Glados from Portal.

Remember Poker Night at the Inventory? It was a terrible poker simulator that served only as a platform for some exclusive Team Fortress 2 items, wrapped up with some mildly amusing one-liners from various video game and pop culture mascots. Well, Telltale has announced the sequel no-one really asked for, this time featuring Sam and Max's Sam, The Venture Brothers' Brock Samson, Borderlands' Claptrap and Ash Williams from the Evil Dead franchise, with Portal's Glados playing the role of dealer.

Of course, the game comes with a whole new set of Team Fortress 2 unlocks, as well as some for Borderlands 2. They are:

  • Brock Samson's hair for Borderlands 2's Gunzerker
  • Portal Skin for Borderlands 2's Assassin
  • Poker Visor for Borderlands 2's Siren
  • Max Mask for Borderlands 2's Mechromancer
  • Evil Ash Head for Borderlands 2's Commando
  • The Necrinomicrown for Team Fortress 2's Pyro
  • The Long Fall Loafers (Chell's boots) for Team Fortress 2's Scout
  • The Bloodhound (Sam's hat) for Team Fortress 2's Sniper
  • The Dapper Disguise (Handsome Jack's mask) for Team Fortress 2's Spy
  • The Samson Skewer (Brock Samson's knife) for Team Fortress 2's Heavy

Poker Night 2 comes out in April on Steam, PSN and XBLA. As well as the in-game unlocks, you will also be able to unlock items for your Xbox LIVE avatar and exclusive PlayStation 3 themes. The age-ratings warnings reveal that it will feature "use of tobacco" as well as violence, gambling, swears and double-entendres.

The last game was pretty awful, with most people just buying it for the unlocks. Hopefully Telltale will actually make a decent poker simulator this time to put behind the character's witty banter. The choice of Claptrap is somewhat of an oddity, given that intense hatred of the character after the first Borderlands relegated him to a much smaller role in the sequel.

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What game did you play? Claptrap was featured pretty heavily in Borderlands 2. Divisive, but not universally hated. Besides, he's a great personality which is what these games seem to survive on.

It really is a shame the first game wasn't very good, because the characters really do make it. If it's at the same price point and even marginally better it might be worth a look for that cast, and a few neat items.

Huh. I was pretty much uninterested in this before since I've never played Borderlands 2 and I have no idea who Brock Sampson is... For that matter I've never played a Sam & Max game, or seen Evil Dead. But now that I know that Brock Sampson is voiced by Patrick Warburton and that GLaDOS is the dealer, I'm feeling a lot more interested in the potential banter. And if I'm honest, those unlocks seem pretty nice too; in fact I'm kind of curious about how the Heavy can have a knife melee weapon given that they normally have a hell of a time programming new character animations into TF2.

Also, why was the OP so harsh on the original Poker Night at the Inventory? I mean, it wasn't exactly an inventive game, but what were you expecting? It's poker. With video game (sort of) related characters. Where did it fail to deliver on that?

I like Brock, Ash, Claptrap, GlaDOS and poker well enough. I don't know about Sam and Max.

I don't play TF2 anymore, and haven't been able to play Borderlands 2 since my TV died. Though I was really disappointed with it I hear a lot has changed on the last several months. Not much of it good.

So I see no reason why I would get this. Especially if its Texas Hold 'em. People still play that?

Man I saw Lee in the thumbnail and I thought he'd be in it. I'd get that if he was.

Fiend Dragon:
What game did you play? Claptrap was featured pretty heavily in Borderlands 2. Divisive, but not universally hated. Besides, he's a great personality which is what these games seem to survive on.

It really is a shame the first game wasn't very good, because the characters really do make it. If it's at the same price point and even marginally better it might be worth a look for that cast, and a few neat items.

Yeah I am unsure of what Steven was playing, and where he thought that claptrap was universally hated.

KoudelkaMorgan:

So I see no reason why I would get this. Especially if its Texas Hold 'em. People still play that?

Willful ignorance isn't "cute". Texas Hold'em is the main competitive form of poker that huge tournaments play for thousands of dollars in, so yes "people still play that? lol i so funny"

Whoever wrote this REALLY didn't like the first one...I personally did.
So...while i don't really like Brock Samson And Ash Williams i AM fond of the other characters (Especially Glados and Claptrap).

I wasn't trying to be cute, I am not trying to be funny and there is a difference between what you perceive as willful ignorance and me truly not giving a fuck about major league poker. I've seen it, its boring as hell, I moved on.

I'm not ignorant of it, I'm simply disinterested in it. I'm much more interested in why a perfect stranger goes on a thread like this and feels the need to make a personal attack against me based on their PERCEIVED and completely self fabricated idea of me, rather than post anything regarding the topic at hand.

I'm pretty sure that's frowned upon universally.

But you ARE the expert on what MY intentions and motivations are so I'll bow to your obviously superior intellect and ignore you, mkay?

On topic: That an option for more than ONE form of poker would be refreshing is what my point was. Because Hold em is a bit stale for some of us. I chose to use sarcasm, because OBVIOUSLY everyone and their grandparents play Texas Hold 'em.

I enjoyed the first game. It was a decent poker game that I played over and over again just for the conversations. This article is a bit to hostile for my tastes.

No idea who Brock is but all I can hear is Joe Swanson or Rip Riley :p

I actually rather liked the first Poker Night. Dont get me wrong, the initial purchase was to get the TF2 unlocks but it was cheap and the character interactions were fun. Nice little time-killer, and didnt think it was that bad a simulator (especially for the price).

Please tell me that Bruce Campbell will reprise the role of Ash.

I'm suprised very few have seen Venture Bros.; to sum up the show, think of it as a dark-humored sitcom set at the end of the Johnny Quest era where reality has kicked in very hard, but still allows for hilarious absurdity to break out.

The number of people on here who haven't seen Venture Bros. is depressing. If I actually played TF2 I'd have a blast mercing people with Brock's knife.

This could be fun. Hopefully the poker elements will be better (A lot of the first game seemed to revolve around computer-luck than any real poker playing). I'd be okay with some kind of multiplayer component. Real people tend to be better at bluffing than machines.

I don't know if I would call it terrible - the characters gave it some really good personality. Besides, what do you want from a game entitled "Poker Night at the Inventory"? A space adventure?

OT: I would probably get this to hear the new lines they give the characters. It would be nice to see someone from TF2 in this one, maybe the engie or scout.

What's with the hate for this game? Yeah, it's a fanservice minigame*, but the first one was really entertaining. You play it for the banter, not for the poker, and I had quite a few good laughs there.

* a genre usually defined by little brain, but loads of cleavage - isn't it good to have something a bit different here?

So I hate cosmetic DLC with a passion but

Brock Samson's hair for Borderlands 2's Gunzerker

has sold this game to me.

Steven Bogos:
It was a terrible poker simulator that served only as a platform for some exclusive Team Fortress 2 items, wrapped up with some mildly amusing one-liners from various video game and pop culture mascots. Well, Telltale has announced the sequel no-one really asked for, this time featuring Sam and Max's Sam, The Venture Brothers' Brock Samson, Borderlands' Claptrap and Ash Williams from the Evil Dead franchise, with Portal's Glados playing the role of dealer.

Speak for yourself. I'm excited for this. Sure, there wasn't much to the poker aspect, but the interactions between the characters were hilarious (I was a particular fan of the Heavy and Strongbad's conversations) and more than justified the game's already cheap price. And Brock Samson is in this? Sold.

Cool opinion column Steve. I'm with everyone else on this one, what game did you play? Seems like a pretty big buttmad rant more than anything.

I liked the first game far more than Steven here did. It was a decent little game with plenty of amusing statements by recognizable characters. also I thought Claptrap had as large if not a larger roll in borderlands 2 than he did in the first one.

Two things.

1. Brock Samson's render looks fantastic.
2. Poker Night 1 wasn't too bad, it's just the difficulty was obscenely high. Hopefully PN2's will be a little more refined.

Geo Da Sponge:
I'm kind of curious about how the Heavy can have a knife melee weapon given that they normally have a hell of a time programming new character animations into TF2.

http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Samson_Skewer

sorry, but it isn't an actual weapon. it's a misc item that hangs on the heavy's belt

I quite enjoyed the first one, to be honest. Strongbad was annoying as all buggery but I could put up with him because of the other three. In this case it looks like I'll have to put up with Craptrap but Sam and Glados will make it worth it. I'm neutral to the other two, pretty sad that they couldn't get the Spy or one of the other TF2 characters in there this time.

I cannot wait for this! These characters are wonderfully random and the humor of the first one makes me sure the banter will be great. I'm sure Claptrap will be threatened by Brock many times if he doesn't stop "dancing".

SomebodyNowhere:

Geo Da Sponge:
I'm kind of curious about how the Heavy can have a knife melee weapon given that they normally have a hell of a time programming new character animations into TF2.

http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Samson_Skewer

sorry, but it isn't an actual weapon. it's a misc item that hangs on the heavy's belt

...Okay, that is lame. Seriously, just a knife in the small of his back? No one's going to see that!

Wait, wait, wait!

How did TTG/Valve get the rights to feature Brock Samson!?

songnar:
Wait, wait, wait!

How did TTG/Valve get the rights to feature Brock Samson!?

Valve has worked with cartoon network before...you have the robot chicken hat and all the Venture Bros and Aqua Teen Hunger force items in TF2.

As soon as I saw the title, I raised an eyebrow. As soon as I saw the photo on the news feed, I picked out GLaDOS and both my eyebrows went up. I read the article and my eyes shot open. Then I immediately went to steam to see if I could find the game.

I'm not much of a poker player, but I'm actually looking forward to this! I was highly amused by the first game, and I have a feeling that my brother is going to go ga ga for this one (he's a massive evil dead and Sam&Max fan). I wish I could see the video, though. I'm at school and the firewall blocks youtube :(

I paid two dollars for the original and played it well over getting the unlocks, I got 17 hours out of it. I kind of did ask for it because I'm out of banter to go though. Poker is poker so I don't see why the frist game is so soul destroying to you Steven. I'll be getting this, and not for the unlocks.

"Terrible poker simulator?"

Wut?

Terrible is just about the last word I'd use to describe it. First, it cost next to nothing. Second, the ingame banter was pretty entertaining (and was in my opinion the main reason to play, I mean if you wanted to play "serious" poker, you'd play online against people. Not against Strong Bad...). Third, you could unlock virtual goodies for TF2, meaning you stayed interested.

The line-up this time around is slightly less interesting to me personally, but I wouldn't hesitate to advise any fan of the featured characters to pick it up if it's as funny as the first one...

PH3NOmenon:
"Terrible poker simulator?"

Wut?

Terrible is just about the last word I'd use to describe it. First, it cost next to nothing. Second, the ingame banter was pretty entertaining (and was in my opinion the main reason to play, I mean if you wanted to play "serious" poker, you'd play online against people. Not against Strong Bad...). Third, you could unlock virtual goodies for TF2, meaning you stayed interested.

The line-up this time around is slightly less interesting to me personally, but I wouldn't hesitate to advise any fan of the featured characters to pick it up if it's as funny as the first one...

Ya I've got a lot of hours in it as well. I can honestly say Poker night at the inventory isn't a game I regret buying at all.

Blagh...I like the rest of the characters, but...yuck, that Ash. I watched the video before reading the article, and I didn't even know who the hell it was. If it ain't Bruce Campbell, it ain't Ash. Hopefully it's just a place holder VO or they couldn't get him for the trailer, and it's him in the game. Otherwise, it's just a dude with a shotgun and dirty clothes. If that's the case, I much rather have had them get either someone else from TF2, Gabe from Penny-Arcade, or if they had to go with a zombie busting guy, get Nick from Left4Dead 2. He's a bit like Ash. Cocky, reluctant hero, snarky.

Well I'm glad to see I'm not crazy for liking the first one. I've gotten more than my money's worth out of it; especially since I picked it up at a Steam sale. Maybe you should save your opinions for the review instead of the news article Steve. Seriously, this read like an angry forum post by a random user. Grow some professionalism and don't just assume that everyone agrees with your opinion on the game.

I loved the first game and I'll definitely be getting this one. Good news that Sam and Glados are on board, but I agree that it would have been nice to have another TF2 character, maybe the sniper or the engineer, though.
Oh and I liked Claptrap.

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