Dubbed the most immersive poker video game experience ever made, Poker Club is a realistic poker simulation game released in 2020. It’s available on PS5, PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. Upon release, it quickly gained a following and a community of poker enthusiasts enamored by its realistic graphics and immersive gameplay. Most notably, Poker Club‘s PS5 version uses a lot of next-gen tech to make the game feel even more lifelike to players. Moreover, Poker Club continues to receive quality-of-life and content updates to feed its lively community. Today, we’ll take a look at how Poker Club on the PS5 heightens the stakes for the game:
How does Poker Club work?
When you first open Poker Club, you can create and customize your poker pro. The game then lets you jump into a poker game, with the option of taking a Poker 101 tutorial for those less confident or just learning the game’s rules.
While the game offers different poker variations, it would be helpful if you know how to play Texas Hold’em or are familiar with its rules. As one of the best-known forms of poker, Texas Hold’em is the main poker variation Poker Club offers.
Once you’re settled, you can join online cash games and tournament formats or hop into the game’s “story mode” Tour Mode. In Tour Mode, you play as an aspiring poker pro, working your way up from poker tables in dingy basements to more lavish settings as you become a poker superstar.
What makes Poker Club on the PS5 great?
Right from the game’s launch, developers at Ripstone prided themselves on creating a visually stunning poker simulation game and a wholly realistic one. Using the PS5’s next-gen technology, Poker Club excels at giving players the closest possible experience to sitting at a real poker table.
Players will relish the feeling of the PS5 DualSense controller’s haptic feedback as their character pushes their pile of poker chips across the felt. With the PS5’s 3D audio technology, players can immerse themselves in lifelike table chatter — not to mention the sounds of chips and cards.
Living up to today’s next-generation console graphics, Poker Club‘s commitment to realism is backed up by gorgeous 4K graphics with raytracing technology, running smoothly at 60 FPS. Players can see details and imperfections on the surface of the poker table, down to the greasy fingerprints fading away as the dealer puts down the cards.
It’s important to note that while all ports of the game support 4K resolution and raytracing, the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback feature is exclusive to the PS5.
Pros and Cons of Poker Club
Unlike most other virtual poker games, Poker Club matches you with real players in real-time. This means that while AI opponents come by when the poker table isn’t immediately full, you almost always go against a real player just like yourself. Thanks to Poker Club‘s cross-play feature and its loyal community, you don’t have to worry too much about sitting across a computerized opponent who can make the game too easy.A downside to this, however, is that Poker Club games happen in real-time. Sometimes, your real player opponents might take a while to make decisions. Poker is a mental game, after all. If you’re not up for the occasional waiting between turns, this may not be the game for you.
Poker Club is an interesting twist to poker video games. With realistic graphics that almost rival that of its next-gen counterparts like NBA 2K22, Poker Club definitely provides an immersive poker experience, for beginners and pros alike.