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Our overall verdict "silver"

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Let’s not beat around the bush here. I’m totally uneducated when it comes to the world of card games. I have as much knowledge of card games as my cat. Now it’s no secret I’m a huge fan of UK developers VooFoo. Their past releases, Pure Chess and Pure Pool have been impressive to say the least. I have played both ‘Sports’ since I was a kid so I knew my way around these two beauties backwards and with my eyes shut. VooFoo hit the jackpot with those games and created perfect sims, so going into Pure Hold’em I’m confident they are going to look after a non-player like myself and hopefully bring some of their precious magic to the table.

First off it’s welcome back to the luscious look and feel VooFoo deal out. No card game has ever looked so stylish and it is the first poker experience of its kind on PlayStation 4. Clear starting menus with volumes of space let you easily peruse the different options available. Pure Hold’em is not short on content. More on this later, but it’s the tutorials where beginners need to start. Here everything is thankfully laid out well with easy to follow instructions on how to start your first game. You get to jump in early and get used to the feeling of being in a card game with players from around the world. Step-by-step guides explain the basics of the game and throw in the all the lingo you need to learn. You’ll become knowledgeable enough to start worrying about your chips pretty early on. Pure Hold’em looks after the novice well, which for a game to reach a wider non-card player audience is extremely important.

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Content wise Pure Hold’em lets you play offline if you want to test your skills against seven AI opponents, and lets you host your own private table with your friends or join an open online table. Playing offline offers a fair and changeling experience. As your journey on each table continues you’ll begin to notice each player’s style of play so knowing when to fold can save your bacon. From novice to experienced Poker players, Pure Hold’em has your back. From low stakes tables to medium and high rollers, tables open up as your funds increase. If you’ve blown the lot Vegas style, spending real money is offered over at the PlayStation Store where a small 10,000 credit pack will cost you £2.49.

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Learning the full complexities of the game does take a lot longer, hence you’re reminded ‘It takes a moment to learn, but a lifetime to master’. Luckily, Developers VooFoo are very good at keeping you in the game while you acquire and advance your skills.

Customisation lets you change cloth colour and patterns, play with a different deck of cards, and there is even a selection of designed chips. Pure Hold’em is pure luxury.

Conclusion

Pure Hold’em is the full deck of cards. Just wading through twitter shows you there are some big players out there winning big time. VooFoo continues to reign high and delivers another highly polished, slick and addictive PS4 sim. Vegas has finally come to your living room.

Lizard Rating 8/10

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Blondlizard

Blondlizard is from London. His love of gaming continued onto the Sega Mega Drive, Gameboy, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, PlayStation 1,2,3 and 4, PSP and PS Vita. Blondlizard loves his racing games and is yet to play a RPG, but tells us he is willing to change. His favourite inventions are the wireless controller and American size crisp packets.