SUPER BLACKJACK BATTLE 2 – XBOX ONE REVIEW
Get your card out because it’s time to play BlackJack!
Are you good at card games? Do you think you have what it takes to travel the world playing BlackJack? Well now you can… kind of. Although you won’t actually be traveling the world yourself, this game will make you feel like you are. With 12 playable characters and arenas you will get fresh experiences and different challenges. 3 different ways to play including local co-op, Super BlackJack 2 has everything you want and more!
Lets talk about the first of these game modes. ‘Single Player Combat’ is your ‘career’ or ‘story’ mode. You play as one character and travel the world taking over the BlackJack scene. I will talk about the characters in more detail a little later on but when you start this mode you have to pick one of the 10 characters available (There are 12 but we will get to that). Once you have chosen your character you will start your story, getting thrown straight into it against your first opponent! Now I assume we all know how to play BlackJack so I am not going to explain that but the way each chapter works is different to usual BlackJack rules. Here we only have 10 turns. You will play 1v1 against your opponent and whoever has the most chips at the end of those 10 turns will be the winner. You start off with $1000 so try not to blow it all at the start. It took me a little while to pick this up because I was focusing on what cards my opponent had rather than the dealer, when I decided to ignore the opponent I lost because I wasn’t keeping an eye on how many chips he had or how much he was betting per turn. The key here is to keep an eye on everything which could take some getting used too. Once you have beaten your opponent the map will show you traveling to your the next location where you will face your next opponent. Once you beat all of your opponents there is a short cut-scene for each individual character which shows why they needed the money and what they are going to do with it. I like this feature as it makes you want to play again to see all the outcomes.
The second game mode is very simple. So simple in fact that it’s called ‘Simply BlackJack’. This is pretty self explanatory and it is basically just BlackJack. It’s a great mode to play if you want to learn how to play, it’s a lot calmer as it’s only you at the table. You still start off with $1000 and you can bet what you want and play for as long as you like. You also get to choose which character you play as and which casino you play at. I enjoyed playing this mode for something different and more chill.
The final game mode available is ‘Party Mode’, this is where you play local co-op with up to 4 people. You each choose a character and then it’s 10 rounds and whoever has the most chips at the end wins! I like this feature because you can play 1v1 with your friends and there is even an option to add AI to the game if you want more of a challenge, there can only be a total of 4 characters at one table. Another amazing feature in this mode is that all 4 players can use one controller, meaning that you don’t need a controller each!
I mentioned earlier about the different characters available. There are a total of 12 playable characters but only 10 are available from the start. The other 2 must be unlocked but this is the best part. Remember the days where locked characters would have a black silhouette and can be unlocked in game instead of buying them or DLC? Well it’s back. The remaning 2 characters can be unlocked in game and what makes it better is that they tell you how to unlock them too! If you load up ‘Simply BlackJack’ there are 2 silhouettes under the character screen. To unlock one you must ‘Beat Don Santos with Mark’. This can be done by playing through the story with Mark. The other is a little bit more time consuming and requires you to ‘Gather a total of 100,000 chips’. The best way to do this is to just keep playing and eventually you will get there. All of these characters are very different and each have their own personalities and stories, they have being well designed and fit into the game perfectly.
All in all I would definitely recommend that you try out Super BlackJack Battle 2. It has great gameplay, well designed characters, local multiplayer and in game unlockables. You will fall in love instantly and for a price of £6.39 it’s definitely worth it!
Price – £6.39
Publisher – Headup Games
Developer – Stage Clear Studios
Review Code Supplied by Headup Games