For those of you who have never visited the real Caesars Palace,
Interplay's Caesars Palace 2000 has arrived on the scene.
However, like a frog climbing up a hill, it's one jump forward and
two steps back for the latest in the Caesar series. We've witnessed
Caesars Palace, Caesars Slots and Caesars Video Poker yet the
series fails to improve or even match it's real-life counterpart.
Perhaps that's why Caesars Palace 2000 arrived for the Dreamcast
and PC with such little fanfare from its publisher, it's just that
Like any good casino package should, Caesars Palace 2000
contains all the popular games you'd find in any gambling
establishment. Whether it's a game of blackjack, poker, roulette,
craps or slots that you seek, Caesars Palace 2000 contains each
and every one of them including a wide assortment of variations
for each game (Pai-Gow Poker, Red Dog, etc.). In terms of
selection, Caesars Palace 2000 is right at the top of the list, but
that's as good as it gets. Once you select the game and get into the
action, it's all downhill from there.
Caesars Palace 2000 begins by assigning you a bankroll limit. The
object of the game is to increase your bankroll, although if you run
out of money you can always borrow from the house. Does this
equate to a realistic gambling experience? Not in the least, it
plays out similar to Disney's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
because if it's not your money on the line, are you really going to
stop while you're ahead? Of course, when you're playing a casino
game on your PC, you should be able to overlook that aspect, so I
will. What I can't overlook is the clunky interface and the horrible
pace to the games themselves.
Let's get the graphics out of the way. Visually, Caesars Palace 2000
is relatively nice and smooth. The game seems to settle for a very
generic atmosphere in terms of its graphics though. There are no
panoramic views of the casino floor, no animations outside of the
casino games themselves, and really no life to the game
whatsoever. It's all business, an approach that will appeal to some
and won't to others. Besides the graphics, Caesars Palace 2000
features all the bells and whistles you'd expect from the casino.
Nothing is spared, as you'll instantly recognize the sounds of the
slots and roulette tables. So when all is said and done, the
presentation results in a game that looks and sounds like a casino,
so why then isn't Caesars Palace 2000 a winner?
For starters, the menu system is absolutely horrendous. There is no
mouse support in Caesars Palace 2000 so you'll be manoeuvring
strictly with your keyboard. While there are hot keys for certain
functions, there's also a lack of hot keys for others, which is sure to
cause a few temper tantrums during play. You'll find yourself
reverting to the menu so often that it completely destroys the flow
of the game. On top of that, the animations during play cannot be
skipped nor changed in terms of speed. The result is a clunky flow
to the games that will have you out of Caesars Palace 2000 and
into the real Caesars Palace in no time. To rounds things off,
Caesars Palace 2000's multiplayer options are confined to a single
computer, otherwise known as the hot seat. Basically what this
means is you and a couple of your friends can pool your money
together (oh wait, there's no real money) and play against the
dealer. Would somebody like to go out and start the car now?
When all is said and done, Caesars Palace 2000 fails to bring the
unique Caesars Palace experience to the PC. There's no
excitement and there's no flow to the games. It might look and
sound like a regular casino, but after a few hands you'll be itching
to get to the real deal. Caesars Palace 2000 is simply not a realistic
or exciting gambling experience and therefore cannot be
recommended to those looking for such an encounter.