Caesars Palace, a Las Vegas icon that represents high-stakes gambling, has come to the Dreamcast in the form of Caesars Palace 2000. The second update of the original, this title offers all the games you’d find in the landmark casino–blackjack, roulette, craps, mini baccarat, slot machines, video keno, video poker, poker challenge, pai-gow poker, red dog, war, Spanish 21, and more. You’ll not only make your wagers with authentic Caesars Palace cards and chips, you’ll be playing under official house rules. And don’t worry–if you hit the skids, you can always borrow money from one of the cashiers. Also, Interplay has gone to the trouble of having the game’s odds verified by math analyst William Bertram, so you’ll know that Lady Luck isn’t playing any favorites. The only things you’ll miss from this game are room service, the lounge acts, and possibly a motorcycle ramp.If you’re the type of gamer who’d rather lay down cards than blow up armies, Sega’s Caesars Palace 2000 might be the payoff that you’ve been anticipating. With a wide variety of games, which range from card games to table games like roulette and craps to video and slot machines, Caesars Palace 2000 offers something for the gambler in just about everyone.
Graphically, Caesars Palace 2000 takes full advantage of the Dreamcast’s capabilities, with tables so sharp you can feel the felt, excellently animated shuffles and deals, and authentically marked chips and cards.
The odds at this casino were verified by math analyst William Bertram, and are as realistic as in any physical gambling hall. For this reason, if you don’t usually leave Las Vegas overflowing with winnings, don’t expect to be winning every hand at Caesars Palace 2000. On the other hand, this realism makes the game a perfect practice ground for gambling in the real world. The game’s tutorial advice, although offered usually only after a goof, is accurate and precise–a perfect primer for learning new games.
The only major drawback to the game is its speed. As devotees of computer solitaire know, the beauty of card games on a video system is that there’s no need for shuffling or actually dealing the cards. That said, Caesars Palace 2000 maintains realism by showing shuffles and deals, but these detract from gameplay by slowing the time between hands. This slowness is particularly obvious in the slot machines. –Benjamin Reese
- Highly realistic casino gambling environment
- Realistic odds, verified by math analyst William Bertram
- Excellent graphics and sound
- High replayability
- Realistic animation slows game pace, sometimes to point of boredom