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CAESARS PALACE
S.SHOT
Developer Beam Options
Distributer Interplay 1-2 Player
Game Type Gambling Simulator Mem Card
Review Date December 1997 Password
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REVIEW INDEX
Setting the Scene
Unbelievable. Here we are without a casino style gambling simulation for our Playstation since it's release. Now as of this past week we get two...go figure.

Caesars Palace is Interplay's answer to the Playstation casino sim drought. It offers up five different games for the more serious minded player.
Genre
Caesars Palace is a Las Vegas style casino gambling simulation. As you would expect, it contains a variety of games from blackjack to roulette.
Graphics
Caesars Palace does a fine job depicting the games that you play and the hosting casino that you play them in. The digitized photos are of the highest quality and really brings the games to life.

All of the tables are beautifully done and clear as a bell. The roulette wheel is nice and shiny and has the same hypnotic effect on me as the real ones. Yep, I just kept on plunking my computerized cash down. The craps, blackjack and baccarat tables are sweat as well. All of the tables are taken straight from Caesars, as are the chips and the cards...right down to the logo. The slot machines are gorgeous and wonderfully displayed too. The only drawback was that there was no handle to pull! Ah well...

The full motion video used for the game tutorials is nice and crisp and very well laid out.

Still shots are used to good effect through-out the game and further help to promote the ambiance of Caesars.

What else can I say...if you ever saw the games in a casino, they are recreated very nicely here!
Sounds and Effects
The approach this game seems to take is to strive for realism among all else. To recreate the sounds, I am willing to bet that each of the slot machines in the real Caesars has been digitally captured and sampled for this game. All of the slot movements and the wonderful sound of a big cash payoff are duplicated here to perfection.

The background sounds do an adequate job in setting the proper mood but never really managed to put me there. Yep, there's quite a bit of commotion going on but it just struck me as being a sterile.

The various dealer's voices are rather well done. There is a nice variety, from an English-speaking gent at the blackjack table to a Valley Girl style woman at the slots. Just the right inflection is used at the proper moments. The other player's voices are also quite plausible and easy to understand.
Playability
There seems to be two approaches that can be taken whenever a game is created. The first is to not take yourself too seriously and attempt to create a game that's fun to play. The other approach is to dig and try to deliver the most realistic experience possible. It's those rare games that actually achieve both...Caesars Palace seems to have opted for the more serious, realistic side of things.

When taken at face value, one of the really appealing things about casinos is the glitz and glamour associated with these places and all of the people that frequent them. Oh, there is also that lure of instant money! Strip that away and all you really have are games that most people would probably not wish to play by themselves (unless of course they have a bit of a gambling problem). In order to make a casino style console game fun, you need to throw in some extra stuff...you need to set goals. In real life the goal is to win REAL money, in a console game that concept falls kinda flat unless you have something to do with your computer generated cash. The problem with Caesars Palace is that you really have nothing to do with your winnings. Its just play and play until you go broke or decide to quit. The whole experience can be a bit dry.

If on the other hand, you wish to learn everything there is to learn about the five games that are offered here then this is the game for you. This is a true gambling sim and Interplay seems to have made every attempt to make it as real an experience as possible. The premiere gaming expert himself, Dr. William Bertram, has authenticated the game. For anyone that is seriously into casino games, this name is immediately recognizable. There are even tutorials presented in FMV to take you step by step through blackjack, baccarat, craps and roulette. Everything is meticulously laid out to help you understand and then begin to implement in the game itself. One of my friends is a card counter...he is able to keep track of eight decks at a time in a blackjack game. He absolutely loved this title and its realism. In fact it's at his house right now and I am pretty sure that I won't be getting it back anytime soon.

Caesars Palace also does a fine job keeping stats. It keeps track of all the pertinent information such as your starting bankroll, how much you spent on the game just played, how much you won and how many times you played that game before quitting. Multiple decks are used and are shuffled frequently throughout the course of a game.

The game also offers up a two-player mode that allows you and a friend to play against some of the console demons. This was actually fun betting with a friend on the roulette wheel and managed to chew away a nice chunk of time.

I was however surprised at the overall lack of games offered here though. You are only given blackjack, roulette, craps and baccarat. Throw in 3 slot machine machines and you get a grand total of seven games. I would really have liked to see a few poker games thrown in there. That would have been nice.

As it stands this is an incredibly accurate gambling simulation, and for all intents and purposes it succeeds wonderfully in teaching you the games that are presented here. For me it just wasn't what I would have looked for in a casino sim. I like to have a bit more fun and this title left me a little bit bored.

If you are looking to learn the ins and outs of blackjack and the other titles included in this game, by all means pick it up. It may not be a thrill ride, but it certainly is educational.

Value for Money
With only five types games, this title will probably only appeal to a very select audience. For those of you that wish to learn and experience everything there to know about the games that this title has to offer, then Caesars Palace is an invaluable tool for you.
Opinion
TOM
GRAPHICS: Very Good The most accurate gambling simulation game available for the Playstation. The game takes itself very seriously, yet is a bit short on the word "fun". There is really nothing much more to do then sit at a table and try to win as much console generated money as you can or play until you go broke. Since there is really nothing on the line here, it got boring to me rather quickly. At least the dealer and player voices are well done and keep things interesting for a bit.

It is a wonderful tool for those of you that want to learn and understand the games that are contained in this package though. The title will take you step by step through each of it's table games and give the player a good understanding of the fundamentals. It's a great simulation in this regard, it just wasn't my cup of tea.
SOUND: Average
PLAYABILITY: Average
VALUE: Average
OVERALL 68%

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