You don't see many classic card games on modern consoles. Super Blackjack Battle 2 Turbo Edition emulates the tried and true 21 formula yet introduces a round-based competitive aspect. Will you risk it all in the hopes of becoming the Blackjack champion?
As a huge fan of Blackjack, I've had my eye on Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition for quite a while before its release. The concept of combining the card game with a fighter is definitely promising. Now that I've played it, I must admit that I'm quite disappointed. For starters, it doesn't really add anything substantial to the already established Blackjack formula. Basically, you play rounds of Blackjack and whoever runs out of money loses. If no one runs out of money then whoever has the most amount after the final round wins. This competitive formula is admittedly different to playing in a casino where each player only plays against the dealer. However, Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition simply doesn't do enough to make it much more than a slight twist on classic Blackjack. That being said, there is still a bit fun to be had, especially if you play competitively with a few friends in Party Mode.
Super Blackjack Battle 2 Turbo Edition features decent graphics and sound. For starters, the stages are set in casinos around the world and are quite detailed which offers personality to each match. I wish I could say the same about the cast of characters. Sure, they look kind of different to each other but there's almost no animation. They just swap between pre-rendered poses which looks cheap and clunky. Also, there's only one dealer and he's barely animated, too. Thankfully, the audio is well done complete with appropriate somewhat catchy music for each stage and satisfying effects. To top things off, there's a goofy sense of humour in post-match mini-scenes but I found that these were only funny due to bad translation and they often had me scratching my head.
The main mode of Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition is Single Player Combat where you choose a fighter then progress through a succession of stages like you would in a fighting game. What I found weird is that once you begin a campaign, you're stuck with that character until you complete it. Even if you turn off the console and come back later, your save will be loaded right to where you left off. Even without this annoyance, this mode is pretty lame. Luckily, there's another mode known as Simply Blackjack which is far more exciting. Just kidding, it's played exactly like it sounds; you play against the dealer one-on-one. However, you can't lose because once you run out of chips, you spin a wheel to get more. Thrilling stuff, right? I wish there were more modes because this just isn't enough.
Last but not least, I want to discuss how easy it is to exploit matches against AI players. First of all, some AI opponents make incredibly stupid decisions. I've seen them stand on 11 which is absurd even for stage 1. Anyway, to beat any opponent, all you have to do is bet all your money in the first round and if you win, just bet the smallest amount possible from then on. If you lose all your money then who cares? You can try again immediately afterwards so go for it! I used this strategy to beat the campaign in almost no time at all. If the developers built a more complex campaign structure that had limited continues or made you pay to try again then at least it would prevent you from using shady tactics like this. Instead, anyone can breeze through with very little effort.
Blackjack is primarily fun when actual money's on the table. Unfortunately, Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition just doesn't do enough with the formula to make it worthwhile so you're better off cashing in your chips and hitting the buffet instead.
- + Simple Blackjack gameplay with a competitive slant is fairly enjoyable
- + Detailed stages and well done audio
- + Sometimes unintentionally funny
- - It's essentially just basic Blackjack without any substantial twists
- - Almost no animation or visual finesse
- - AI is far too easy to exploit