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While Hot Shots 3 doesn't revolutionize the series by any stretch of the imagination, it delivers sweet PS2 graphics and loads of slick refinements that make it another must-play game. Like the previous versions, Hot Shots 3 lets up to four players talk smack while smacking golf balls, and that spirit of 'friendly' competition, along with the game's smooth playability, is a huge part of what makes playing the game so good.
Fun should be the name of this disk. It is absolutely addictive. I've never been able to put down in words why I like golf games so much, but it's games like Hot Shots Golf 3 that keep me trying. Whether with your friends on a rental, or playing Tournament Mode by yourself, be prepared to have a good ol' time with this game. (Insert joke about HSG3 being a 'hole-in-one' here).
Game Informer Magazine
The only qualm I have with the game is the sometimes inconsistent camera work when it comes to seeing your ball through different obstacles. A transparency feature would have done away with that little problem, but now I'm just being picky. This is a fantastic game - get off your can and go get it before that fat guy across the street beats you to the store.
The Video Game Critic
There are only a few minor annoyances worth mentioning. Some of the sound effects, especially people yelling, get on your nerves after a while. The new addition of "caddies" is worthless, and the character reactions tend to repeat a lot. Hot Shots hasn't evolved much over the years, but it's still the best golf game around.
All in all, Hot Shots Golf 3 is arguably the best golf game ever. It's certainly one of the best party titles on the PS2, and is also one of the best releases of the month (March). The game is a very recommended purchase. It manages to be an addictive game with tons of replay value and fantastic gameplay that mixes arcade and simulation elements. Graphically, it's a pleasing title to look at it, and a pleasing title to listen to. The controls are intuitive, and require a little practice to master. By all means, go and buy Hot Shots Golf 3. Final word: It rocks!
Game Over Online
Pick up your golf bag and meet us on the green! Sony’s third installment of their successful series, ‘Hot Shots Golf’, reminds me why I picked up a PlayStation 2. Sony once again demonstrates how they can take a sport that’s generally thought of as boring and monotonous, and transform it into a game that brings a sense of competition and fun to the masses. Golf, in my own opinion, is a very dull sport, but after breaking down the wall I’ve built up against it, I picked up a controller to find that this game has a lot more fire than one might think.
Game Informer Magazine
The greatest thing about this title is the real-time particle grid on the green that shows you its contours. Throw in all the unlockable goodies, and this Hot Shots goes some way to restoring the glory of the series.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
The combination of the fast gameplay (18 holes could be completed in 10 minutes!), strategic courses, and likeable characters make this the only golf game that PS2 owners need. The replay value is high enough to warrant a purchase and golf fans have no reason not to pick this one up. Fans of more realistic golf games may not be thrilled, but find me a hardcore basketball fan who didn't like NBA Jam in it's heyday. This is truly "golf for the people" (no, I can't believe I just used a tagline to end a review either).
Video golf occupies a unique position in the sports gaming spectrum. People who have no business with golf whatsoever can sit and whack a ball around an arcade course for hours despite barely knowing the rules. You don't see that kind of appeal in other games - if you don't like football, you won't like Madden or even NFL Blitz. But ever since that kickass Golf for the Intellivision, links gaming has always worked well on the home consoles.
Hot Shots Golf is in many ways an almost completely un-screwupable premise. The gameplay model is simple, time-tested, and has more than enough fans to make for a successful game, after all -- just mix that with some cute character designs, stir in plenty of unlockable odds and ends, top with the requisite multiplayer options, and you have a product that will sell and sell well. And there is nothing wrong with that, as far as it goes.
Clap Hanz has brought Hot Shots Golf (or in Japan, "Everyone’s Golf") to the Playstation 2, and as usual it virtually stands alone in the world of golf games. There are no PGA courses or players, but what it does have to offer is a gameplay style so simple it truly is good for everyone.
Hot Shots Golf is back on the PS2 with its animated trademark big-head cartoon characters and simple-yet-realistic golf physics. The third release of the series manages to successfully transfer the intricacies and nuances of the series onto a new architecture. HSG3 boasts top quality golfing dynamics and couples it with a fun, off-kilter presentation. Where most simulation-golf games would not garner a notable amount of non-golfing types, Hot Shots is a series that is not only attractive to the golfing enthusiast but also has enough appeal to convert a slew of people who would normally never touch a golfing game.
In the heyday of the original PlayStation, Sony's Hot Shots Golf series was the undisputed king of golf games, and with good reason. It presented golf in a fresh, off-kilter fashion without compromising the gameplay, which was also quite commendable. All told, it made the sport appealing to those who weren't already intimately familiar with it. Now, the developer of Hot Shots Golf 2 brings the series to the PlayStation 2.