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At just under seventy bucks this is not an inexpensive game. This is going to require some serious thought. The Mad Catz controller is of very high quality and is very accurate. It's certainly worth the money, and you'll be able to use it for other games in the future. If you have only a passing interest in golf you might want to pass on this one but if you can't get enough of this popular pastime then you'll definitely want to join the club.
Real World Golf is not a golf videogame; it's a simulator. Yes, it retails for a hefty $69.99, which includes both the game and the Gametrak controller. Still, that's little more than the cost of the new Tiger game, comparable to the price of a green fee at a good course, and cheaper than a lesson with a golf-pro. You get feedback after every swing. No, the graphics and sound are nothing special but graphics and sound do not a game make. On a rainy day when the muni-course is closed, Real World Golf is an affordable and fun golf experience by yourself or with your golfing buddies. With ten courses and variable difficulty levels, you'll have hours of golfing ahead of you and your shoes will never get dirty. Yes, you may snap your putter in two after a bad putt, but that's golf. That's Real World Golf.
While the Gametrak is a techno marvel, it's the video game portion that still needs work. The 10 courses offered (compete with water and sand hazards) have the generic look and play of your local public course. There are long stretches without background music, crowd noise, or even a bird call — and what you do hear is an irritating color commentator who seems to be moonlighting as your caddie by offering up bits of lame encouragement after you shank a shot. Still, for a rainy Sunday afternoon, Real World Golf is a solid choice to get on the back nine without leaving home.
When all is said and done, Real World Golf is a novel idea. It gets players up, active and swinging like they were actually at the driving range or golf course; that’s a good thing. With that said, the putting mechanics aren’t up to par and the game isn’t going to blow anyone away in terms of presentation, but if you’re a golf fan that would rather swing a club, even a mini one at that, as opposed to pushing a few buttons or moving an analog stick around, you very well might want to consider taking a hack at Real World Golf.
Ultimately though, Real World Golf's pick-up-and-play appeal turns in a better-than-par scorecard despite a few ugly shots into the sand bunker. It's truly everybody's game - if you can swing a stick, you can play this (even if you're a lefty). It's perfect for parties, or for players willing to trade next-gen graphics and fancy options for the chance to swing a club instead of button mashing.
Overall, if you love Golf and want something to keep you in stride during the rainy days, then Real World Golf is an inexpensive simulation that is every bit worth the 70 bones you have to shell out for it. For the casual gamer, you may want to steer clear of this as the learning curve is nearly as frustrating as golfing in real life. Now only if this game were compatible with Tiger Woods PGA Tour, then we would have something to get excited about. But alas, so far this is the only game that works with the system, with a baseball title called Slugger in the works.
Once you get past the novelty, there's nothing to keep you playing Real World Golf.
Any golfer will be able to pick up and play in seconds, and the sensation of playing real golf is astonishing. Pity the software simulation is so drab.
Real World Golf zeigt, welches Potenzial in GameTrak steckt. Es wird nicht zu unrecht als eine der innovativsten Technologien seit EyeToy gehandelt. Das Spiel zeigt jedoch ebenfalls, dass man sich dringend erfahrene, kompetente Partner bei der Entwicklung entsprechender Spiele suchen sollte. Ein Tiger Woods mit entsprechender Unterstützung wäre zum Beispiel höchst interessant. Mit Spielen wie Real World Golf wird die Hardware den Durchbruch jedoch nicht schaffen. Die Defizite sind derart groß, dass der gut funktionierende, interaktive Schwung dies nicht kompensieren kann. Kurzum - Hardware top, Spiel flop!