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For those of us without real-life golf credentials, there is as much or more attraction to fantasy courses and players than actual pros and locations. It would be neat to see a game like Hot Shots
offering a more simulated experience to match the swing mechanics featured in ProStroke Golf. There's no denying that this game works well on a conceptual level. Beyond concept it happens to be a fun experience with a good list of options and depth. If the next version includes true 'net play and some extensions to the play experience via downloadable courses, ProStroke Golf could become an excellent franchise.
For the serious golfer on the go, ProStroke Golf: World Tour 2007 is the only way to play. The fluid and intuitive controls provide a refreshing change of pace, and a great level of challenge. The graphics are well above par for the PSP, and the addition of course creation modes and online play should definitely keep you coming back for more. Ultimately, what we have here is a spectacular example of a portable golf game that definitely stays out of the rough stuff.
ProStroke Golf continues to offer an alternative to EA's gargantuan golfing franchise
, even on the PSP, though the decision to drop the first-person perspective when lining up a shot, and the PSP's single-nipple disability, does bring the gameplay gap between the two a tad closer. Coming over two months after its rival was released on the handheld platform may mean that ProStroke on PSP may just be a couple of strokes behind.
All in all Pro Stroke Golf has the potential to eventually be the most realistic golf game on the market, but I'm not sure whether that is such a good thing. I can't be the only person who is totally put off by "real" golf. Even Mark Twain described the game as "a good walk, spoiled." The truly hardcore golf fan may find some things to enjoy about this game and its console brethren, but I'll stick with my Tiger Woods
and Hot Shots
, thank you very much.
ProStroke Golf 2007 is a little rough around the edges and, in truth, we prefer the more light-hearted, primary-coloured fun of Sony's Everybody's Golf
. However there's no denying that there will be players for whom a realistic golf game that embraces golf geek sensibilities is very welcome.
The game's depth provides potentially greater rewards to the most committed player and, as the game never pretends to be anything other than a serious golf sim, it's hard to knock its dedication.
ProStroke Golf is a game for golfers thanks to the advanced control options. But the controls aren't enough to separate it from the rest of the passable golf games on the market, and the mediocre visuals and presentation don't help ProStroke's cause very much. However, the gameplay is solid and realistic, and a clear departure from the direction of Hot Shots
and Tiger Woods PGA Tour
. ProStroke is a decent purchase and a true challenge in shot-shaping. It's too bad there wasn't more focus on fun.
I really enjoyed ProStroke Golf: World Tour 2007 when I first started playing it. It was a serious game that didn’t have all the flash and unnecessary extras of those other golf games. It looked real and played even more real, but after a few days the sad realization sunk in that this game was just too slow to be played on the PSP.
Plus, when you factor in all those odd glitches that somehow survived the six months of retooling this game has undergone for its PSP debut, you have to wonder what Gusto Games has been doing. ProStroke is definitely a step in the right direction as far as where serious golf games need to go, but there is still a lot of work to be done before this game is up to par.
Like I said before, there is room for another golf franchise, and with some of the things this game is leaning towards I think we may be on the verge of a real quality franchise, it's just not here quite yet. Here's hoping I'm right.
What Pro Stroke Golf lacks is a hook to bring in typical gamers. The game boasts pros like Sergio Garcia, Ben Curtis and Ian Woosnam, as well as commentary from Sam Torrance, Ian Baker-Finch and Alan Green. But while these names might appeal to serious golfers, they don't have the international or casual appeal of a Tiger Woods. And the aspirations to strict realism can make for nail-biting attempts to hit under par, but they lack the wacky characters and exploding golf balls that pull in football and backgammon players alike. That makes Pro Stroke Golf a game for real golfers with a bit of time on the way to the green.
While the control scheme for the PSP version of ProStroke Golf is a great attempt to bring the console game to the handheld, it doesn't quite feel as intuitive, and ends up being a little over complex for a PSP game. Whether or not you should buy ProStroke on the PSP comes down to whether or not you want more control than the Tiger Woods series
gives you. The EA game has better presentation and is far simpler to get to grips with, but ProStroke has more depth and is the more rewarding game if you're willing to invest the time into a handheld game.
Overall, Prostroke Golf: World Tour 2007 isn't a bad game, although it's below average when it comes to golf. It gets so caught up in trying to faithfully recreate the sport that it forgets what it means to have fun in a portable video game. It offers a lot of playability for the golf faithful, but almost nothing for everyone else. There are better games, both golf-related and otherwise, on which to spend 20 to 30 bucks.
Overall ProStroke Golf is like an afternoon spent at an old muni course. You can have some fun with it but overall it’s bland and functional. And given a choice wouldn’t you rather spend your time on a lush course on the shores of Hawaii?
ProStroke Golf is really an all around average game. There's really no reason to play it. If you want a realistic golf game, stick with Tiger Woods
ProStroke Golf's action on the course is just good enough to be entertaining for a short while, but its many problems keep it from being fun for very long. Too few golfers, horrible commentary, pitiful create-a-character options, and dreadfully slow gameplay are just a few of the game's many shortcomings. It's a shame the developers didn't address these holdover issues from the console versions in the six months they spent bringing it to the PSP, especially since the PSP version currently costs twice as much. Having 2007 in the title indicates that Gusto Games has at least considered a follow-up effort, but the developers have a lot of work ahead of them before this series can be mentioned alongside Tiger Woods
, and Hot Shots
Die Kommentare können dem routinierten EA-Duo nicht das Wasser reichen, der aus zwei Stücken bestehende Soundtrack wird schnell langweilig, die akustische Umgebung wirkt leergefegt, die Kurse unterscheiden sich kaum voneinander und müssen noch dazu ohne Zuschauer auskommen. Im Grunde hat ProStroke alles, was einen Verriss rechtfertigt - doch die realistische Steuerung ist im Gegenstz dazu ein El Dorado für Kenner des Sports! Das gleichzeitige Steuern von Schwung sowie Körpergewicht hat es so noch nie gegeben und es fühlt sich einfach "richtig" an. Dass ausschließlich Gamepad-Besitzer in diesen Genuss kommen, ist allerdings nicht nur schade, sondern geradewegs unverschämt, da Maus-Profis und PSP-Besitzer somit hintenan stehen.
Maybe that's the biggest problem with ProStroke. Had I been forced to play through things for the review, there's no way I would have stuck around more than a couple of minutes. Once you do, of course, there's some decent stuff to explore, and the whole Renown rewards system is addictive in that same way Achievements in Xbox 360 games are, but this is not a game for anything but hardcore players. The fact that a game like Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee
is already on the PSP and brings nearly everything a golf gamer could want short of actual players to the table just means that ProStroke will likely never be recognized for what good it has -- especially because the whole package and presentation is so bland.
It’s hard to beat the champ at his own game. If you want to try, you better be ready to put your best foot forward or you’ll be left out of the pack. ProStroke Golf on the PSP doesn’t measure up to its big brother counterparts on the Xbox or PS2, and it doesn’t measure up to the other golfing games available on the PSP. If you are dying for a course editor, then this might be your best bet at making your fantasy golf course on the go. Otherwise, the game is largely forgettable.
Overall, Pro Stroke Golf: World Tour 2007 is a decent golf game. My biggest thing against it is that it isn't Tiger Woods PGA Tour
. I have really grown to like how Tiger plays out and "World Tour 2007" just doesn't have the same feeling. Despite, it still has enough punch and controls that don't necessarily feel natural, but do provide more fine-grain control. In the end, Pro Stroke Golf: World Tour 2007 is a decent game that is worth renting for the hardcore golf gamers who need their fix for on-the-go-gaming. But again, be prepared for it not being nearly as fun or engaging as Tiger.
There are pro golfers to play against, but it's oldsters like Mark O'Meara and second-stringers such-as Ben Curtis, not the big boys like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. In fact, that's ProStroke in a nutshell: A devoted wannabe who shows potential - and who certain golf nuts will probably applaud - but who needs to keep polishing his fundamentals before he can take one from the sport's seasoned pros.