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watching golf is an activity that might best be used as a punishment in one of the lower circles of hell. Actually whacking a small white ball and then running after it only to whack it away again may be one of the dumbest activities I could possibly engage in on a nice, sunny day. But Links 2004 on the Xbox is pure relaxation for the video gamer.
Sports games are great for kids but golf is pretty staid (and Links is even more staid than most). Save this one for the pre-teens and the teens, who will appreciate the nuance. It's a great supplement if you're trying to teach your son or daughter to be the next star golfer, and to teach golf clubs and strategy. And, come on, how else can a GamerParent and Child duff together in their PJs?
Next Level Gaming
Yes I know what you're saying. "Another Microsoft game you're giving a 90 to?" Yes, another one. You can not deny that Microsoft right now is on a huge run. Games like this, Amped 2, Top Spin, Crimson Skies; you have to take notice that Microsoft is serious about their system and their games. Tiger Woods will remain the top golf game on the Playstation 2. But on the Xbox, Links is the way to go. Presentation and gameplay are very much equal between the two, but online gameplay is what sets Links apart. It deserves to be your golf game this year on the Xbox.
All in All, for $30 I have to say that Links 2004 is a smart purchase. I have little experience and know-how of golf and I still picked up this game with ease as well as learned a thing or two about putting. It’s interesting how Microsoft churned out its first console golf game. Although this game is not the greatest golf game I have ever played, it is one of the deeper ones I have cracked. With a fun yet challenging offline mode and fun Xbox Live action, this game will be in my console for a few months. A $50 purchase is a questionable one, but for $30, this should be a no-brainer in my opinion. Pick this game up and kick some balls.
The Video Game Critic
Links 2004 isn't perfect, but it's addictive, and over time I fell in love with it. Last but not least, it sure is refreshing to play a golf game without Tiger Woods hogging the spotlight!
La gamme de jeux XSN sports s’étoffe une fois plus d’un excellent jeu, aux graphismes aussi réussis que l’ergonomie du gameplay, et aux modes multis démentiels… Que voulez vous que je fasse avec ça moi ? Ben des compliments, voilà : Links 2004 est un excellent, achetez-le. A vous les studios.
Links 2004 is zeker en vast geslaagd in zijn opzet om het spel fun en vooral verslavend te maken. Tal van tornooien gaan je uren voor de tv gekluisterd houden. Ik daag iedereen uit om het spel eens te huren en ben er zeker van dat de sceptici onder ons zullen bekeren of althans de fun ervan inzien. Met een knap gebruik van graphics en sound die menig gamers kunnen bekoren. Als muziekliefhebber kun je nog zelf je music rippen en in-game afspelen. Een goede replay waarde die dankzij Xbox live nogmaals bekrachtigd wordt. Geen echte negatieve punten buiten het feit dat 18 holes soms wel erg lang duren en de spelercreatie iets uitgebreider mocht zijn. Een leuk alternatief voor mensen die de alledaagse games even beu zijn en terug in het reine met zichzelf willen komen.
Dépassant son statut de seigneur féodal, Links 2004 s'empare de terres depuis longtemps de lui écartées. Se rattachant à la populasse, il en devient plus agréable et accessible, au grand bonheur des spécialistes ainsi que des novices. Dans une discipline aussi austère que le golf, réussir pareille manipulation est un exploit aussi glorifiant qu'un par 5 en un coup. Du moins pour les connaisseurs.
Despite the game's uneven presentation, Links 2004 is still a good choice, especially for Xbox owners to whom online play is of paramount importance. The game is, fundamentally, not much different from Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004, but it's generally not as polished or feature-rich. If Microsoft can refine some of those rough edges in next year's game, Tiger is going to have some very real competition on its hands.
Overall, I definitely appreciate a few of the things Links 2004 does; for example, it allows you to roam in free camera and study the lie, and the green, which makes the short game a little more interesting. But its style, complete with Matrix-style bullet-time effects on good shots, puts it in a different realm than Links originally set out to explore. Which is going to be sad for any Links fan to see. Other than that, like I said, it's a solid entry that is most worthy for Xbox Live play.
It might seem a little harsh to spend most of the review talking about another game, but, to play Links 2004 after playing one of the previous versions, it certainly feels like Microsoft spent most of the development period talking about Tiger Woods. If you absolutely must have online golf, then you haven't really any other option than to pick up Links, and you're unlikely to find yourself too disappointed. You could even argue that it exceeds its copy and paste mandate with a more manageable camera, and there will be some who prefer its more realistic putting system. But however good a game this may be, it's still left falling off the shoulders of a true giant, and even without online play and custom soundtrack options Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 still hits the clubhouse well ahead of its rival.
Overall the game doesn't build immensely on previous versions and the move to the console will annoy the businessman looking to get a few quite hours of gameplay when in his hotel room with time to kill. Yet for the golf fans out there with an Xbox this is good clean fun and does warrant a play.
Video Game Talk
When I first started playing Links 2004, I was pretty disappointed with the game. It took a while to get used to the controls and I thought it was too simple and too easy. But when I came back to the game and started playing on high difficulty levels, I found the game was not as simple or easy as I had once believed. The game was quite challenging and I found it was also pretty addictive. Now I'm pretty hooked on golf sports games and can't wait to try out more. If you haven't yet, Links 2004 is definitely worth picking up.
Links 2004 is a solid framework that Microsoft can and undoubtedly will build upon, but playing this after playing Tiger 2004 is like expecting Corky Romano to tell you as compelling a Mafia tale as The Godfather. If you're a graphic whore (in which case I rebuke you) or an online junkie (in which case I fear you), Links 2004 is the better choice; all other virtual duffers should seek out Tiger 2004 instead, and give Links a year to get its console bearings.