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Hot Shots is now online compatible, and a miniature golf mode is also included. But the best thing about Hot Shots Fore is that its time-tested gameplay has remained intact. This is a safe bet for casual gamers and serious golf fans alike.
The Hot Shots Golf franchise has quietly been one of Sony’s more beloved 1st party offerings. It may not have the flash of Gran Turismo or Ratchet & Clank, but HSG has had a strong following since the original debuted on PlayStation some years ago. The combination of light-hearted characters and fairly realistic gameplay has been a hit, and that only advanced further with the first PS2 version, Hot Shots Golf 3.
If you enjoyed the PSP version of Everybody's Golf or if you like arcade golf games in general (and even if you just can't stand golf games with an analogue stick swing system) then Everybody's Golf on the PlayStation 2 is simply a must. Since the game arrived for review everyone in my family has been enjoying the game whether it be a full 18 hole round or a quick game of Mini-Golf. It's the perfect game to relax with and the single player mode will keep you busy for months as you progress through the ranks and attempt to unlock all the different golfers, caddies and courses. In our opinion then it's the best golf game you can buy on the PlayStation 2 and it's one the whole family can really appreciate.
Ah golf, the most boring, exciting, aggravating game on the face of the earth. Hot Shots takes all the best & gets rid of the worst. Again, the colorful characters, caddies, remarks & special effects are here, making for the wildest game of golf you've ever played, & with a couple of equipment tweaks, the most accurate golf game you've played in quite a while. You can take on one to four players in multi play, even if you only have one controller to pass around. Although I'd recommend it with at least two, much easier to keep track of turns that way, and again, you can heckle your opponents. The graphics are as sharp as ever, controls are responsive, great sound effects. It has at least 24 playable characters, several caddies & all kinds of things to unlock & play around with.
Fortunately the game does allow you to play online against other duffers (golfers) in a relatively easy set up. In no less then three minutes you can log on and go against other players in the games simple online menu. For me though, I called a friend who also has the game and he proceeded to whup up on me in three rounds in a room he created and passworded. The game does allow for typing of messages in the loadout screen but sadly does not make use of the Sony headset.
When it comes down to golf games, you have your Tiger Woods PGA Tour and you have your Hot Shots Golf. Tiger's game will provide some insanely deep gameplay with analog controls and a greater understanding of the game, but for a game that still provides plenty of links action with a cartoon look and some miniature golf, it's time to turn to Hot Shots Golf Fore!, the latest from developer Clap Hanz. With plenty of additions to the game including a new online mode, this title keeps the franchise alive and well and thriving. For those who love golf, but don't take themselves too seriously, this is still the game for you.
Es wurde Zeit, dass Sony dieses sportliche Juwel nach Europa bringt. Nicht nur wenn Euch die exzessive Analog-Wut eines "Tiger Woods
" auf den Nerv geht, ist "Everybody's Golf" eine feine Wahl. Das bewährte Drei-Klick-System funktioniert einwandfrei, die Putt-Mechanik lässt kaum Wünsche offen. Mit den zwölf Kursen seid Ihr lange beschäftigt, zumal neben der abwechslungsreichen Loch-Architektur die Optik stimmt: Die hübschen Umgebungen wurden attraktiv in Szene gesetzt, der spaßige Cartoon-Charakter der Sportler kommt prima rüber - schade nur, dass das Bild sichtlich flimmert. Das umfangreiche Teilnehmerfeld mit witzigen Gaststars sorgt ebenfalls für Motivation. Also: Nehmt Euch Zeit (während einer Runde kann man nicht speichern) und golft los!
Not everyone is a fan of sports simulations, but that doesn’t mean sports games can’t be fun, if only they drop the simulation part. That said, Clap Hanz’s Hot Shots Golf series, renamed in Europe to Everybody’s Golf on account of the fact that the third game never saw a release here, strikes an excellent balance between realistic gameplay and an irreverent sense of fun.
Everybody's Golf réussit le pari de séduire n'importe quel joueur, qu'il ait ou non l'habitude de pratiquer ce sport dans la réalité ou sur une machine de jeux. Sa recette : un gameplay intuitif et facile d'accès offrant malgré tout une vraie marge de progression, et une atmosphère à mi-chemin entre le sérieux d'une simulation et le fun d'un jeu d'arcade. Voilà une série qui tient toujours aussi bien la route et à laquelle on souhaite encore une longue vie.
Overall, Hot Shots Fore! is a worthwhile addition to any golf library. Some followers of the series might be a little disappointed at how much it feels and plays like its predecessor, but it still should be sitting in their libraries. The online aspects of the title leave much to be desired and it feels like an amateurish and rushed attempt to make it online capable. Waiting for players to complete turns in a chat room complemented by poor keyboard implementation and no voice communication leaves one feeling cold. That aside, it's a keeper.
Let’s get one thing out of the way real quick-like. For fans of the last Hot Shots Golf game, this one should be a no-brainer. More golfers, more caddies, more courses, mini golf, and a new online mode rest atop the same foundation of solid golfing gameplay you’ve already tackled in previous incarnations. Go. Get it. You’ll like it. It’s good.
After three successful outings, it?s hard to think what else Sony can do to the next Hot Shots Golf game to make the series even better. With some visual tweaks, an addition of an old favorite mini-game, and a brand new control scheme, Fore certainly tees off in the right direction while preserving its track record. Too bad the online gameplay lands in the rough.
Strange as it may seem, it has taken Sony over a year to get around to releasing this 'new' version of Everybody's Golf. But if that seems tardy, then consider this: the third version never made it out here at all, meaning PAL gamers have been forced to endure a wait of over five years since the last game in the series was released on the PSone.
Everbodys Golf will at first seem like a game aimed at younger players or party gamers but after a couple of rounds it can really suck you in and keep you playing on anyway, the only real criticism I have is that it can get repetitive after a while but to an extent this is to be expected with a sports game, the mini-golf and multiplayer modes provide a welcome diversion from the standard tournament mode though. All in all a fun game to play although I would recommend it as a rent before you buy title as many players would prefer the more realistic and detailed golf sims out there.
It has been nearly two and a half years since Clap Hanz released Hot Shots Golf 3 in the US, but looking at the new Hot Shots Golf Fore!, it makes you wonder what the developer was doing during that time. There are some subtle improvements to the presentation, and the inclusion of online play is a welcome addition, but when compared to each other, you'll find it difficult to tell the difference between Hot Shots Golf 3 and Hot Shots Golf Fore!
If you're not going to play this game online, you don't need it, you won't like it, and you'll be mad that you paid full price for it. The improvements over the last game are at best minimal, and the new characters, like a little girl and a dog are quite lame. If you're going to play online, then I'd suggest renting the game and playing the heck out of it for a weekend. If you're not tired of it by Sunday night, then by all means, go buy it, but most people should just go pick up Hot Shots 3 on the cheap.
As much fun as Hot Shots Golf Fore! is, it seems more like an update for a series that has a new installment each year. Considering the fact that Hot Shots Golf 3 was released well over two years ago, there's much more that could (should?) have been added in. Some gamers might have a hard time shelling out full price for what's essentially a deluxe edition with online play. If you're a fan of the series then you'll definitely enjoy this one. If you're averse to realistic golf games then this is a fine choice for you too. But if you are looking for a bigger and more complete golf package, I'd hold off for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005. Certainly there are definite stylistic differences, but EA Sports' golf offering lets you do so much more. All that said, Hot Shots Golf Fore! is a strong game with nice variety. A lack of new and progressive features keeps it from being great.
As a whole, Hot Shots Golf: Fore really isn't a bad game, but there's nothing about it that makes it much better than average. If you're a fan of the series, then you'll enjoy this, though possibly feel like you've paid full price for what is basically an expansion pack introducing some new mini-games, online support and extra characters (like Ratchet and Clank.) If you're new to the series, I'd suggest renting it first.
The annoying sound might not be enough to disqualify HSGF from your list, but the lack of new game elements, absent online gameplay, makes you wonder what the major differences between this and the third outing in the franchise really are. So while Tiger is the king of real-world golf, he's quickly overthrowing any crown that Sony might have formerly had in virtual reality. Hot Shots Golf Fore! is slightly under par, but compared to Tiger, this one's in the sand trap.
"Hot Shots Golf Fore!" tenta cativar pela personalidade, mas mesmo com sua grande variedade, essa parte acaba irritando mais do que divertindo. Apesar de ser um game competente, existem opções mais interessantes tanto para entusiastas do esporte ("Tiger Woods") como para quem prefere algo menos realista ("Mario Golf").