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The Video Game Critic (May 26, 2008)
One thing that annoyed me about this and other Hot Shots games is the fact that there are only two golfers and one course available at first. That stinks, but I have to admit that unlocking stuff (via the "challenge mode") is a labor of love. Each challenge is a short match (usually 9 holes). Some challenges incorporate special conditions, but they don't go overboard with the gimmicks. After playing Hot Shots Out of Bounds, you'll want to throw all of your other golf games in the garbage. Out of bounds? Nah, this is right on target.
Console Monster (Apr 03, 2008)
That's what is so good about Everybody's Golf. Despite the small selection of courses, and minor gripes with dialogue, the game really is addictive, both off and online. Both hardcore and softcore golf lovers will adore this game. The arcade-like feel mixed in with realistic gameplay and fun character creations make this title an absolute must-by for anyone with half a golfing brain.
90 (Mar 30, 2008)
The Playstation brand is renowned for providing gamers with easy to play, innovative games and nothing describes Everybody’s Golf: World Tour better than that, this is one of the best games that has been in my PS3 since launch, offline or online and to be honest I don’t think I will be pressing the eject button for quite some time.
NZGamer (Apr 08, 2008)
It’s often claimed that Sony has no good first party games, and that the PLAYSTATION 3 has no good exclusives. Although this has been proven wrong time and time again, Everybody’s Golf: World Tour is yet another reminder that Sony publishes some of the best games in the world. It’s cute, it’s gorgeous, it’s addictive, and most importantly, it’s fun. Those that own a PS3 and are not afraid to play a game without muscles and guns would be foolish to pass up on Everybody’s Golf: World Tour.
GamersMark (Apr 05, 2008)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds is a great entry into the popular golf series. Its easy to get in to, and the concept is simple – get the ball in the hole with as few strokes as possible. There’s a lot of time to be spent with this title, and fans won’t be disappointed with either the offline or the online modes. Not only is the game satisfying and full of content, there is also the prospect of getting extra characters and courses through the PlayStation Store.
TotalPlayStation (Apr 07, 2008)
Once you've taken the time to adjust to the nuances, the new swing mechanic completely changes the game, yet retains the same pick-up-and-play feel that the series has always had. For me, that equals the best Hot Shots experience I've had yet, and may well secure a spot as the best golf game ever made. Yes, it's that good. Which is why you should buy it as soon as you finish reading this. Go on, git!
GamePro (US) (Apr 11, 2008)
This game is definitely a winner because it's done a great job of balancing fun animation and serious gameplay.
IGN (Mar 11, 2008)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds is a tremendously fun golf game, one that should appease either casual or hardcore golf fans. It's an arcadey approach to the sport, for sure, but there's still a good deal of depth in the game that'll give veteran players plenty to work with. There could have been more courses, and the lack of voice support online is somewhat disappointing, but the overall package is a ton of fun and definitely worth picking up.
88 (Mar 31, 2008)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds is a great addition to the franchise, and is a solid addition to the PS3 library. I have very few complaints about this game, and you will find yourself quickly becoming addicted to this game. While the lack of voice chat keeps this game from going to the next level, I still recommend that if you’re going to pick up one sports game this year, Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds be it. The graphics and gameplay are both phenomenal, and in a sports game that’s the two big areas that count. You will have a blast with your friends, and I’ll see all of you out on the course.
PGNx Media (Mar 18, 2008)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds is one of the most fun games available for the PS3 and certainly a great new-generation start for the franchise. It retains the series’ signature cartoony and arcadey nature while making the improvements we expect from a PS3 game.
GameZone (Mar 13, 2008)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds is both entertaining and challenging. This is a delightful PS3 title that should have broad appeal. The single-player and multiplayer aspects give great replay value and the online support should make this a game that ages well.
I can't help but forgive Hot Shots for failing to innovate. Who knows, maybe I have a thing for pumpkinheaded duffers? Either way, the best casual golf series in history (sorry, Mario Golf!) remains a distinctively good time.
Game Chronicles (Apr 13, 2008)
For all my complaining, justified as it is, there is no denying that Out of Bounds is still insanely fun and totally addictive. Technical and online issues aside, you will spend days, weeks, and months playing this game and loving every minute of it. And who knows…there is nothing really wrong with the game that couldn’t be fixed with a future patch, so we can always hope. Until then, I need to go and finish that Challenge mode and max the loyalty of my golfers.
GamingEvolution (Mar 25, 2008)
Hot Shots Golf: Out Of Bounds is just one of those sports games where you don’t have to be a fan of the sport to enjoy. For those gamers looking for an alternative to the realistic Tiger Woods golf games, this is your game. While taking the arcade approach to the sport, this title offers up tons of depth, which will keep gamers coming back for more. While some may think their isn’t enough golf courses within the game, with the advent of downloadable content, I see Clap Hanz releasing some new courses and characters within the near future. Overall, Hot Shots Golf: out Of Bounds is the total package PS3 owners have been looking for in a golf game, let alone a game you can play with your family and friends.
Project COE (Apr 02, 2008)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds is a great golf game that offers hours of fun. If you’ve never tried the series before, by all means give this one a go because you may come to the realization that you enjoy golf games. While not a sim like Tiger Woods, Hot Shots Golf offers enough depth to make it a standout title on the PlayStation 3, one we wholeheartedly recommend.
Jolt (UK) (Apr 07, 2008)
For what is basically a variation on the same game we’ve enjoyed on older consoles, Everybody’s Golf World Tour is still a something you should aim to have in your PS3 library. It proves that as long as a game is good enough to begin with, it can survive without all the innovation/futzing that other series may deem necessary. If you have aspirations to be a virtual Tiger Woods then the cheesily cheerful presentation might be off-putting, but look past that and you’ll find a game of golf as able to please veterans of the game as complete newcomers.
Worth Playing (Apr 10, 2008)
Clap Hanz has taken complete advantage of the capabilities that the PS3 has offered players in creating an approachable golf outing for both veterans and newbies alike. For someone who may want to take a vacation from the serious business of dueling against Tiger Woods or for a player whose only exposure to golf may have been at the local minigolf course, Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds is a refreshing change of pace that welcomes everyone to the same game.
85 (Apr 09, 2008)
Mit Sonys World Tour wird die Everybody's Golf Serie erfolgreich weitergeführt. Dabei wurde das Spiel sowohl technisch als auch in punkto Umfang nahezu perfekt auf die Gegebenheiten der Plattform abgestimmt. Wunderschöne, idyllische Kurse, butterweich animierte Golfer und ein grandioser Onlinemodus, lassen die Herzen aller Golffans höher schlagen. Für die Zukunft hat Sony zudem angekündigt, neue Golfkurse und weitere Inhalte zum Download anzubieten - ob ihr dabei zur Kasse gebeten werdet, bleibt noch offen. Wer dem frabenfrohen Comiclook etwas abgewinnen kann und auf die seriöse Ernsthaftigkeit der Tiger Woods Serie verzichten kann, wird mit Everybody's Golf bestens bedient!
Daily Game (Mar 31, 2008)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds is not as simple as it pretends to be. The gameplay is locked-down solid, and there's never a moment where you question the game at all. In addition to the online and offline tournaments, a free-play Stroke stage opens up for each unlocked course. This is a nice addition, as it lets you practice each hole and determine where you can make improvements the second time around. And believe me, you will definitely be playing this game more than once. It's just that fun.
Game Arena (Apr 11, 2008)
If I was to take a straw poll of my golf playing mates, I’d say the smiley happy veneer coating Everybody’s Golf: World Tour would be viewed with fear and disdain and regarded as a bit of a joke. Take those same people and plunk them in a middle of a game, and the result will be remarkably different. There’s definitely a valid skills-dependent challenge in here. And besides, you should never spurn a game whose visuals allows you to pick up a quick dollar or two by gambling with your pre-teen relatives. Yes, the game could benefit from a motion-based control method of the sort toyed with by the mighty Tiger but even with a very dated approach to swinging, this is still absolutely worth your dosh if you’re a golf gamer crying out for a decent hit on PlayStation 3.
GamingExcellence (Apr 25, 2008)
Hot Shots Golf doesn’t claim to be anything that it isn’t. While it is most definitely a fairly shallow game you can have hours upon hours of fun with its elegantly simple design. Out of Bounds is proof positive that even a simple concept can be turned into an enjoyable game experience for any fans of golf games or even just casual players looking for some fun online play. Tee up.
85 (May 02, 2008)
Everybody's Golf: World Tour is a very addictive and fun golf game that will offer the necessary challenge for both the beginner as well as the hardcore golf lovers. The tracks are varied, everything looks colorful and the Japanese comedy is quite good. Golfing has never been this much fun as on PS3!
85 (May 11, 2008)
Everybody's Golf World Tour has provided us with some of the biggest thrills and entertainment on the Playstation 3. Even if you have a remote interest in golf this game should appeal to you. Solid online gameplay is a big bonus, and there's a tonne of content to unlock although a couple more courses wouldn't have gone astray. This is the best in the series to date, and we can’t fail to give it a very strong recommendation. Fantastic.
Da Gameboyz (Mar 31, 2008)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds is a great game for all level of gamers. The updated graphics, new control, and addition of online multiplayer play have brought this series into the next-generation of gaming. Although the game has a simplistic approach that anyone can pick up and play, veteran gamers will find a lot of depth too as the new ball hitting system and continued excellent physics keep the play fresh and challenging.
Cheat Code Central (Mar 15, 2008)
There is a lot of content to be found throughout this game. The courses are laid out really well and provide a very good challenge, especially later on. However, there are only a total of six courses and they can become a bit tiresome. Hopefully this will be augmented with the promised downloadable content in the future, but there really should be at least four more right out of the box. Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds is a very user-friendly golf title that has enough depth to appeal to a large group of people. However, if you are a hardcore gamer that enjoys extreme realism, this game probably won't be for you. This is not a replacement for your favorite golf simulator, but it is a very well made title that hits on almost every level. If you're still a kid at heart, this is a great game to share with friends, children, and even your spouse or significant other.
83 (Mar 17, 2008)
Das mit einem Jahr Verspätung aus Übersee eintreffende World Tour leidet unter ähnlichen Problemen, mit denen auch 2K und EA Sports auf aktuellen Konsolen zu kämpfen hatten: Es gibt weniger Charaktere sowie weniger Plätze als auf PS2 und PSP. Minispiele fehlen ebenso. Zudem steht die "Karriere" diesmal für "stures Abklappern" im Vergleich zur offenen Wahl einer Herausforderung - auch hier haben PS2-Vorgänger und aktuelle PSP-Version die Nase vorn. Die Langzeitmotivation bleibt so auf halber Strecke liegen. So sind es lediglich die lebendigen Fairways, die liebenswerten Anime-Golfer und ein beschwingter Soundtrack, die den fünften Teil trotz seiner Rückschritte so unglaublich sympathisch machen. Zumal die vorsichtig überarbeitete Steuerung und eine erstklassige Ballphysik das überzeichnete Sporterlebnis zur leicht erlernbaren, aber anspruchsvollen Simulation machen.
Gamer 2.0 (Apr 02, 2008)
While Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds doesn’t really do anything that will change anyone’s opinions about the series, it does feature enough improvements in gameplay and online play that hardcore and casual fans of the series will find a lot to like about the game. The challenge and online modes will certainly keep you busy for the spring and possibly into the summer, but outside of that, there’s not much else that’s compelling in this package. It looks like DLC will play a big role in the future, with new courses, characters, and such in the works for gamers to keep the experience going after its release.
Lawrence (Apr 17, 2008)
The Tiger Woods franchise may be seen as the "simulation" golf series, but beyond the kiddy exterior of Hot Shots Golf lies physics and gameplay mechanics just as deep. The quirky characters and dialogue add some welcome personality to the game, but it's the solid gameplay that keeps fans coming back.
Game Shark (Mar 25, 2008)
Ultimately, this version continues the series with an excellent new installment that doesn't stray far from what you'd expect. Minor additions and amazingly details visuals keep the experience fresh enough to justify a new game, but they aren't great enough to provide an evolutionary leap forward. Fantastic online gameplay will keep you playing for months, though, making Out of Bounds more than worthwhile purchase.
Gaming Age (Mar 20, 2008)
I've played every single iteration of Hot Shots Golf and I'm not even close to being tired of it yet. Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds is a worthy new addition to the series even if it's missing a few minor elements out of the box. With a good amount of single player content, really solid, tried-and-true gameplay, and an extremely playable online multiplayer mode, it'll be difficult to put the game down any time soon.
Everybody´s Golf World Tour nos ofrece lo que todos sus predecesores, diversión pura y dura. Su llegada a la nueva generación no ha podido ser más satisfactoria, además de diversas inclusiones como el nuevo sistema de golpes o las mejoras gráficas mantiene lo que ha hecho grande a la saga: un sistema de juego muy asequible del que será muy difícil desengancharse. Además del divertido (aunque algo corto) modo en solitario, tenemos un gran online con el que seguramente tendremos diversión para mucho tiempo. Sin duda uno de los grandes de PlayStation 3.
GamingTrend (Mar 18, 2008)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds takes great strides in the graphic department but doesn’t really reinvent the wheel. It takes what worked for the previous titles and drops the massive online component and new shot system right into the mix. If only I could talk with the other 49 people playing online with something beyond the cave drawing level chat system. This is one of those games that you can’t judge simply by the looks – there is a deep golf system underneath. While there isn’t a great deal of courses to play, there is certainly a great golf game underneath the confection veneer overload laced onto every square inch of the game.
Power Unlimited (Oct 07, 2008)
Everybody’s golf is de mooiste en leukste golfgame die er bestaat. Voor casual spelers en gevorderden; iedereen die de sport ook maar een klein beetje interessant vindt, kan hiervan smullen.
80 (UK) (Aug 22, 2007)
And that's why, in spite of all the similarities to previous games in the series, the game never runs into the law of diminishing returns. In spite of the fact that all you're doing is pressing a button three times, over and over again, it never gets boring. It would probably be too controversial to call it the best golf game, or the best PS3 game. But on both counts it's a remarkably close call.
Bordersdown (Sep, 2007)
Despite the lack of challenge provided for half of the single player game, Minna No Golf 5 excels in every other area, offering a realistic golf simulation wrapped inside a package so cute that it is impossible to resist. Don’t wait for the ‘cool’ American or the ‘not sure what it wants to be’ PAL version, hit up your local import dealer and get yourself a copy of this game now; your PlayStation 3 deserves it.
Gamervision (Mar 21, 2008)
Believe me, no one is more shocked than I am about how much I love playing this game. At $60, it is right up there with other high-end PS3 titles, but is one of the best exclusives the system has to offer. The replay value alone makes it worth the price; as long as there’s someone to play with, you will never get sick of this game. The only real problem with the game is that it’s a little short on courses and customization, but hopefully the next game in the series will build on what’s already there. Other than that, it’s everything I could have wanted it to be: a well-made, fun, humorous game that has excellent single and multiplayer experiences and a lot of replay value, and it’s only available on the PlayStation 3. Hey, how many other games can you say that about?
Gamernode (Mar 23, 2008)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds isn't a perfect game. While the new advanced shot meter helps keep the virtual sport more interesting than the real world counterpart and the new online play is solid, the little things add up. The inability to communicate with people online, the limited customization available for your golfers, and only 6 courses keep it from hitting that Great status. The promise of downloadable content is an appetizing one, so we'll have to see what we get, and when we get it. I had hopes that Out of Bounds would be a hole-in-one, and what we got is a birdie. It's good, but you can easily look back and see where it could have done better.
Armchair Empire, The (Apr 02, 2008)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds should easily meet the expectation of fans, even if it doesn’t really change the basics of the game. It’s the best looking iteration of the series and it’s just a relaxing way to wind down the day.
AceGamez (Apr 10, 2008)
It may sound clichéd, but everybody around the world should play Everybody's Golf: World Tour. This is without doubt the best representation of golf of recent times and anyone with even a mild interest in the sport will love it. World Tour may not be an amazing step up from Everybody's Golf 4, but the things that it does, such as the excellent graphics, versatile online play and brilliant Advanced Swing, are all worth playing it for. It isn't perfect, but Clap Hanz have made a great golf game that everyone can enjoy. Rather than rewriting the golf videogame handbook, this encapsulates everything that is good about the genre, making it an essential purchase for every PS3 owner.
80 (Apr 23, 2008)
Everybody's Golf: World Tour is quite clearly a game that's refused to move with the times, but in this case that's no bad thing. The core gameplay is solid and the online functionality is excellent, but there is a distinct lack of content compared to other golf games on the market. Six courses might seem like a lot, but you'll be replaying those holes over and over again throughout the Challenge mode. It's still highly recommended even if it doesn't take full advantage of the console.
Gameplanet (May 13, 2008)
This is not a franchised golf simulation but as far as arcade golf entertainment goes this is a great game that is ultimately only let down by the limited number of courses on offer. Despite this limitation it is fun to play and presented a good level of challenge that kept us coming back for more. We highly recommend it.
Video Games Daily (Jun 10, 2008)
I've been a fan of golf games since the day I played my first one on PC, in the middle part of the 1980s. The intervening decades have seen the genre move forward and embrace every new technological advance. What I like about the Everybody's Golf series and this entry in particular is that, while it offers a serious experience that bundles together all the modern trappings, it does this without taking itself too seriously, and because of this World Tour is immensely playable both on- and offline. All that's left now is for Clap Hanz to bring back the mini golf game from Camelot's first game in the series.
DarkZero (Jun 20, 2008)
I really can’t stress enough just how much fun Everybody’s Golf is. From the moment you pick up the controller and start hitting your first ball, you come to understand the charm that the game is filled up with. It’s golf at its purist fun. Simple for new comers, yet at the same time deep enough for the hardcore ball hitter. It is pure arcade at heart. If you have the slightest interest in the sport, or just feel like taking a swing at a golf game and own a Playstation 3, then there really shouldn’t be anything stopping you from getting this game. So get your wood out and smack those balls because this game is a hole in one.
Gamestyle (2008)
There will be those who doubt that a mere golf game could, in all honesty, help justify Sony's pricy machine. Given the quality on show here, and the subtle ways the PS3's extra functionality genuinely improves the series, it's a pleasure to say they're wrong. There's no grand, bullet-on-the-box next-gennery here, but in its considered pace and less bombastic presentation make it a window into a gaming future that manages to advance without resorting to epic storylines and blustering million-dollar budgets. This is simply one of the most entertainingly laid-back titles of the year.
GameSpy (Mar 14, 2008)
For those of us who enjoy a little less seriousness in our golf game's appearance, but don't want some dumbed-down baby's toy, Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds is a uniquely accomplished solution.
GameDaily (Mar 17, 2008)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds won't change how you approach a golf game. Sony knows what works and stuck with it, as the presentation is mostly unchanged and the door is wide open for more downloadable courses in the future. Nonetheless, the sophisticated gameplay options, staggering list of unlockables and online support make it worthy of a purchase.
Maxim Magazine (Mar 18, 2008)
If you own a PS3 and haven't played a Hot Shots Golf game prior to this—it's the fifth game in the series—well, today's your lucky day, asshole. The notoriously lo-fi series gets a Blu-ray makeover, but still winds up somehow looking very much like its last-gen counterparts.
80 (Apr 03, 2008)
Out of Bounds thrives in an abundance of style, personality and soul. The game injects a healthy dose of fun into the golf genre where it is badly needed. Enjoyable gameplay is consistent throughout the game with tiny hitches that will show the game's seams in a few places. The online space that emulates what PlayStation Home is suspected of being is fun to play around with as it might give an insight to what to expect later. The total Out of Bounds package is one that PS3 gamers shouldn't miss out on.
Any golfer will tell you that their game could use a little work. While this newest version of Hot Shots ushers in a welcome new swing mechanic, it's unfortunate that other areas have been neglected. Out of Bounds is worth getting, but what it gains in its drive distances it loses in its short game.
The Next Level (USA) (May 12, 2008)
While it doesn't break new ground, Hot Shots Golf: Out Of Bounds is an undeniably fun game that just about anyone can play and enjoy. It balances ease of use and depth better than many oh-so-complicated sports games, and doesn't take itself too seriously. Toss in speedy, breezy matches that can be played in less than half an hour and plenty of collectable items to hook the completists out there, and it's obvious that it offers something for everyone.
Extreme Gamer (Apr 04, 2008)
Hot Shots Golf’s PS3 premier with Out of Bounds is an addictive, fun, golfing game that can be enjoyed by all ages. From the golfing fanatic, to the casual non-gamer, Out of Bounds can put a smile on your face. Hot Shots Golf: OFB has been upgraded and expanded past the single player game to include support for golfing online with an outstanding number of gamers. Out of Bounds might not be the most innovative golfing game on the market, but its rates up with one of the most enjoyable.
Game Over Online (Apr 14, 2008)
Despite the shortcomings in sound design and number of courses, Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds delivers a great deal of fun on the golf course with its sparkling visual presentation and instantly playable control and gameplay style. With virtually no learning curve, players will be teeing off and landing birdies in no time. For fans of golf who aren’t demanding a simulation bogged down in minutiae, this game will deliver fast and easy golfing with an exceptional online component. Rent before you buy, but if you are fan of the series at all you will find a lot here to warm your heart. The title may not be a hole-in-one, but it certainly is on par.
75 (Mar 25, 2008)
Les choix proposés par le titre sont classiques : une liste de tournois, répartis en fonction de la difficulté, un mode « record à battre », un mode entrainement et du multi-joueurs. Pas l’ombre d’un mode carrière ou d’un scénario, ce qui est plutôt regrettable. Il aurait été intéressant de prendre en main la destinée d’un golfeur et de le faire accéder en haut du classement, à la force du poignet.
75 (Mar 19, 2008)
En s'installant sur PS3, Everybody's Golf ne cherche nullement à bousculer les conventions. En résulte un grand classicisme et une volonté affichée de faire du neuf avec du vieux pour plaire aux habitués tout en faisant de l'oeil aux novices. Du coup, peu de nouveautés même si le nouveau système de tirs apporte un petit plus à la jouabilité. Dans l'absolu, on pourra être déçu mais au-delà de cette déception, ce nouveau segment demeure aussi soigné et convivial que ses grands frères. On aurait donc tort de s'en priver d'autant qu'il est toujours aussi sympathique d'y jouer à plusieurs et de profiter de ce mélange singulier alliant univers rafraîchissant, souplesse de gameplay et légère technicité.
75 (May 14, 2008)
Apart from this shortcoming, which is really an issue with the system rather than the game, I thoroughly recommend Everybody's Golf: World Tour. It more than holds its own against the perceived heavyweights of the genre. If you own a PS3 and you've not yet played Tiger Woods (or Wii Sports' Golf) on the Wii I have a suggestion for you: don't play it. Stay ignorant of the glory of that Wiimote golf controller and you'll be able to enjoy this game until the cows come home. If you have played the Wii game, then it really is hard to recommend this. Certainly there is more to do here, and it looks far prettier, but a game, when it comes down to it, lives or dies by its controls. It's just unfortunate for Everybody's Golf that it is on a system that limits it's success. Fingers crossed for a Wii version for me, I think.
Game Revolution (Mar 19, 2008)
The casual nature of Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds almost makes its own subtitle too harsh. As ridiculous as the sport of golf might be, that it’s actually enjoyable despite the lack of variety, challenge, and well-integrated innovation (and that it needs four gigabytes of space on the PS3’s hard drive) is perhaps even more ridiculous. Few titles succeed without having your brain go into overdrive or your character constantly be on the verge of death, and this is gladly one of them. Laid-back, easy, and subdued, Out of Bounds may just be par for the course, but it whacks away the snobby sheen of golf and reveals all the fun that’s hidden beneath.
Gaming Nexus (Jul 10, 2008)
Graphically, things are pleasant to look at, and there are some pretty flashy effects for a game of golf. I found the music became repetitive fairly quickly, and the chatter was very annoying. Ignoring that, though, Out of Bounds was actually a very relaxing and surprisingly entertaining way to spend some gaming hours. I honestly can’t say how well it stacks up to other games in this genre, but for a complete newcomer to the series and to golf games in general, I had a rather good time. I’m still not sure this sort of game will ever be my cup of tea, but I do believe I’ll be coming back from time to time to shoot a round or two.
1UP (Mar 18, 2008)
Luckily, the engaging online play takes center stage. Sony has thankfully corrected the grievous mistakes that plagued the game's Japanese launch (the need to schedule a tee time in advance, a stifling text chat system) for the game's U.S. debut. The absence of voice chat still stings (players should really campaign for Sony to add this via a patch), but a lot of care has gone into forging a fun, addictive community. With 50-player tournaments, neat interactive lobbies (where you can slide down banisters and harass woodland critters), oodles of character-customizing doodads, and the promise of downloadable content (watch for a new Australian course and a cadre of new golfers very soon), this game should have extra-long legs. In fact, if Sony's smart they'll approach this as a moving target that's ripe for expansion -- the addition of a course editor or (dare we dream?) the return of minigolf could easily bump this up a full letter grade....
Operation Sports (Apr 15, 2008)
Either way, as a whole, Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds does move the series forward in some respects -- both online and offline -- and is worth a shot if you are hungry for a golf game or have loved a Hot Shots game in the past.
GameSpot (Apr 09, 2008)
The Hot Shots Golf series has changed very little during the past 10 years, but there's no question that while still good, this is a franchise in need of a shot in the arm--or at the very least, more courses. But that said, the new swing and robust online play freshen things up just enough to make it worth getting a tee time with Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds.
Everybody’s Golf: World Tour is quaint, quirky and charming, but it also manages to play a rock-solid round of golf, even if it's a year late. It’s very easy to learn but takes a lot of time and practice to truly master. While earning the ‘better’ players is certainly endearing, the aspect of the game that lets it down is the lack of mode and course variety. The new Advanced shots and online play are great additions but they’re not enough to really keep in your PS3 for a really long time, nor do they excuse the fact that this game would’ve been really well received if released in the post PS3 launch lull, just as it was in Japan. It’s not quite for everyone, as the title may suggests, but those who warm to the concept will be treated to some great arcade golf, so it’s a shame that there isn’t more of it.
If the ball were more easily controlled, this would be an easy game to love. Certainly, it does everything else right. There are quite a few golfers to unlock, each with skills and accessories and alternate costumes that mean you'll be inclined to spend a lot of time with each of them. Once you're tired of that and confident in your abilities, you can also head online to compete with strangers, if the mood strikes you. When all things are factored in properly, a lack of control over the ball really is the only thing Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds has working against it. Unfortunately, that just happens to be the most important part.
GameCell UK (Apr 24, 2008)
Over all Everybody’s Golf is a great alternative to Tiger Woods. Easy to pick up and play, looks and plays great. It’s just a shame there isn’t more choice out of the box and voice chat online.
Thunderbolt Games (Aug 05, 2008)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds remains a solid golf title, and if it were the first in the series, it would be an awesome golf title. The gameplay is fun, the animations are great and there’s a lot to do both online and off. However, this is really HSG5, and the omissions from previous HSG games leave the package feeling somewhat hollow. Tack on the overly convoluted online ranking system and Out of Bounds cruises in at just better than par.
Ah well, it's a decent first shot, I suppose. Hot Shots Golf Out of Bounds is still faithful to the series, but it feels like, with the new platform the developers decided to trim back the feature set in big, big ways (sorta like when Madden came to the 360 for the first time).
JeuxActu (Apr 03, 2008)
Doté d’une réalisation honnête et d’une durée de vie qui conviendra aux golfeurs les plus téméraires, Everybody’s Golf World Tour a parfaitement réussi son entrée dans l’ère next-gen, sans réellement se remettre en cause, il faut le souligner. Sa prise en main immédiate, et la touche technique qu’il apporte en plus par rapport à ses prédécesseurs, permettent aussi bien aux débutant qu’aux fins limiers du golf de placer quelques birdies sans pour autant empiler les heures d’entraînement. N’oublions pas non plus le multijoueur qui autorise des parties en LAN et en ligne, avec un timer pour limiter le temps passé sur le même trou. Bien vu. A coté de ces qualités figurent tout de même quelques points sobres, comme les pistes musicales archi-répétitives, ainsi qu’un nombre de parcours restreint. On retiendra surtout la mauvaise foi de l’I.A. en solo, qui claque des birdies venus d’ailleurs. Bref, un Everybody’s Golf : World Tour sympathique, mais qui ne casse pas la baraque.
Gamekult (Mar 27, 2008)
Sans exploiter toutes les capacités de la console, Everybody's Golf : World Tour est un titre soigné avec une bonne durée de vie si l'on est assez motivé pour débloquer les quinze golfeurs et toute leur garde-robe. L'ambiance de la série, qui offre ici son cinquième épisode, est conservée, et c'est avec plaisir que l'on retrouve les petits personnages attachants avec leurs mimiques amusantes. Si les graphismes plaisent sans pour autant éblouir, l'ambiance sonore séduit moins à cause de la répétitivité des thèmes et du doublage français plutôt moyen. Et même si les parcours emmènent le joueur autour du globe dans des décors agréables, on en aurait tout de même voulu plus que six. Le titre peut cependant compter sur son gameplay terriblement efficace, qui permet aussi bien aux joueurs débutants de s'amuser qu'aux experts de faire dans la précision, ainsi que sur son mode multijoueur en ligne qui ravira tous ceux qui voudraient affronter les rois du green à travers le monde.
Giant Bomb (Apr 03, 2008)
Hot Shots fans will probably be getting exactly what they want/expect from the series with Out of Bounds, which is a very tradition-bound golf game whose playful exterior belies some fairly sturdy and familiar gameplay. I've personally been pretty cool towards the Hot Shots series for a while now for these exact reasons, and while Out of Bounds has done little to change my mind, there are worse ways to spend a lazy Sunday morning.