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      17.01.2011 23:44
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      A Good Golfing Game For The Dreamcast

      Sega's last video games console the Dreamcast didn't have it easy: after the disappointing sales of the Sega Saturn, EA stated that they wouldn't be supporting the console with any of their sports titles. This was a massive blow to Sega and they decided to forge forward by making their own titles and getting 3rd Party developers in order to survive. The console wasn't really known for its sports titles but it certainly gave the others a run for their money. Virtua Tennis 1 and 2 were great examples of the sport, Football was covered with the Sega Championship Football game and there were even some Olympics titles released to some acclaim in 2000. As far as golf was concerned however, it never really found a home on the console. Except for this release which crept in under the radar and basically stayed there. The game is a solid take on the sport the world knows and loves with the developers actually offering a small history lesson on the sport before allowing you onto the World Tour. There are five countries to visit and over 10 characters for you to play as. All of them are in the same cartoony Japanese vein but don't come across as novelty by any means. Each of the countries is basically represented in a cliched form - Australia is set in the desert area, Scotland occurs in a windy contryside moor etc. There's nothing wrong with that; I doubt the developers could do much more with the graphics on offer. They're good but certainly not spectacular, and Sega had proved early on with games like Shenmue that games could look truly spectacular with some effort put in. The gameplay itself is nice and simple so kids can pick up and play without any hassle. Like the real game there's a selection of clubs, the wind affects where your ball goes and bunkers and rough have an adverse affect on the ball when you take your shot. It isn't aiming for realism so you can forgive it for any issues with an overambitious golf ball. For the most part though the game is solid and fun to play, and was one of the first games I got for my Dreamcast back in 2004! There's also a bonus mode which still confuses me to hell and back - a form of futuristic golf where you have to hit a ball through several gates and into a beam of light in a set number of shots. It's actually quite difficult at first and doesn't make a lot of sense to me. It seems like a tacked on bonus feature by Acclaim and could have been explained and tweaked better. Overall however this is a solid and fun golf effort for the Dreamcast that is perhaps overlooked due to it's cutesy graphics. Don't be fooled though, this is a good game at heart. Just don't expect Tiger Woods to be making a cameo in it at any point!

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        09.02.2010 01:54
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        "Tee Off" is a golf video game. It was first released for the Sega Dreamcast in 1999 by Acclaim. In the United States, the game received an age guidance rating of "E" which deemed it appropriate for all ages. Tee Off is standard fare in terms of golf video games. It does not waver too far from the fairway in terms of golfing standards, though does occasionally find itself in the sand trap. One stumbling point I find is its implementation of a "Cautious" swing. When this mode is activated prior to swinging the golf club, the player will notice the three stroke system noticeably slow down which allows a greater sense of pinpoint accuracy when selecting first the strength of the shot and then the centring of the club in relation to the golf ball. This slowness is said to be at the cost of swinging distance, however in actual practice I find it does not significantly impact on performance. On each of the game's five included courses based on global locations such as England and Japan, I am able to utilize the cautious swing and make par without any added sense of restriction. The game itself allows players to pick from one of four default characters who each possess their own strengths and weaknesses. From there, the player may select his or her preferred golf clubs and balls in accordance with the character's preferences and the player's own abilities. After that, it's off to the presented location to play through a series of 18 holes. As per the traditional rules of golf, the player with the lowest score is the winner which is measured by the number of shots taken and any added penalties such as going out of bounds. Players may also receive a "point" bonus dependent on personal performance in the game, and these points are transferable for hidden accessories and characters. This provides Tee Off with some replay value, though I find the gameplay mechanics too simple for my taste and the title isn't one which enters my console very often. The graphics of Tee Off are strongly rooted in an anime design. The more apparent sense of seriousness which dominates the genre is not present in this title, and the approach comes off as being a casual pursuit. Each character is a large headed short individual with differing facial expressions and gestures. This is about the extent of the video game's visual prowess. I found each golf course to be centrally themed to its suggested location, though there is a strong sense of repetition throughout each course and its design. Ultimately, the experience reduces itself to the idea that playing the first course equals playing all 18 holes. The soundtrack is also very cartoon-like. A series of upbeat and fun musical scores accompany a small sampling of vocal murmurs which comes across as appropriate for this title. Tee Off is perhaps something I would recommend to recreational golfers or those who are inexperienced within the golfing genre. It is a very simple video game to master, and its "cartoony" artwork and sound effects weren't all that captivating for me as a player. More serious golfing enthusiasts may want to avoid this video game.

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        01.05.2002 20:12
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        The first thing you notice about Tee Off is its use of cutesy graphics. Being open-minded, I find that Tee Offs combination of cutesy graphics, individualistic sounds and intriguing gameplay works well. The concept of Tee Off consists of two disproportionate parts - the first, and consequently the largest, is to blast your way through several courses set in different areas of the world - USA, Scotland, Australia - and achieve the lowest score of each tournament. Each tournament consists of 18 rounds (rather than 72) on one of these courses, and 15 other NPCs (Non-Player Characters) also compete. The spoils? To the victor, a hundred points. To second place, eighty points. The tally decreases as you go down, and last place receives no points. After successfully completing the world’s courses, an assortment of goodies are willfully disposed of into your care. The variety could contain new characters, new golf balls or new golf clubs. After gaining these, they not only become available in this 'World Tour Mode', but also in 'Free Round Mode' Free Round mode is essentially practice before you play in the World Tour Mode and also a multi-layer mode. It consists of three areas: Point tourney, Stroke Play and Match Play. Point Tourney is eighteen holes with 1-4 players and the highest score wins - 10 points = hole-in-one; 5 points = albatross; 4 = eagle; 3 = birdie; 2 = par; 1 = bogey; 0 = below a bogey. Stroke Play is the classic one round of golf - the player with the minimum number of strokes through 18 holes wins. Finally, in all the Match play modes, the object is to win more holes that your opponents. This can also be done in a number of ways: - Single (one-on-one) - Threesome (Two teams, 1 vs. 3, compete by turns) - Foursome (Pair up in 2 teams, compete by turns) - Fourball (Two teams of two compete with one ball per team) - Best Ball 1 vs. 2 (1 vs. 2) - Best Ball 1 vs. 3 (1 vs. 3) In addition, Match Play can be modified to make it even harder by invoking a Club Suspension Penalty - the winner of each hole can make clubs of the other team unavailable for later holes. The ultra-fun element of Tee Off is its 'Gate Ball' mode. A game similar to croquet, the idea of Gate Ball or 'G-ball) is for your team to successfully score more points by hitting balls through gates. G-ball follows a number of rules: - The ball must be passed through the first, second and third gates on the court in order, then hit the goal at the center of the court to clear - To win G-ball, one of the two teams must either clear all of their balls or have the most points at the end of the time limit. One point is awarded for each gate passage, two points for the final gate. - The first gate must be passed with one stroke and not go out of bounds or the ball will be called "out", and the first gate must be repeated. - You can only score points when passing gates by going through them the right way. You can also score points by hitting opponent’s balls off the court. Overall, Tee Off offers a variety of simple repetitive sounds combined with the concept of realistic golf (+ mini game) and in a why that's suitable for nearly everybody. Advantages: Simple + Easy to use Variety of characters + clubs Gate Ball Disadvantages: Repetitive Not suited to those new at golf Easy enough to win IanJC

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          24.10.2001 09:29

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          Tee Off is not good. In fact it’s appalling and I wouldn’t even give it any stars if I had the option, but I don’t so 1 star will it be. The game is even more boring than the real sport, watching, which is an achievement, but not one to be proud of. Playing golf can be good, but watching it is not, and playing a virtual game of golf is worse than sucking chainsaws – yep, very painful!! The game features cartoon style golfers with large oversized heads – not very fun, even though it’s meant to be. The music is rubbish, the golfing is tedious and basically the only thing that saves the game is…no, nothing saves this – it’s rubbish. 4 players or not, you’ll be back on Virtua Tennis in an instant. The graphics are green. Dull, lifeless and just wasteful of the Dreamcast technology. This doesn’t belong in anyone’s gaming collection, even if you like golf! The world circuit mode is a waste of time, the mini croquet game is feeble and free rounds are just like…anyway, the physics don’t seem right, you’d be better off with Tiger Wood’s golf or something more realistic, but golf in a video game – doesn’t work. 1 Star.

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          15.09.2001 00:18

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          Tee Off is not good. In fact it’s appalling and I wouldn’t even give it any stars if I had the option, but I don’t so 1 star will it be. The game is even more boring than the real sport, watching, which is an achievement, but not one to be proud of. Playing golf can be good, but watching it is not, and playing a virtual game of golf is worse than sucking chainsaws – yep, very painful!! The game features cartoon style golfers with large oversized heads – not very fun, even though it’s meant to be. The music is rubbish, the golfing is tedious and basically the only thing that saves the game is…no, nothing saves this – it’s rubbish. 4 players or not, you’ll be back on Virtua Tennis in an instant. The graphics are green. Dull, lifeless and just wasteful of the Dreamcast technology. This doesn’t belong in anyone’s gaming collection, even if you like golf! The world circuit mode is a waste of time, the mini croquet game is feeble and free rounds are just like…anyway, the physics don’t seem right, you’d be better off with Tiger Wood’s golf or something more realistic, but golf in a video game – doesn’t work. 1 Star.

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          29.08.2001 05:52

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          Tee Off is not good. In fact it’s appalling and I wouldn’t even give it any stars if I had the option, but I don’t so 1 star will it be. The game is even more boring than the real sport, watching, which is an achievement, but not one to be proud of. Playing golf can be good, but watching it is not, and playing a virtual game of golf is worse than sucking chainsaws – yep, very painful!! The game features cartoon style golfers with large oversized heads – not very fun, even though it’s meant to be. The music is rubbish, the golfing is tedious and basically the only thing that saves the game is…no, nothing saves this – it’s rubbish. 4 players or not, you’ll be back on Virtua Tennis in an instant. The graphics are green. Dull, lifeless and just wasteful of the Dreamcast technology. This doesn’t belong in anyone’s gaming collection, even if you like golf! The world circuit mode is a waste of time, the mini croquet game is feeble and free rounds are just like…anyway, the physics don’t seem right, you’d be better off with Tiger Wood’s golf or something more realistic, but golf in a video game – doesn’t work. 1 Star.

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          11.02.2001 19:20
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          Is it really a good game for golfing fans out there? If you have a Dreamcast then you'll be a little disappointed with the range of golf games available - that is to say there are none other than this little cartoon style game. I don't see why there PGA tour or Tiger Woods isn't on the format, as there are plenty of Playstation golf games! So, if you love golf, you may want to try out a virtual golf experience and opt for Tee Off. It isn't the most realistic in terms of the characters (they're all cartoon style with oversized heads!), but the actual physics are good, with wind direction being taken into account and all. The graphics are fine, but not very exciting, but there is only a few modes to play in, with only around 5 different courses in the world! The world championship is easy, but gets boring after a while, and the miniature croquet game, set in the future, is rather strange but actually just as fun (or boring) as the main golfing mode itself. It's only £9.99, so it won't break your bank balance, but there isn't much to get over excited about with Tee Off. There is a fore player mode (sorry!) as well the single arcade, and world championship. Overall, it won't hold your attention, but if you like cartoon style golf games then Tee Off is for you.

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          25.10.2000 17:56
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          This game is the best golf game that I have played on any platform. Some of the computer players are a little weak, but it makes it that much better. I have played this game for hours on end. The graphics are very well done. The main problem that i have with this game is that i wish there was a better selection of players with better skills because the selection is very limited. Perhaps there will be a Tee-Off 2 where this problem will be taken into consideration as that would make it into a superb golf game. Overall a very enjoyable golf game and obviously the best golf game on the Dreamcast as it is the only one.

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            22.07.2000 16:56

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            Tee Off golf is a very good game that is alot of fun. The golf is not aimed to be realistic but it still manages to be the best golf game on the market right now. I would recommend this game to every golf lover out there, and anyone that might be interested, you won't be disappointed. Gameplay: The gameplay is pretty good. I mean there is no jumping or moving so how bad can it be?? The drive meter is pretty good and is pretty easy. The only flaw to this part of the game is it is inconsistent in how the ball will travel against wind, slopes, and the lie condition of the ball which leaves players guessing on shots rather than becoming better with experience. Graphics: Japanese animation not much else to it. The characters all are short and cartoonish. Not bad though. The courses are all pretty good all though at times incrediably unrealistic. Sound: The sound is a disappointment in this game. The players comments after the hole are okay but other than that the sound department needs work. For starters the club hitting the ball isn't realistic, the music is horrible and the ball falling in the cup isn't at all realistic, but I guess nothing really is on this game.

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            16.07.2000 00:33

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            Tee-Off, the first golf game on the Dreamcast, features fifteen different characters competing in six different modes of play. The goal? To become the best golfer in the entire world! The Good Tee-Off is a pretty good golf game, but it won't knock your socks off. Tee-Off's graphics are very anime-inspired and the character design is highly stylized. This isn't necessarily a bad thing; the game just looks very different than say… NFL Blitz. The overall look of the game is very clean and cartoon-like, which is very different from the attempted photo-realism of a game like Links LS. The camera system is surprisingly flexible. You can select different views with the Y-Button and/or zoom in and out with the triggers. The course design is a bit bland, but it's solid overall. While the art direction of the game is kind of unusual for a golf game, the control system is not. Tee-Off uses the same standard gauge most golf games use: press once to start the gauge, press again to control the power, and press again to control the accuracy. To control where you aim, you use the analog stick. You can also make "cautious shots," which are more accurate shots that travel a shorter distance. Pretty simple, once you get the timing of the gauge down. Tee-Off is really easy to play and the customizable difficulty levels make this something any gamer can have fun with. Putting: It's pretty boring no matter what you do to it. There are three gameplay modes, World Tour, Free Round, and Gate Ball. Gate Ball is pretty damn freaky, but more on that later. World Tour is the single player mode, where you need to compete for the highest total points on five different courses, unlocking new clubs, balls, and characters along the way. Free Round is split into Point Tourney (points are given at each hole, highest score wins), Stroke Play (whoever completes the course with the least amount of strokes wins), an d Match Play, which is further split into single, foursome, threesome, four ball, best ball 1 vs. 1 and best ball 1 vs. 3. Most of these can be played with up to three other suckers. Some people may be turned off by the super-cute anime style. Or turned on, if you're into that sort of thing. To add some variety to the mix, you can choose between different models of clubs and types of balls. And in addition, each of the fifteen different golfers has a unique playing style and set of skills. Now, that Gate Ball thing is just plain weird.. it's like Tron croquet. You put balls through gates (like croquet), but you do it in this really futuristic, neon-drenched landscape. Why this was thrown in is beyond me. It's kinda lame and you probably will only play it once or twice, but extras, even if they're dumb, are always nice. The interface is nice looking and easy to use. All the pertinent information you'd need, like wind speed, par for the course, distance to the flag, club information, and lie conditions, are organized nicely on the in-game screen without getting in the way or interfering with your view. The Bad Wow, croquet sure is different in Japan. Bring on the laser guns! The load times are a little too long, and the game plays really slow overall. Yeah, a round of golf shouldn't be over in five minutes, but there should be ways to speed up the pace a bit. I don't really need to see a long montage of my golfer hitting the same shot from three different angles, thank you. The audio isn't very good. The music is awful, repetitive, generic, and generally annoying. Most of the sound effects are weak. The voice acting isn't too bad, but the dialogue gets repetitive quick. Some people may not like Tee-Off's anime stylings, but they really don't detract from the gameplay so that's a non-issue. However, I did find the introductory movie somew hat disturbing, and not all of the game is translated to English (or is translated poorly). It's also kind of funny how the character's mouths keep moving for a long time after finishing their lines. Sloppy.

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            15.07.2000 17:28

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            A fun to play golf game. Once you've stopped complaining that the graphics are a little basic and unrealistic and you actually start to play the game for what it actually has to offer you will be hooked, the gameplay is so addictive. Once you've got to grips with the basic controls and the way to play in various natural hazards you'll never want to put it down. The game really comes to life in the 2-player option, you'll get so competitive with your best mates it will turn into a grudge match. As for the annoying music and phrases each character has, it's simple turn the telly down and put some music on. If you love golf and your willing to play the game for fun and not just visual effects (although the graphics aren't really that bad) then buy this game.

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