“ Manufacturer: Nintendo / Max. Number of Players: 4 / Output Signal Support: 480p / HDTV Support: Without HDTV Support / Audio Support: Dolby ProLogic II (PLII) / ESRB Rating: E10 - (Everyone 10+) / Genre: Sports / Publisher: Tecmo Inc. „
Super Swing Golf is a Wii version of the popular online multiplayer golf game PangYa, indeed this is no bad thing as Pangya is highly rated. You will negotiate your way through Tour Mode, collecting 'Pang' currency along the way to fully customise your character, equipment and caddy.
The wiimote is, as one would expect, used as a golf club. When used for driving the wiimote is accurate and a flick of the wrist can add draw or fade to a shot. Special shot types can be made to overcome certain obstacles and items can be bought and used to aid your current game.
However putting, in my opinion, feels almost completely random. The distance gauge on the map which is there to help you can be horrendously off target leading you to occasionally putting the ball far too hard. The randomness of putting can leave one feeling cheated when you are heading for a birdie and suddenly, due to no fault of your own, you come out of it with a double bogey. The poor putting is even more unforgivable when compared to the great wiimote use during driving which is responsive and realistic.
The first thing you will notice when loading up the game is the unique graphical style inherited from PangYa. Those looking for realistic courses and characters should steer clear, however many, including myself, find the anime style charming and addictive. The characters and caddies look clear and colourful whilst the on screen display is attractive and unobtrusive.
The many environments are varied, from the green fields and clear seas of Blue Lagoon to the beautiful sand dunes and pyramids of the Shining Sands. The cutesy graphical style may not be to everyone's taste but for many it will be delightful and make an otherwise realistic golf game easily accessible and user friendly. However when a shot is hit into the water, occasionally a highly pixellated dolphin will jump out and leave an equally pixellated splash. Also on some of the holes at high altitudes, low flying heavily pixellated clouds seem to cut through the course in a strange fashion. It is unfortunate that these small graphical disappointments let down what is otherwise a beautiful looking game.
In my opinion, the best part of the game. The soundtrack is fiendishly addictive, varying from world to world, even the intro music played before each hole is catchy. The sound effects are good also, from the satisfying drive of the ball to the 'Pangya' shouted out when you achieve a perfect shot. Unfortunately, sound is not as important to golfing games as to other genres, alas, despite the superb soundtrack played throughout it does not forgive the random putting mentioned earlier.
Super Swing Golf will, despite its shortcomings, keep you coming back for more. The charming style and customisation of characters can make you return repeatedly no matter how many times the putting lets the game down. In Tour Mode alone there is plenty to do, with extra matches and mini-games branching off the main line towards your goal. Outside of it there are also many extra features, including many tournaments in all areas of the game to win trophies and unlock content.
Ease of Use
Super Swing Golf is exceedingly hard to get into, with a steep learning curve, I myself was still learning the basics whilst coming up against some stiff competition, some of which was so difficult it got highly frustrating. It can take a while to really master the perfect shot, and the putting just makes the game that much more difficult than it would of otherwise been. Whilst the game may get easier as you progress due to learning techniques, the putting errors in Super Swing Golf make the longer games against the computer especially difficult due to the player's disadvantage of putting.
The multiplayer options are vast and varied and similar to its big brother, PangYa, Super Swing Golf is, in my opinion, most enjoyable when played by two or more people. There are two main options for multiplayer, participating in the mini games together or having a regular match in which you can add CPU characters. For me, this was more fun than the main game, as all human players are equally disadvantaged by the putting. The mini games consist of the three types in Tour Mode, darts, balloon pop and driving contest. These are also very fun when played with friends. If the single player game was as fun as multiplayer, Super Swing Golf would be a must buy.
The game promises a lot at first, as you swing the wiimote confidently and watch as your shot lands inch perfect as to where you intended. Customising your character and continuing it is easy to think what could go wrong. However the putting system can be heavily frustrating after perfect drives early on, then when you get to the hole, it seems random as to how far your ball will roll when you putt it. This really does let the game down as the difficulty becomes frustrating when, in later courses, the computer regularly putts in from 25 yards, when you have to have your fingers crossed and hope luck is on your side. That said, it is very easy to come back for more, the addictive nature of the game, the cute graphics and an excellent soundtrack stop the game being unplayable, but cannot save it being anything other than mediocre.
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Got this for christmas and think its more of a game for kids with parents that are pushing them towards golf. I love the game and enjoy it but if your not serious about golf, I wouldn't recommend it. It really is a little critical of the way you swing and what your supposed to do but lets face it. As good as the Wii controllers are they are not perfect. In the end I'm afraid it will mess up my real swing and the kids just get frustrated when they have to skip screens or get kind of booed of the screen. Great idea but this isn't a game you'll keep going back to. Kind of like a moped, fun for awhile but it not good to be seen with. Stick to the Tiger Woods version if your looking for a true golf simulator. And don't be surprised if the kids take a pass on this after just a few times.