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So if you want high-octane action, stupendous graphics, impressive 3D physics...then this game isn't for you. But, if you, like me, like golf and enjoy addictive little games then this is certainly a must-have!
This is the PSP version of the series of Everybodys Golf games and is much along the same lines....hit the X button to start your swing, again to set the power and again to control the club. Simple! But there are a nice selection of courses, the sprites are nice and colourful...the gameplay is simplistic yet fun! I have spent many an hour on this game....it's the sort that you can pick up amidst a time of boredom and just play for a bit and then put down again. There are a selection of characters to unlock, each with their strengths and weaknesses...and you can customise their look to however you want. I would say that this game really suits the PSP as well...a console designed to be used for a shortish amount of time on the go...and Everybodys Golf is the sort of game that you can just pick up and resume and then turn off whenever you need to actually go and do something!
Whilst never likely to attract the same kind of attention as the Gran Turismo's and God of War's of this world, Everybody's Golf remains one of Sony's most enduring franchises. A series synonymous with its inviting, sunny veneer, EG mixes cute stylings with fiendishly addictive, accessible-with-hidden-depths gameplay that developers Clap Hanz have had nailed since back in the days of the original PlayStation.
...And the golf series' first outing in portable form is pretty much perfect. Having just applied the terms 'golf' and 'perfect' in the same sentence, I realise I may be going a touch funny in my advancing years, but as a gaming experience, it more than lives up to its all-inclusive name. If golf as a real-life activity seems a touch uniform and leisurely for some tastes, Everybody's Golf arranges things in such a way as to make it sprightly and fun, whilst its hilariously odd-ball cast of characters make for an eclectic and colourful bunch.
In all respects, this early PSP game has aged really, really well. Indeed, it even holds up strong when toe-to-toe with its excellent PS3 successor Everybody's Golf: World Tour. The only key element it lacks (aside from the HD visuals) is an Online mode, which truly would have been the icing on the cake, though sadly this is a facet of the PSP that is rarely put to use. Still, in some respects, it actually tops its next-gen counterpart. For starters, there's a whopping six 18-hole golf courses (as opposed to five in World Tour), a putting mode, and a highly comprehensive one-player campaign with hundreds of tournaments to enter.
By completing challenges that consist mainly of 9-hole tournaments or simple Match Play events against the computer, you can move up the ranks and unlock new characters. Interestingly, success in each individual event also leads to the unlocking of a new item for customisation purposes. These consist of either a hair-do, an outfit or an accessory. The range is unusual to say the least; you can attain racing overalls and a helmet, a nurses uniform, samurai or ninja garb, and various stuff like sunglasses, angel wings, hairbands and backpacks to go with them. There's a perverse hilarity to be had from discovering you can deck each character in virtually any outfit or combination of clothing, no matter how ludicrous it may appear. Cheerleader outfits and football kits may look okay on the more youthful characters, but along with the bikini and bunny girl looks, create an entire raft of inappropriate looks for the poor old guy Toshizo. Oh well, at least he suits the Santa gear.
As ever, gameplay involves taking aim, starting the swing, and then tapping X a further two times to determine the power and timing of the stroke. This forms the basis of the gameplay, but there is of course a fair bit more to it that this - wind speed and direction, as well as the angle of the lie prove a factor in where the ball heads, as does playing out of the rough or bunkers, or in rainy conditions - different characters react differently to the various circumstances.
So no wheels are in any danger of being reinvented, but the beauty of Everybody's Golf is that, unlike the more grey-looking simulations of the sport, it first and foremost engineers things to work well as a game rather than a strict adherence to golfing reality. It gets everything so fundamentally right that you don't even need to like golf for it to appear both inviting and immensely playable.
Control responsiveness is absolutely pin-sharp; the presentation is lovely and clean-cut; the gameplay fluid, brisk paced and virtually flawless. The courses, which include sea-side resorts, a bunker-filled links course, a desert with some rather fetching scenery and even a brilliant prehistoric course dominated by massive hills and chasmic waterfalls, are once again a masterclass in design. Those with a little bit of experience are encouraged to play more positively, as the game tempts you to take on 250 yard drives over water in order to leave a chance of a putt - risky, but endlessly rewarding when you start to find your timing.
Putting is the trickiest part of the game, as you are challenged to judge direction, elevation and power to an accurate degree. Whilst beginners will find this the biggest barrier to success in the early stages, the elevation lines (to help deduce the slope in all directions) and solid putting challenge mode both prove ideal in aiding the less experienced. It has perhaps the best-judged learning curve of any Everybody's Golf game to date and isn't as tough to finish as other instalments, and fortunately there are none of the nightmarish crater-like greens of old. However, on the hardest courses, even slightly mistiming your drive can see the ball flying out of bounds, which can prove costly and frustrating.
It's colourful and cute as a button, and runs super-smooth, clearly feeling right at home on the PSP. The characters themselves are highly simplistic, but the courses appear detailed and attractive. The music is of a good standard; delivering the same brand of catchy EG jingles that will inevitably leave you humming incessantly during play. Caddie voicing is mostly okay, with the highlight being that of Lisa, whose chameleon-like accent and pronounced lisp makes her an unlikely but fun voice-over heroine.
Extended play sees both player and characters improve in tandem, meaning for a genuine sense of development. Completing the Platinum tournament, which consists of more 40 events in itself, shouldn't prove too much of a hassle for seasoned campaigners, but it does ensure a heavy span of gameplay. Its small but engaging tournaments are in theory ideal for on-the-move gaming, though it has a tendency to expose and punish mistimed shots due to the stillness and concentration it demands. Still, it's an absolute must for PSP owners; superbly made, creditably lengthy and with a magnetically addictive one-more-go factor. In a word, excellent.
Right a quickie as I don't seem to do express reviews!Everybodys Golf is well suited to the PSP platform with vibrant and colourful graphics and generally very good presentation. The game is very simple to set up and has plenty of tweakable options.Playability wise it is excellent and very easy to control with a simple 3 push technique to swing the clubs and shoulder buttons to switch club. The game is very forgiving meaning you can jump in a have a fairly decent round from the off.Visually I absolutely love the cutesy anime style characters typical of Nintendo. This well complimented by bizarre and tuneful music you may get in elevators somewhere. In summary I absolutely love this game and it's a bargain price. Offers a quick way into easy golf fun.
Like some of the other players, I was initially put off by the cartoon like appearance of the box design but I am glad I brought it. It's a very fun and easy to use game which is perfect for folks like me who enjoy golf games but don't want the full technical experience of some of the more 'sophisticated' games.
The format is quite simple, so you can just get on with it and have a 'bash' if that is what you want. In addition there are also quite a few really good additional features. Here are some of my favourite parts of the game:
- trick shots (where you can curve the ball, spin it etc.).
- different clubs & balls,
- different & well designed courses,
- competitions and one-on-one play offs.
I've had this about six months but still like playing it. It is one of those games which shows it's quality as it is fun to play but just gets better as your 'skill' improves.
Before I bought this game, I wasn't to sure whether or not it would be any good, because it was quite cheap and the cartoon like graphics put me off a little bit, but how wrong could I be.
There are lots of difficulty settings, so really most people can play it. It simple too, you just need to press circle twice in order to hit the ball, and it's all about timing, with practice you can master this.
In single player there are four modes, stroke play, where you can choose which course you want to play, and various other settings, and just play it. The main game is challenge mode, where you compete in tournaments and one on one matches, in order to win clothes, stars and players. You can dress up players so they can look totally different, which is a nice touch. Training is, well, training so you can practice those difficult shots. Putt golf is where you can just practice putting, but I don't really play this mode. Multiplayer is over infrastructure mode, this is great if you have mates with a psp. There is also a stats mode, that shows you videos of your best shots, and all of the achievements you have recorded, again I nice touch.
*Graphics and Audio*
Although cartoony and unrealistic, they have grown on me over the time that I have played the game. Audio is great, with small details, like the noise of the ball hitting the bunker, are depicted very well. Overall, graphics and audio are good.
Overall, a great value for money game, that is great fun, and I never get bored with this game.
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This is one of my favourite games on the PSP. Its has loads of levels and different difficulties, so it is suitable for everyone. When i first bought the game i was very sceptical about how it would be but i was soon made to realsie what a great game it actually is. It has provided me with hours of fun and I just cant get bored of it. There are two players games which are great just to play with your mates at home. I would definately recommend this game to anyone and especially as it is so cheap you cant go wrong. If you are considering getting this as a gift for someone or just buying it for yourself you dont need to think twice - Just buy it you simply cannot miss out on on this very cheap very very fun game. Totally unrealistic but fantastic fun
Well .... what a game! At first I wasnt sure about how it would be with the childish cartoon graphics but once you get playing it really is great with lots of games at different standards to help improve. What I really liked about this game is that the main challenge takes a while to complete completely so really is an accomplishment when you finally complete. Also what I like about this game is the amount of game options you get when you link 2 psp's. This improves game as you can play with or against your friends. Compared to other golf games such as tiger woods etc the graphics are not so good but it still is a great game who likes or enjoys golf. Another great feature is the putting mode where you can put your putting to the test by aiming at differnt difficulty holes, who dares wins!
I had played Tiger Wood golf on the xbox and PS2 and loved it therefore I was a little bit worried that this game would be too childish and aimed at younger people just getting into computer games, however I loved it. It does not offer the same graphics and reality as Tiger Woods but the fun factor is still there.
The game starts off with most of the characters and courses locked as you play the game more you will start to unlock the features. The best way to unlock these features is through the challenge mode, here you complete a variety of challenges and you will increase you player's skill level, get some player accessories and also unlock new players and courses. The game offers other gameplay options including Stroke play, Training and Putt Golf. Taking a shot is quite easy to control as you simply set where on the ball you want to strike, press circle to start the swing and then again to set the power of the shot. You will know if you have hit a good shot as a music note will appear.
With the range of different gameplay options this game deserves a rating on 9.5/10 for funfacor. After being such a big Tiger Woods golf fan, I didn't think there would be another golf game that I would enjoy so much.
Although the game controls are easy to understand executing them to perfection takes some time. The challenges to get harder as the game goes on and unlocking some of the last courses are quite tricky. Also getting you skill level to the highest ranking is very hard and you will need to take part in training and beat a number of different opponents to do so.
As mentioned earlier the controls are quite simple to understand but harder to execute. You simply select in what direction you want to hit the ball using the d-pad then where on the ball you want to hit using the analogue and lastly start the power gauge with circle and then circle again to stop the power. You can also speed the video up by holding the R trigger button.
This game goes not pride itself on great graphics of sounds but rather on the enjoyment and funfactor. It has some childish, repetitive music and also some funny sound effects from the players when they hit a good or bad shot. The graphics are pretty good and you can build your own character to look just like you in a cartoon form!
The instructions are very good and although I do not normally look at them I needed to a few times just. If you can't work something out for yourself I'm sure you will find it in the instructions.
When I bought this game i only bought it because of its low price (as I bought it second-hand). So I was thinking when I bought it I thought i might just like it. But when I got home from the shops nd stuck it in my PSP it was as if my PSP had had a burst of life put into it. I founds it great., I have had it for about 4 months now and I think it only came out of my PSP once. I am still hooked onto it. It isn't like a game where you play it for a week or so and then you play a different one.
Some of the gameplay on it is Challenge Mode where there are tornaments and match plays. In tournaments you can win items from accessories like glasses to clubs and balls. Some of the match plays you can play you can win items which you're opponents weaing or even using. But there is also match plays where you play for that person. So if you win you win the player so you can play as them whenever you want. There are lots more modes. When you make an amazing long range or chip in shot it will automatically, but as you get fuether in the game you unlock manual record where you can record any sot you make. You can also unlock new levels.
Overall this game is fantastic. Even though it looks like a game for young children anyone can enjoy it.
It has to be said that Everybody's Golf was the most suprising hit of all the PSP launch titles and in my humble opion it was by far the best. This game has probably been the one that I continally turn back to after the latest game has lost its initial shine (or i just get too stuck on GTA). Gamers of more mature years and gaming experience should not be put off my the cutsie graphics and "childish", almost nintendo style of game as this will appeal to everybody.
tee off from the first
Unsuprisingly this game, at least at its very core, has an awful lot in common with every single (probably) golf game ever made. The course starts with your character stood ready to tee off and. You simply select the correct club, press once to set the power bar and once again as near to the start bar as possible to make a clean connection.
In general the control system is logical and easy to get the hang of and start playing, which I think in lies this game's great appeal. Any handheld game must provide short, sharp fun blasts of play for when you are on the move, and this game delivers hands down. However don't let me mis-guide you by making you think this is a very basic game. The more you play the more subtle game controls come into play. There are a variety of draw, fade, top spin and back spin shots that need to be played in the right situation (i.e. to bend a shot around a tree or to pull the ball up sharply on a narrow green). These shots can also be "powered up" to super shots by making a perfect impact with the ball
The game also bends over backwards to help judge your perfect shot. The view can easily be rotated or zoomed in and out to fully appreciate the hole ahead and the grid system for judging slopes on the greens is subtle but very effective.
on the front 9
The aim of the game is to play a variety of golf modes, including straight foward competitions over 9 or 18 holes, play-offs against one opponent and special rules such as +2 shots for landing in a bunker. As the game progresses you can unlock a vairety of colourful characters each with a unique style and playing abilities. You can also unlock over 100 hands, outfits, clubs and accessories to fuly customise your character. Believe me this can become very addictive and you quickly want to aquire everything.
The game contains 6 18 hole course that can be played on short and long tees and in mirror mode. The course are all very colourful and have a lot of characteristic appeal. They are based in a variety of environments including the swiss alpes, desert, Greek Island and Dino Park. The difficulty of these ranges from very easy to challanging. (I will find it hard to believe that even the most experienced gamer with breeze through a round on the dino park)
Overall the graphics are presented well and are of a high quality even for a psp game. The character animations are believable if a little repetative and the music is of a high enough quality to be noticable yet still blends into the background enough to not effect your shot taking.
The 18th hole
Everybodys golf also contains a multiplayer mode which can be accessed via WIFI but you need to have two PSPs and two copies of the game which is a little exspensive. Its a real pity the designers could not incorperate a two player mode for one console. After all a golf game lends itself perfectly to this, where one person takes a shot followed by another. I can see it might not be very practical to constantly pass the PSP back and forth, but the option at least would be nice.
Overall I find it very difficult to fault this game though. It possesses highly addictive game play that is easy to pick up yet still provides enough depth to be challanging to the more experienced gamer. The one flaw is that there could be more courses available but I think I am just being greedy, I will just have to wait with crossed fingers for a sequel.
An excellent golf game here some of you out there may think that the childish graphics may put you off. It didn't put me off in the slightest. Amazing gameplay with too many golf clubs, balls, caddies and characters. A very long and fun challenge mode also other game modes like putting to see who can get the most points and multiplayer wi-fi a brilliant way to show your mates and even family who is king of Everybody's Golf.