Everybody's Golf Review
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy was not the only new entry in a long-touted PlayStation exclusive franchise to release in August 2017, Everybody’s Golf also came out at the end of the month. While not as familiar to the general video gaming audience as the heavy hitting Uncharted series, Everybody’s Gold is a continuation of one of the best golfing games on the market, and a continuation of a much-loved franchise.
The first new entry in the golfing series since 2012’s Everybody’s Golf 6, the new game on a new platform continues the franchise after a short hiatus. While you may not recognize the name at first many will recognize it as the Hot Shots Golf series on western shores. With a new iteration, and a new generation of hardware the game has been changed to a single franchise name throughout the world.
While golf in general is not exactly a sport that I enjoy, unless playing myself, the Hot Shots franchise was one that over the years I have sunk many hours into. While not on the level as Fifa, or Madden, or even NBA 2k, it has always been one of my favorite sports franchises. The fact is the second I began playing the new game it almost immediately took me back to a similar setting almost a decade before with Hot Shots Golf 3 on the PlayStation 2. I have since played different Hot Shots games on every PlayStation system.
The notable thing right away is how consistently fun the game is. While the gameplay is rather simple, a triple tap of the X button and left stick movement for the actual golf strokes, there is much more to the game. It is a fun game and it can be enjoyable from just beating the computer in match play, to attempting to take on the world in online games. The gameplay has improved with putting being more complicated as well.
Beyond that it offers more than just simple golf. You can also fish, and drive golf carts around. You do not have to play full courses, or even 9 hole ins or outs, but specifically practice on one hole and work on your ability there. It also has interesting mechanics on changing the spin, angle, and attempted hitting area of the ball to play a more successful round. Further there is different types of holes to hit at including Mega, Teeny, and even a hole that has a tornado around it to pull the ball in.
From the moment Everybody’s Golf was announced it was sure to be a fun game for all ages. The anime like acting and art style is impressive to behold and has only gotten better since the previous generations. The format of play is fun as you move up ranks, and unlock different characters. The customization of your own character allows you to be yourself, or be anyone else that you would wish to be, and there is many different ball types and clubs to tailor the game to your specific playstyle.
From the beginning of the game until the higher ranks of the game Everybody’s Golf is enjoyable. The gameplay is great, and everything to do with the game runs very smoothly. As such I give the game a 9.4 out of 10.