Everybody’s Golf: World Tour
Golf is a very serious sport and seems to be only fit for the more elite of human beings. With Everybody’s Golf: World Tour the contrary is proven by combining the more serious work with some comedy. Fun tunes, colors so bright that shadows disappear and Japanese comedy make this game differentiate itself from other golfing titles. Don’t be mislead by the visuals, though, as this game does have the necessary depth.
Everbody’s Golf: World Tour looks happier than a kid in Disneyland. Just like the previous parts this game is shaped so sweet that the glazing breaks from your teeth. Animals jump happily over the screen, childish voices and the typical tunes make for the extremely happy character of the game. But as I said: after all that kiddy image lays a very decent golf game where hitting the ball knows a lot of depth. A comparison with the ultra realistic Tiger Woods series isn’t even so far fetched.
In single player you start as amateur golfer and have to reach to the top by winning tournaments. First you need to make a choice between different characters that all have their own qualities. There are for instance technical players that are good at putting a ball, or “hard hitters” that have a lot of power. There are two ways to hit a ball; the traditional and the advanced mode. Like in most golf games the first has a meter at the bottom of the screen and by pushing a button at the right time you’ll give a suiting amount of speed to the ball. In advanced this bar disappears and you’ll have to deduce when to hit by looking at the movement of your character. As such this is a nice variation but it looks like you’ve got less influence to the speed than in the traditional way.
At the end of each succesful tournament your “VS-Meter” will rise. When it’s filled up you can take on another character to rise even further in the rankings and compete in more difficult contests. As you progress you unlock new characters, caddies and objects and the “loyalty-meter” of your character will rise. The more you play with the same person, the high his loyalty is. This way you can earn new abilities like a better spin or more powerful hit. Unlocking a new character therefore brings mixed feelings. On one side you want to try it out thanks to the better skills, but on the other side you don’t want to change due to the high “loyalty” you have.
As with most sports games a multiplayer mode is present. Before you can play online, you need to create a character that can be made with different clothes, accessories and heads. You can play with 50 (!!) people online but the game itself doesn’t differ much from the single player experience as there’s no direct interaction with your opponents. After each round you get to see an overview where all points and accompanying data are shown.
As closer I’m going to spill the beans on the only two downpoints of the game. First of all, once you’ve started a tournament you can’t stop and will have to reset the PS3. You’re forced to finish an event. Next to that there’s an installation procedure that will take 20 minutes and 5GB storage space. However, these two things are only minor downers when looking at the great stuff this game offers.
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!