For a franchise to survive over more then a few years there has to be something about it that sets itself apart from the others. Today we are checking out Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds for the Playstation 3, coming from a series that has been around since the original Playstation console. How has the series survived? First off for being true to itself, this is not you’re Tiger Woods competitor but instead is a game that wants to take the four letter words out of your vocabulary and give you a good time. Does Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds continue on that path? Read our full review to find out!
For those who may have never played a Hot Shots title in the past I can give you a brief on what to expect, although you can catch on pretty quick while playing. As I mentioned before this is the arcade style of golf, literally the opposite of what you would find from an EA Tiger Woods title. The game uses the old style meter golf although I will get into later how they have expanded it a bit. Other than that you need to know that you’re playing in fictional courses with characters whose heads are disproportionately bigger than their body.
So there you have it. Hot Shots Golf is the kind of series that doesn’t try to take itself too seriously, keeping a very easy going flow while still giving a solid game of golf to go along with it. Today we are checking out Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds the first Hot Shots Golf title to make its presence on the Playstation 3. But was a next generation version of the classic arcade golf title really needed?
One of the big changes to this year’s game is the adjustments made to the control scheme, which were not only needed but also a pleasant addition. Instead of just having a simple click mechanic where you watch the bar fill and you want to click it at the right time. The game now uses a swing mechanic that eliminates the bar and allows you to click at the important points in the front and back swing. This new advanced mechanic did help to make you feel as though your actions are more directly in line with your swing and produce the desired result.
One of the most dynamic additions to the experience is the online play, which for the first time in my opinion has been done right in a golf game. The amount of options that the developers placed in the game is very impressive. My favorite aspect is the tournament feature, which allows you to compete against up to 50 players. This doesn’t mean you have to watch other players play but instead just compete to see who ends up with the best score, and let me tell you now there are some really talented Hot Shots players out there. The online play is great, especially if your friends aren’t necessarily into golf video games, this allows for some great competition.
The game has a great deal of variety in the courses you get to play on, although they are not necessarily full of courses, the ones that are in the game are really well made. The courses progressively become more and more difficult as you go along in the game, and they require you to spend more time planning shots as you go. What ends up happening in the game is that it starts to wind up the difficulty and moves from being a simple pick up and play arcade golf title to so much more and that really is a great thing.
The only issue I have with the game is that it doesn’t have a lot of courses, and I fear that is because of the hope of future DLC (downloadable content). What you do get in the game however is as good as they come. This is one of the best arcade golf titles I have seen in a long time. Although previous Hot Shots Golf titles have had similar features, this game takes it one step further with great online play and for that you have to hand it to them.
I have to say that I never thought I would give a "9" to a Hot Shots Golf title in the visual category, but this game really surprised me. First and foremost the characters in the game are absolutely gorgeous. They carry such a presence and such a great feel that it is hard not to just enjoy them. The courses also have a wonderful look and feel to them and really make the entire experience just bright and colorful. Many times in arcade titles I mention how important the visuals are and I think this is a game that saw this and capitalized on it. This is one fantastic looking game.
As I have said on many occasions, arcade games are meant to be a lot of fun, and that is exactly what Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds is a lot of fun. As I mentioned my only real gripe with the game is that there aren’t a ton of courses. However at the same token there is so much fun to bad in this game both online and offline that it is nearly impossible to fault the experience. After playing this game for hours I have to say it was just a nice breath of fresh air that really molded into a nice package.
In video games there are still times where you’re going to be surprised, and I was pleasantly surprised with Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds for the PS3 as it really gives a great arcade golf package. If you have been a fan in the past or are looking for something to sink your teeth into, then Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds would be a good one to give a shot.
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