Everybody's Golf PlayStation 2
Published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Developed by Clap Hanz
Release Date: Out Now
Everybody's Golf, an introduction.
The one PSP launch title that really stood out for us was Everybody's Golf. The game is just so addictive that it has drained our PSP battery time and time again. Now those cute bobble headed golfers have appeared on the PlayStation 2 but can the experience be as addictive and will the game correct the issues we had with the PSP version?
What's the game about?
Once more arcade golf is the order of the day with the PlayStation 2 version of Everybody's Golf. Single player modes include Tournament, VS Mode, Mini Game and Training. Multiplayer modes include Stroke Play, Match Play and Mini Game. The game is equally great for a long term single player challenge as it is for a quick blast on the multiplayer mode. In the Single Play modes you'll begin at the bottom and will have to work your way up through the ranks by winning tournaments as well as unlocking new golfers by beating them in the VS Mode. Repeatedly using a golfer to play as, will earn their loyalty and more costumes for that golfer will become available as their loyalty grows. During your games in single player mode you'll earn points that can be spent, in the game's shop, on more powerful clubs and balls as well as a variety of other things. You can play online in tournaments and one-off games as well as play offline against 3 other opponents for a Stroke Play on a normal course or if you prefer you can play on a special 9 hole course where each of the holes are par 3. If you want something more adventurous you can play against 3 others on a Mini-Golf course where you have 2 shots to putt the ball. The Mini-Golf holes are bizarre and akin to what we would call Crazy Golf here in the UK. You can also play a 2 player Match Play game if you wish.
What's good about the game?
Like the PSP, Everybody's Golf on the PlayStation 2 is just so addictive. The simple swing mechanism (which requires three presses of the circle button) has been retained and once again it works beautifully. You can even opt to use an easy swing method that just uses two button presses and whilst this may seem like it's over simplifying things it's a great option if a young child wishes to have a game against you. The best thing about Everybody's Golf is that although it comes across as an arcade golf game because of the performance enhancing clubs and ball that you can purchase in the game's shop, it's really quite realistic in quite a few ways. The drives, chips and putts all feel just right and both the long and short game are impressive for a console golf game.
What's not so good about the game?
There's not a lot to complain about to be honest. One of the main gripes I had with the PSP version of Everybody's Golf was that you couldn't play against gamers over the Internet. Well in this version you can play online, which in theory should be excellent. I say in theory because on several attempts I haven't found a single opponent which is just plain irritating. As much as I like the included characters I would have liked to have been able to create my own unique character but sadly this is something you just can't do. Whilst I love the Mini-Golf, it's a shame that there aren't more courses for it, two simply isn't enough for what is a very enjoyable mode. A course editor would have been the icing on the cake but I suppose the lack of a hard disk drive is going to prevent such a feature being included.
How does it look?
If you've seen the PSP version in action you'll be surprised how the PlayStation 2 version looks virtually identical. The golfers have retained the same bobble head physiques and cute appearance that they have had in earlier games in the series and they certainly have a charm of their own. The characters are as wacky as they come with ninja's, beer-bellies and an Indian fakir being just three of the 20+ characters on offer. The 12 courses (and mini courses) all look great and as with the PSP version you'll see rain and snow as well as glorious sunshine as weather variations during your rounds. You can actually set the season for your round of golf most of the time with the courses in autumn and winter having a more subdued tone to them.
How deaf gamer friendly is the game?
Deaf gamers will have no problems with Everybody's Golf. Let's cover what's not subtitled first. When you select characters and caddies they make a comment and this is not subtitled. Your caddies can make some rather humorous comments from time to time (particularly Sean with his sarcastic comments such as 'fun with plankton' when the ball goes into the water and 'like stealing a quail's egg' when you have an easy putt) and these are not subtitled either. During tournaments any comments from the audience are not subtitled and any comments your golfer might make after a shot are also not subtitled. However none of these omissions are important. All of the important information in the game is shown in text or by the use of icons. As with the PSP version you get those splendid little captions when the audience applauds you and when your ball snags a tree. White wisps of wind show you that the weather is windy (the wind direction arrow also shows you this info). When you score a Par, Birdie, Eagle etc. or when you do a nice shot the words will appear on the screen. While there are some omissions, overall deaf gamers will still enjoy the game without being at any disadvantage.
If you enjoyed the PSP version of Everybody's Golf or if you like arcade golf games in general (and even if you just can't stand golf games with an analogue stick swing system) then Everybody's Golf on the PlayStation 2 is simply a must. Since the game arrived for review everyone in my family has been enjoying the game whether it be a full 18 hole round or a quick game of Mini-Golf. It's the perfect game to relax with and the single player mode will keep you busy for months as you progress through the ranks and attempt to unlock all the different golfers, caddies and courses. In our opinion then it's the best golf game you can buy on the PlayStation 2 and it's one the whole family can really appreciate.
Overall Game Rating: 9.0/10
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Everybody's Golf is arcade golf at its finest. It's just as addictive as the PSP version and even has support for online play too.