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Da Introduction
Let me begin by saying this possibly one of better laid out instruction manuals I've seen since I purchased my PS2. Not that I actually -needed- the instruction manual, that is. I came in cold to this game, and thought this would be an excellent opportunity to see if I could get a grip on the mechanics, without any prior Hot Shots experience.

Even for an admittedly first-time Hot Shots user, I was able to fire up the game and start hitting some relatively smooth shots right from the get-go. It wasn't until I'd finished my first round of 18 holes before I'd realized the depth of the game, and that, "maybe I should crack open that manual", which surprisingly showed me a barrage of additional techniques that allowed me to improve on and trim up my game.

Da Graphics
I am mildy hooked on this style of graphics. Visually, there is a lot going on. Trail effects are added to swing and ball movement, which seems a little bit much at first, until your eyes start taking in all of the extra little additions the developers made. Some of those additions were intended to distract you, such as dragonflies hovering around you on the green, leaves falling by your side as you swing, and even little wisps of wind as use the bird

Hot Shots Golf Fore

 

Hot Shots Golf Fore

ESRB: Everyone - E
Platform: PlayStation 2
Category: n/a
 
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Da Introduction Let me begin by saying this possibly one of better laid out instruction manuals I've seen since I purchased my PS2. Not that I actually -needed- the instruction manual, that is. I came in cold to this game, and thought this would be an excellent opportunity to see if I could get a grip on the mechanics, without any prior Hot Shots experience. Even for an admittedly first-time Hot Shots user, I was able to fire up the game and start hitting some relatively smooth shots right from the get-go. It wasn't until I'd finished my first round of 18 holes before I'd realized the depth of the game, and that, "maybe I should crack open that manual", which surprisingly showed me a barrage of additional techniques that allowed me to improve on and trim up my game. Da Graphics I am mildy hooked on this style of graphics. Visually, there is a lot going on. Trail effects are added to swing and ball movement, which seems a little bit much at first, until your eyes start taking in all of the extra little additions the developers made. Some of those additions were intended to distract you, such as dragonflies hovering around you on the green, leaves falling by your side as you swing, and even little wisps of wind as use the bird’s eye view camera angle to get the full layout of your next shot. All of these distractions usually happen on a real course, so they did add to the realism of the game. Game play is solid, and I didn’t notice any chunky frame rates. Random camera angles on your latest shot add to a kind of movie-like effect. When putting very short distances though, I noticed a bug where could seem to hit my X button fast enough the second time, and when I did, it didn’t register, so a putt that should have been tapped in was actually blasted 2 or 3 feet past the hole. Now this –could- have been just my wireless controller acting up, but the batteries were fresh and so was my brain, and I did find this acutely annoying nonetheless. Da Sound The sound quality was good – stereo at best, but good. I would have thought the addition of a surround sound option would have kicked it up a notch for game play though. At first, I liked the well-times sarcasm of the players. But after a while, I realized their sarcasm was a little repetitive, and was thankful Clap Hanz allowed me to hit the “x” button to shut them up. Same issue with the music – it made elevator music sound like Billboard’s Top Ten. Again, thankfully, I was able to adjust the music to a level that didn’t make me want to hurt myself part way through a round. Da Story Caricature-style personalities with a tinge of sarcasm makes for an amusing game no matter how you slice it. Although, when you start the game, you only have 4 characters to choose from. From there Hot Shots works almost like an RPG, with the ability to “level-up” your players the more you play them with new snazzy outfits, clubs, and balls. You can even gain loyalty points with your caddie of choice, should you decide to stick with them for a few games. What I liked about this was the more I played, the more immersed I became, and that is what a well developed game should do-keep me hooked. Hot Shots 4 really separates itself from its predecessors with the addition of an online component. The ability to play golf with anyone around the world is enticing to say the least. Game play here is smooth and very customizable whether you are playing a tournament or joining a quick foursome. Da Conclusion I love it when you play a game where the longer you play, the more you realize great attention to detail was a priority for the developers. I also love it when my wife says, “can we play golf again?” Hot Shots Fore passed muster with my better half, and for that alone, I thank Clap Hanz on a job well done. If you are not a fan of cartoon-like sports games, and prefer more realistic physics and graphics, then this game is probably not for you. However, if you like the game of golf, and appreciate a well styled, RPG-like game with an online component, then I would certainly pick up Hot Shots Fore!





 
 

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