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A Suprisingly Deep and Enjoyable Sports Title,
This review is from: Everybody's Golf (PS Vita) (Video Game)
If you've played an Everybody's Golf game (known as Hot Shots Golf in the US) you'll know what to expect from this new title. It's billed as an accessible golf game (hence the `Everybody' moniker) and it is that, most definitely. Choose your angle, press `X' and then press `X' again and your ball goes flying into the air. The first course or two are very straightforward so it's difficult to mess up. Soon, by slow degrees, you'll discover a vast amount of depth under the overly cute exterior.
Everybody's Golf doesn't utilise many of the Vita's new control systems. In fact, you can play the entire game with the D-pad, shoulder buttons and face buttons. This is not surprising given the game's roots on PlayStation and on PSP. You can use the Vita `s rear touch pad to view distances to points on the screen which can be useful in planning your shot's approach. You can also use the Vita `s tilt sensors to look around, but this isn't very useful. The left analog stick can be used to point the camera (not useful to me) and the right stick is not used at all. Nevertheless, the Vita is a great platform for the game as it benefits from the power of the system in its graphics, looking a lot like the PS3 game.
The singleplayer mode is made up of `Challenges' which are essentially nine- or eighteen-hole rounds in which you have to beat a field of twenty other players. You score points as you play by doing things like getting the ball on the fairway, or on the green in the right number of shots, but these points are secondary to the number of shots you've taken when it comes to tournament standings.
The online mode is implemented really cleverly. There are three daily tournaments available for you to participate in. These are worldwide events that you only get one shot at, and your score is compared to all other scores worldwide. As you play, the game shows you your current rank compared to those who've already completed the round.
This is the feature that will likely give the game that extra boost of longevity. You can also participate in real-time tournaments of up to 30 people, but these require you to wait for a specific time when the tournament starts - less than ideal for the pick-up-and-play style of handhelds.
Everybody's Golf is probably not the game you want to use to showcase the Vita to others because it's strength is in its depth and volume of content while remaining accessible, not in its graphics or touch controls. In this it plays to the strengths of the handheld gaming machine concept in general - games that span the range from casual to the dedicated gamer.
It doesn't do a lot that's new in the series other than the daily tournaments which are a great addition, so if you're a seasoned Everybody's Golf fan you might want to consider whether the online features are enough to entice you, but if you're new to the series then this Vita edition is great place to start.