Hot Shots Golf has always traded on its instant accessibility, but new entry Everybody’s Golf VR looks set to have a significant learning curve. Make no mistake: this has not suddenly become a simulator – it’s still a colourful, arcade romp. But by favouring motion controls over the click-click-click format of old, it can be difficult to even hit the ball – let alone direct it exactly where you desire.
Using a single PlayStation Move motion controller – the DualShock 4 is also an option – you need to physically swing through the ball, connecting with it cleanly. Spin can be applied by angling your wrist as you connect with the ball, and in our case this meant that every single one of our shots faded out to the right. Apparently we don’t have the cleanest swing in the world.
It means that you’re really going to need to practice before hitting the links for real, otherwise you’re going to be slotting home double bogeys with more frequency than when you pick your nose. Putting is similarly challenging due to the accuracy demanded, but we’re sure that with practice we’ll be able to improve. At least, that’s what we’re hoping for anyway.
One neat trick in this new game is how it utilises PlayStation VR to bring you closer to your caddie, and while the voice acting is universally atrocious, we like the idea of being able to look to a friendly face when out on the course. Visually this is a feast, as you’d expect from Clap-Hanz and Japan Studio – we just hope we can nail the swing mechanic prior to launch.
Did you try out the Everybody's Golf VR demo? Have you got a better swing than us? Are you going to pick up the full game later in the month? Remember to scream "Fore!" in the comments section below.
Don't worry Sammy. Some of those drives you did look just like mine on the golf course lol.
Slice to the right off the green or slice to the left right into the woods.
@Deadlyblack Haha, I was dreadful.
@get2sammyb Did they make this difficult on purpose? I have a few dozen hours of motion controlled golf on Wii and it was no problem. Did PS3 have a motion golf game? I played way too many hours of motion controlled frisbee golf on there but I can't really remember if I played golf or not. Same on Wii U, I may have had a free trial weekend of Sports Club or something.
If they made this anything like real golf then I'll have to wait for the minigolf or putt-putt VR game. Which reminds me, I already bought that VR golf robot game and downloaded it but haven't started it up yet, I'm on the Switch most of the time.
@get2sammyb It's way easier to swing at a real ball with the weight of a club than a VR ball with the move controller lol.
@get2sammyb Did the Caddie Feed you chocolate to make you feel better
@Areus I wish.
I wonder if you have to get 3 Condors for the trophies again! Looking forward to this. Does anyone know if you pre order the physical version do you still get bonus items and themes?
@Dellybelly The visuals are very impressive. Agreed.
@get2sammyb Stop raising your head when you hit the ball!
I've yet to try the demo but if it's anything like real life, this will be one of the reasons you keep slicing the ball.
Amazing a great golf game to replace tiger woods on the wii.
Git gud at golf.
Looks cool. I might or might not get it. It needs a Japanese voice acting option. It does sound terrible and it feels so wrong hearing a British accent from a Japanese girl.
@Dellybelly I used to love playing golf games on my PC back in the 90s, I think it was Links or Microsoft Golf... can't remember. So in your opinion this is a playable game, like... no control issues etc ? Thanks for the feedback!
How do you play with a ds4?
@get2sammyb for reference have you ever played real golf? Watching the video you seem to be turning your head away from the ball just as or before you hit it.
Game looks great though, I'm gonna have to pick this up
Aw first person view gives me motion sickness. 🤨
I love this series but ultimately I can’t be assed with motion controls...
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