Review By: Christopher
This game is
addictive. I havenít played a round of actual golf in my
entire adult life, but in the short time Iíve owned Hot
Shots Golf 3 Iíve played more rounds than I can count. Itís
more than the simple kind of addiction that I experience with
most great games. Like when you canít wait to get back to your
saved game to finish off the next level, thinking about the game
in your sleep, etc. Weíve all gone through it (Am I right? Or
am I a complete freak?) But with HS3, itís not so much a NEED
to get back to finish the game, since there is not real END. Itís
just that whenever I have free time, all I want to do is play
this game. Until now, the only PS2 game thatís come close to
this one has been SSX.
expect everyone to have the same reverence for this game that Iíve
grown to have. After all, it is just a golf game. But keep in
mind, I donít play real golf, OR golf games. The last time I
played video golf was at a local bar when I played a couple
holes of Golden Tee. As a game, HS3 has a lot going for
it: Itís easy to pick up, but impossible to completely master.
It requires a lot of skill, but anyone can be competitive. It
has cute, quirky graphics, yet itís still a solid golf game.
On your own, or with a group of friends, this game is fun.
are what one would expect; the standard three button push
system. Select a club, then press the X button. When the meter
reaches the desired power level, push X again. Push X a final
time when the meter reaches the Ďimpact zoneí to launch your
ball. Thatís the basics. But as with all great games, once youíre
ready for something more advanced, the game provides it. You can
alter the trajectory of your ball by giving it spin, curving you
shots, and even creating backspin after the ball lands.
two main modes within the game: Tournament and VS mode. You
begin the game with a choice of three characters. By competing
in VS mode against any of the other characters and beating them,
you unlock that character for use in any of the other modes.
There is a total of 15 characters in all, each with backstory,
individual animations, and a range of voice-overs. Competing in
Tournament mode unlocks the additional courses, up to a total of
six courses which increase in difficulty. But it doesnít stop
there. The game continues to reward you with a vast number of
other Ďunlockables.í You really would need to become a
master golfer before unlocking all of the extra club sets,
specialty balls, wallpapers, caddies, etc.
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