About the Product
- Enjoy the over-the-top characters, costumes and comedic golf action and stay connected with your friends' latest scores to stay on top of the leaderboard
- Innovative touch panel controls provide access all the info for the next shot with this new touch sensitive interface
- Look down the fairway and golf course in real time to set up the perfect shot
- Master the PS Vita's motion-sensing abilities to add extra power onto shots
- Enjoy support for up to eight player wirelessly, or join a game on PlayStation Network where dozens of players can compete on individual holes
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Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational is a handheld Arcade style golf simulation game released as a launch title for PlayStation Vita. Utilizing the innovative blend of touch-based, motion-sensing and camera-oriented controls of the new handheld, the game represents a completely new way to play Hot Shots Golf. Features include: touch and pinch functionality allowing in-game golfers to be moved at will, multiple possible camera angles, golfer upgrades and multiplayer support wirelessly between devices and through PlayStation Network.
A Completely New Way to Play Hot Shots Golf
The over-the-top Hot Shots Golf franchise is back with a bag full of PlayStation Vita features that will have players hitting the links like never before. These features begin as soon as an in-game golfer is selected, dressed for the part and is lined up to tee off.
Use tap functionality to look down the fairway to get a better look at the pathway to the green, and when ready, place the golfer in the best position and at the best angle to take a shot using PS Vita pinch and front touch pad functionality. Once off the tee players can simultaneously maneuver their golfer and line up shots with a combination of the front sticks and the rear touch pad. Need to check your form with a different view of the shot? Players can easily change the camera angles of their golfer with an augmented reality feature. And mastering the PS Vita's motion sensing capabilities will allow for the addition of extra power on shots with a flick of the device. Points for success in a round can be used for in-game purchases, including new available golfers, new outfits, and even new clubs. Multiplayer support allows up to eight players locally, while literally dozens of players can compete on the same hole in play through PlayStation Network.
Key Game Features
- Over-the-top Hot Shots Golf Comes to PlayStation Vita - Enjoy the over-the-top characters, costumes and comedic golf action on your PlayStation Vita
- Nonstop Challenges - Stay connected with your friends' latest scores to stay on top of the leaderboard
- Innovative 'Touch Panel' Controls - Access all the info for the next shot with this new touch sensitive interface
- 360 Perspective - Look down the fairway and golf course in real time to set up the perfect shot
- Powerful Motion-Sensing Abilities - Master the PS Vita's motion-sensing abilities to add extra power onto shots
- Multiplayer Support - Enjoy support for up to eight player wirelessly, or join a game on PlayStation Network where dozens of players can compete on individual holes
Move players with touch pads.
Different possible camera angles.
Add extra power to shots.
Online glory via multiplayer.
Top Customer Reviews
And then I'll play another round.
Hot Shots courts you initially with its whimsical charm, easy-breezy graphics, and pick up and play accessibility; however, once you slip the ring on, forget about it. It starts demanding impossibilities; it wants you to wear clothes that are unreasonably expensive, it wants you to buy the newest clubs, even though you don't need them -- I don't need them, why do you want me to buy them?? And before you know it, you're buying pictures of people you don't even care about; music you can't listen to because it's been disabled, and time spent you'll never get back ... you'll never get any of this time back.
Hot Shots doesn't care.
In short, do you like addictive games? Are you the person that needs to own every outfit, even if you don't play the character? Do you like mastering gameplay mechanics that are affected by variables outside of your control? Me too! You'll love Hot Shots golf, even if you don't like watching golf, or playing Tiger Woods. It's more Golden Tee and Neo Turf Masters, which is a good thing.
They're seven ranks to climb, match play, training, and my favorite, online play, where you can doll up your avatar with goofy nonsense no one should care about, or hop right into the daily tournament and see how you fair against the world's top players. If you're anything like me, the answer is poorly.
Anyway, you want to buy a new game for your beautiful Vita, don't you? I know you do. That's why you're reading this, justifying the purchase. Do it.
For my money, up until this version of Hot Shots Golf, I have to say that Open Tee 2 was probably my favorite, because it was the largest and had the greatest level of customization and the largest number of different courses to play. This game is an arcade-realism golf game, and the series has never come too close to taking itself too seriously. A great deal of the fun is found in absurd challenges and often silly visual customization.
Now I have heard a lot of people say that looking at a Vita is like looking at a PS3 in the palm of your hand. While this is not exactly true, this game does look between 80 and 90% as beautiful as the PS3 version (which was stunningly the only PS3 version so far). The characters are beautifully rendered and their outfit/costumes have a good deal of detail to them and beautiful textures. This game has pretty, soft lighting and decent shadows. If would have to really look for something to complain about. The game is pretty and it runs like a dream.
The controls in this game are pretty basic, as they always have been, but however you want to arrange it or look at it, I can say "Remember the control style from that other Hot Shots game that you liked; its in here." The designers do a good job making sure you have everything that you liked from the other games, not that I ever thought it made too much of a difference.Read more ›
If you're unfamiliar with the Hot Shots Golf series, it's been around for more than a decade. Unlike the Tiger Woods series of golf games, Hot Shots Golf goes for a deliberately cartoony, over-the-top visual presentation. Don't let initial impressions fool you, though - the underlying gameplay is deep and can be very challenging. This game still sticks with the old-fashioned three button press system for hitting golf shots (push once to start swing, push again to set power, push once more to hit accurately), with the usual additions of allowing you to impart spin and extra power. The single-player part of the game primarily consists of a series of 40-something 9 or 18 hole events across the game's 6 different courses. A good portion of the events have modified rules to keep things interesting (maybe you get extra strokes if you hit in bunkers, maybe it's windy and rainy, etc.), and all the events have an optional bonus objective which usually is considerably more challenging than just winning the event.
The game starts easy enough, but near the end both the courses and the scores you need to shoot on those courses become very challenging. Some of the optional objectives are even harder. If you read mainstream reviews of this game, many critics have negative opinions about the game's difficulty, but I think a lot of those critiques are off-base. The difficulty ramps up slowly, so you have plenty of time to master the more advanced techniques you need to finish the latter stages of the game.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I now 29 of the best Vita titles. Yes, this game qualifies. One of the best(not super realistic) golf games Ive evered played. Mario golf times 10. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brion Fallon
Love the Hot Shots Golf series. The wife grabbed this game for me here, not realizing that it was for PSvita, a system we don't own. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Buying_Stuff
I love this game. It is overall great quality. I have an old PSP, and one of my favorite games was Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
All I wanted was a basic golf game to play on the go. This game was too complicated for me, and I have no time to become proficient enough to win tournaments, so I'm stuck playing... Read morePublished 3 months ago by SchooterMcGavin