About the Product
- More golfers and caddies than ever - 34 off-the-wall new characters, from returning favorites to popular PS2 characters
- Enjoy 15 different courses, ranging from challenging 18-hole layouts to demanding par three executive courses
- Unlock more prizes than ever - advanced golf equipment, new courses, characters and tons of wacky golf gadgets
- Go head-to-head with both friends and foes via WiFi compatible Ad Hoc Mode and become a true golfing legend
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First, the basics. You have a cartoon-style character that moves from hole to hole on a golf course, with the traditional line up, swing and putt golfing moves. When you win, you earn character customizations, new players, new courses, and more. You can then change your character's hairstyle, outfit, clubs, balls, and even accessories. Many items give you bonusses and penalties. As you develop a playing style, you might work on gaining items that give you control, for example, at the expense of power.
Maybe you've done this sort of game before on a console - but you haven't seen this on a handheld! The graphics are simply gorgeous. Each course has its own look and feel, from Japanese pagodas to misty mountains. The detail of the trees and surroundings is incredible.
You might worry that the fine movements are hard to master - but actually they do a really good job with this and it becomes quite intuitive to power the main drive and to gently tap the ball into the hole.
There are little quirks with the game. In most golf games, if you are too quick on hitting the ball, you "hook" (the ball curves left) and if you're too late, you "slice" (the ball curves right). But in this game, it seems that when you miss a perfect impact, it's sort of random exactly what the ball does.
There are a few graphic issues. If you hit your ball into a tree (by accident of course), you can see that the ball hits the tree. When you move in close to do your next shot, it appears that the tree has vanished.Read more ›
The game plays terrific and I have to say "If it's not broke, why fix it" came into play with Hot Shots Golf Open Tee as the control scheme is identical to Hot Shots Golf 3 and Fore.
So if you have played 3 or Fore, you'll be right at home. The differences are in the courses and the new characters. You only have 6 courses to choose (in total) from this time, (which is pretty good for a handheld...) The characters are all new. I think there are at least 15 golfers and some secret ones too. The problem is that you only start out with 2 golfers and 1 course. Kind of the bare minimum especially if you don't want to take the time to earn the new ones, but you'll have to. That said, the game is substantially longer and grueling, but I like this aspect, because people with handhelds can kill some serious time. It takes about 5-7 matches to earn a new character. Most are only 9 holes in the beginning, but it still takes an eternity to earn new characters. Some might like this aspect, some may not.Read more ›
The courses are different from the PS2 version too. Some are harder than others, and the weather always plays a factor in your shots. Still, the controls are easy to use (almost exactly like the PS2 version), and easy to adapt to.
Play the challenge mode to win clothing and clubs, and to unlock characters and courses. Not quite like buying in the shop like the console versions, but at least you unlock something.
All in all, fans of the franchise shouldn't be disappointed.
It is an odd game in some ways. Some of the courses look very realistic. At the same time, the style of the characters is comic-oriented. Balls fly off like rockets or leave burn-marks on the green. When the ball bounces of rocks, littke "thock, thock, thock,..." bubbles appear. It would seem that all that does not go well with relatively photo-realistic scenery, but for some reason, it really works!
The game is easy to play, yet at the same time, is is surprisingly deep. I almost dare say that it provides more information and options to consider than most other games I played, yet the interface is done outstandingly well, and it all just seems very natural.
I have played this game for hours, and it has made many trans-atlantic plane rides much more pleasant. And I probably won't stop playing it until I beat the last opponent, won the last tournement, and unlocked the last useless little gimmick there is to have...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this game. I had it years ago and my PSP was stolen. So glad to have it again. Shipped quick and works great.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Hot Shot Golf games have been fun since they started on '97 on the PSone. This installment is no exception. Good stuff.Published on March 16, 2014 by ism
Not the best game out there, but it's fun if you enjoy playing some easy golf games. One of the ones you play when you're bored.Published on April 5, 2013 by Christine Pham