Monday, 19 June 2017 09:15

PREVIEW: Everybody’s Golf - Closed Beta (PS4)

Written by Brett Hale
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Sony is soon to release their newest golf game from their very popular golfing franchise, Everybody’s Golf which will release in August 2017, the last game they released was in 2012/2013 on the PS3 and VITA.

Those in American that may read this have likely never heard of the Everybody's Golf games, this is due to the fact that in America the games are called Hot Shots. This is the first of the franchise to be called Everybody’s Golf in all regions it’s released in.

I’m not much of a sports game player, but when it’s a sport’s game that isn’t anything to take too serious, i'm keen for those sorts of games. This franchise is Sony’s golf game to Xbox’s Powerstar Golf, not that they're much the same besides there both golf, plus Everybody’s Golf has being around for years, unlike Powerstar Golf.

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The closed beta didn’t offer too much, just two modes and a few other features that were okay, but maybe once the full game is released, than those customizing options will be worth using. The beta let’s you name you’re golfer, and change their appearance among other things like you’re voice etc. The first mode i'll talk about is the online open course. You can play 1 hole, 9 hole, long drive contests and even run around collecting stuff around the course. A game of 9 holes is fairly quick and fun. This is what I would class as an open course game, meaning you can run around the entire course between shots. Holes are easy to find as they have large numbered icons, and after completing each hole the next is never too far away. While playing a hole you’re golfer will automatically run to the next as fast as Superman could.

Playing isn’t hard, taking a good swing is all about good timing. You can hit too soon and too late, but the game doesn’t really penalise you for it. You can however find yourself hitting your ball into the water, sand bunkers and out on the rough areas. Other thing’s to be on the lookout for are trees. Hitting a ball through thick trees will stop your ball dead most of the time. Turf Wars was the second mode on offer in the beta, and it’s in short red vs blue. Teams can take on any hole in any order and any points per hole they get go towards their teams score. Whichever team has the most points wins. There is a time limit in this mode, so keep your eye on the clock.

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From the main menu the only option was singleplayer, even though you interact with other real players whilst playing Turf Wars. This is only due to the game being in beta, upon full release multiplayer will be where turf wars and other multiplayer game modes will be.

The HUD is busy as can be, you’ll have a screen filled with a lot of stuff, the course map, wind direction, club selection among a lot more. Visually the game stands out, it’s got a lot of vibrant colours, and has smooth gameplay with no visual hitches, least not in the beta. To me the game look’s very much like it was a Nintendo game, though it’s clearly a Sony game. As you play, you'll see things and you can’t help but think Mario. Example being, a big spinning globe like from Universal Studios it have bright coloured letters saying “Golf Island”. My first thought was Mario and if you ever see it you’ll also see why.

Is Everybody’s Golf something for gamers to look forward to playing? Yes! It’s a game that you could pick up and play for a hours, or just for a quick game of 9 Holes before you duck out to work. From what I could see in the beta the game will offer many courses and modes to keep people playing. You don’t need to play online either as the single player looks to have a fair bit of content as well.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: PREVIEW
  • Release Date: 29 August 2017
  • Platform: PS4
  • Developer: Clap Hanz, SIE Japan Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Genre: Misc, Sports