Hot Shots Golf: World International User Review
Basically Hot Shot Golf is a relatively serious golf game wrapped up in anime cuteness and video game fun. You have all the cute golfers you could want, along with some zany ones. You compete on various courses that unlock as you progress through the game. Additional sets of clubs and special golf balls also unlock as you go, allowing you some measure of customization.
New characters unlock via a challenge mode, and of course you can unlock new outfits and colors by playing the game. Each character also has a loyalty score. As you increase the loyalty (by using that character instead of others) you can unlock additional boosted shots, and special kinds of shot or spin that can be used.
The game features 5 different ways to take your shot, so you have plenty of choice on how to control things. Each hold has a preview and you can of course look at the hole from a birds eye view to get insight on how to play. The difficulty ramps nicely as you play through the game, and the different characters all have different abilities, some great for distance, some being more accurate and some having great ability to put swing on the ball.
All the traditional Hot Shots stuff is there which is great. Now what sets this Vita game apart is that the graphics are as good (more or less) as the PS3 version of the game. Certainly on the Vita's screen they look every bit as crisp and vibrant as the graphics on the PC3 game.
The game makes use of the Vita's touch screen abilities to an extent. Some of the menu controls can be performed via the touch interface, and during play you can rustle the trees or even tap your player to get their attention. None of this detracts from the game, nor does it really add very much.
One feature tat I have discovered I love playing with is the AR function. You can open up the profile information of each character you unlock and look at their character model in 3D. It's animated and you can Choose to have them play the different animations used during the game for good and bad shots. You can also turn on an augmented reality mode. In conjunction with the AR cards, or in a well lit space without the cards, the Vita will use the camera to establish a field of view and place the character in that view. So you could have your golfer standing on your desk, or even your knee. As you move the vita around the image pans appropriately creating the illusion that the character really is there. All the while the character is animated and you can get their attention by tapping them.
The AR feature is a gimmick to be sure, but it's a *fun* gimmick.
Sound and graphics are excellent, control is good. And the game plays exactly as you would hope it would play.
Overall, I would easily recommend this to anyone that likes the Hot Shots golf game, or someone looking for a Vita game to try out.
Oh, that AR mode can be addictive - just a fair warning, you will want to show it off to your friends.
This user review does not reflect the views of the PSX Extreme Staff.