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Now don’t let this put you off, but you will have a LOT of time to practice. One of the few niggles I have with Everybody’s Golf is that it perhaps takes a little too much effort to get anywhere with the game. Just one course at the off seems slightly stingy, no matter how nice the opening Alpine effort is, and it’ll be a good few hours of play before you complete enough challenges to open up the next one. Even then, you’ll have plenty of time to admire the autumnal Japanese setting, as the holes are noticeably harder and the Challenge competitions become more difficult. With six holes to unlock, you won’t be zooming through this one in a hurry.
Still, that’s kind of a good thing, isn’t it? Particularly when the gameplay is so enjoyable that you won’t really mind playing the same eighteen holes over and over again. Perhaps it’s the presentation – the colourful cartoon graphics, the excessive camera movements that would make Michael Bay scream “enough”, the chirpy birdsong in the soundtrack – but there’s something about Everybody’s Golf that stops you getting too angry when you have to play the same nine holes for the fifteenth time. Admittedly the music can push the sweetness factor way past sickly, but you can always turn the volume down when that wave of nausea hits.
Which leaves me with only one other complaint. WiFi multiplayer is all very well and good if there are some other PSP owners around, but if there was one game that was built for two-player action using one PSP, then this was it. So why is there no option to do so? All the same, the multi-player option is very sensibly arranged, so in the unlikely even that you can find eight other players on the 7:15 to London Paddington, it won’t take long to set up a game.
So there you have it; it’s good, clean, instant fun, but it’s also got the legs to carry it for many months to come. It even has some of the least obtrusive loading times on the PSP! It’s a shame that the perfect summer game only arrived once the summer was already ending, but why not buy it now at any rate. After all, you might find yourself still playing it when July rolls around next year.
Looks too cute for words, but plays a surprisingly mean game of golf. Even if you take the game seriously, you’re guaranteed to have a good time.
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