Everybody's Golf (Series) Review
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Play involves lining up your shots, factoring in wind speed, incline and distance and then pressing a series of buttons to set power and time the point of impact. Timing is crucial to hit it with the power you need and you need to carefully consider the lie of the ball when you are on the fairway (or rough). In both the regular and VR editions you can use a single Playstation Move controller, similar to golf in Wii Sports which adds realism and more nuance to the controls.
By completing courses, you gain experience, which allows you to unlock new courses. You earn in-game currency which unlocks new characters, cosmetics and clubs. Alongside the golf, you can explore the courses on foot or in a golf cart, and can even go fishing if you wish.
The game is great for connecting with other gamers both in your house and around the world and allows you to greatly increase your skill and ability with practice, making it a rewarding and challenging experience.
There have been a number of games in the series, although until the release of Everybody's Golf (2017), they were known as Hot Shots Golf in the USA:
- Everybody's Golf (1997) Playstation
- Everybody's Golf 2 (1999) Playstation
- Everybody's Golf 3 (2001) Playstation 2
- Everybody's Golf 4 (2003) Playstation 2
- Everybody's Golf Portable (2004) Playstation Portable
- Everybody's Golf 5 (2007) Playstation 3
- Everybody's Golf Portable 2 (2007) Playstation Portable
- Everybody's Golf 6 (2011) Playstation Vita and Playstation 3
- Everybody's Golf (2017) Playstation 4
- Everybody's Golf VR (2019) Playstation VR
- Clap Hanz Golf (2021) Apple Arcade
The iOS game updates the popular formula a little. You slowly earn a deck of players that can be picked to play each hole. Touchscreen controls offer the ability to swing with a flick of the finger as well as controller buttons.
All the versions of the game offer a light hearting and enjoyable way to enjoy a round of golf together. It stands out for the cheery encouragement it offers you, in what can be a hard and unforgiving game in the real world.
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Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 20 players online. You can play with 4 players in offline multiplayer matches, and online, you can play with up to 19 other players in the same way. You can customise the game settings to make the play experience suit you and the other players.
The VR edition is rated ESRB EVERYONE for Comic Mischief. One sequence depicts a caddie slapping the player/camera in an attempt to squash a mosquito.
Skill RatingThis game is enjoyed by 9-16 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.
Account RatingYou need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita.
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.
When in single-player mode, you can select from a variety of difficulties. On harder difficulties, you get more experience and rewards, but the opponents are more proficient. In multiplayer modes, you cannot adjust the difficulty.
Because the power of your shot is dependent on when you hit the ball, you'll need to be able to react quickly. Lining up your shot also requires quite precise inputs.
Some of the text in the game can be quite small, and some parts of it can blend in with the background. The subtitles, however, which are present in virtually all areas, save your victory cry, are always large, clear, and of high contrast. Because of this, the entire game can easily be played without sound.
If you want to, you can use a single Playstation Move controller, similar to the way you use a Wii remote in Wii Sports golf, to aim and take your shots in a motion similar to the action of real golfing. You can also simply use a regular Playstation controller in both the VR and non-VR versions. You can use one motioned touch control in the Clap Hanz Golf iOS version of the game.
The HUD displays lots of information, all of it crucial for getting the perfect shot. There is also a game map that clearly shows your location and the hole's location. The grid which you use to line up your shot, along with other aspects of the game, can sometimes get lost in the background, making them occasionally difficult to see.
Our Everybody's Golf Accessibility Report documents 24 accessibility features:
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