Parents' Guide to

Everybody's Golf

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

All-ages golf sim encourages friendly competitive play.

Game PlayStation 4 2017
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Bland and uninteresting game entices players with lifeless "customising".

If you want a generic golf game with Anime emotes then this is your game. Otherwise stay clear. With Mario Golf being the standard, even after 20 years they still can't seem to make a fun, playable golf simulator that is both family friendly and player accessable. Even former endeavors by the same developers such as Hot Shots Golf had better mechanics than what is presented here. it's almost as if they thought charecter customization could make up for the otherwise bland presentation and lackluster mechanics of the actual game. I won't get into the nuances of why predecessors are actually superior or how HD does not make this a better experience in any way other than to say both are true in their purest sense. this is a lazy, lackluster game that offers nothing new and fails on many fundamental levels making it barely playable for anyone familiar with golfing games in general. Everybodys Golf is a game design of blandness to whitewash a title with worthless content like a saturday cartoon you once loved but then realise that it was garbage all along. Avoid, this is time wasted in it's most deceptive form.

Is It Any Good?

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Don't let its cartoonish appearance fool you; this is a surprisingly deep and authentic simulation of real golf. Everybody's Golf accurately captures many of the sport's more nuanced details, including the effects of lie angle and wind, while providing players with realistic options such as the ability to declare their ball unplayable whenever they like in exchange for a penalty stroke and a drop in a new area. What's more, the fictional courses are splendidly designed and presented on a single map rather than hole by hole, which means in some modes you can actually walk (or drive) your golfer from the last green to the next tee, which makes for a much more immersive experience. The three-tap swing system may feel a bit dated compared to the more authentic joystick swings of other golf games, but it ought to prove easier for beginner players to learn and master.

But Everybody's Golf isn't perfect. For example, it takes too long to unlock new courses in the story mode. Players are stuck playing the first course over and over again for several hours before the second comes available. It's also surprisingly easy, given the trouble that the developers went through to achieve authenticity. Thanks to frequent use of oversized holes and forward tee boxes, experienced players will likely find themselves scoring 15 or even 20 under par before they can hit drives much past 250 yards, making even the so-called "serious" difficulty mode rather less than challenging. Still, there's plenty to recommend Everybody's Golf, especially if your primary interest is to test your skills against other human players online, where winning scores are consistently competitive.

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