A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game is a helpful guide for those that might have an interest in golf, walking players through nuances of making proper swings and stances, encouraging players to keep practicing, using positive reinforcement to reward a job well done.
Positive Role Models
Players can create and customize their golf experience, including caddie. In-game tutorial assistants are helpful and encouraging to players of all skill levels.
Ease of Play
Can be played with either the DualShock 4 or PlayStation Move controller, each of which offers its own unique play style. The Move, in particular, provides a more authentic golf experience, but it also has a steep learning curve, especially when compared to swinging an actual club.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Everybody's Golf VR is a virtual reality golf simulation game available exclusively for the PlayStation 4's PSVR hardware. Players can use either the DualShock 4 controller or the PlayStation Move controller in place of a golf club to practice their drives, putts, and more in a fully immersive 360-degree experience. The game offers regular encouragement to players to continue practicing and improving their skills, including positive reinforcement when the player does well. The game does have a bit of a learning curve for both gamers and golfers alike, as both need to make adjustments for playing in a virtual environment. Parents should make sure to take extra precautions to keep kids (or adults) from hurting themselves or damaging property while moving and swinging in a limited space. Parents should also be aware that virtual reality equipment makers don't recommend VR experiences for kids under 12 due to the potential impact the technology may have on younger players' physiological development.
Is It Any Good?
For more than two decades, Sony has hit a hole in one with golf fans thanks to its Everybody's Golf series (also previously known as Hot Shots Golf in the States). Now the franchise makes its debut in the realm of virtual reality, courtesy of Everybody's Golf VR for the PSVR. There's no denying that this is one of the most immersive golf experiences currently available. The minute you put on the PSVR headset, you can't help but feel like you've stepped into a new world. The landscape is bright, vivid, and rendered in great detail. This is, without question, the way virtual reality should look and feel. That said, it's important to emphasize that players should make sure to take regular breaks, as it can also throw off your equilibrium after extended periods of play.
Speaking of play, that's where Everybody's Golf VR manages to both get a solid shot off the tee and find its way in the rough. First off, while the game can be played with a DualShock 4 controller, it's at its absolute best when played with a PlayStation Move. Doing so feels much more natural, with players having more realistic control over their swing. It's important to remember, though, that the Move is not an actual golf club, and it's going to take some time to adjust. Swinging hard and fast is a recipe for disaster, either with the camera losing track of the Move's position, or worse, sending it flying across the room. Taking a measured swing off the tee requires patience, practice, and, most importantly, positioning. It's easy to lose track of your real-world position and get tangled up in a mess of wires if you're not careful. Once you start to get into the "swing" of things, though, Everybody's Golf VR is about as close as you can get to hitting the links without leaving the house.
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