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Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Kid-friendly golf series gets new online mode.

Game PlayStation 3 2008
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Thanks to the new online mode, Out of Bounds is easily the deepest and most entertaining Hot Shots Golf game yet. Of course, the single-player career, which will provide a couple dozen hours of fun and help you build up the abilities of the game's characters, shouldn't be overlooked. But it's the friendly clubhouse community and massively multiplayer tournaments (up to 50 people can play together at once) that will keep fans playing this one for weeks, if not months. Due to its unpredictability, Common Sense Media doesn't recommend online play for children under 12, but it's worth noting that the Hot Shots Golf online community seems much more innocuous than those of more mature games. We spent several hours online text-chatting and playing with others, and rarely ran into anyone using bad language or otherwise trying to put a damper on the fun. Parents may want to consider supervised online play with their children.

However, as much fun as online play can be, it's not perfect. For example, tournaments see all participants golfing concurrently, and provide everyone with a set amount of time in which to finish each hole. The problem is that the clock continues to tick after everyone finishes, sometimes for more than a minute after all players are ready to move on to the next hole. It feels like a big waste of time. Still, online play sets Out of Bounds apart -- in a good way -- from its forerunners.

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