Parents' Guide to

Powerstar Golf

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Unremarkable, cartoonish golf sim pushes in-game purchases.

Game Xbox One 2013
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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Glossy game fundamentally broken.

At first the game seems to be a bit frustrating as you adjust to the mechanics but the introductory courses are simple which compensates for that. Having played several golf games before we figured we would get a hang of the slight learning curve. Although the game is graphically fun and smooth we discovered that ANY kind of incline requires adjustment to the point that your icon will be nowhere near where the ball will actually land. Slight adjustments are OK and common in these games but here they are frequent and often severe to the point that there is no consistency and even a perfect shot with the right wind direction will still cause you to come up short even at minimal distances. After several days my wife and I agreed that the game 'looks good' but is the worst and most disappointing golf game we've ever played.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Powerstar Golf is a pretty middling golf simulation. It competently captures the basics of the sport -- all the standard rules are in play, you can shape and apply spin to shots, and the course layouts are interesting and challenging -- and uses a classic three-tap swing system that should prove pretty easy for most players to pick up within a few minutes.

However, it fails to recreate golf elements demanded by more serious players. Options to adjust trajectory, factor in lie angle, and hit flop shots, for example, are absent. Also missing is a compelling character-building system that instills a sense of progress. And the career mode simply feels like a bunch of random events strung together without any meaningful, overarching objectives. It may prove satisfactory for casual golf fans who simply want to play a round of virtual golf now and then, but players used to a more complex and engaging video-gaming golf experience will be better served elsewhere.

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