Parents' Guide to

Shot Online

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

"Free" golf MMOG dings players with add-on items.

Game Windows 2004
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Everything gets faster and easier when you start spending money on virtual items designed to improve your golfer's performance. Like a Gold Membership, which significantly increases the rate at which you can earn experience and level up. This is where things start to get expensive. A six-month membership costs a whopping $100. Equipment is less expensive, but most clubs are only usable at certain character levels, which means there is a perpetual need to upgrade. Players can swap certain items with other players and put up old items for auction, but playing the game with an aim to score well is still a pricey proposition. Complicating matters is the fact that the golf is only so-so. The aging graphics hardly measure up to those of modern, console-based golf games, and the mechanics are clunky -- judging the distances your clubs are capable of hitting and taking stock of green elevations, for example, are frustrating trial and error processes. You'd be better off paying for a golf game that doesn't force you to hack your way around the course for the first couple of dozen rounds in order to get better and require you to spend real money on virtual items along the way.

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