They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but man, it’s amazing Sony’s lawyer types aren’t on the horn over this one. Eagle Eye Golf emulates the Hot Shots series right down to the font and colors used in the logo. You almost feel guilty even playing it.
Of the few things Eagle Eye does differently, the most noticeable is the swing interface. It’s a kind of mix between Hot Shots and Tiger Woods. You still get a power meter to help measure your shots - thank the gods - while pulling back on the right stick and flicking it forward to complete your swing. Change clubs; use a limited number of power shots; go through each of the seven available courses; everything else is pretty much a low-rent Hot Shots Golf: FORE!
The graphics are even similar, right down to the effects used when you hit a particularly good drive. And while the characters in HSG have always been just this side of ugly, Eagle Eye Golf goes that extra mile and offers up a bunch of extremely generic-looking anime-style characters, complete with a very limited character editor.
The only other standout feature of Eagle Eye Golf is the course editor, which sounds way more exciting than it really is. What you can do here is morph the elevation levels of each hole on the included courses, as well as add new obstacles. It’s a decent way to slightly extend the life of this otherwise brief game. It’s really fun to make, say, a bowl-shaped green with a steep rise, and then challenge your friends to putt their way out of it. Still, it doesn’t make EAG worth your hard-earned dollars.
Eagle Eye Golf would be a decent game for 20 bucks. But at 30, when Hot Shots 3 and FORE! can be had at this moment for eight and 15 bucks respectively on EB.com, it's a tougher recommend. However, the most rabid fans who want to play more of the same, but can't bare waiting until Hot Shots 5 hits the PS3 might do well to check this out.