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Real World Golf review

So much for that "if this were real golf, I'd stomp you" excuse...


  • Incredibly easy to learn
  • Realistic ball and club action
  • Great for groups


  • Looks terrible
  • sounds bare
  • Putting is rough
  • Few game modes
  • no online

The first time you get a look at this golf game's controller, you just have to snicker. It's not the main unit, which sits unassumingly on the floor like a box of Oreos or the amp from a car stereo, and it's not the single, giant button that plugs into the main unit, so you can tap it with your foot. No, it's the gloves - those crazy, fingerless Velcro gloves, each of which is tethered to the main unit by a long, retractable string that clips onto the glove's underside, leaving your hands free to swing a foot-long plastic golf club toward the screen every time you want to tee off. It's the video gamer's equivalent of clown shoes.

The thing is, it also works remarkably well. No matter how good other, competing golf games are (and there are indeed several great ones), they never really do a good job of simulating the actual act of swinging the golf club. That's not a problem with Real World Golf. You simply put on the gloves, grab a "club" - basically anything you can grip, from the little fake club that comes in the package to a real 8-iron (if you've got the space) or even a bottle of bourbon - and start golfing.

More Info

DescriptionThis incredibly user-friendly golf game may be the most fun you can have at a bachelor party without endangering the groom's marriage.
PlatformPS2, Xbox, PC
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date11 April 2006 (US), 11 April 2006 (UK)


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