Real World Golf review

  • 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 controller constantly measures the length (up to a single millimeter) and relative angles of those strings attached to your gloves, as well as the speed at which you're moving them, and uses that info to model your golf swing with almost annoyingly impressive precision. Got a nagging slice in real life? You'll have it here too. Spend a lot of your time on the local links hacking yourself out of the rough? This will recreate everything but the grass stains on your club heads. Luckily, there are three difficulty settings, so you can make par even on rough days, and if you're talented enough to actually use draws, fades, backspin, and punch shots in the real world, you can recreate them fairly easily here as well.

You'll still find a few clubs missing from the bag: the bargain-bin graphics and sparse audio are just shy of awful even on PC (with a maximum resolution in the 1280x range), and there are too few characters from which to choose. There are only 10 courses, and duffers seeking game modes beyond four-player offline tournaments, regular stoke and match play, a stableford showdown, or a few minigames might feel the game struggles to make the cut. Oh, and putting needs work - it's infuriating to hit the ball with 11% of your power instead of the recommended 9% and see the damn thing blast 15 yards past the cup. 

More Info

Release date: Apr 11 2006 - PS2, Xbox (US)
Apr 11 2006 - PS2, Xbox (UK)
Available Platforms: PS2, Xbox, PC
Genre: Sports
Published by: MadCatz, Valcon
Developed by: Aqua Pacific, In2Games
ESRB Rating:


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