Dec 14, 2007
Despite some nagging annoyances, the original Super Swing Golf impressed us with its surprising depth and flawless motion swing. It handily beat the option-light Wii Sports golf, but with two (!) Tiger Woods titles released in the last year (and the promising We Love Golf on the horizon), we couldn't take this blandly titled sequel against the field based solely on its heritage.
Luckily, we don't have to. Though fans of the original will experience a severe case of déjà vu, Super Swing Golf Season 2 plays noticeably better than its predecessor, with a simplified Wii Remote layout, refined opponent A.I. and a single-player Tour that is both rewarding and challenging.
Super Swing Golf is like a quirky second cousin to Sony's big-headed Hot Shots Golf, with similar gameplay and courses - albeit ones populated by pirates, bouncing creatures, magical balls and household items that double as golf clubs. Its fantastical storyline and colorful presentation seemingly belie Super Swing's gameplay depth, but the experience is layered with nuance and countless options, while the excellent motion swing returns unchanged.
Key issues from the original have been smartly addressed. Whether using the motion swing or the three-click button system, you no longer have to navigate the entire length of the Wii Remote to line up a shot, and you can now skip past much of the in-game visual fluff for a streamlined experience. Expanded practice options and a post-swing analysis icon make Season 2 a much more accessible sim, to boot.
The frustrating PangYa Festa single-player mode of the original has been dropped in favor of Tour Mode, which thrusts players into an adventure across more than a dozen courses via maps that resemble Mario Party game boards. Through short matches against the more convincing A.I. opponents, you'll unlock characters, clothing and additional locales to tear up with your nine-iron in tow. Multiplayer remains a highlight in Season 2, with four-player support and compelling minigames (Balloon Pop, Darts), though online play is really overdue for this console conversion of a Korean MMO.
While much of the content in Super Swing Golf Season 2 is carried over from the original, it's presented in a way that makes the game fresh and exciting again, and is no longer a chore on the single-player side. Time to trade up, golf gurus - this season is bound to last well into next year.