Everybody's Golf 4 Reader Review
FIFA, GTA, Burnout, THUG2. Itís no secret that the PSP's release list is a little too full of games that are available on other formats. Everybody's Golf comes to the PSP no differently than these; off the back of a successful franchise, and yet it has something they lack. Its the simple fact of the game finding its perfect platform. This is a game you donít need to spend hours playing, (Although you will) enjoyment can be derived from it in mere moments: Check aim, elevation, wind, then take your shot. Coupled with the swift loading times, the result is a game that is truly for anywhere, on the bus, in the park or for sneaky golf sessions when you are supposed to be working.
Graphically, everything is solid and smooth, with endearing super-deformed main characters that can be customized in terms of looks and abilities. The physics of the ball are likewise very pleasing and consistent, never are you left fuming at something that should not have happened.
As you progress in the game, it unlocks more and more extras for every match you win. Although it can seem like scant reward for an exceptional performance on the course to be rewarded with a single new outfit, the sense of achievement over time becomes all the stronger for it. Add the fact that you can mix and match costumes and hairstyles in any way you see fit, which can leave you with some very amusing combinations. Up to a point, Everybodyís Golf offers one of the most complete and satisfying gaming experiences there is. Up to a point.
The problem is that once you have reached the second course, the gameís Achilles heel is suddenly exposed. You will notice your shots not going as far as advertised, and swerving off course dramatically, and at no point is this ever explained to you. The computer opponents start using special trick shots, but this is likewise not satisfactorily explained to the novice player. The training mode is nothing more than a free-play mode, and tells you nothing, and the manual is next to useless. It seems a shame for a game so close to perfection, (And as far as golf goes, this nearly is) to be hamstrung by such a simple matter.
But in spite of this large problem, (Solved instantly if some kind soul publishes a thorough guide) EG is so complete, so charming and downright enjoyable that its still worthy of your hard-earned. (Or not so hard-earned, if you happen to be playing it at work.)
8 / 10