Gusto Games' ProStroke Golf: World Tour 2007, released last month, was an impressive first attempt at kicking Tiger Woods into a bunker - but despite enjoying the PS2 version a lot, we did wonder how it would translate to the PSP with its single analogue stick.
Everybody's favourite Tiger, Eldrick Woods is firmly established at the top of the golf game. Clean-cut, (usually) unemotional and almost boringly brilliant, he's the Michael Schumacher of golf. Well, no, he's the Tiger Woods of golf. His consistency is beyond comparison.
Electronic Arts' Tiger Woods, Electronic Arts would argue, is in the same position in the golf-game game. Harmlessly flamboyant, simple to pick up and boringly brilliant, it's the Tiger Woods of golf games in all the important senses. Except, in the land of interactive entertainment (which is what I'm calling it today), consistency isn't always the best policy.
Sitting down with last year's Tiger Woods game and 2002's Tiger Woods game, you'd be hard-pressed to convince me there's much difference. Every year we go back, and we enjoy ourselves, but it's wearing a bit thin - however fat it gets with game-modes and features. Which is where Gusto Games comes in. ProStroke Golf: World Tour 2007 isn't quite as photogenic, and it's a bit conservative and humourless, but if you've been looking for a golf game that demands real-golf solutions to golf problems, it might just be your thing.
Gusto Games' ProStroke Golf is now available to try out in a PC demo (I'm assured there will be some non-demo/release date news later in the day, incidentally - stay tuned), giving you the chance to see whether its innovative new stroke system does the trick.
Gusto Games and Oxygen Interactive have been banging on about how good the swing system in ProStroke Golf is going to be for ages - and now they've finally revealed how it's going to work.
Remember World Tour Golf? Oxygen Interactive wouldn't be surprised if you didn't - they thought the name was rubbish, and have changed it.
Oxygen Interactive reckons that World Tour Golf, due out this July, is going to give the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series a run for its money.