Excerpt: It seems like just a few years ago I played my first Hot Shots sports video game. This franchise has blossomed into a wonderful, fun, and stable video game series. Hot Shots Golf Open Tee 2 on the Playstation Portable (PSP) continues the franchise. Sony has kept most of the formula the same, and even made an admirable improvement. There has been a decrease in the enticement to lust issue in this PSP video game (Editor: from previous Hot Shots franchise games).
Summary: Hot on the heels of the PS3 debut of the Hot Shots Golf series ( Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds ) comes the newest incarnation, this time on the PSP. Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 takes the game PSP owners have enjoyed since it was released over three years ago, and builds upon it with many new features.
Summary: Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 features new courses and wacky characters, along with hundreds of customization options including clothes, accessories, and equipment. Additionally, the game brings a wide range of multiplayer options including 16-player online tournaments and ad hoc capability for one-on-one or Stroke Mode challenges.
Summary: Hot Shots Open Tee 2 feels very similar to just about any other Hot Shots game, but that's not a bad thing at all, assuming you're already a fan. The gameplay is very fun yet challenging, some of the quirky characters and courses are still enjoyable, and the varying game modes always offer you something different. Online play is a bit stripped down but it plays as good as it would offline.
Pros: Fun and surprisingly realistic gameplay., Deep character customization., Nice looking courses.
Cons: Annoying caddy and player voices., Some courses are downright sillly., Slight lack of game modes.
Excerpt: fan. Luckily, there's a pretty good reason for all the love I have for the series: it's friggin' awesome. It seems no matter the platform, no matter the tech, longtime series developer Clap Hanz never seems to get tired of going back to the virtual links and it shows; Much of that comes down to the fact that the gameplay is about as polished here with the "old" system as you can get.
Excerpt: One standout title from the lean days of the PSP launch was Hot Shots Open Tee, the portable version of the long-running fantasy golf series from Sony. The title took a casual approach to the sport without skimping on deep, rewarding gameplay. With Open Tee 2, portable players get a sequel to one of the best, early PSP games ever made. Firing up Open Tee 2 feels an awful lot like starting up the original game a few years back.
Excerpt: Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2's core swing mechanic remains largely unchanged. Even though Clap Hanz decided to change the shot mode for the PlayStation 3 version of the game, they kept the PSP version identical to its predecessor; a wise decision in my opinion. The really great thing about the Hot Shots franchise is it can be as simple or as complicated as you want.
Pros: Tons of Unlockables, Addicting Gameplay, Nice Graphics, Online Play
Cons: Might be a little to much of the same for Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 1 fans.
Excerpt: Game: Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 Genre: Sports – Golf Platform: PSP Ever since Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds was released on the PS3 earlier this year, I have been completely hooked. Even though the series has been around since the days of the first PlayStation, I had avoided it for years simply because I don’t like golf. With Hot Shots , though, that’s not an issue; the game is so quirky, fun, and addictive, it’s easy to get sucked in even if you’re not a golf fan.
Conclusion: If your a fan of Hot Shots Golf then 2008 seems to be a great year for you as now this marks the second solid outing for the series (the first being on the PS3 a few months prior). If you enjoyed the original and are wondering if this is a worthy successor my answer would be absolutely there is plenty of new content, and the online play is quite the treat.