Excerpt: With the cancellation of EA‘s PGA Tour 15 there is an unprecedented and glaring gap in sports gaming this year. I guess that’s what happens when an entire sport is dominated and controlled by the monopolized fist of a single publisher.
Excerpt: Powerstar Golf is partially a golf simulator and partially an arcade golf game. Players earn experience and in game currency. The experience levels up their player. The in game currency buys packs of cards. These cards can be better gear or one use usable items.
Excerpt: Despite getting almost no pre-launch buzz, " Powerstar Golf " looked like it had a certain something about it. Did my hunch pay off? Zoe Mode have made some of the more interesting Xbox exclusives in the past, but without any significant innovation behind this (there’s no use of Kinect for example),...
Summary: A solid game that definitely has an audience. Might lack replay value, could be too short or there are some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun. How we score: The Destructoid Reviews Guide
Excerpt: is unquestionably charming. From the lush visuals to the comforting background music, there isn't a moment where the game doesn't welcome you with open arms. And even though it's far from a true to life simulation of the sport, it brings the same kinds of triumphs and frustrations.
Summary: It brings together a familiar cartoon aesthetic, crazy course design and an engaging layer of social hooks. Even when you're playing completely alone, you'll always be going up against friends' records.
Conclusion: Concept: Zoe Mode graces Xbox One's launch with a spellbinding golf simulation
Graphics: A beautiful game that doesn't scream next gen in its details. Courses balance beautiful aesthetics with harrowing shot trajectories
Sound: Caddies are annoying helpers who repeat the same quips about the wind...
Summary: PowerStar Golf doesn’t reinvent the golf-game wheel, but it’s a pleasant, laid-back diversion with a fun design sense and great camera controls that outweigh its relatively inoffensive microtransaction system.
Pros: Intuitive controls. Relaxed gameplay. Colourful, bright design of characters and environments. The jolliest commentator in sports gaming.
Cons: Requires grinding or micro transactions to unlock certain characters and items. No major innovations to the golf-sim mechanic. Could do with more superpowers.