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. That pretty much leaves the sport of golf up for grabs, or at least as good a game as you can make without a PGA license. That means fantasy courses and fictional characters, but it has been done in the past…quite well I might add.
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), is this a game that’s just well below par?
Summary: Parents need to know Powerstar Golf is a golf game available via download for Xbox One. It's innocuous enough -- there's no violence, overt sexuality, or bad language -- though parents should be aware that it features microtransactions that encourage players to spend real money or virtual goods.
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: Golf might be the very definition of a game that is simple conceptually, but exceptionally difficult to master. It's this mix of simplicity and challenge that makes golf video games so captivating, when they get it right. Which Powerstar Golf does--mostly. There's nothing revolutionary here, but Powerstar Golf is an absorbing game in the tradition of the Hot Shots Golf series, with some fun competitive features and a loot system that offers you enticing rewards for your...
Pros: Captures the triumph and the heartbreak of golf, Competitive features constantly push you to improve, Inviting visual style, Plenty of cool gear to acquire
Cons: In-game economy is geared to encourage you to spend real money, Tutorials don't delve deep enough
Summary: As a young gamer, often times my first foray into the wide world of sports was through videogames. Before I knew how to run a slant route in a real-life game of football, I knew how to run something in Tecmo Bowl and Madden . The same could be said for the greenest of all sports, which was first introduced to me by way of Nintendo's Golf for the NES.
Conclusion: Powerstar Golf blends time-tested mechanics with a unique style, rewarding your hard work with a pleasant sense of accomplishment. As long as you don't let the microtransactions ruin it for you, you're all but guaranteed to have a good time.
Pros: Charming, Pixar-like visuals, Classic mechanics feel pleasantly familiar, Great multiplayer, asynchronous or otherwise
Cons: Finicky power gauge, Microtransactions could potentially spoil your fun
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 over and over again.
Conclusion: Powerstar Golf manages to successfully marry an old-school arcade golf experience with some decidedly new-school ideas. The lack of proper online multiplayer is a bit of a blow, but the Rivals mode has the potential to provide an ongoing challenge after you’ve scooped up all of the career medals. It’s not a complete hole in (Xbox) One for golf fans, but it’s a good deal of fun if you desperately want to hit the links on your new machine.
Pros: Addictive career, Rivals mode, Fun special abilities