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),...
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.
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.
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: Only slightly over par 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 .
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...