Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee (PSP)
Sean W. Gibson / Sep 12th, 2005 No Comments
The wild and crazy Hot Shots Golf franchise is back, and this time on Sony PSP – and this time around none of the wildness has been held back. Sporting impressive graphics, and all the action of the console versions, "Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee" is a nice title for PSP owners to check out. With various modes of golf play, and an impressive set of WiFi capability, the game has plenty to experience.
Newly designed gameplay elements designed for golfing on the go
Faster rounds, more rewards, and tougher competition
Win the events and collect items to customize character's looks and abilities
Improve performance over time, including longer drives or straighter shots
The Sony PSP unit continues to impress everyone that checks it out. Hot Shot Golf: Open Tee is a fantastic title to show off some of the PSP's ability to render top end graphics very well, as well as display amazing colors. The greens have honestly never looked better in the franchise's history, and the ability to really customize your golfer's look is another great graphical feature. When it comes to graphics, Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee does not disappoint and makes a great impression for first time PSP players.
The title has its share of funny sound effects and reactions from the golfers. The sound effects of the clubs, balls, and cup bring a nice authenticism of golf to a game that relies on its "extreme" nature to entice gameplay. All in all the sounds of the game were done nicely enough to round out a nice audio & visual experience.
The most important aspect of any video game is of course, the gameplay itself. Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee, for being on a portable console system, brings an unbelieveable amount of gameplay modes for gamers to enjoy. Personally, I was really surprised at the level of modes – especially when it comes to WiFi multiplayer. With the ability to play in a real time tournament with 8 other players, this title has really broken a new boundary for multiplayer gaming. Other "quick" tournaments consisting of 9 holes are very fun to run through, and the more you play, the better your character will get. You can also buy him/her new equipment which will also help, so there's a nice replayabiltiy factor to see your golfer improve and become a real stud.
If you've played or even see the other titles from this franchise, you know how much fun it is. Many golfers like ultra-realism, but the traditional and everyday gamer will have a blast with the nice mix of realism in the physics, and the over-the-top nature of the golfers, reactions, courses, and overall gameplay experience. All the courses in Open Tee are brand new, so veterans of the franchise will have new things to experience and enjoy as well. If you're looking for a nice, simple, fun game to kill time with – this might be right at the top of your list whether you're a golfing fan or not.
ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER
Considering the amount of multiplayer features available for the title, the longevity factor behind Open Tee is pretty high – you just need to find some friends with a PSP and the game! As far as single player replayability goes, the game has enough courses and hidden levels to keep you playing for hours on end. In fact, there are "hundreds" of hidden items to unlock in the game. All this equates to a very nice longevity factor.
Although many are already familiar with the "Hot Shots" franchise, this new edition that's only available for PSP is a nice and fresh addition to the franchise. There's so much to unlock and get through that single player gamers will have plenty to see and do for a very satisfying gaming experience.
Overall, Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee for Sony PSP is one of the better PSP titles to be released thus far. The gameplay is fantastic with great new courses, plenty of things to unlock, and fabulous multiplayer support via built in wireless 802.11b networking. The game offers up some brilliant and vibrant visuals for a solid graphical experience, and the usual attitude and comedy of the franchise is abundant in this release. The game gets a very solid nod from Gaming Illustrated as a fun favorite.