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POSTED 28/2/12


EVERYBODY'S GOLF

Sony
Vita

Neil Young told us everybody’s rockin’. Harry Nilsson declared everybody’s talkin’. Keane then reckoned everybody’s changing. Meanwhile, Buzzcocks reckoned everybody’s happy nowadays, whilst some old bloke our parents listened to believed everybody’s beautiful. Now Sony tells us everybody’s golf. Funny, we don’t feel like Volkswagens...

OK, so it’s just a peculiar title for a golf game if taken in the context of ’everybody is’ rather than the actual ‘it belongs to everybody’. Isn’t English fun, kiddiewinkies?
 
Basically, grab the immortal – except it was never alive, so maybe we should just say ‘ timeless’ and be done with it - Leaderboard and mix in copious amounts of Sailor Moon or some other giggly girlie anime and that’s a starting point for Everybody’s Golf. Despite ladybirds crawling over your balls and bears partying on the green, the written sound effects and happy-happy-happy squeaky voices, the endless positive reinforcement and more chirpiness than the many birdies your aiming for could ever muster, the cutesy-pie stuff shouldn’t fool you. This is a very solid, option-laden 18-hole trippy trip.
 
You can play it simple arcadey – shot strength, swing, thwack - or grow accustomed to the faces of advanced features, allowing rather alarmingly full control over what happens when you go club swing now. Being Vitaesque, naturally touchy bits come into play, but trad buttonal functions are just as workable.

Chuck in portable online play, generous rubberband man opponents (you never feel you suck too suckulently), shopping, oodles of challenges beyond just getting balls into holes and enough customisation to have your average hot-rodder drooling, and Everybody’s Golf is quite snaptacular.

Much like tennis, you don’t need to dig watching golf to enjoy playing it – especially when you’re avoiding donning shitful plaid clothes and hanging with wankers. Everybody’s Golf is snap, ping, ting, plop, bang. Teehee!

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