Hey what is up everybody at PN and XBL Radio, Mr B4 here to give you the latest news as to what is going on in the gaming community. I do not have news for you today, what I do have for you is a review of a game that I recently played for the Wii. The game is called We Love Golf, it was developed by Camelot Software Planning, and published by Capcom. It is basically an arcade style golf game like Mario or Hot Shots Golf, but with Wii controls.
Before I get into my thoughts about this game, let us take some time to go over the modes available:
Single Player Modes
1. Tournament- Compete in an 18-hole tournament to unlock new courses.
2. Character Match- 1 on 1 match between you and a computer controlled character. Defeat them to unlock them as a playable character (12 to unlock).
3. Strokes- A regular game of golf scored by total number of strokes.
4. Ring Shot– Clear all rings and finish a hole without going over par.
5. Target– Shoot ball onto target to receive points.
6. Near Pin Contest– Land shot as close to the pin as you can (get ball onto the green).
7. Training– Practice any one of the above events on any difficulty.
8. Status– Track your progress in all of the modes in the game.
Multiplayer Modes( 4 player offline, 2 player online w/ leaderboards, Mii integration both on and offline, but have to unlock it for use in single player mode)
2. Near Pin contest
3. Skins Match– Winner of each hole gets that holes points.
4. Match Play( not available for 3 or 4 players)– Compete for each hole.
1. Friend Play- Play against your friends from your Wii friends list
2. World Play- Play against a random person
2 sets of rules for each mode, beginner (Shot guideline) and master rules (no shot guideline)
That was a lot to get through, now on to the review:
Hitting the ball and swinging your club do sound somewhat realistic, but you will tend to hear some cartoonish swoosh noises thrown in from time to time; primarily when you do a power shot, back spin shot, or top spin shot, but it never really gets annoying. There is a Wii remote on the screen that gives you advice during gameplay, such as “stop” when you have your shot aligned perfectly or “great” when you hit the ball well. It was also tell you that you can hit A to do your real swing or hit B to take a practice swing. Even though this happens a lot and can get annoying to hear, it is very helpful in the gameplay aspect, which I will get to later.
The characters in this game have cheesy one-liners that they use when they win or lose, which at times can get very annoying, but you get used to it after awhile. You will also hear the crowd clapping and a somewhat animated announcer doing the play by play when you are taking your shot, which adds some excitement to each shot that you take. Music is somewhat varied, is very upbeat, and will keep you pumped up during gameplay.
Gameplay/Controls (A) :
This is not only a fun game to play, but the controls are simple and easy to understand. If you ever get stuck, the Wii remote onscreen will tell you exactly what you need to do. You aim your shot with the d-pad on the remote, then select the club you want by pressing up or down on the d-pad. When you are ready to take your shot, hold down the A button and a power meter will appear on the screen, with two golf club points on each end. Swing your club backwards until the Wii remote tells you to stop, then when the power meter reaches the other club, swing forward to complete your shot. It all comes down to your timing between the two points on the power meter. If you do it right, your shot will stay on course, if you do not do it right, well… you get the idea. You can also go all the way up on the power meter to perform a special shot, which will help increase the distance of your shot, but will also not perfectly align it on the course.
This is a fast paced game that will always keep you on your guard, and never make you seem bored. Online multiplayer is just as fun as offline multiplayer , which is not laggy at all and also allows you a chance to taunt your opponents by pressing the B button. Granted, there is no voice chat but at least there is some type of way to interact with your opponent. You will still need friend codes to play online against your friends, but you can always play against a random person, and have just as much fun as you would playing against a friend.
For a game on the Wii, We love golf is not too shabby in the graphics department. The characters that you can play as look alright, and are nicely animated with a variety of expressions. The courses are rich and full of colors, but are certainly far away from being a true next gen game due to the lack of detail with flowers looking blocky, grass looking like a big green block, etc. Some of the courses you will see include a beach course, a flower garden course, a country club course, and a Japanese themed course. There are more courses than that, but these are all of the ones that I have unlocked so far, so i am not sure how many in total are available to unlock. The power shots look amazing and vary from lightning bolts, to rainbows, and even to a fireball flying across the screen.
Replay Value (A+):
This is the area in which We Love Golf shines, because there is a lot to do and unlock in this game. You can unlock up to 12 different characters who vary in strength, accuracy, etc. As well as unlock up to 3 costumes per character. Some of the costumes you can unlock include outfits from characters like Ryu from Street Fighter, Jill Valentine from Resident Evil, etc. I have not unlocked any of these costumes yet, but am looking forward to doing so.
You can play with up to four people offline, or two people online in a variety of different modes listed above. There is also the option for you to play as one of your Mii characters in any of the multiplayer or Single Player modes, but you will have to unlock all the secret characters first before you can use your Mii in any of the Single Player modes. I know this is dumb, but at least the feature is available in someway shape or form. Online play also allows you to keep track of your win-loss record, but not anything else. In the end, there is a lot to do in this game other than just playing a regular session of golf, which gives it an interesting appeal to players of all ages.
For a game that is just about golf, there is a lot of depth to it. Maybe not so much in the gameplay department, but the amount of things you can unlock, the different characters you can play as, and just the many different modes in this game make it a unique and entertaining experience for anyone. With the addition of online play, leaderboards, taunts, and Mii integration through both modes of play, this game just simply gives you a lot of options to choose from, and things to do. Controls are easy and responsive, graphics are great, and replay value will keep you hooked into this game months down the road. Simply put, this is the best golf game for the Wii outside of Wii sports, and that says a lot.
Until next time gamers, this is B4 signing off.
P.S. – If you are interested in this game, check out the screenshots below.