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Hot Shots Golf 2

video game review video game review video game review Video Game Review: Hot Shots Golf 2 Publisher: Sony
Category: Sports, Golf
Platform: PS1
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: February 2000

Overall Rating: 3 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
3 Stars out of 4

Two years since the original hit, Hot Shots Golf 2 is winning praise from casual gamers and golf freaks alike. Anyone can immediately appreciate the user-friendly design. It's nice to know there are still developers who try to be perfectionists.

Case in point: Most games hide their weather options in a menu somewhere. Hot Shots Golf 2 has a little icon in the bottom right corner of each training level screen; an instruction next to this icon tells you to press R2 (was it R2?) to switch seasons.

I'm sorry, but I appreciate this little touch. It's so easy! Why don't developers try to make start- up as easy as possible? Why don't they make the features jump out at you, instead of having to hunt through the menus or read the manual? (Okay, enough.)

Hot Shots Golf 2 also makes concepts like ball spin an intuitive exploration. The icons on the screen actually attract your attention, and you can tell what to do just by looking at them.

I like how you can press left or right to rotate the direction of your strike. You can even aim away from the hole if you like! The game feels less formula-driven as a result. Play is more flexible and fun.

Different clubs and goofy characters (Gex is hidden!) complete the package, though the original is actually more enjoyable.

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