Rated 5.5 out of 10 by 2
Rated 2 out of 10 by SpartanGhost Big problems with little things
You can't cancel your swing if you accidentally tap x twice, so if you are in a 18 hole course barely winning, you'll be one stroke behind probably in the rough wasting 30 minutes of your time. They stopped online play. You can't chose to chip whenever you want. If you are on the green it forces you to putt. Graphics and sound are the only good thing about this game.
Rated 9 out of 10 by boogstah Typical Hot Shots (which is a good thing)
Always been a fan of the series and this one is no different. Casual golfers will enjoy this but also it has a hidden complexity for those more "experienced" golfers willing to look for it.
The complete package is a great buy at the price including 2 extra courses, and 4 extra dlc characters. I've been using Sackboy myself as I'm also a big LBP fan. Kratos is just odd as a golfer, but I guess Sony needs to toss their 2nd poster boy into everything these days.
The courses are fun and challenging, each different enough in style and gameplay to make them somewhat unique. The amount of unlockable gear, costumes, etc is pretty vast and the loyalty meter for each character gives a lot of replay value. This version also includes a 3D mode which is kind of neat. I honestly use it about 50% of the time I play the game. The other addition to this installment is PS Move compatibility. Can't really comment on this one as I don't have a Move controller set yet, but as I'm planning on getting one in the near future I'm sure it will be nice to have another game already owned with the feature I suppose.
My one and only gripe with the game is the new "advanced shot system" included which does away with the bar along the bottom of the screen and requires you to stop your shot by watching the actual club swing back on your golfer. While I do enjoy this mode for driving and putting, anything in-between is a HUGE pain in the you-know-what. It's almost impossible to gauge the correct power needed with all the different variables this game can toss at you while making your shots. (wind speed, fairway layout/angle, lay of the ball, etc)
While the old school bar at the bottom is still available for use in this game, they try to force you into the advanced system in 3 ways.
1) Some tournaments REQUIRE you to use it as "advanced shots only" is a special rule on some of them.
2) You can supposedly "hit the ball farther" with the advanced shots which I'm sure may come into play near the end of the tourney stretch.
3) My biggest gripe... they made the "traditional shot" bar we're so familiar with in this game a nice BRIGHT YELLOW with a WHITE slider bar making it somewhat hard to see even on my 42" tv....
It's almost as if they made the game saying "well here it is, but we're not gonna make it easy for you to use."
Regardless, even with those small gripes, Hot Shots Golf: OOB is a fun game for both casuals and serious golfers and again, well worth the price of admission in my opinion.