Everybody's Golf 4
|Hot Shots Golf Fore!|
Japanese cover art
|Publisher(s)||Sony Computer Entertainment|
Hot Shots Golf Fore! (Everybody's Golf 4 (みんなのGOLF4? Minna no Golf 4) in Japan and Everybody's Golf in Europe) is the fourth game in the Hot Shots Golf series and the second released for PlayStation 2. It was released on 27 November 2003 in Japan, 17 August 2004 in the North America and 23 September 2005 in Europe.
This game delivers more realistic physics, sharper graphics, more golfers, caddies and courses than before. miniature golf games and online play for players with the Network Adaptor are also driving features. The developers increased the overall number of characters from 15 to 24, added more caddies (10 in all) and boosted the number of courses from six to 15. Of these 15 courses, 10 are new, while five are returning favorites from the previous game. The game also features a Tournament mode where up to 32 players can compete against each other. Cameo roles as playable characters in the North American and European versions are Ratchet (from the Ratchet & Clank series) and Jak (from the Jak and Daxter series, as he would later appear in Jak 3). Ratchet and Jak's caddies are Clank and Daxter, respectively. A Pipo Monkey (from the Ape Escape series) is an unlockable caddie in the Japanese and European versions only. The European version seems to have the largest character roster overall.
Everybody's Golf implements the "Everybody's Points" system where players earn and spend points to unlock new gear and extras. Several different modes of play are available and include Tour (full season of tournaments), Tournament (plug and play instant action mode), VS Mode (challenge golfers to unlock new characters/costumes) and Training (in game tutorial mode). In addition, there are two online play modes: Head to Head (one on one play with another player) and Real Time Tournament (real time online golf tourneys). The North American and European versions included online play while Japanese did not. The North American online play servers were shut down as of 30 June 2008.
One unique feature is an unlockable "Advanced Mode" that allows players to golf without the grid showing where the ball is expected to land when taking a shot or putting. This grid is typically used in golfing video games.
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