In Depth Review: Hotshots Golf: Open Tee [PSP]
True to its Hot Shots roots, this version is very easy to control, easy to understand, and very easy to get into. You start off with two golfers with two different styles. Choose your golfer, and get ready to laugh when you make a bonehead shot, because their reactions are priceless.
As you play with the same golfer, they gain loyalty points. The more you use them, the more loyal they are to you and easier they are to control. You can play single holes, front eight, back eight, or full course. You’ll do this against an opponent, or yourself. Trust me, against yourself is more frustrating. If you beat your competitor, you gain them as a playable character. Then choose them, and laugh some more as they react to your weak screw-ups.
Graphically, this is what the PSP can do easily, and should do more often. Fantastic colors, beautiful backdrops, great scrolling, and all the ooh’s and ahh’s coming from the golfing audience, and you, that is required in a game of “skill.” Not to denigrate the skill level of this game, but it’s easier to handle than most “real” golf games, yet every once in a while, you say, “How can I have made that @#$%&*! Shot like that!!” Then you laugh because the characters react to your failed shot. Makes you feel slightly better. The ambient sounds and awesome field scopes make it challenging enough to make you realize, “Hey, stop looking at the Sphinx overpass and shoot the ball in the middle.”
If you like to do “dress up your characters,” then you will love this game. As you win challenges, you get accessories for your clubs, or balls, or attire for your character. My favorite? Punk rock looking hair, wearing an apron, and playing with a frying pan club. Can’t beat that, but do you want to try? The options are seemingly endless and funny. I like good spirited games like this that make me forget I suck at golf.
Finally, I would like to address the controls. I never do this, since the PSP eliminated two more buttons and made a lot of games harder, but this game handles like a gem. The only error in this game's control is you - you make the mistakes. Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be? Blame the game all you want, the mechanics are right, you just suck.
So if you want to play a golf game with some realism, play Tiger Woods. Otherwise, play Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee. Then, laugh at how bad you are at fake golf.