Friday, April 16, 2010

Top Five Other Golf Games

If you recall last Friday, we took a look at my favorite golf games of all time. Now I'd like to take a look at the games that didn't quite make that list. You can cram these two lists for a top ten if you'd like, they're the Top Five Other Golf Games. Let's tee off, shall we?

5) Super Swing Golf: Season Two (Wii)

PANGYA on PC is known as Super Swing Golf on the Wii. I really enjoyed the second entry on the Wii as it had a lot of content to drive through. From the single-player story mode where you went from board space to board space like New Super Mario Bros. Wii, completing challenges and facing off against golfers in competitive play, to the multiple costumes you could unlock for your characters. While the swinging controls weren't the best and I had to opt to use a Gamecube controller, Super Swing Golf: Season Two was still a fun diversion from playing the real thing.

4) Mario Golf: Advance Tour (GBA)

You take Mario Golf and you minimize it to fit on the Gameboy Advance's screen. Seems like a match made in heaven, and it truly was. This time around the game was more of a golf game with RPG-like elements. As you played the various well-designed courses, you earned experience that could be used to level up your golfer to give better accuracy, power, and spin. As you progressed your custom golfer could take on the likes of Mario, Donkey Kong, and Bowser! A great pocket-sized golfer, Mario Golf: Advance Tour is a terrific title.

3) PANGYA: Fantasy Golf (PSP)

PANGYA returns on the list with even more fantasy golf fun. With approximately nine themed courses from tropical shores to winter wonderlands, the ability to earn new apparel and gear for your characters, and a long story mode that has you playing as every character in the game, Fantasy Golf is definitely a load of fun. It's not as if the PSP is dying for golf games, but excellent golf games like PANGYA: Fantasy Golf are welcomed additions to the PSP library. If you can find a copy cheap and like golf, there's no reason why you shouldn't check this title out.

2) Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee (PSP)

While Open Tee 2 was bigger and better than its predecessor, don't look down on the original. It's a capable golf game all on its own. The single-player mode has you competing in tournaments and match play events. As you win you unlock new costume pieces for your characters as well as more challenging trials. While the six courses means you'll grow tired of the game sooner than Open Tee 2, it's still a worthwhile game to pick up for fans of goofy golf who just happen to possess Sony's PlayStation Portable.

1) Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 All-Play (Wii)

Tiger tops the list again. Had Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 not had been so tremendous, we wouldn't be seeing All-Play on this list. It would have been on the original Top Five Golf Games list. Regardless, All-Play usually meant dumbed down for the so-called "casuals". Not so with Tiger Woods. Instead a bevy of party modes were added with fun mini-games, target golf, putting and driving challenges, among others. Then you had the twenty-something courses, entertaining commentary, and plenty of holes to sink your balls into. Sounds dirty, no? Nonetheless, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 All-Play may be a mouthful, but it tops our list today.

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