Does Rory hit a birdie or does it fall short and bogey?
First things first, a lot of negative press has been given to this game due to its apparent lack of content, this review is going to be a totally independent review of the game as a whole and not be preoccupied with the whole content debate.
The review will be split into 4 categories, presentation, solo, multiplayer, and longevity trying to keep the review easy to read.
As far as the presentation goes, it does a great job of its TV style cinematics and commentary, although the latter does sometimes repeats itself. The graphics are great, some people have been disappointed saying that the graphics should be better, but when you think of the amount of detail loaded at one time, you can forgive the odd dodgy texture.
When you are playing the game, you are greeted with some nice touches on the heads up display, the current lie, distance to pin, and also showing your position on the leaderboard it all adds up to a great experience. The grass moves as you take your backswing, and divots shoot off when you finish your shots. Add to that the Bose Big Hit moments when you add enough power boost the experience is a good one.
When playing solo you are given the options to play through a pro career, the nightclub or to just go for a round of golf.
Pro career takes you from a low attribute golfer, gaining pre determined points as you move through the tournaments, this could have been better if you could assign points yourself but never mind.
You then select the clubs that you unlock from gaining experience points for each round you play, again perhaps making you buy clubs etc would have been a better option.
The nightclub takes you onto the fantasy courses and puts you through a series of challenges that takes you through different shot types, making you hit a driver and come to rest in a certain area, it’s a good part for a small takeaway from the main game but without the ability to play online against friends it really is a solo exercise.
The online modes take in a head to head mode where you take on a few friends or join a random ranked room. On the other hand you have daily and weekly tournaments that you can get your teeth stuck into.
On the head to head mode, it’s fast paced, all players taking shots at the same time with a timer on each hole. There is also a shot limit which doesn’t allow you to score over a double bogey. All this adds to the already challenging gameplay, always trying to out drive other players and running the risk of hitting that bad shot.
Whilst there is nothing groundbreaking about the online, it does what it needs to and it does it very well.
Anyone that has read he reports of the lack on content will already know that there is not a large amount of courses to start with, 8 standard, 4 fantasy cours and 1 extra course if you preordered, in total 13 courses. So not the largest amount, add to that 12 playable golfers that doesn’t include a number of big hitters from the PGA Tour, however, all is not lost, EA have already announced that they will be releasing free DLC but what this entails it’s anyone’s guess.
EA have also confirmed that this will not be a yearly release as per the norm for EA sports games, so with that you would like to think that the updates will make the game last a while, however we will have to wait and see how long it takes to the first content update.
Yes the game lacks a large amount of content, and yes the game modes may be few and far between, but what this game does brilliantly is give the emotion of hitting your shots close to the flag, challenging your putting and giving you a great social game if playing with friends. With updates to courses, golfers and modes this game can only get better.
It may not score an eagle, but it definitely gets a birdie.
Click HERE to find Rory McIlroy on the PlayStation Store, also available on Xbox One