Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds Review

Sony and Clap Hanz have a long running history with the

For the uninitiated, the Hot Shots Golf series is a great example of incredible attention to physics covered with a sugar candy coating.  Using a superdeformed look unique to the series, Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds looks like a blend of Japanese Anime coupled with realistic backgrounds.  All of the characters are semi-short versions of themselves with big heads, large hands, and really big eyes.  It is not unlike what we

You are gonna love the voices in this game or absolutely despise them. Everyone sounds like an exaggerated Anime stereotype.  What I mean by that is that the Scottish guy sounds extra Scottish, the girls are all extra squeaky (some to the point of not even sounding human anymore), and everyone is nice to the point where I felt like I was about to get a sugar buzz. 


In Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds there are two shot types

Each character in the game (there are 15 in all, classified from Novice to Expert) have five very important stats that govern their overall skill.  Power, Control, Impact, Spin, and Spidespin vary between characters, but are modified even further by choosing between the 8 club types and 8 ball types.  Some will bump your impact and control significantly only to cost you a great deal of power.  Balance in all things grasshopper.  Once you get past the initial two characters you

Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds features 1-4 local multiplayer, as well as up to 50 players for massive online tournaments.  On day 1 for the game I was only able to find a few players already hitting the links.  The online mode is split up into

Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).
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