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NES Open Tournament Golf (NES) review


"My first golfing game, and truth be told it almost was my last. Looking back the game was not bad however, it just really tested my patience. It is the basis of almost all the Nintendo games after this, including Mario Golf 64, which was a quality game. This is basically just a normal golfing game, with nothing new to it, besides that Mario is the golfer. "



My first golfing game, and truth be told it almost was my last. Looking back the game was not bad however, it just really tested my patience. It is the basis of almost all the Nintendo games after this, including Mario Golf 64, which was a quality game. This is basically just a normal golfing game, with nothing new to it, besides that Mario is the golfer.

GRAPHICS (4/10): The graphics are very poor, but then again this is a golfing game. The graphics mean as little as possible in golfing games, so the poor graphics really do not hurt the experience. It does the job, I guess, but really is boring for the eyes.

SOUND (3/10): The silence as you hit the ball, just like real golf. The silence as the ball hits the grass and rolls. There is practically no sound in the game. Once again I guess this is a penalty of the game of golf, and not the videogame itself. (But music would've been nice)


GAMEPLAY (20/50): NES Golf is just boring. I mean to hit the ball you have to hit ''A'' between some bars. The skill needed is minimal, and any sane person could do it. However this is all timing, and I guess like golf it's a head game. It is hard to stay concentrated, cause this game is just that boring. That is the whole game through 18 holes. Just clicking ''A'' and hoping it lines up. The rest is the computer picking your clubs, and aiming for you, just like a caddy, and maybe putting once or twice if yuo aren't bored by the time you reach the green.

CONTROLS (10/15): The controls on the game are fairly easy to understand. The control pad can either change your club or to aim, although it would be pointless to aim cause the game does it for you. The controls are smooth too, as if you hit ''A'' between the bars, it will stop fairly well. They are simple to a state of boredom, and it all goes down to timing and letting the computer pick everything else

REPLAYABILITY (3/10): I stopped playing this almost immediately, but once again penalty for the sport it was of. Just clicking ''A'' and trying to get within two areas is not fun, and the skill needed is just boring, cause they pick the clubs for ya. THe courses are very similiar to me, although I guess the terrain does change. If your into golf you might play this for awhile.

DIFFICULTY (3/5): This game is as hard as just pressing ''A''. If you have the timing down, you can dominate. If you don't then you are screwed.

OVERALL (43/100): It is obvious I am no fan of the sport of golf, and that leads to me not being a fan of NES Open Tournament Golf, but fun golf games have been made before, and this is not one of them. It does resemble most of the Mario Golf games, but while those are fun, this is not. The game is distinctly harder and just so repetitive it's not even funny. In no way do I reccomend purchasing this unless you are a true golf fan.

Rating: 4.3/10

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Community review by ratking (December 21, 2002)

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