More Reviews
REVIEWS Boss! Review
PlayStation Vita owners looking to exercise a little frustration can look to this rather low-fi title about creating a monster and destroying everything in your path.

Part 2 of Square-Enix and Disney's cooperative compilation cash-cow is ready to milk the series for another go, but does the milk taste sweet or is it spoiled?
More Previews
PREVIEWS Evolve Preview
With multiplayer action set as its focus, Evolve surprised us earlier this month by introducing a single-player campaign mode where you can switch between mercenaries.
Release Dates
Release date: Out Now

Persona 5
Release date: 12/31/14

Motorcycle Club
Release date: 01/01/15

Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk
Release date: 01/14/15

LATEST FEATURES Downloadable Content Walks the Line Between Fun and Frenzied in Middle-earth
I don’t even care all that much for the Lords of the Rings brand, which makes the content falling under Shadow of Mordor’s Season Pass a pleasant surprise.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Gamers
If this awful trend is going to persist, you may as well do it your way.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Black Friday 2014 Video Game Deals Buyer's Guide
Looking to score the most bang for your buck the day after Thanksgiving? Well look no further! Our Black Friday guide is just the tool you need.

Read More Member Blogs
RIP Ralph Baer (1922-2014)
By KevinS
Posted on 12/07/14
RIP Ralph Baer (1922-2014) I really, really hate writing obits. I really do. But I take it as a personal honor to be able to say good things about the men and women I respect, whether in this industry or just in my life, and Ralph Baer is the reason all of this exists in the first...

True Swing Golf Review

Ben_Silverman By:
GENRE Sports 
E Contains No Descriptors

What do these ratings mean?

It ain't got that swing.

If you take away newfangled hooey like oversized drivers, Kryptonite putters and pre-round steroid cocktails, the fundamental game of golf has barely changed in five hundred years. The technology has advanced and the players are decidedly less gentlemanly and more NASCAR, but you still hit the little ball with the big club towards the tiny hole. The less you do this, the better you are.

While this real-world leisure game for the rich has relied on the archaic mechanic of "swinging," the video game version of the sport has challenged itself to constantly invent new ways to do the same old thing. First there was the three-click swing meter, then the analog-stick push and pull, and now, according to True Swing Golf, we have the "truest" way to approximate the physical act of swinging a golf club - drawing a line. And if you believe that, then this interesting but clearly flawed golf sim might be just what the caddie ordered.

Unlike most Nintendo games, True Swing has no ties to any classic mascot, past or present, nor does it contain any licensed PGA pros. Instead, you choose one of eight pre-made male or female skins, select "cool" or "wild" attitude, then wonder aloud why this character creator sucks so bad. All of the characters have the same stats - which is to say, none.

After fumbling through the meager player registration, you get to hack away at the most straightforward game of video golf ever. Though the menu offers a few different selections, the single-player game boils down to single game or tournaments play in stroke or match varieties. Meanwhile, more complicated modes like Skins, Stableford or Best Ball continue their vacations in Tiger Woods country. The only interesting mode is Championship, which is also the only way to make money to spend on the thin selection of new clothes and equipment. The gear modifiers are pretty negligible with very minor affects on general curve, spin or power ratings.

But none of those wind up making much of a difference thanks to the game's pomp and pride, its 'true swing' mechanic. The top screen shows your golfer, the course and some basic yardage info, while the touch screen initially allows you to aim with a somewhat inaccurate cursor. When you're ready to swing, the touch screen changes to a picture of the ball and the club head. You simply drag the stylus back and swipe it forward to emulate the swinging of a golf club; the farther you draw it back and the faster you bring it forward, the stronger the shot.

At first, it feels great. Mimicking a golf swing with a pared down spatial gesture makes sense and indeed, it works pretty well. You really don't need to know a thing about golf, be it real or digital, to make a connection in True Swing.

The downside is that it's absurdly easy. The game helps immeasurably by giving you a handy 'flag' line marker so you'll know exactly how far back to swing to, say, hit the flag. Though this doesn't ensure that you'll hole out from 150 yards, it makes judging distance almost entirely moot, transforming the act of swinging into a mere matter of how well you can draw a straight line.

In a rare stroke of honesty, True Swing's linear mechanic leaves open the possibility of whiffing entirely. Strike three! It doesn't happen often, but it's far more realistic to swing and miss the ball than to hit it perfectly straight down the fairway time and again, so at least there's some truth to the swing system, not to mention the title.

Which should probably be changed to Truly Easy Golf, especially when putting. In addition to the distance marker, you're aided by arrows overlaid on the green to represent slope and a dark red line indicating the likely trajectory of the putt itself. Simply line this up with the hole, take into account any uphill or downhill speed modifiers, swing straight and you'll be an overnight Arnold Palmer.

Really the biggest problem with the true swing mechanic is its generally forgivable nature. You won't really screw the pooch too severely with shanked shots, but you won't rack up twelve birdies in a row like a Tiger Woods veteran, either. You'll be shooting par rounds within the first hour and you won't really get much better over time, because there isn't anything to get better at. It's an accessible yet boring system, more PDA than PGA.

None of the fifteen courses stand out graphically, but that's more a result of the game's tepid overall presentation than a course design issue. The player animations are fine and the load times are very quick, but the backgrounds are pixilated and the textures are flat and dull. You won't find anything thrilling in the audio, either. Canned MIDI tracks loop endlessly during play, occasionally broken up by basic sound golf effects.

Probably the steadiest club in True Swing's bag is its multiplayer functionality. You can play wirelessly with three other DS owners with only one card thanks to DS download play and a shared demo. Plus, built-in Pictochat means you can draw terrible things and send them to other players right as they're about to take a swing. Try hitting the ball with an awful sketch of a penis staring you down.

Or better yet, don't. True Swing Golf's attempt to revolutionize video golf swings and misses thanks to its oversimplified control, marginal delivery and uninspired play modes, so we recommend saving your cash for a cleaner, harder course.

C Revolution report card
  • Good multiplayer
  • Interesting control scheme
  • That's far too forgiving
  • Little depth
  • Bland presentation
    Reviews by other members
    No member reviews for the game.

More from the Game Revolution Network

comments powered by Disqus


More information about True Swing Golf