Tiger Woods PGA Tour continues to be the goto golf game around. And with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 being the best in franchise history, John Daly’s ProStroke Golf has some stiff competition. However, with plenty of room for improvement in Tiger Woods, it is more than possible for the best to be upended.
Considering the preview at E3 showed real promise, my hopes for another golf game to depend on each year was looking up. Unfortunately, John Daly’s ProStroke Golf falls quite short in both content and presentation. The application of PlayStation Move’s technology on the other hand is more than impressive.
While Tiger Woods has had years to iterate upon its success, one would think that in order to compete it would need to both copy and innovate upon Tiger. This is most important in the area of career mode. Gamers have come to expect an RPG-type feel when entering into a career mode: such things as leveling up your character, going through real-life scenarios of training and tournaments to improve, etc. John Daly provides none of this.
Career mode is overly simplistic and will quickly become repetitive. As is expected, it will begin with creating a character – which features very few options in almost every characteristic. Once you have your character, you are given three challenges before being eligible to enter a tournament.
These challenges are you versus John Daly in driving, short range, and putting competitions. Once those challenges are completed you are able to enter the next tournament. Career mode is literally that, twelve times.
With the lack of content in a mode that generally holds the most content in sports games today, one would hope that the rest of the modes provided would compensate. Unfortunately that isn’t the case at all as the only other modes provided are quick game and online.
To make matters worse, online mode is non-existent in this game as almost no one is playing it. Because of this, it will take a frustrating amount of time to be matched up to a game, so forget those online trophies because they are unreachable.
Graphically, John Daly’s ProStroke Golf really is quite poor for today’s standards. The presentation is very bare bones, the environments are never visually pleasing, and the character detail is lacking. So far, not much appealing about this game, huh?
Well, things start to improve once you start using the PlayStation Move. Mechanically, the game is nowhere near as polished as Tiger Woods with a regular controller. However, with the PlayStation Move it tends to feel more realistic than Tiger Woods‘ offering.
There is nothing more rewarding than properly placing my feet and club and perfectly executing a punch shot as I would in real life – as opposed to choosing to execute a punch shot in Tiger Woods. The true mechanics of golf transfer perfectly in John Daly’s ProStroke Golf which, for me, make it very appealing. With winter approaching, my time on the course in real life will dwindle. Fortunately though, I can practice proper form and mechanics with the PlayStation Move. And when I do so, John Daly’s ProStroke Golf is my number one choice.
So while the presentation and content is lacking, there is some appeal to this title. However, while the PlayStation Move controls are impressive, the game just doesn’t deliver in the most important areas. If anything, John Daly’s ProStroke Golf shows serious promise in the area of motion gaming. My sincere hope is that come next year, the game takes advantage of its strengths, greatly expands on its content and presentation, and provides Move owners an easy decision when purchasing a motion controlled golf game.
Presentation is quite poor and uninspired. Graphics are under par.
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Mechanics are nowhere near as polished as Tiger Woods, but the Move technology is very impressive.
Music in the game is limited and quickly gets annoying. In game sounds are nothing more than constant birds and airplane sounds. Announcers and crowd sounds are very poor as well.
Not much content here and it is rare to get matched up online. Practicing mechanics for your golf game seems to be the largest factor in replayability.
John Daly's ProStroke Golf fails to provide the content most sports gamers expect today. The PlayStation Move is this game's only saving grace.