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Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational coming to PS3


Vita title to get console port this month on PSN
Jul 19
// Jordan Devore
More Hot Shots Golf on PlayStation 3, even if it's a game fans will have experienced already on PS Vita, is a good thing. Ideal? Probably not. But still good! 2012's Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational will find its way to PS...
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Labyrinth Legends going free for PlayStation Plus


And a Hot Shots Golf sale
Apr 08
// Jordan Devore
Labyrinth Legends is an overhead action-adventure game from prolific PlayStation Network developer Creat Studios (Mushroom Wars, Cuboid) that will join PlayStation Plus' Instant Game Collection tomorrow. This is exactly the t...
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Play as Gravity Rush's Kat in Hot Shots Golf on PS Vita


And more DLC in World Invitational
Mar 14
// Jordan Devore
It's no secret that Kat from Gravity Rush would find her way to Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational as a playable character. The time has finally come for non-Japanese versions of the PlayStation Vita game -- she'll be availab...

TGS: I took on a booth girl at Hot Shots Golf 6 and lost

Sep 20 // Dale North
Minna no Golf 6 on the PS3 looks a bit better than the Vita version, but it's more of a par shot than an eagle. They've bumped up the resolution to 1080p, and that's easy to appreciate, but while my lovely opponent was putting in birdies, I noticed that some background scenery objects look to have pretty low polygon counts, with closeups on things like mountains and fences looking a bit rough. Still, the game looks nice overall, with player models and UI objects seeing the biggest benefit from the visual upgrade. The Everybody's Golf mode lets you hand off a controller in matches for up to four players. Her handing off a still-warm controller threw my game off slightly, while her giggles at my imprecise swings really threw a wrench in the works. But the main point that really had me off was how she was probably hustling me. Her first couple of swings were widely off from the targets and greens, and she laughed these off as if to say 'oh well' or something. After she saw my confident turns she swooped in with near-perfect swings, knocking in a couple of birdies. One very long successful putt had me shooting her the 'really?' look. She just smiled and giggled.  If I had a chance to play her again, I'd try out the game's new cross-play feature, which lets Vita and PS3 owners take each other on. Maybe I'd have more luck using a Vita. Maybe not. Hot Shots Golf 6 will be released in Japan on November 22. It also brings PS Move support and all of the Vita's available DLC to the release. Cute booth girls not included.
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Look, I'm pretty good at videogame golf. I'm a seasoned veteran when it comes to Korean golf MMO Pangya, but I'm not half bad at Hot Shots Golf either. I've been an avid player of the series for 15 years now, so I'd like to t...

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TGS: New JP PS3 Slim bundled with Hot Shots Golf 6


Sep 19
// Dale North
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the wonderful Minna no Golf (Hot Shots Golf) series, Sony will offer a new PS3 console bundle in Japan starting November 22 that will include a copy of Minna no Golf 6. This bundle wi...
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Here's your first look at Kat in Hot Shots Golf 6


Aug 30
// Chris Carter
We already knew that Kat from Gravity Rush would be playable in the Vita's Japanese version of Hot Shots Golf 6, but now, compliments of Andriasang, we have a better look at her in-game model. It looks like she's c...
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Kat from Gravity Rush playable in Hot Shots Golf on Vita


Aug 28
// Dale North
If you're anything like me, you're still playing Vita launch title Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational. Every day, folks. Errrr day, ya'll.  I don't expect you to be like me though, as I have some kind of strange videogam...
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Hot Shots Golf 6 comes to PS3 with Move support, 1080p


Aug 22
// Dale North
The PlayStation Vita title Hot Shots Golf 6 (or, for us, Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational) has been announced as a PS3 title in Japan. This week's Famitsu says that the game will support Move controls, as any good PS3 golf ...
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Wal-Mart is offering a free game with Vita systems


Jun 07
// Jordan Devore
We're taking a little break from our E3 coverage now that the show has ended to give you a quick heads-up: Wal-Mart is offering one free PlayStation Vita game with purchases of either the standard Wi-Fi Vita system or the mor...

Review: Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational

Feb 13 // Dale North
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (PlayStation Vita)Developer: Clap Hanz LimitedPublisher: Sony Computer EntertainmentReleased: February 15, 2012MSRP: $29.99 The game's main single-player mode takes you through the ranks from rookie to pro, putting you through various 9- and 18-hole course challenges to earn stars, which are then used to unlock head-to-head duels in a sort of boss battle. Beating these silly golfers will let players graduate to the next player level, opening up more difficult courses and opponents. The game starts you off easy, but quickly piles on the difficulty, working you up to courses where putting the ball in the hole is so difficult that it will have you stress-testing the integrity of your Vita's build. Some of the course designs are just cruel. Succeeding in the later levels (and in online matches) requires patience. Fortunately, HSG:WI gives you all the tools you'll need to make a proper shot -- you'll just need to be sure to use them properly. I'm addicted to the daily tournaments, which have you going up against everyone else online to try to top the leaderboards. Given that the gameplay is asynchronous, the Vita's 3G connection can be used for this mode. Each day the game's servers generate three course challenges, and you'll only get a single chance at each to earn your best score. Completing one of these 9- or 18-hole challenges will give you your round score, and then rank you out of everyone that has played that same course on that day. Beyond this, your overall performance on these daily tournaments is tracked in a bar graph, and you're also given an overall world rank. It's fun to see where you stand compared to everyone else, and even more fun to try topping a daily board.  On the surface, not much has changed in the gameplay department. The swing mechanic is still based around the three-point method the series has been using for years where the first button press starts the swing, the next sets the power of your swing, and the last determines the accuracy. World Invitational lets you pick which swing meter you'd like to use from five available choices, ranging from the classic horizontal bar to the new bar-less one from PS3 game Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds. It's nice to have choices, but you'll have to play the game for a bit to unlock all of them.  The change here is that the Vita's front and back touch panels and gyro sensors supplement the standard button control with options to do things like position your character or the camera. One of the best features lets you drag your finger along the back touch panel from the player to the hole to see real-time measurements for distance and incline. Other features are more gimmicky; tilting the system around to pan the camera and view surroundings is neat once or twice, but isn't really useful for gameplay purposes. This game is packed with unlockable items, and through play and earned points from victories, you can spend to unlock characters, clubs, and balls to directly impact gameplay. The optional costumes for characters, caddies, and music selections are just as rewarding to spend your hard-earned points on. Clubs and balls can even be leveled up, further increasing their benefits.  Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational is a great-looking game, sporting a level of high-resolution polish that you'd expect from a full console title. Its nicely animated characters and highly detailed backdrops puts it on par with its PS3 predecessor as far as looks go. It's too bad that the dull, chime-y music will have you zoned out after only a few holes. The strange quotes and noises from the golfers and caddies will snap you out if it, though. One of the female characters' aroused moans happen so often that you can't help but giggle. World Invitational continues that tradition of a really nice blend of arcade-ish accessibility and sim seriousness. If you want to kick back and relax, fine -- but you can also dig in, get deep with strategy and complex swing tricks, and feel rewarded when you master them all. With its massive array of play options, courses, unlockables, and online challenges, not to mention its portability and always-on 3G connectivity, this is easily the biggest and best Hot Shots Golf game yet. 
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Clap Hanz' Hot Shots Golf series and Sony game system launches go hand in hand, and for most gamers they serve as a nice launch title, holding them over until something bigger and better comes along. But, if you're a fellow g...

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PlayStation Vita games available on PSN right now


Feb 08
// Conrad Zimmerman
If you're the kind of person who needs to have everything as prepared as possible for the impending arrival of a PlayStation Vita in your life, Sony has gone ahead and made five of the handheld's launch titles available on PS...
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Check out my hot shot reel for Hot Shots Golf on Vita


Feb 07
// Dale North
I'm not good at much. I've been making music and playing piano for more than 30 years, so I'd like to think I'm okay at that. And not to toot my own horn, but I know my way around a kitchen. But beyond these things I'm near ...
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Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational's Vita touch functions


Dec 13
// Dale North
It looks like the Hot Shots Golf game for Vita finally has a name: World Invitational. I don't care what they call it. Just take my money! This new trailer shows off the game's new touch functions. As someone that plays vide...
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Hot Shots Golf Museum teaser site moved me a little


Nov 18
// Dale North
I know, I know. There's like 11 of you that give a sh*t about Hot Shots Golf as much as I do. I love videogame golf, and the Hot Shots franchise is one of the best out there. I've played every single game in the series, and I...
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PS Vita digital games cheaper than boxed copies


Oct 11
// Jim Sterling
Last night, a number of PlayStation Vita launch titles were priced for Japan, bringing with it the good news that digital versions will be cheaper than physical versions -- something that the PSPgo utterly failed to do. A num...
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E3: Hot Shots Golf on Vita is my new jam (hands-on)


Jun 07
// Dale North
I won't talk your ear off about a golf game, but just know that I'm excited. I'm a huge fan of the franchise and I definitely let Sony know that tonight as I saw a demo of the upcoming Vita version of Hot Shots Golf. The shor...

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