John Daly's ProStroke Golf - Xbox 360

Game Description: John Daly’s ProStroke Golf will feature fully licensed courses which John has played on, bringing the real PGA experience into your home. John Daly’s ProStroke Golf will also include many different game modes, realistic golf physics and commentary by the famous voices of golf delivering the complete golfing experience for golf fans, sports fans and gamers.
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John Daly's Prostroke Golf Preview

John Daly's Prostroke Golf Preview

By Chris Monfette - Posted Sep 29, 2010

As soon as motion controls appeared in the gaming zeitgeist, it seemed as if the technology had been developed – nay, destined – for two specific things: shooting people in the face…and golf. Yet here we are, at the tail end of the Wii generation, amidst the fledging first days of the PlayStation Move, having shot many, many faces, and we’ve still yet to discover a golf game that truly simulates the nuance of the sport. Tiger Woods continually brings that EA flare, but the clumsiness of the Wii-mote – or maybe just the clumsiness of us – rarely translates into that perfect hole-in-one.  So is the more serious, Move-based John Daly’s Prostroke Golf poised to deliver where others have failed?

First, allow us a moment to giggle boyishly at the word “prostroke”…

Okay, third-grade immaturity aside, we got our hands on a copy of the game and took our Move controllers out for quick round of 18 holes. Immediately, you’ll notice that John Daly is a much more reserved experience than something like Tiger Woods, offering a straightforward selection of classic courses and a soundtrack decidedly devoid of cheaply licensed rap music. Madcap challenges, dream courses and polished, semi-stylized design are set aside for what we imagine is a conscious attempt at being more of a golfer’s golf game. While we can’t imagine our fathers attempting to improve their handicap by purchasing a PS Move, John Daly clearly aims to recreate a more realistic and grounded experience.

Visually, the game looks fine, but only in as much as golf games have never exactly been the bastions of graphical excellence. The courses are crisp and green, the models rudimentary, but serviceable, and the interfaces clean and easily navigable. There’s a decent variety of courses and the game manages to avoid shoving the most easily recognizable greens in the world at the player. Rather, you get slightly lower-key arenas like Mystic Rock, Chart Hills, La Gomera, Brabazon and more…But the game’s visuals occasionally seem to struggle with making them look all that distinct.


Regardless, the Move seems fairly well integrated into the overall experience in as much as we never felt sufficient frustration to swap out for a standard controller. That said, the game itself urges you to posture and swing as you would a normal golf club, but the lack of real heft and weight more often than not will make your shots go astray as you flail into your follow-through. Mostly, we found ourselves flicking the controller with our wrists, filling up the powerbar in line with our chosen club and the distance to the hole, and then releasing in a quick, almost lazy motion.

How you angle the club is equally important with regard to the direction of your shot, and in a mechanic similar to Tiger Woods, a topographical grid will help you line up your putts on the green. Where you place your feet – up, down, left or right of the ball – will ultimately determine the arc of your chip, your draw, your fade, etc. A quick motion of the wrist will tilt the camera from a downward glace to a vertical view of the field in front of you to better line up your drives…

We played a standard match – playable with up to four players – as well as tried our hat at a few of the challenges after sitting through a handful of tutorial videos to improve our game. Despite the fact that our shots weren’t always as accurate on the Move controller, John Daly Prostroke Golf is shaping up to be another fine motion-controlled golf game, if perhaps a little one-note. More time with the title will tell whether Daly will be able to give Woods a run for his money…



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