STAFF REVIEW of Outlaw Golf (Xbox)

Tuesday, June 25, 2002.
by l Maximus l

Outlaw Golf Box art I'm not sure if I should say "Four" or if I should say "That ball was hit so hard that the dipples practically got knocked off of it!"

Enough said, this game is excellent. Unveling the hilarious commentary hilarious players lies a very well done and well detailed golf game. Basically, the game stars the "rejects" that were never able to make it into the PGA Tour. They include a pornstar named "Summer", a male gigalo named "El Suave", an Eminem wannabe named "Ice Trey" and several other commical or satirical characters.

The game boasts a unique "composure" function. When you play good, your composure increases from "Smooth" to "Smokin'" to being "In the Zone". Basically, your character is feeling really good about their performance. However, when your character performs badly, they will lose their composure going from "nervous" to "rattled" and so on. When in this state, even while performing perfect swings, you might find yourself curving or slicing the ball. But, don't worry, you are able to take your frusteration out on your caddy and beat the living crap our of them! Once you do, you can be right up to being "In the zone". Quite frankly, this is one of the most hilarious aspects of this game!!

The game is excellent for single player and multi-player while engaging in consumption of your favorite frosty beverages ;) In single player mode, your character has a basic skillset and as you progress, you are able to unlock further modes, drivers, irons, woods, putters, balls, etc to perform your best.

The gameplay takes a little while to get used to. Fortunately, this game features a tutorial which is as hilarious as it is helpful. I strongly recommend watching the tutorial that is on the game before playing your first game.

The left joystick allows you to aim where you want your ball to go. The right joystick allows you to increase or decrease the level of spin you want your ball to make. This is critical for making your ball stop on a dime on a fast green. To get set, you must hit the "A" button and you use your right joystick to swing. Simply pull back to your desired level of power and push forward when you want to swing. But, be careful, you must hit it as straight as possible...otherwise you risk hooking or slicing your ball. Just make sure you land on the fairway or on the green so you don't loose your composure.

Use "B" to see where your ball is likely to land.

As for putting, this is one of my favorite aspects of the game. By hitting the white button, it provides a graph of the landscape. If the graph is white, the landscape is level. If it's red, that dictates that it's going uphill...and if it's blue, then that means it's downhill. My physics classes back in college make me keep in mind on how to position my target ;) Also, if you hit your "X" button, a yellow path will show up showing the path in which your ball will travel. You only get to use this three times per stroke, so, use them wisely! I think that limiting this to only three tries makes this game great since it doesn't necessarily mean that you will always sink a putt. Nice and challenging, the way it should be ;)

Visually, the game is stunning. If drive your ball at 97% or greater, a flame will follow the ball as it launches across the course. The shadowing is very well done and very realistic. This is arguably one of the best looking golf games ever created and certainly uses a lot of the XBox's graphical capabilities.

The golf courses are very unique in that you play in the middle of many different environments. There are bridges that act as potential obsticals and others you will find yourself in the middle of a run down trailer park. It's a must see!

This isn't your mother's golf game, that's for sure! There is use of some profane language including some that this site may even censor!! There are a lot of sexual enuendos depending on what character you choose. But mom's: Don't worry, it's done tastefully ;)

The sounds are great...when you drive a ball at 97% or greater you hear an explosion as your ball screams across the fairway.

The hits sound real, the punching sounds superb (gotta love the sounds of bones crushing) and the commentary is absolutely hilarious! You have to hear this game to believe it!

My only suggestions is to provide a few more courses. There are only three in this game. Yes, it's true, I can't get enough of this game! Keep up the great work and I'm very much looking forward to a sequel :)

Overall: 10.0 / 10
Gameplay: 9.0 / 10
Visuals: 10.0 / 10
Sound: 10.0 / 10


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