Like Masters' Champion Fred Couples, this fine game exhibits lots of power.
This game's strength lies in its options. Sega Sports has stuffed this game with every conceivable option, from three club shafts (Metal, Boron, or Graphite) to six modes (including Skins, Shoot- Out, and Scramble). Customize your clubs, your clothes, the order you play the holes -- this game is for thinking golfers who love to experiment.
It's also for golfers who love to practice. If the terrific options rate an eagle, the shooting controls barely make par. Unlike most golf games, swinging in Fred Couples requires three button presses. Plan on visiting the driving range often. And with no icons as you choose a club and read through the shot info, plan on bringing your glasses, too.
- Keep the Ball Trails option on while you're at the driving range to see if a shot pattern develops.
- As you swing for the green, aim a little short to allow extra yardage for the roll.
- Study the overhead-view p so you can anticipate obstacles, such as the distant water hazard.
Right Said Fred
The 36 holes in the title are great; golf nuts will go nuts when they look down these long, colorful, detailed fairways. Unfortunately, the visuals are inconsistent: For instance, the overhead-view maps aren't very clear or helpful, and trees become pixilated when they're near your perspective.
The sounds break par. Fred encourages you after shots, though his voice is pretty flat. But nice detail, like the different clicks for each surface the ball hits, adds realism.
Most people will probably never play all these great holes in real life, so seeing them here is a treat. If you like sophisticated golf games, hit the links with Fred.
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36 Great Holes Starring Fred Couples brings 36 authentic holes (complete with hills, valleys, water traps and other obstacles) from 27 premier courses around the United States (including Disney's Eagle Pines and Tidewater Golf Club). The holes can be played in any combination, and up to eight players can participate in the following game modes: Stroke Play, Tournament, Skins, Shoot-Out, Scramble, Practice and Match-Play. Twenty-four digitized, nicely animated golfers (male and female) can be created with their statistics (in 16 categories) saved via battery backup. The 24MB cartridge has good controls, using a horizontal swing meter to determine each shot's power and accuracy, and the fast-paced golfing action offers three types of club heads (wood, metal and graphite) as well as three different shafts (steel, titanium and graphite). Fred Couples is not only available to play, but he'll also comment on your shots. Due to a limited viewpoint and less than perfect graphics, it is sometimes difficult to gauge where it is safe it hit the ball, but this game is otherwise better than par for the course.