Greg Norman Ultimate Challenge Golf
Despite some decent AVI flyovers and a really cool course with lots of water and funky bunkers, this game is hard to get into. What holds it back are the details: the fact that the ball is always the same size no matter how far away it is; the sound of the ball plugging like it's right next to you even though it's 200 yards away; or, most obviously, the choppy graphics.
If you've never played golf before and don't know anything about the sport, this probably isn't a bad game to help you learn a bit about strategy and that kind of stuff. Careful, though -- listening to the instructional video might just bring you back to fourth grade when they split up the boys and the girls to watch those "special" movies. I swear it's the same guy who told me in that same tone of voice that I'd be noticing some changes and having some funny dreams.
The controls are not graceful or particularly intuitive, and really didn't do justice to the otherwise nice views the course provided. Perhaps the ugliest part of the entire game, the "power bar" (that thing you click on to activate the swing, not the thing you eat before you run a marathon), is a mess of bright colors and just seems out of place in a golf game.
Overall, shooting under par isn't much of a challenge in this game, even with hindrances like a bad slope grid that, when you're putting, should give you an idea about which way the ball will curve, but is much more difficult to read than a real green.
The views are nice, but the graphics engine (how the ball and players move) is not good. I have a 4 MB SGRAM ATI 3D Pro Turbo, but the movement of the ball was still choppy and the flag jumps all over the place when you try to change where you're aiming.
Okay, I've decided that the greatest part of this game is the voice of the dude who gives the lessons. Why it's not Greg Norman, I don't know, but I laugh out loud every time he says, "Matt knows the fairway on the first hole is fairly soft, so he won't have to worry too much about rolling into the ocean."
Other than that, the audio kinda bites. You hear an occasional wave, but it seems thrown in, like: "Look here! We have audio! Here's a wave!"
There's a pretty comprehensive WinHelp file included, along with a sixty-something page manual. All that documentation might be a little overblown. Actually, I didn't read a thing.
Windows: 486-33 or higher, 8 MB RAM, 15 MB hard drive space (50 MB recommended), CD-ROM drive (2X preferred), Windows 3.1 or later, SoundBlaster compatible card and speakers (optional), Windows compatible mouse
I really wanted to give this a higher score than 55, but I couldn't, with a clear conscience, score it higher than I scored Microsoft Golf 3.0, which I originally rated a 60. In fact, in light of the competition, I think MS Golf deserves something higher, say a 70. Greg Norman still gets a 55.
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP