Hot Shots Golf Open Tee
Quite simply, I have been more then impressed with what the Sony PSP is capable of. That being said, I have found my favorite game on the PSP (so far), that game being Hot Shots Golf Open Tee. Picking up where the PS2 left off with Hot Shots Golf Fore, Open Tee features new courses, new characters and over 250 un-lockable items but with the same quality gameplay.
Some golf purists may argue that the Hot Shots series involves too much of a cartoonish feel but I couldn't disagree more. Instead, anyone who plays this will be treated to a well made, well designed golf game, with real golf physics and dead-on play. Hot Shots Golf Open Tee is not only a very good golf game, it's a very good game all around. The game features an odd assortment of characters, courses and items that you unlock as you go. Each golfer unlocked has differing strengths on the links and there is an honest feel and difference to them. The smooth controls of the PSP work very well for the game and anyone who has played the PS2 titles will be up and playing in no time.
Graphically, Open Tee is everything I could hope for. The game has a strong sense of depth and does an excellent job of helping you gauge distances whether on the fairway or the putting green. An overhead map is available at anytime during play and gives you a good idea of how far and where to hit the ball on some of the more difficult holes. Add to that, the display itself has plenty of information on it, but never crowds the screen, rather a very helpful and intuitive display.
Like any PSP game, I recommend using the headphones while playing as the little nuances and sound effects come through much crisper. The funny little comments that the game features do get a little long in the tooth, but still add a certain arcade feel to the game.
The un-lockable items that the game does have aren't all great. Sometimes you can unlock a new set of clubs or a new ball, but more often then not it will be a trucker hat or sunglasses or some other kitschy thing that the game is known for. But it's all worth it, when new courses start becoming available for play.
The simple fact is that this is a fine title and personally this tops my list as the game to have on the PSP. Pick it up, you will not be disappointed.