1 a game that really needs HDTV to watch properly
2 a good walk spoiled
3 a danger to people strolling on common land
4 a remarkably addictive little game on the PSP
is a game that I really didn’t expect to get along with. I don’t like sport in general and, although I can appreciate the skill involved, golf has always struck me as a particularly dull game to watch, so when Codepope got his PSP and went on a game buying spree I must admit I looked down my nose at this one.
Then one afternoon I decided that I really ought to have a play of something other than Lumines and, not feeling like a racing game or anything that would take too long to get into, I thought, what the hell, I’ll give it a go.
And I haven’t played anything else since (apart from one brief and slightly frustrating dalliance with Archer Maclean’s Mercury).
It’s a very simple game. Yes, there are clever shots you can make as you progress with a character, but equally, you can get a long way without perfecting your spiral shots (which is just as well). Collecting new outfits and accessories at first seems like a childish gimmick but you soon realise that gaining them increases your power or control and, I have to admit, there is a certain twisted pleasure in dressing your character up as a ninja or a nun.
I guess it’s one of those games that you’ll either take to or you won’t, with very little middle ground. It’s the perfect 10 minute game, as you can easily finish a round in that time, equally though you can find yourself playing “just one more round” for hours.