There are about as many golf games available as I have fingers and of that small pot they all are pretty well made. The Golf Club by H.B. Studios is no exception, this game holds up with the current competition of Powerstar Golf and EA Sports Tiger Woods. I had the pleasure of testing out the Steam Early Access version of TGC which will be making its way to Xbox One in the very near future.
The Golf Club gives you total control of club selection, aim, power, augmentation of your swing for wind adjustment and good-ole-fashioned “gut-feeling”. With all those factors in play, each shot has a different outcome which constantly changes the dynamic of every game you play. I played a few rounds (I’m terrible at golf) but still found myself wanting to play more. That feeling made me realize that TGC was a totally competent game that anyone could pick up and find enjoyment in it. My only gripe so far would be the mouse/keyboard controls; I really, really believe that the console versions will have a tremendous advantage on that due to the precision and wonderful design of both the Xbox One and PS4 controllers.
There are several official golf courses in the game that look like the real-deal and also a robust course creation tool which expands the replayability factor. The first thing that piqued my interest about the ability to create courses was the achievements! (Xbox One). Hopefully the community will be able to create some awesome content that will help newcomers to the golf genre have a much easier time with completing/enjoying this title.
Let’s be honest, not many people are clambering over the mountains of other games available to get their paws on golf game titles but there might be a special place for this title especially on consoles. Golf is a very technical sport and precision and concentration is key. I previously mentioned Powerstar Golf because comparatively that’s TGC’s only competition at present. The two are actually different styles of games, with The Golf Club being more simulation and a lot less “goofy”.
Since this is an early release and not a final build, I cannot in good faith give it a numerical score, however I look forward to reviewing the Xbox One version in the near future but for now the only review I can give it is: -“I’d tap that”
I genuinely enjoyed this game! Hated the cut scenes being unskippable but it’s a very well put together “platformer” with very few irritating portions. This can be completed as most guides say in a little under 6 hours but not little old me lol. I constantly have random distractions and situations that arise which cause me to idle even on the easiest of games like Rango! All in all, I’m glad this was the 1st in a long line of completions that I plan on conquering in the months to come….1 down 84 to go woot! RangoOOooooooOOOo!!!
I’ve decided to start completing more of the games I play because over the last few years I kind of said “eh fuck it.” It’s just a little sad that I’m barely over 100 completions and I’ve played over 400+ games lol. It’s time that I got back to ‘BL4CK OWNED’, a term I used a few years ago whenever I’d complete a game. My current completion percentage on trueachievements.com is 58%, I’m not really a stats whore but something about that bothers me so I’ve recently added the goal to tick up those numeros to 75% by years end and to complete 85 more games before January 1, 2013… Hopefully I can not get annoyed at what I play for the next few months to seriously put a dent in that “goal”. I’ll at least look forward to making silly graphics for each completed game when the time comes and i’ll do my breast best to “rate” the aforementioned games as I finish in an effort to give my honest opinion of each title….Stay tuned!
In case you missed the rating system that I posted 2 years ago, i’ve included it below….yes I know, juvenile isn’t it?? Welcome to my world…:)
>> [POST contains uh….. ‘mildly suggestive adult content’ lol] <<
Me: “Who’s there?”
USPS Agent: “Mailman”
Me: “Ahh, do enter good Sir!”
USPS Agent: “Evening sir, just need your signature for this international package here.”
Me: “What’s that, international mail you say? I just love packages with Japanese writing all over them.”
USPS Agent: “Right, whatever, here’s your package, have a good day.”
So a few weeks back I purchased my first Japanese console but was still awaiting the arrival of several of the NTSC-J games that I’d purchased around the same time. Most of them were stacks but today came Espgaluda: II Black Label which ironically can be played on my NTSC console since it’s region-free. E:II:BL is a cave shooter which I am starting to like a lot, but it’s hard as fuck lol. I’m sure I can squeeze out about 500/1000 because of infinite continues, but it gets pretty trippy with all the color changes and bullet cancels and all that schtuff but I’m sure i’ll get the hang of it sooner or later. My first achievement in the game, which was pretty terrible on my part, was acquired by being damaged in the first 10 seconds of the first level which is funny because you start with an auto shield that lasts for about 20 seconds… lol
…That’s all I’ve got…
Now is as good a chance as ever to fire up the ole’ PS3 and finish one of the many games that I’ve neglected for ages. For most of this week, I’ll be idling my console in an effort to achieve the rank of Elite in Rainbow Six Vegas which will compell me to finally 1k this very old (but good) game. I have a lot of studying to do as proficiency and skills tests are right around the corner and I have to remain sharp so eliminating my preferred type of gameplay (Xbox/PC) from the equation makes for some serious study time. Other than going out and flipping through Netflix, I know that I will need to play something but I just don’t know what?! A little help por favor?
The titles I have available for PS3 are as follows:
- God of War: 3
- God of War :Collection
- God of War: Origins
- Heavy Rain
- Killzone 3
- Metal Gear Solid 4
- No More Heroes Paradise
- Resistance: 1
- Resistance : 2
- Resistance: 3
- Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty
- Ratchet & Clank: Future: Tools of Destruction
- Sly Cooper: The Sly Collection
- Uncharted: 2
- Uncharted: 3
- Yakuza 4
All comments welcome!
…That’s all I’ve got…
So I know I said a few months back that I would never join another GSL because I would get annoyed half way through but when I heard about the Gamerscore Popcast Marathon, I became interested mainly because it was a set up as a distance race rather than a sprint! I am happy with the pairings as I know my team will be very laid back but still in to scoring. Because of my sporadic game-play and hectic schedule, I know that some weeks I’ll be completely MIA and others I will be exploring the likes of numerous shit games then even it out with the typhoon of late winter releases that i’ve pre-ordered.
More to come as the contest nears the start date. I simply made this post because I was playing Frontlines: Fuel of War, going for the ironman achievements and my tank kept getting donkey punched, which resulted in me getting upset then compelling me to come up with silly graphics like the one above for mild amusement.
The title of this post comes from me building a new computer out of necessity when my power supply died last year. I thought to myself, why replace the power supply when I can deck this shit out and build a rig that I could be proud of…so I did!
What’s under the hood?
- Antec DF-85 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
- ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
- CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 PSU
- Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
- CORSAIR DOMINATOR 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Memory
- Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5″ 128GB SATA III MLC Internal (SSD)
- ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
- 2 WD 1TB HDD
- 2WD 2TB HDD
- EVGA 01G-P3-1450-TR GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0
- COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm CPU Cooler
- Logitech diNovo Edge 2-Tone 84 Normal Keys 9 Function Keys Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard
- Logitech MX 5500 Revolution Black Bluetooth Mouse
- LaCie 2TB eSATA backup drive
I’ve since started playing Bioshock 2, Resident Evil 5 and Batman Arkham City (looks fucking amazing) and plan on installing several other Games for Windows Live titles in the coming weeks. What sucks ass is that all the games listed have XBOX 360 controller support except Bioshock 2 so I had to spend 2 hours creating an Xpadder profile to get all the buttons just right and boy was it worth it. Hmmm i guess that’s it….’nuff typing bye bye now.
P.S. I’ve since managed the cables properly for better airflow after photos were taken.
So today I got home from an awesome “staycation” that my girlfriend put together for my birthday and needless to say, “it was fucking awesome.” When we returned home the wicked Snow Mother of the Atlantic rained down her putrid discharge which most people just call snow, but that shit totally fucked up my internets!!! So without the interwebs I got pretty bored so I decided to reactivate my “blog”. I had nothing to write about so my ADD kicked in and I decided to wrap my new Japanese console with a DeadSpace 2 vinyl skin–bad idea as it took forever and when it came to closing off the gaps i got lazy and just cut it lol. Either way that’s all I got, this is meant to be a place for me to screw around and keep sharp with my Photoshop. Don’t get too comfortable as this might die in a few months do to my sheer laziness or I get retarded busy and would rather just play games.
So far I only have 4 Japanese games but will get to playing them next week because most of them are stacks. The only two that I’m stoked to play are Phantom Breaker, which I purchased prematurely and now those fucks are porting an English NTSC version grrrr, and Espgaluda II Black Label (Region Free).
List of new NTSC-J acquisitions
- 50 Cent BOTS (Jap)
- Bioshock (Jap)
- Bioshock: 2 (Jap)
- Bioshock: 2 (Kor)
- Bully: Scholarship Edition (Jap)
- Espgaluda: II Black Label (RF)