Everybody’s Golf Charm only gets you so far 7 PS4 Bring the franchise into a quasi-open world with disjointed results. The gameplay, however, remains the same Style 1 to 4-Player Sports (20-Player Online) Publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment Developer Clap Hanz Release August 29 Rating E » Concept » Graphics The environments are beautiful, with articulated landscapes and nice colors » Sound A slight ping sound alerts you when you’re near special items and coins in the online world The three-click swing is classic for a reason, but the game also includes a simplified two-click swing. It’s simpler, but it also produces random results The game makes you replay a paltry number of out-of-the-box courses and its modes lack features, resulting in a sidestep for the series » Playability » Entertainment H » Replay Value Moderate aving the Hot Shots Golf series (as it used to be known in North America) on PS4 is undeniably great. I was hoping that since the game isn’t tied to a platform launch like it normally is, devel-oper Clap Hanz would be able to stretch out and offer more than the normal col-lection of courses and unlockable oppo-nents. That’s the intent of Everybody’s Golf, with its online courses and hub world you can wander around. However, the disjointed implementation of those plans is where the game trips up. Despite having various modes avail-able as separate destinations from the hub world (including career, online play, and Open Courses), no one mode satis-fies. Career mode is the usual gauntlet of beating characters in order, but the path is marred by the slim offering of only five courses out of the box. You are left with too much grinding on the same courses and holes, even with different parameters added like small/large holes and penalties for going into the rough. These same courses are available reviews in the online Open Courses sections. Here everyone runs around in the envi-ronment and posts scores on leader-boards, but they aren’t directly playing each other (for that, you have to go to a specific competitive online section), although you can see players and com-municate with them. You can fish, swim, and find special items and currency in the Open Courses. However, these activities are not that interesting, largely because you’ve been on these courses a ton already.