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The game of golf is all about precision, patience, and looking swank in plaid. Unquestionably, this checklist of golfing requirements was on the developers' minds when they started designing Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds. If we take those three terms and translate them into the context of videogam...

March 17th 2008 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Click for high-resolution image. With a little over a month left until Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds comes stateside, we decided to take a near-complete version of the game for a spin. We don't know if this'll be in the final retail version of the game, but we were annoyed to see that Hot Shots...

February 7th 2008 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Click for high resolution image. Unfortunately, it looks like us US residents are stuck with a much less attractive box for the upcoming PS3 exclusive Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds than our Japanese friends get to enjoy. Instead of focusing on the totally cute characters of the Japanese release,...

January 31st 2008 at 10:20pm 0 Comments
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For some reason, SCEA wanted to give Hot Shots Golf a new subtitle for its upcoming PS3 release. In Japan, it's simply titled Minna no Golf 5 (Everybody's Golf 5). But, SCEA wanted to get the number out and go for a different moniker. According to a new PlayStation.blog entry, it was a rough decisi...

January 22nd 2008 at 3:45pm 0 Comments
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At a recent NYC media event, PS3 Fanboy was able to get our hands on a newly localized version of Hot Shots Golf 5. The newest iteration of Clap Hanz's casual golfing game keeps the franchise's highly accessible gameplay, but gains a new level of unprecedented detail and personality, made possible...

December 14th 2007 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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A little birdie told us. Actually, it was PS3 Fanboy, but working those guys into a golf pun proved to be more challenging and awkward than hitting a hole-in-one with a pool noodle. As the strikingly informative headline would suggest, the fifth main iteration of Sony's Hot Shots Golf is expected...

December 11th 2007 at 5:45pm 0 Comments
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Chased by a group of adorably deformed but club-wielding golfers, the PlayStation 3 has finally crossed the one million mark in Japan -- 1,017,689 systems have been sold. Everybody's Golf 5, or Hot Shots Golf 5 as your Western mind may recognize it, debuted in the second spot in the Japanese softwar...

August 4th 2007 at 11:52am 0 Comments
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Not a lot happening this week. Nor, really, for the next couple of weeks. You could call this period of time "The calm before the Storm." The "Storm", in this case, being Lair. Here are this week's PlayStation 3 offerings.US Games Nascar 08 EU Games No new releases Asian Games Minna...

July 22nd 2007 at 7:15pm 0 Comments

Japan loves making crazy ads ... and Sony's Minna no Golf 5 gets the same quirky treatment. This latest campaign from Sony takes place in a spa, and there are balls everywhere. Is this some not-so-covert attempt at terrifying innuendo? Or, are our American minds simply reading far too much into thi...

July 18th 2007 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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The Japanese love their golf. In particular, they love Minna No Golf (you might know it better as Hot Shots Golf). They love it so much, in fact, that to date there have been over 300,000 pre-orders for the latest iteration of the series on the PS3. Seeing this as an opportunity to boost system sale...

June 20th 2007 at 7:40am 0 Comments

Golf games are relatively simple. Line up your shot, charge your power meter and slam that funky white crater-ball as far as possible. Then you get to the green... and you have to putt. Not only do the dynamics of the game ostensibly shift, but the complexity and threshold of skill are both in...

May 4th 2007 at 11:45am 0 Comments
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For those of you who don't play golf, it's a game with a ball and a stick. Many games begin that way, but their evolution takes them on very different paths. Isn't it amazing how a ball and a stick, along with a unique set of rules, can become a multitude of recreational activities? Bonus points for...

April 25th 2007 at 3:00pm 0 Comments