Game Review: Dangerous Golf

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Golf is a generally tame sport with very little action. Dangerous Golf tries to change that by adding destruction for cash into the mix. Can this new take on a classic sport make for a fun game or is this one a dud?

Dangerous Golf isn’t a game that stands out to you at first. It’s not something I would normally play or get excited about. When I learned that the game was being made by Three Fields Entertainment former members of Criterion Games, that’s when I started paying more attention to it. For those who don’t know, Criterion created the Burnout series of games. The Burnout series was one of my favourite series of games on PS2 and PS3. I knew that if they could make this game even half as good as Burnout that it would be something worth taking a look at.

The premise of Dangerous Golf is actually pretty simple; destroy as much as possible to earn one of 4 different medal levels and advance to different stages in the game. The medal you earn is determined by how much monetary destruction you dish out which is always represented in the top right corner of the screen. The concept is simple and that’s what makes the game soo enjoyable. With so many games having vast open worlds that take hours to explore, it’s nice to have these bite-sized games to jump into from time to time.

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There are various courses that span the US, England, Australia, and France in Dangerous Golf.

Golf has never been easier to play with Dangerous Golf focusing on trajectory rather than power. This creates a pick-up and play experience that is rarely seen these days. Each level begins with a drive and if you break enough objects, you can set your ball on fire to create more destruction and open doors to new areas for even bigger cash opportunities. After that, all that’s left to do is putt the ball into the hole. The crazier putt you try to make, the higher the monetary value. There are even modifiers like laser pointers that make it easier to aim and one that triggers bombs wherever your ball lies.

Dangerous Golf does switch it up a bit at the end of each tour with a time-based putting challenge in which you have to sink a bunch of putts in succession. It breaks of the similarity between the levels and offers a bit of a different type of challenge to the main levels.

Dangerous Golf features many different areas to destroy and objects to shatter. There are places like bathrooms, dining rooms, castles, and gas stations, just to name a few. Each level features signature items to smash which will net you more cash. These things can vary from candles to statues to gas pumps and so on. Everything is set up to create massive explosions, paint splashes, and just general destruction. It’s a gratifying experience and one that definitely helps to get some anger out.

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Before the destruction…

With all this destruction comes some obstruction of the camera. All too often is the camera blocked by a piece of an item that has been smashed. This isn’t a huge issue as you can usually find the flagstick for the putt, but it something that shouldn’t occur. The  physics are also a bit unpredictable resulting in some unnecessary restarts. Sometimes the ball even leaves the course entirely.

The great thing about Dangerous Golf is there is a Co-op World Tour, Party Mode, and an Online mode. You can play this game with anyone around the world or at home. This is a welcome addition to me and something that’s very important to a lot of people. Great job by Three Fields to make sure no audience was alienated.

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…and after the destruction!

Dangerous Golf is certainly an interesting take on golf and definitely a game that is all about enjoyment. The game contains 100 levels, though you start to see the same props over and over again and things start to get old after an hour or two. I did enjoy the game and for $19.99, you can’t really go wrong. I found myself trying to platinum every course so there is definitely some incentive to replay what you’ve already done. It’s a great first effort from the 11-person team at Three Field Entertainment and I’m excited to see what they can do next.

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