Despite a lengthy absence, I haven’t fallen back into the quagmire of idol management. Still, there’s no denying that an autumn slump can obviously be very much be a thing. My recent, pitiful gaming hours have mostly gone towards Everybody’s Golf on PS4, and despite an entire console generation leap, it’s still very much nothing more than just plain Everybody’s Golf. It’s a solid entertainer but also one that could easily be replaced by just returning to spend more time with any previous game in the series.
That’s not to say there wouldn’t be bite-sized innovations aplenty. Any golfing career begins with a comprehensive creation of an avatar. It’s a fun process of shaping out your own personality, and the outcome is a nice, slightly Mii-esque creation. Once done, it’s off to conquer the career mode full of unlockable new courses, versus adversaries, and a constant barrage of things leveling up mostly for the sake of things leveling up. This time around, each club has four different attributes (power, accuracy, spin, and finesse) that slowly go up while the player pretends that stuff like that actually matters. During the journey, you also learn to drive golf carts and have fun swimming in ponds, but all of this reeks more like artificial respiration; fun little gimmicks with no actual purpose whatsoever. Price money for tourneys won can be spent on further avatar customization items, or balls that supposedly fare better in rough or sand bunkers. Still, as avatar items are a constant reward, too, and as a basic club and a basic ball are always a safe option, in-game money seems to serve very little purpose. It’s possible to spend Real Money to unlock new golf carts or early access to new courses but as usual with microtransactions, the game might just as well shove them up its arse.
As things stand for now, Everybody’s Golf is overly familiar and comfortable to a fault. Sure, it’s still the most endearing and lovable casual golf game there is, but its two decades are definitely starting to show. Utterly adorable in bursts of 30-60 minutes but if you’ve ever experienced any single entry in the series before, rest assured that this is essentially nothing more than the same old, same old.