Most Realistic Golf Game?

#1kitkatitrPosted 2/27/2012 10:34:48 AM
I have been playing golf my entire life, dad was a golf pro so I had easy access my whole life. Been a scratch golfer since I was 12 and I just wanted to see if anybody else felt the same as me.

Based on my personal experience with real golf and video game golf I can easily say this is the most realistic golf game I have ever played. Sure the graphics are cartoony and you can do some trick shots but the overall feel is the best. The physics of the game, like the ball position, wind ect all replicate real life better than any golf game to date.

I hope at one point other golf series can learn from HSG because I would love to play a tiger woods game that felt more like I was playing golf.


What do you real golfers out there think?
#2whydrewkPosted 2/27/2012 10:40:26 AM
Not sure if it's the most realistic, but the physics have always been impressive in HSG games. I don't play other golf games because of HSG's attention to detail in preparing your approach shot. I don't think you can find a game that implements everything and still manages to make the game fun.
#3TerotrousPosted 2/27/2012 10:42:17 AM
I don't think it's overly realistic (something like Tiger Woods or another sim golf game will be more realistic), but it's still a very fun game.
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#4kitkatitr(Topic Creator)Posted 2/27/2012 10:52:29 AM
I guess what I imagine is when I'm actually playing golf what do I think about before I hit the ball. What factors do I need to consider and how is it going to effect me. I don't think any golf game will feel extremely realistic unless you use a giant simulator (which they have and are awesome!) but those or more training tools and not games.

Its the little things, like people are complaining about the driver being harder to hit. Well in real life with a driver you have less margin for air, due to less loft and faster club head speeds. Only thing I wish this game would let me do is adjust the trajectory of the golf to my liking, that would be magical.
#5mydogchevPosted 2/27/2012 11:46:13 AM(edited)
i don't think the game is very realistic at all-- button-timing has nothing to do with swinging a golf club.

i agree that some of the physics make sense, the ball above your feet means you'll pull it, below means you'll push it. but not being able to pull off a flop or punch shot when there's an obstacle in front of you, having the ball roll through a bunker smoothly but then being absolutely buried when you go to hit it.. little things like that hold this game back. and then there's the ridiculous, senseless golf course architecture once you get up to the Silver ranks in the single player campaign. ugh, it's infuriating.

i created a relationship with EA Sports around this time last year, got to go in and create a behind the scenes series of videos for the Tiger '12 game before it released. they called me back over the Summer to come in and do a similar series for Tiger '13, and i'm actually really excited to play the game. getting some early time on it back in September had me feeling that this might be the best iteration on Tiger Woods, or any golf game. we'll see.

(if you copy and paste the link below for my demo, i got to be part of Tiger Woods' motion capture process for the new game. it was a pretty cool experience!)
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#6BirgitteSilverPosted 2/27/2012 11:32:09 AM
My experience with bunkers is when you roll in it's usually barely worse than the rough to hit out of (like, 84-100%).

When it thunks in is when the bunkers are the way you describe them. (like 35-90%)

Not sure why you'd be seeing a roll leading into a buried ball in most cases.
#7mydogchevPosted 2/27/2012 11:45:24 AM
BirgitteSilver posted...
Not sure why you'd be seeing a roll leading into a buried ball in most cases.

my heavily stereotyped black caddie shouts "the ball just sunk in!"

i can only imagine that i end up rolling through quicksand bunkers, otherwise i have no idea.
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#8TerotrousPosted 2/27/2012 11:46:28 AM
then there's the ridiculous, senseless golf course architecture once you get up to the Silver ranks in the single player campaign. ugh, it's infuriating.

Well, that's kind of the point. You should see Pangya, it's way more ridiculous than this game. Legacy of Golf is like a normal Pangya course.
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#9kitkatitr(Topic Creator)Posted 2/27/2012 12:02:58 PM
thats the thing, no game offers I real swing feel NOTHING even comes close, thats one thing I actually like about HSG they don't try to make it feel as real as possible. Tiger woods tries to give you a real golf feel but anybody that plays golf knows its nothing like real life.

So I guess to put it in better words, the way the ball travels in this games reminds me more of real life. How the slopes and wind effect the ball feel a lot more realistic than other games. Yes its frustrating about the flop shots and what not but they all have there flaws. Im just glad all my real life experience carries over to the game. Most games like tiger woods I still have to get a feeling for how that particular game plays, its does feel as close to real life for me.
#10mydogchevPosted 2/27/2012 12:13:45 PM
kitkatitr posted...
thats the thing, no game offers I real swing feel NOTHING even comes close, thats one thing I actually like about HSG they don't try to make it feel as real as possible. Tiger woods tries to give you a real golf feel but anybody that plays golf knows its nothing like real life.


wait until this new Tiger Woods comes out. You can change the ball position, the impact zone on the ball. Different players have different ball flights (they finally realized Ian Poulter and Jim Furyk have different ball flights, did some math and figured out some algorithm to visually see a different flight pattern).

i not only play golf, but for the last 6 years worked with a popular golf magazine, traveling around and watching golf from inside the ropes. Last year's Tiger game felt really good to me despite a few hiccups. This year's version looks and feels that much better.
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