January 25th, 2006, 01:39 Posted By: wraggster
After last year's extremely flawed Tiger Woods debut, we had given up on a good golf game coming our way for the DS. Hope, however, was renewed with Nintendo's announcement of True Swing Golf. The new game is a completely new property for Nintendo and is built from the ground up to take advantage of the DS's unique capabilities. Besides the obvious dual screen aspects, TSG boasts the world's first ever stylus swing mechanic. Did Nintendo manage a hole-in-one or end up in a water trap? As with most real-life golf swings, the answer lies somewhere in the middle.
IGN (80/100) "The game's look may be an initial turnoff, but you'll easily be able to see the gameplay shine through. T&E Soft has pulled off a really fun and challenging golf game with some great course designs and a fantastic, intuitive touch screen swing mechanic."
Gamespy (70/100) "Perhaps True Swing's biggest problem, however, is its complete and utter lack of personality. Far be it from me to suggest that Nintendo tosses Mario and company into another random game, but why didn't this game become Mario Golf DS?
Gamespot (60/100) "True Swing doesn't bother with novel rule sets, training minigames, or an extensive career mode, opting instead to keep your options pared down to just match and stroke games."
Common to most reviews were praise for the game's swing mechanic and course design. At the other end of the spectrum, the game took consistent hits for lacluster graphics and a no-frills golf experience.
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