|System: PS3, X360, PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: O-Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Gusto Games||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 5, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The poor presentation doesn't stop there. Many aspects of the audio are cringe-inducing. I understand the impetus for wanting John Daly as an actual voice actor on the title, but I can't understand why they kept him in the game after finding out how bad his acting was. Every time the game offered a bit of commentary from Daly it elicited a few chuckles from me as I wondered how many takes he got to produce such wretched voice-overs. Did he only do one take (seems like it)? Or did it take multiple tries to get to that point?
Announcers are part of the soul of a golf game. They're constantly offering commentary, and are essential to the feel of a golf game. They need to be good otherwise playing with them in your ear can be an incredible chore. Thankfully, Prostroke's announcers aren't too bad. They're completely standard and fall into the random Scottish man category, but it's enjoyable enough.
Prostroke also has a myriad of other problems. For instance, the menus were clearly designed before PlayStation Move support was implemented, and now they're barely functional. Rather than using the great menu control that the Cross Media Bar uses on the PS home screen, Prostroke uses a point-and-click system. This would be fine, if the menu items were big enough. Instead they're just as small as a normal game's (without Move) menus, which makes clicking on them feel like you're playing Trauma Center - far too difficult.
There's a type of character creator, but it's barely worth using. Most characters come out looking very much the same anyway, like the original character model only with a wig and glasses on. With the lackluster main golfing mode, Prostroke could have used a few unique play modes to distract from that. But there isn't much of that either.
There was great potential in John Daly's Prostroke Golf. Move should eventually make for a great golfing experience, but this just isn't it. It's far too easy in some spots and yet maddeningly difficult in others. Add to that a woeful presentation, and this is a golf game that doesn't have a prayer of matching up to genre juggernaut, Tiger Woods PGA Tour.
Even players who are desperate to experiment on a golf game with their new PS Move controllers should probably stay away from this one. You'd have to be the biggest John Daly fan in the world to consider this a decent purchase. Especially considering it's second only to Aragorn's Quest as the most expensive PlayStation Move-enabled game yet released. It's interesting to see where the genre might lead us, but this is a step in the wrong direction.
CCC Freelance Writer