PANGYA: Fantasy Golf Review
PANGYA: Fantasy Golf box art
System: PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: NTREEV Soft 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: TOMY Corporation 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: June 23, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-8 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Every match you play earns you a certain amount of Pang, the game’s currency, based-on how well you perform. The extreme level of customization and item unlocking included in the game is one of the biggest incentives to stick with it for an extended period of time.

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The golfing itself is pretty and the story gets more interesting as it develops, but the drive to earn cash for shopping is insidiously addictive. Each character has tons of outfits and items to unlock. You can mix and match their costumes in four categories: tops, bottoms, shoes, and accessories. More functional accessories like clubs, special balls, rings, potions, and Papels (adorable bag-like companions that accompany you throughout the game and hold your items) can be purchased and equipped separately. All told, there are more than 1,300 goodies for you to uncover and use.

While you’ll frequent a handful of more common golf courses, Fantasy Golf also has you playing in wintery landscapes and a few other different locations. The game’s anime-heavy visuals are pleasantly varied and vibrantly designed. Character interactions in-between matches play out in static portraits and text, which is fine. However, their animations during the gameplay itself aren’t quite as crisp.

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An obsession-inducing item collecting and character customization element mixed with a moderately entertaining fantasy story gives Fantasy Golf some solid legs to stand on. At its heart, the game offers some decent, no-nonsense golfing that’s not particularly better or worse than similar titles. It’s the extra effort that went into producing sound fantasy trappings and ample features that make this portable golfing excursion worth your time.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
Nice style but execution lacks a little polish.
3.7
Control
Straightforward golf mechanics translate well to the PSP's controls, though camera angles could use some work.
3.7
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Good, solid tunes and sound effects.
4.2
Play Value
The golfing is strong, but a ton of unlockable goodies and extra modes make you want to come back for more.
3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Nine beautiful fantasy golf courses.
  • 18 playable characters with deep character customization.
  • Choose from scores of outfits, accessories, clubs, balls, power items and more to further customize your characters and player stats.
  • Choose from Story, Single Round, License, Tournament and Network Modes.
  • Multiplayer Ad Hoc gameplay for up to 8 players.


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