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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 2 out of 11

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  1. NathanielG.
    Jul 5, 2007
    9
    Hands down the best golf game on the DS!
  2. RobP.
    Jun 25, 2006
    9
    I picked up TSG today for $19.99 at Best Buy (I think they have the price so low because they have too much inventory at the one here in town). Definitely buy this game if you can find it this cheap. It's priced around $30-35 at most other places, but for $20 it's a steal. I just played about 40 minutes straight, and it doesn't really get tiring. It can be hard to figure I picked up TSG today for $19.99 at Best Buy (I think they have the price so low because they have too much inventory at the one here in town). Definitely buy this game if you can find it this cheap. It's priced around $30-35 at most other places, but for $20 it's a steal. I just played about 40 minutes straight, and it doesn't really get tiring. It can be hard to figure out how far a ball is really going to go based on your movement, but it's fun none the less. You won't have -30 scores like in Tiger Woods, but you can hang around par or -4 or so. Haven't tried the Wi-Fi (don't know anyone around here with a DS). This game really does utilize the touch screen A LOT, unlike several other DS games that hardly use it (Mario Kart for example). Pick it up, it has high replay value and is fun. Who cares if the graphics aren't poor, they can only fit so much on that little game card. Graphics are good enough for me, it's all about the golf, not the scenery. Collapse
  3. PortableF.
    Apr 4, 2006
    8
    I think sometimes the game reviewers are just leading such a stuck-up life. This game is alot more fun than any other portable golf game I've ever played. It's not THAT easy. I can't the god-like scores I used to get in Tiger Woods, Hot Shots Golf, or Mario Golf. and I put a lot more emphasis on the skill required to hit the ball since I like real golf just as much, and I think sometimes the game reviewers are just leading such a stuck-up life. This game is alot more fun than any other portable golf game I've ever played. It's not THAT easy. I can't the god-like scores I used to get in Tiger Woods, Hot Shots Golf, or Mario Golf. and I put a lot more emphasis on the skill required to hit the ball since I like real golf just as much, and this game does capture the nuances more, like a weird stroke would cause a slice, hook, draw, fade, etc. So screw the reviewers and get the game for yourself. Or wait for a Mario Golf version of it in the future if eye-candy is also your thing. Expand
  4. MountainMan
    Jan 25, 2006
    8
    I picked up True Swing Golf this afternoon, and I've found it to be a rather good game. It's more of a serious golfing simulation than Mario Golf or Hotshots, so you won't find cutesy characters or "magic tricks" like impossible long balls or exaggerated backspin. TSG leaves much of the game up to player skill, which is as it should be. The interface is excellent. It uses I picked up True Swing Golf this afternoon, and I've found it to be a rather good game. It's more of a serious golfing simulation than Mario Golf or Hotshots, so you won't find cutesy characters or "magic tricks" like impossible long balls or exaggerated backspin. TSG leaves much of the game up to player skill, which is as it should be. The interface is excellent. It uses the touchscreen almost exclusively and plays very similiarly to the PC version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour (assuming you use mouse-swing). Swinging the club by dragging the stylus down and then up is very intuitive and precise, so when you blow a shot, you can't blame it on the interface. The putting game is a tad easy since a line is drawn from the ball to the hole conveniently taking green slope into account, so it's just a matter of lining it up and hitting the ball straight, and you'll routinely sink putts that would give even Tiger Woods fits. Ball physics seem generally solid, though there is some minor quirkiness on the green. I've had a few instances where the ball stops dead about an inch from the hole then suddenly drops in a second later. Graphics fall into the "acceptable" range. There's just not a lot of visual pizzazz. Things occasioanlly get chunky in the 3D view, and effects during shots--such as sand kicking up in a bunker shot--are virtually non-existent. That said, the animations are smooth as silk, and the game maintains a solid framerate. In the end, the graphics aren't much to look at, but they get the job done. Sound is similiarly low-key, but we're talking a golf game here, so all I really need to hear is a good solid "Whack!" when I hit the ball, and to that end, TSG more than delivers. To quote Han Solo, "She may not look like much, kid, but she's got it where it counts." That's True Swing Golf in a nutshell. Expand
Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. It's not big or boisterous, the characters don't squeak at you in comedy accents and you don't get to unlock Bowser or anything (at least I should hope not), and that's what high-end golf is often like: quietly dignified, a sport of concentration. The occasional lucky chip-in is satisfying, but the real pleasure comes from getting it right because you thought about it.
  2. True Swing Golf’s brilliance is in its simplicity almost anyone even non gamers will enjoy. [JPN Import]
  3. Numerous (but lackluster) courses and a local wireless multiplayer option give the game some legs, but there's not much beyond the enjoyable swing mechanic that really impresses. [Feb 2006, p.111]