• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Mar 11, 2002

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
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  1. I can't imagine the series, or video game golf for that matter, getting much better than this (of course it will).
  2. This game is easier to play than a sorority co-ed. In fact, the gameplay is so basic you can handle it easily while half in the bag.
  3. 100
    While Hot Shots 3 doesn’t revolutionize the series by any stretch of the imagination, it delivers sweet PS2 graphics and loads of slick refinements that make it another must-play game.
  4. Game Informer
    A fantastic game – get off your can and go get it before that fat guy across the street beats you to the store. [Apr 2002, p.72]
  5. The single player is enough to warrant a buy, but the national tournaments and multi-player aspects make it one you just have to have in your game library.
  6. It's so good that on a gorgeous, sunny 80-degree afternoon I found myself hitting the virtual links instead of the real thing – and I love real golf.
  7. Everything works well together and Clap Hanz should be complimented by improving on an already successful formula.
  8. The only real flaw I found with the gameplay is that the game seems fairly forgiving with mistakes.
  9. 90
    Usually a person will hate a game when they lose at it on a consistent basis, the case is completely different here. This is just a testament of how fun and gripping this game is to play.
  10. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    I can't remember a game with almost nothing I would change...No other golf game keeps the action moving so well from one shot to the next. [Apr 2002, p.138]
  11. Given the choice between Tiger Woods and Hot Shots Golf 3, I'd take Hot Shots any day.
  12. PSM Magazine
    Casual fans have everything they could want. [Apr 2002]
  13. Playboy
    A perfect virtual getaway -- without the pretension.
  14. Perhaps the best party game for the PS2 out there.
  15. There’s only so much Hot Shots you can take before you start craving something new and innovative about the whole experience.
  16. If there's one area in which Hot Shots Golf 3 completely obliterates the competition, it's pacing. The loading times are nearly nonexistent...You can finish an 18 hole course in a half-hour, which is really great.
  17. 80
    In comparison [to "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2002"], the tap-tap-tap system employed in Hot Shots can't help but feel a little bit tired. It works, but there are far more possibilities to the PS2 control interface that could be make golf gameplay fresher, more intuitive, and more fun.
  18. Deep where it counts — the game play.
  19. netjak
    I have to point out that it is a rare thing indeed for a game to grab me the way Hot Shots Golf 3 did and hold onto me for three entire YEARS, especially considering the fact that it is a golf game.
  20. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    It's easy to play, but it's got remarkable depth and tons of replayability. [Apr 2002, p.104]
  21. Play Magazine
    The coolest thing about Hot Shots, though, has to be the crazy caddies. Each time you drive, they jet after the ball like Benny Hill on a caffeine bender, kicking up dust and generally freaking out. [Mar 2002, p.52]
  22. It's improvements, however, aren't as dramatic or gameplay-enhancing as those that EA's "PGA Tour 2002" has brought to the videogame golf genre.
  23. Hot Shots Golf 3 takes the game into a whole hilarious new direction - but the realism it loses may hinder real golf fans.
  24. True to its word, a round of 18 holes can be played within 20 minutes, making the game extremely accessible for those who want some quick fun without getting bogged down in reading a series of meters or clicking through multiple menu screens before initiating a shot.
  25. 80
    There are no PGA courses or players, but what it does have to offer is a gameplay style so simple it truly is good for everyone.
  26. Despite the aging gameplay dynamics and rehashed sound-effects Hot Shots Golf 3 manages to deliver a full-on entertaining experience that is rarely found within games of the golfing simulation genre.
  27. Gets old fast. The multiplayer gameplay grows stale and can be boring, and the one-player game only takes so long to master, or become bored with. A golf fan might eat it up, but your typical gamer will probably put it down after a few days of extended play.
  28. A top-notch golf game perfect for anyone looking to make some digital divots.
  29. Its incredible similarity to previous Hot Shots Golf games may disappoint those looking for something fresh and new...[but] anyone looking for a consistently goofy, lighthearted golf game, will surely be pleased.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Sep 27, 2011
    This game is fun for a bit until you notice the glaring problems. Without any wind, it would say I am hitting 232 and I would hit full powerThis game is fun for a bit until you notice the glaring problems. Without any wind, it would say I am hitting 232 and I would hit full power and almost perfectly on and it would only go 209 yards and into the water below. The game does a terrible job [predicting how far your shot will go, in a game where feet matter. There is no excuse and no other reason why that should happen. Also even on the beginner courses the computer gets pars and birdies every time making it almost impossible to keep up. They should make the game more accessible and not make waste your time on 18 holes against perfect players starting out. Also even if you are just a tad off on the hit with the accuracy button it will go way short (doesn't even make sense with accuracy) or way off to the side. They can't expect you to be perfect and should penalize you as much for barely any error. Full Review »
  2. May 7, 2018
    Such a great game and franchise that needs to get rebooted. Excellent for multiplayer moments.
  3. TylerB.
    Jan 18, 2004
    It was awesome.