• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Aug 17, 2004
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. And if Hot Shots Golf FORE! is anything, it's addictive. With so many unlockables at your disposal, it’s almost guaranteed to suck away hours of your time, especially since the core gameplay is so solid.
  2. Online play is addictive and challenging despite its frustrating flaws and oversights, the realism of the game despite the cartoony look is great, and most importantly, the game is extremely fun.
  3. The online gameplay is somewhat less inspiring than I hoped, but overall it looks and sounds great, plays extremely well, and most importantly is a ton of fun for single and multiple players.
  4. 9 / 9 / 9 / 9 - 36 platinum [Vol 781]
  5. I cannot express how much enjoyment this title has brought into our family gaming.
  6. Underneath all the 'hilariosity' though, are some rock solid physics.
  7. Though hard-core golfers might not appreciate exaggerated plaid pants on cartoon characters and sarcastic golfers, pretty much everyone else will get into the game's taunting, tricks and big hit effects and exaggerated character personalities.
  8. A deceptively deep golf game. [Nov 2004, p.85]
  9. The visuals may seem vaguely familiar, and the gameplay may fit like a glove, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a sequel that delivers as much new content as Hot Shots Golf Fore! so effortlessly does. [Sept 2004, p.108]
  10. If may not feature a drunken out of shape John Daly or the regal presence of Tiger himself, but like Stifler's mom, it definitely has it going on. Buy it for the gameplay, stay for the online.
  11. The best golf game that you will find on a console. There is so much depth so much charm to this game. It is impossible to dislike unless you really hate golf.
  12. The graphics will simply amaze you in this off the wall game.
  13. 88
    Hot Shots Golf Fore! has updated its own version of cartoonish golf in a pretty spectacular way...The cross sections in the shots, the trail option of skipping through the shot, and the wind affecting the trees all add up to making the game an improvement all around.
  14. Proof that as long as a game is fun, it doesn’t need to be advanced upon by leaps and bounds with every installment. There’s loads of content here.
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jan 27, 2014
    10
    Delightfully accessible and addictive gameplay blended with great visuals and comical characters makes for one of my all-time favourite games. Hot Shots Golf Fore remains to this day a great choice if you're looking for a challenging, yet engaging experience. Full Review »
  2. Aug 21, 2012
    9
    a lot of reviews claim that this part has not more to give than part 3 and all of them were absolutely wrong! you will get a lot of courses, a lot of characters, so much items, which no part before has to offer. a great game, though i still missed a worldranking, even if its not based on real players in the internet. but everything else is made great here! if you like golf-games, especially those with cute japanese characters you should own this one! great game! (9 out of 10) Full Review »
  3. Nov 8, 2010
    9
    The fact that i've been constantly coming back to play this game for the last 5 years says a lot about how great this game is. Theres plenty of awesome characters and caddies to choose from and lots of comic relief when it comes to the hilarious and equally random remarks made from the characters and the gallery. Once you get the hang of this game the sky is the limit, since reaching National Champion status is not finish line and there lots of stuff to unlock, this game seems endless and always entertaining. The only reason I didn't give it a ten is because of the frustration that comes with the difficulty at times, but it's golf, and thus very realistic. Full Review »