• 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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. You can play 18 holes with up to three more players or play in a huge tournament (up to 50 players) It's not a revolutionary online mode but it's a huge step forward from HSG3.
  5. There are some subtle improvements to the presentation, and the inclusion of online play is a welcome addition, but when compared to each other, you'll find it difficult to tell the difference between "Hot Shots Golf 3" and Hot Shots Golf Fore!
  6. Don't let the big-headed cartoon folk fool you, this is a solid (but fun) simulation of golf, and online-enabled to boot. Too bad it's so similar to the previous game in the series.
  7. 80
    Has just enough new features and improvements to make it the best Hot Shots game yet. [Nov 2004, p.140]
  8. 9 / 9 / 9 / 9 - 36 platinum [Vol 781]
  9. It's faced paced, full of creative shot making, and chock-full of fun unlockables - there's no denying the addictive power. [Oct 2004, p.98]
  10. I wanted to be more positive about this title, but after playing the ultimate golfing game and then coming to play this - well, it feels like a giant step down.
  11. The addition of mini-games and online mode are welcome, but the absence of upgrades to the gameplay and the lack of a career mode are huge downsides to the game.
  12. I cannot express how much enjoyment this title has brought into our family gaming.
  13. Underneath all the 'hilariosity' though, are some rock solid physics.
  14. 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.
  15. A deceptively deep golf game. [Nov 2004, p.85]
  16. 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]
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. The graphics will simply amaze you in this off the wall game.
  20. 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.
  21. Despite its goofy and, possibly to some, even tasteless look, HSGF! is one of the most enjoyable golf games on the market, and surely the finest I’ve ever come across in its field.
  22. An option to use either the analog stick or button swing commands, a full suite of online play modes and options, the ability to swap clubs, gear, and characters online or through memory cards, and maybe some sort of golf cart racing mini-game in addition to the character/voice creator mentioned above, and the next Hot Shots game would be even better.
  23. The unlockable content alone is enough to keep a player busy for quite some time; couple in the sweet little extras like ‘celebrity’ golfers, and mini golf and the enjoyment can go on for quite some time.
  24. The limited online mode and lack of a course editor are lamentable, but the new characters and courses are quite nice.
  25. Up to 50 players can compete in a single tournament with the low score for the course taking the prize. Even though the tournaments are quite large it often feels like you are playing solo as you play each hole on your own.
  26. If you like the game of golf, and appreciate a well styled, RPG-like game with an online component, then I would certainly pick up Hot Shots Fore!
  27. The huge number of new golf courses and playable characters, along with slightly-improved control and user-friendly online modes (not to mention the returning golfers/courses from “HSG 3”), make Hot Shots Golf Fore! the best installment of the series yet.
  28. It's simplistic in the initial stages, but deep down, this is a fun, surprisingly deep game that can keep you interested for quite a while.
  29. 80
    It retains everything you loved about the previous games and simply adds more content.
  30. Worth a play if you didn’t snag the last one. Otherwise, how valuable is online play to you?
  31. 80
    Even though the cartoony graphics are like classic arcade games, the controls remain remarkably sharp.
  32. Sure, mini-golf is fun and online is fun, but most of what you’ve seen here is found in the previous game, which is somewhat disappointing.
  33. Hot Shots may be outlandish by design, but the golf proves true. Off the tee, out of the sand, the chipping, the putting...it's all pretty realistic, and ultimately that's what will keep you playing. [Oct 2004, p.108]
  34. If you're not going to play this game online, you don't need it, you won't like it, and you'll be mad that you paid full price for it.
  35. For the golf aficionado, the play mechanics are going to feel a little dated and the experience is probably going to be less than satisfying. So, for PS2 owners that have had a case of "Mario Golf" envy, this is the game for you.
  36. Duffers who like to spend more time on the couch than on the greens will find much to enjoy here and they can do it without looking like a dork in a pair of knickers.
  37. 70
    It's definitely a solid title that offers fine gameplay and excellent replay value, but outside of the online play -- which is pretty barebones -- it isn't too much of an advancement over its predecessor.
  38. If you're a fan of the series, then you'll enjoy this, though possibly feel like you've paid full price for what is basically an expansion pack introducing some new mini-games, online support and extra characters (like Ratchet and Clank.)
  39. The problem we have is that the PSP version looks better than the PS2 game and that really displays a lack of effort for the PS2 game.
  40. Everybody's Golf invites comparison with the similarly cartoonish "Outlaw Golf 2." Sadly it comes off second best again, thanks to that game's wealth of tournaments and play modes, and its attractive 19.99 price tag. [PSW]
  41. Packing a new online community, new courses to take on, slight gameplay tweaks, and some surprise faces in the cast, Hot Shots Golf Fore! is definitely worth a go-around.
  42. But even if you lack broadband, the bizarre characters and 13 arcade-style courses to choose from will keep you giddier than Carl Spackler on a gofer hunt.
  43. Unless you're into cartoony characters and an overdose of wackiness, there really isn't much here beyond simple competence. [Oct 2004, p.98]
  44. 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.
  45. But in the grand scheme of things, this somewhat underwhelming series is falling farther behind the game currently atop golf's leaderboard, "Tiger Woods," and doesn’t look to be gaining any strokes.
  46. Most interesting was the way Fore hides deeper play mechanics that more ambitious gamers can exploit, making this game more than the cartoonish take on golf it's advertised as. [Oct 2004, p.89]
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 »