Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. Mar 5, 2012
    91
    Like I said, the addictive quality of Hot Shots Golf is here in full force. It's a perfect game for travelling because you can knock out a 9-hole challenge in no time, and there's always new items in the shop that drives you play just one more round. Absolutely a great Hot Shots game, and absolutely a great game to pick up with your PS Vita.
  2. Feb 13, 2012
    90
    A superb golf game that's extremely easy to pick up yet as deep and complex as any 'serious' game, Everybody's Golf is the must-have Vita launch title.
  3. Feb 13, 2012
    90
    It might very well be the best Hot Shots Golf game to date.
  4. Feb 13, 2012
    90
    World Invitational continues that tradition of a really nice blend of arcade-ish accessibility and sim seriousness. If you want to kick back and relax, fine -- but you can also dig in, get deep with strategy and complex swing tricks, and feel rewarded when you master them all. With its massive array of play options, courses, unlockables, and online challenges, not to mention its portability and always-on 3G connectivity, this is easily the biggest and best Hot Shots Golf game yet.
  5. 90
    Out of all the launch games for PS Vita, Everybody's Golf is the title we've found the most difficult to put down. Courses are well mapped-out, gameplay is totally addictive, and even the most mature of gamers will soon find themselves dressing up Isabelle in cute outfits and spending their hard-earned points in the shop.
  6. Feb 20, 2012
    86
    There's a staggering amount of content here, between the amount of various courses and bonus content.
  7. Feb 16, 2012
    86
    It trumps the last version on PS3 by merit of opening up more player options – generally it's the same game, but the method of taking a shot can use any one of five different mechanisms. Other than that it's business as usual – madly compulsive, quick to pick up and difficult to master, questionable representation of young girls.
  8. Mar 2, 2012
    85
    Further proving that it's unnecessary to fix something that never broke, Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational keeps true to its series roots while offering a ton of content and good times. A treat for anyone who enjoys golf or fun.
  9. Feb 27, 2012
    84
    Everybody's Golf looks good in portable consoles. This version is designed for short periods of play, and that makes it very appropiate for fast trips. It has a lot of content to unlock and the game is easy to play but hard to dominate, and multiplayer is great. One of the best golf games of any platform, although with few new features in comparison with previous entries.
  10. Feb 16, 2012
    84
    I think a little more could've been done; a little more in the way of innovation and freshness. Because even a die-hard follower like me felt a touch a ho-hum going through the events.
  11. Apr 17, 2012
    83
    An entertaining fantasy golf with quite realistic ball physics. [Apr 2012]
  12. Feb 28, 2012
    83
    I guarantee that many of you will be surprised at how many hours of enjoyment you'll get out of this game - and this is from someone who thinks golf is just a great way to get struck by lightning.
  13. Feb 15, 2012
    82
    Another fine entry in a dependably bankable series. Plays it safe, but that's no bad thing. [March 2012, p.73]
  14. Feb 21, 2012
    81
    Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational is a very enjoyable game. One of the best launch titles for Sony's portable device.
  15. Mar 7, 2012
    80
    I am addicted to Hot Shots Golf World Invitational. It still has a lot of collectibles, a good challenge and, overall, a fun experience. The only things that irked me are minor problems that can be overlooked, but also can be frustrating to deal with at the same time.
  16. Mar 5, 2012
    80
    Hot Shots Vita remains a nobrainer for Sony consoles. This tru sim-game wrapped in its cute graphics is easy to pickup, but hard to master. With its online play, loads of stuff to unlock, and precise gameplay, its as good as ever, even though we'd have hoped for more new features and better visuals.
  17. This sucker devours bus and train trips. [March 2012, p64]
  18. Mar 4, 2012
    80
    Everybody's Golf makes its appearance on the Vita and not much has changed from the previous games. It may have some minor flaws, but it's a great launch game for the Vita.
  19. Feb 29, 2012
    80
    Everybody's Golf is another addictive installment in the lucky franchise and one of the best launch games for PlayStation Vita. It packs a lot of content in single and multiplayer modes; however it doesn't fully support most of Vita's hardware features and it shows a somewhat lack of creativity with its recycled playfields and visuals.
  20. Feb 28, 2012
    80
    Delivers a quality experience on par with, if not better than previous iterations. [Issue#119, p.98]
  21. Feb 23, 2012
    80
    Don't let anyone tell you otherwise-Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational will satisfy every fan of the golf genre and as polished as its console counterpart. The criticism that it's not as simple as its cheerful graphics is misguided, as anyone with good timing and planning can shoot up the scoreboard with ease. With a robust multiplayer, plenty of unlockable, and many hours of replay value, World Invitational is a clean, well-centered shot for the PlayStation Vita.
  22. Feb 23, 2012
    80
    World Invitational may not possess the sheer system-selling appeal of an Uncharted: Golden Abyss, but it's still a solid, packed launch game that old hands as well as rookies should consider grabbing alongside their Vitas.
  23. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    The game does what the series has excelled at since day one, provide an accessible golfing experience that anyone can enjoy. Unlike some of the other titles in the Sony platform's library, this one doesn't rely on gimmicks. Its focus is solid gameplay, depth and charm, and it has these things down to a tee.
  24. Feb 20, 2012
    80
    And again we find ourselves playing a Vita game without a necessary online component, in this case the option for one on one duels. Other than that, a lack of proper innovation is the only drawback. You won't regret buying this addictive, accessible and very content-packed handheld title.
  25. Feb 17, 2012
    80
    Everybody's Golf doesn't do anything particularly new or revolutionary, but it does what it does very well indeed.
  26. Feb 16, 2012
    80
    Even if Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational doesn't necessarily feel completely new – this is a big fistful of uncomplicated yet highly engrossing golfing fun that is hard not to recommend. It's not as much of a showcase title as other games in the Vita's Launch-Line-Up but that is due to the fact that it focuses on long found strengths rather than trying desperately trying to come up with new ones for this particular new piece of hardware.
  27. Mar 19, 2012
    75
    The best aspect of Everybody's Golf for the PS Vita is that you can pick up the console and play the game anytime and anywhere without too much thought. The gameplay is pretty much flawless and some of the PS Vita controls are actually quite fun. It's also quite an addictive title that makes this such a hard game to put down as you're always striving for that perfect score. Add in online multiplayer and you'll be playing Everybody's Golf on the PS Vita for a considerable amount of time.
  28. Mar 14, 2012
    75
    Look past certain design flaws - and certain mechanical issues – however, and you'll find a highly enjoyable, highly addictive golf game that's accessible to all types of player, from the kid in the back seat during a car ride to the most dedicated gamer.
  29. Mar 12, 2012
    75
    If you enjoy a game with simple pick-up-and-go golfing mechanics, don't mind a hefty challenge from time to time, and love to customize your characters from head to toe, then Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational is worth picking up for your PlayStation Vita.
  30. Mar 12, 2012
    75
    Developer Clap Hanz has produced a thoroughly enjoyable and addictive game, filled with a simplicity that makes it accessible for players of all abilities.
  31. Feb 21, 2012
    75
    Being predictably solid is both a blessing and curse for the Hot Shots series, and at the end of the day I try to not overthink the fact that World Invitational is simply a fun experience. I approach it a lot like my real-life golf game, where I just try to enjoy being out in the sunshine and not get too wound up at the numbers on the score card.
  32. Feb 21, 2012
    75
    Everybody's golf for PS Vita is exactly how we expected it to be: another increbily funny iteration in the saga.
  33. Feb 15, 2012
    75
    Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational proves that more of the same can still be really fun.
  34. Feb 14, 2012
    75
    The game's biggest problem is that it doesn't offer anything fresh – it's roughly Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds from PS3 (which is still impressive for a handheld). [March 2012, p.77]
  35. Everybody's Golf is the premier example of a pick-up-and-play game perfectly suited for a handheld console. Despite its initial appeal we got bored pretty quickly due to a lack of variation and innovation over the previous installments. [March 2012, p.54]
  36. Feb 21, 2012
    72
    Everybody's Golf always was and still is a challenging, very charming delight with a lot of content. But on Vita it lacks new ideas while the physics system doesn't seem to be up to date.
  37. Mar 12, 2012
    70
    It's easy to learn, hard to master, addictive and beautiful. Simply put, it's one of the best buys a PSVita owner could make.
  38. 70
    Basicly the same game as previous releases, but that will certainly be enough for most players. It was for us.
  39. The difficulty curve is satisfying. [March 2012, p.115]
  40. Feb 23, 2012
    70
    Everybody's Golf 6 doesn't do anything new, it is basically the same experience of home consoles but on a handheld.
  41. Feb 22, 2012
    70
    It gets the basics right and backs up its tight gameplay mechanics with tidy visuals and portable-friendly loading times - something that a few of the higher profile launch games can't claim. The dev team certainly played it safe, but going for PAR isn't a bad thing.
  42. Feb 21, 2012
    70
    There's not enough depth to justify long play sessions, but long sessions are not really the point here. What Everybody's Golf does is provide a great escape in short bursts and it packs just enough in to keep you coming back to it time and again.
  43. Feb 20, 2012
    70
    A very good more of the same chapter in the Everybody's Golf series, but still... too much "more of the same". True fans will love it!
  44. Feb 17, 2012
    70
    The deep single player component, in-game shop and multiplayer will keep you putting for weeks, and with the possibility of downloadable content, perhaps even longer. Not the most casual golf title on the market, but all things considered, definitely one of the best you'll find on a handheld.
  45. Feb 16, 2012
    70
    Lots of unlockables and enough fun make Everybody's Golf Vita a charming little golf game.
  46. Feb 16, 2012
    70
    It's one of the strongest launch titles, offering taut fun and challenge in a rapid-fire, quick-load manner that's perfectly suited to the handheld. It may not offer a vision of the portable future that Sony's creative dreamers were hoping for, but as a video game, it works small wonders.
  47. Feb 14, 2012
    70
    It may not offer any surprises, but with a mountain of modes, options and unlockables this amiable golf sim is another excellent showcase for the PS Vita.
  48. Feb 13, 2012
    70
    This latest iteration doesn't change much - it doesn't have to - but it does have a few tricks up its argyle-patterned sleeve.
  49. Feb 13, 2012
    70
    Unadventurous Everybody's Golf may be, but it's wonderfully executed, and its presence at Vita's launch is welcome. With their endlessly smiling characters, cheery J-tunes and bright skies, Everybody's Golf titles are the best Nintendo-esque games a Sony console has ever seen, and this latest iteration is no exception.
  50. Feb 13, 2012
    70
    It gets by just fine with its tried-and-true, user-friendly golfing action, strong multiplayer, and a mostly smart smattering of Vita-specific gimmicks and upgrades.
  51. Mar 30, 2012
    67
    World Invitational is classic Hot Shots through and through, which is both good and bad. The game is a blast and has plenty of content to keep fans occupied for a long, long time but ultimately it doesn't do anything to further the series or draw new fans to the experience.
  52. Feb 16, 2012
    65
    Has a nice, colorful approach to golf and a respectable set of multiplayer options. But the disconnect between the amount of time required to plan a shot and the milliseconds needed to mess it all up sparks ample frustrations.
  53. Feb 14, 2012
    65
    A far-from-terrible sports game that's accessible and fun for brief periods, but lacks the creative punch to warrant its place in Vita's launch line-up. [March 2012, p.93]
  54. Where's the rear touchscreen functionality to control shot power? Where's the touchscreen aiming? [Apr 2012, p.56]
  55. Feb 23, 2012
    50
    The customisation options are the main focus in this portable golf game, but apart from that the game treads on very familiar ground. I'd hold out for an inevitable Tiger Woods game if I were you.
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. May 19, 2012
    10
    This game has everything that a golf game should have. Almost no bugs, great graphics, amazing online features, tons of things to unlock, challenging courses and much much more! I would recommend this game to everyone who likes golf! Full Review »
  2. Feb 25, 2012
    10
    Hands down, Hot Shots: WI is the best launch title for the Vita. Great graphics, great controls (identical to Hot Shots on PS3) and a lot of non-DLC unlockables. As you progress you earn points for each shot you take, using those points earned in the games' Shop. There's multiple outfits and color choices for each character as well as loads of golfing equipment that can be upgraded as well. Character loyalty is back this time too. In addition to this, there are daily tournaments where you can rank against the rest of the world, as well as a multiplayer lobby for starting your own tournaments. The only downside is that it comes with an online pass, so be sure to buy it new if you want to play online without paying for the online pass on the PSN. Full Review »
  3. Feb 15, 2012
    8
    An absolutely charming and addictive game that will suck you into it despite your initial reservations. I have never played a Hot Shots game before and was surprised to discover how enjoyable this entry to the series is. The addition of the online leaderboards and tournaments gives this game enormous value, making it the perfect pick up and play type game for the Vita. Full Review »