• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: May 3, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 57 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
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  1. 100
    For a truly surreal experience, take Hot Shots out to the course during your next 18, and play a hole or two in between real holes. The only danger there is the rest of your group might become too hooked on what you're doing on Open Tee rather than finishing the real round.
  2. An outstanding achievement in porting a major console golf title over to a handheld system while retaining all of the gameplay nuances that made it the classic it is today.
  3. The simple fact is that this is a fine title and personally this tops my list as the game to have on the PSP.
  4. Although a lack of an infrastructure network mode is disappointing, there’s no doubt that the fun factor and replay value of the game are very high.
  5. Yeah, it’s "only" a golf game, but it’s brilliant and definitely one of the best titles on the PSP, period.
  6. 90
    With six courses, 19-plus characters, and a hefty "Career" mode, this disc will knock "Lumines" out of your PSP (for a week or two at least).
  7. Game Informer
    Where the entry really shines, though, is multiplayer. Two-person matches, eight-player tournaments, and two-player miniature golf rounds are all seconds away. Each plays fabulously and really uses the PSP hardware well. [July 2005, p.127]
  8. Computer Games Magazine
    If you can get past the kiddie characters..., you'll find some of the best golf available, handheld or otherwise. [Aug 2005, p.91]
  9. AceGamez
    Everybody's Golf is my favourite PSP game so far and I've played Wipeout Pure, Lumines, Ridge Racer, Burnout Legends, Virtua Tennis, World Snooker Challenge 2005 and Tiger Woods, so that's a pretty high recommendation.
  10. A fine selection of courses, a smooth graphical performance, intuitive controls and some of the most addictive gameplay available for your PSP mean that Everybody's Golf really is a challenger for the title of "Best European PSP Launch Title."
  11. Pelit (Finland)
    The latest baby in the Everybody's Golf family is a superb golf game. Smooth controls, happy characters and a pleasantly fast pace make this a sure hit with golf fans. [Oct 2005]
  12. The graphics, sound and controls are all very solid. The controls specifically are easy to pickup, but hard to master making Hot Shots a game you’ll go back to years after its release.
  13. 88
    The line between cute and cheesy is a fine one, but the game sweetly balances this divide with a fine-tuned game engine the delivers a genuine golfing experience.
  14. It's easy to play, looks awesome, and is outright fun. Fore!!!
  15. It's the best game I have played on the PSP so far, it has lasting appeal and plenty of game in it's tiny disc.
  16. Despite forcing players to spend what seems like an eternity unlocking 90% of the good stuff at the start Hot Shots Golf Open Tee is a winner.
  17. 86
    If you have an interest in golf but aren't too bothered about realism and are after a challenge then Hot Shots Golf Open Tee is one PSP launch title you must get.
  18. The game's visuals jump off the screen with incredible colour and the anime inspired characters seem at home on Sony's handheld.
  19. The biggest sacrifice is course variety, which wouldn’t be so bad if developer Clap Hanz hadn’t artificially lengthened the game by making you progress so slowly. The game is still quite fun, and even with only six courses, it will keep you entertained for quite a while. [JPN Import]
  20. Play Magazine
    A very addictive and good-playing game of golf with sweet wireless matchups and plenty of fun costumes and characters to unlock in between. [July 2005, p.82]
  21. A great pick for any gamer who likes golf, but isn't obsessed with the sport. There are enough characters, courses and unlockables to keep you busy for a long, long time.
  22. The gameplay is fantastic with great new courses, plenty of things to unlock, and fabulous multiplayer support via built in wireless 802.11b networking.
  23. Weekly Famitsu
    8 / 9 / 8 / 8 - 33 gold [Dec 2004]
  24. It provides a good challenge while remaining pretty fun. With tons of challenges to compete in and scores of unlockables to obtain, you're likely to keep this title in your PSP for some time.
  25. The game really captivated me, mainly because of the fun that it provides and the lack of realism.
  26. If there were a few more minigames on offer then Everybody's Golf would've been even better. Never mind. The level of sheer fun means this game will appeal to even the most ardent of golf haters. [PSM2]
  27. Whether or not you take advantage of Everybody’s Golf’s online mode, there can be no doubt that it not only offers enjoyable gameplay, but a wealth of worthwhile content. The only trouble is that you’ll have to spend a lot of time unlocking everything.
  28. Proves that comic book golf games can provide lighthearted simulation without sacrificing any vital gameplay technicalities. The PSP has teed off in style with this one. [JPN Import]
  29. games(TM)
    It demands skill without being overly realistic and is challenging without being overly frustrating – an ideal combination that forms the backbone of an incredibly enjoyable game. [JPN Import; Feb 2005, p.116]
  30. A must have for the PSP, simply for its gameplay and number of items that you can get as you make your way to Golfing God or Goddess.
  31. 80
    Great amount of fun, with a fun and vibrant look throughout.
  32. It has plenty of great courses, fun characters, and just a very accessible and solid gameplay system.
  33. Newcomers to the genre who want a light-hearted golf experience will appreciate the game’s intuitive gameplay mechanics. However, those desiring a more in-depth golf experience may not find it here.
  34. 80
    The game's foundation is unshakable, and the endearing style adds just enough touches to make the game addictive.
  35. PSM Magazine
    Unless you're so hardcore into golf that you find Open Tee's big headed goofballs insulting, this is the new king of portable golf games. [July 2005, p.80]
  36. But all the dazzling gameplay, and stunning aesthetics can’t hide the fact that Hot Shots Golf simply isn’t truly designed for handheld play.
  37. Definitely buy this if you have buddies with whom to play it. Even if you don't, you just might have enough fun with it to make it worth the $40.
  38. Using a simple, intuitive interface to disguise a game of surprising depth. [Aug 2005, p.89]
  39. 80
    You don't need to be a golf fanatic to get hooked on this game, which is really the only thing that matters. Not only is it a showpiece for the system, but it's one of the best games available for Sony's portable.
  40. With its bite-sized premise, hugely compelling one-more-go appeal and negligible loading times, Everybody's Golf is without question one of our favourite PSP titles.
  41. The deceptively cute presentation belies a comprehensive golf simulation with terrific depth. As the title suggests, anyone can tee off and have a ball, but expert command of the golf ball is possible.
  42. There’s a strong sense of thought and loving care that’s been applied throughout the game; while it’s sophisticated physics ensure the game is fundamentally realistic, it’s styling and fun gameplay opens up the experience to those who’ve never dreamed of toppling the Tiger.
  43. The real fun is to be had in multiplayer, with a civilised round with up to four of your mates available via Wi-Fi and plenty of challenges and tournaments to compete in.
  44. One hell of an addictive golfing game. If you played any of its incarnations on the PS2, you will know what to expect here.
  45. 80
    Everybody's Golf is a great game that should be suited to anyone who likes their games to be easy and accessible.
  46. It's an easily accessible golf game that should suit all but the most stiff-necked golfing enthusiasts, while still appealing to the mass market.
  47. Open Tee isn't really any more or less accessible than Tiger, but the playful visual style will likely appeal more to those with no interest in real-world golf, and established Hot Shots fans will definitely find this to be their preferred game.
  48. Once you hit that first chip in eagle, you will be hooked, and you might even forget all about the lack of online play.
  49. netjak
    There's just too much repetition and too little variety for me to just recommend Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee to everyone...especially at $40.
  50. Probably one of the most addictive games on the PSP, and even those who have no interest in the real sport should find it enjoyable.
  51. Beyond the already present fans of the series, anyone looking for a fun game that can be picked up, played, and put down at whim, will find what they need here.
  52. 70
    Overall, this can be a frustration, especially once gamers realise this fact by seeing just how inaccessible some of the later courses can be. [JPN Import]
  53. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    I have exactly three words for the golf snobs: unlockable trucker hats. [July 2005, p.120]
  54. Another solid entry in the series. It's nothing more than that, however, and simply porting it to the PSP with no notable additions seems a tad lazy.
  55. 65
    Notably absent from the multiplayer options is a mode that allows you to play a multiplayer game with a single copy of the game. It's not often that you're going to get eight PSPs and eight copies of the game into the same place at once, so it's kind of odd that there's no provision for a good old-fashioned session of "pass the PSP." Shame.
  56. Cheat Code Central
    It's just not worth the payoff for me anymore than beating my buddies at a real game of golf is.
  57. To me, all these unlockables don't mean very much. My guy could be wearing shades, a Speedo and a hat made out of fruit for all I care. Just hit the ball, Spanky.

Awards & Rankings

#19 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
#39 Most Shared PSP Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. [Anonymous]
    Dec 31, 2007
    This is a great game! Fun and challenging at the same time. Graphics are good & game play is very good.
  2. MikeG.
    Jul 29, 2006
    extremely high replay value, is truely a classic, patiently waiting for a sequal with different course styles. reminds me of mario golf for extremely high replay value, is truely a classic, patiently waiting for a sequal with different course styles. reminds me of mario golf for the nes with better grapics. only complaint is that you don't know the wind speed per hole til after tee off. Full Review »
  3. CamS.
    Jul 16, 2006
    Best PSP game available!