Pixelitis: I’ve always been a fan of simplistic gaming simulations. Since they only mimic the reality of the sports they portray to a certain degree, it leaves plenty of room for imaginative and personal twists on a pre-established genre. Why settle for accurate uniform textures when you can outfit your character in feudal Japanese attire?
My reasoning was always that if a game is so faithful in its simulation, then why wouldn’t you play it in real life? If you have to preoccupy yourself with all the convoluted nuances of a game, it seemed to make more sense to me to actually invest that energy in the sport itself.
Which is why I think Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational manages to maintain the charm of previous entries, while at the same time provide a respectable amount of golf mechanics in a video game.