E3 10; John Daly’s ProStroke Golf – The PS3 Attitude and Move Preview
While John Daly probably isn’t as popular as Tiger Woods, the pro golfer has managed to rack up five PGA Tour wins including the PGA Championship in 1991 and the British Open in 1995. Come this fall, you’ll be able to play as John “The Lion” Daly in ProStroke Golf and show off your skills with the brand new PlayStation Move as well.
We went hands-on with the game along with the all-new Move controller at this year’s conference. How did our round of golf turn out and more importantly, how responsive was the motion controller?
Initially, we couldn’t help but feel like Bart in an episode of The Simpsons where he wants a copy of BoneStorm for Christmas but instead receives Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge. John Daly’s name probably won’t be familiar to many unless you’re a hard core golfer, and the game won’t have the mass appeal of EA’s Tiger Woods PGA Tour.
From a graphical standpoint, John Daly’s ProStroke Golf is pretty standard. There isn’t much that needs to be done to make a golf game look good. John Daly is the only licensed golf in the game and he is represented well by his digital self, both in appearance and voice over. The game is still in its early stages so there is room for improvement to be made before it comes out this fall.
One of the biggest draw ProStroke has for PS3 owners is support for the PlayStation Move. Using the controller with the game only requires the “Move” button to set the ball up and then it’s up to your amazing golf swing to do the rest.
The game setup included imitation grass along with a tee. To get things started, you must point the Move at the tee. This will send you into a first person view mode of the ball. Here you can practice your swing until you feel you’re ready to take a real shot. You’ll get the typical golf statistics such as power and weight.
In addition, the Move tracks the placement of your feet and tells you how to adjust them into the correct stance. How it does it when the PlayStation Eye doesn’t even capture your feet might seem like magic but we’ve been told it’s due to the super sensitive controller.
While you might feel like a fool, it’s necessary to perform as accurate a swing as possible. That includes getting the stance right, bringing your arms all the way back, and following through. Don’t be afraid to put some muscle into it.
The initial swing is the easy part, after all, you’re just trying to hit the ball as far as possible. The difficulty comes when you try to swing at any power level that’s not 100%. I’m sure things become easier with time but after the two courses I played, I never was able to fully grasp the power of my swing. I did manage to get a chip in on one hole though. It’s too bad that it was only after about 10 or so swings.
I’ve never really been a fan of the traditional golf games but the PlayStation Move opens up a new world of experiences. Even though I was rather horrible at the game, I was having fun and isn’t that was gaming is all about? John Daly’s ProStroke Golf still needs some work but in the end I think it could turn out to be a decent title. The game will feature 16 courses and a variety of game modes including Challenge, Tournament, Exhibition and Practice.