The virtual reality world has already seen many VR sports games, most falling on the wacky side, like Headmaster, or the fictional side, like Creed. Their ranks are joined this week by a near perfect sports title, Everybody’s Golf VR. While it may sound goofy and casual, its deep mechanics and easy user experience make it a quintessential game for every golfer looking to bring the green to their living room.
Everybody’s Golf VR transports PlayStation VR players to a world of strategic golf, utilizing both brain power and physical movement to make for one of the most immersive sports games on VR yet. From the moment you put on the PSVR headset, you’re transported to an elegant golf resort and put through an abundance of tutorials—for good reason. My first time with the headset, I was a cocky golfer. I was a Wii Sports pro, after all, so I assumed this would be a breeze. Nope. While the game centers around holding the controller and swinging, just like real golf, there are a thousand other things to consider.
After my terrible first round, where I Hulk-smashed every ball thinking power was key, I returned with my tail between my legs to the tutorials and learned a lot. The game has surprising depths, covering factors like wind and power, stance, club distance, and more. After the tutorials, I was by no means a Masters champion, but my tools were laid out and I started getting into the swing of it. Speaking of swing, it’s another major factor. The game goes as far as to measure club distance from the ground and angle. You won’t hit a hole-in-one by helicoptering your control around, like you might with a Wii-mote. Swing too high and you’ll miss the ball; swing too low and you’ll chip the green. But the game expertly utilizes every aspect of VR to get you to effectively grow as a player, and the caddy will make endearing comments about how you can improve.
Everybody’s Golf VR takes its time showing you the ropes and gives you a lot of customization options for your game, putting the emphasis on Everybody’s. It takes time and practice to get good, but its intuitive controls and tutorials make it possible for all ages to participate. The game also offers both a motion control mode with a PSVR Move controller and a more stationary mode with the standard DualShock controller. Both modes deliver, but I found the motion play far more exciting. Either way, the different play styles further emphasize the accessibility that Everybody’s Golf VR is trying to push.
Graphically, the game is stunning. It’s shockingly serene, which is a great break from other phenomenal titles like Beat Saber and Creed that have you breaking a sweat in a matter of minutes. Overall, Everybody’s Golf VR is a fantastic example of how sports can continue to integrate themselves into the up-and-coming VR world.