While the title Real World Golf may mislead many players into believing the game has the glitz and glamour of games such as Tiger Woods, this is not the case. The game features no real players, no real courses and no real clothing lines or equipment. So what makes Real World Golf a contender? Because it’s real where it matters – in the game play and game mechanics.
The first thing gamers need to know about Real World Golf is that it isn't Tiger Woods. An average gamer will not be able to grip the club for the first time and stroke aces and albatrosses left and right. The word “Real” is stressed because the in-game results will match your real-time swing and the new Gametrack accessory holds up pretty well in that regard.
Instead of playing the game with a conventional controller, gamers will have to get off their butts and use more than their right thumb to hit the ball. By mimicking the axis of a controller’s dual analog sticks, the Gametrack can accurately depict a player’s swing based off of the positioning and speed of any given back swing and stroke.
The sensors work quite well, reacting to your movements in real time with their swing and club positioning. While the characters onscreen won’t hop wildly along with your custom Happy Gilmore swing (yes, I tried it) fans of the sport will appreciate the accuracy the accessory brings to a golf game. In fact, my drives tend to cut to the right out at the driving range, and in the game’s driving range, my drives were translated accordingly.
While that speaks favorably for those good at the sport, it also does a favor to those who need practice (me). Along with in-game tutorials, players can learn to tighten up their game and work on their swinging, chipping and putting. However, the real charm is that through adjustable difficulties, not everyone needs to be an Arnold Palmer to enjoy Real World Golf. With all of the interactivity the game is able to appeal to those who don’t even play video games as well as gamers who don’t enjoy golf games.
Even though there is no licensing in the game, Real World Golf still provides those who take a chance in its clubhouse a number of options. Multiple profiles can be set up with created characters, customization for each player’s swing (the game takes height and handedness into account for the swings) and stat tracking. Areas for practicing driving, chipping and putting are featured along with 10 full golf courses which players will hit in season, exhibition and multiplayer modes.