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International open golf logo  AGA   A1200 Speziell

Da freut man sich über einen neuen Golfball als Treibgut der immer stärker aufbrandenden Softwarewelle für den 1200er, und dann stellt sich der Fund als mißglückte Umsetzung eines eh schon mäßigen PC-Spielchen heraus.

International open golf Maximal vier Digi-Golfer kommen hier in den zweifelhaften Genuß von fünf Turniermodi (inklusive zweier Teamwettbewerbe) und drei grafisch wie spielerisch unterschiedlichen Plätzen mit jeweils bis zu 72 Löchern. Dazu gibt es drei Schwierigkeitsgrade, eine Übersichtskarte, einen kompletten Schlägersatz und zwölf Schlagvarianten in vier Stärken. Die Anlage ist aus der üblichen 3D-Perspektive zu sehen, das Bällchen wird per Maus und Fadenkreuz „abgeschossen“ und anschließend wie im Fernsehen von einer Kamera bis zum Aufschlagpunkt verfolgt.

Klingt gut, ist aber schlecht, denn genau diese Kamerafahrt stellt trotz der diversen Blickwinkel und Zoom-, Dreh- oder Umblendeffekte auch die entscheidende Verschlechterung gegenüber dem PC-Original dar. Die Landschaft ist zwar ganz hübsch gezeichnet und die Animation des Golfers hat sich sogar verbessert – aber das ruckelige Gezuckel des Balls und die insgesamt betäubend langsame Grafik sind schlichtweg eine Katastrophe! Zudem fehlen auch nach der Konvertierung für jeden ernsthaften Golfer lebenswichtige Optionen wie die Feineinstellung von Schlagstärke und Spielerposition. Ansonsten kriegt man eine durchschnittliche Titelmusik und anderthalb Soundeffekte geboten, bloß nach dem Spielspaß fahndet man vergeblich.

Was auf der Packung großspurig als interaktive Software angekündigt wird, die die Möglichkeiten des 1200er voll ausreizt, entpuppt sich damit bei näherem Hinsehen als ebenso unsportliche wie überflüssige Veranstaltung. Kein Wunder, daß eine 500er-Version vorläufig nicht geplant ist... (mic)

Amiga Joker, October 1993, p.92

INT. OPEN GOLF
(OCEAN)
GOLFSIMULATION
39%
"ÄRMLICH"
Amiga Joker
GRAFIK
ANIMATION
MUSIK
SOUND-FX
HANDHABUNG
DAUERSPAß
66%
29%
54%
18%
41%
37%
VARIABEL: 3 STUFEN
PREIS DM 69,-
SPEICHERBEDARF
DISKS/ZWEITFLOPPY
HD-INSTALLATION
SPEICHERBAR
DEUTSCH
2 MB
4/JA
JA
SPIELSTÄNDE: 8
ANLEITUNG


International open golf logo  AGA 

Golf is a gentleman's sport. So how Paul Presley got into it is a complete mystery.

International open golf W ell I don't know what it is but it sure ain't golf. Believe me, I know. I play golf and this isn't it. This is some kind of bizarre cross between Operation Wolf and the polygon generator in Dpaint with golfing paraphernalia tossed in. I don't really want to go into gross detail about the elements of International Open Golf as it's already depressed me beyond belief and I wouldn't wish the same fate upon you. Briefly though, have a look at the following example.

I'm 50 yards away from the green. The ideal club is a Sand Wedge. Unfortunately due to the strange control method of only being able to take full power, half power, three-quarter power or one-quarter power shots (with nothing in between), the only way I can actually take a 50 yard shot is to change to a Number 2 iron and take a quarter shot. About as realistic as England's chances of qualifying for the World Cup (wrong sport I know, but I feel strongly about both).

IN THE BUNKER
The trouble with golf games is that there is only one way that you can do it successfully – it's the three-click shot or nothing I'm afraid. One mouse click to start the backswing (starting the shot), one to start the downswing (i.e. select power) and one to hit the ball. Anything else just doesn't really work. You have to let a player decide precisely how much power he or she wants to use and exactly how much hook or slice (draw or fade if you're reading this in America) is needed or it just isn't golf.

The only way you can really change the game and make things better is to make sure the presentation and options are better than everyone else's. Unfortunately for Ocean, even if they had used the three-click method, the rest of the game would have let them down severely.

For example, a line in the manual describes the camera panning thus: 'When the ball stops (the camera) smoothly rotates to the new viewing position. This is the slowest option'. I don't know what dictionaries are being used in Manchester, but unless 'smoothly' is defined as 'with extreme jerkiness, having large gaps between frame updates' then I would suggest they send them back to the bookshop. At least the last bit was right. It is slow. This is the case throughout. The graphics, while quite nicely defined, are just extremely jerky and enough to put even Nick Faldo off the game for life.

IN THE ROUGH
You do get to take part in various types of golf though, from skins to foursomes (an exciting little game involving two teams and just one ball per partnership) and the menus are all easy to use and pretty comprehensive. That's small comfort though when placed next to the rest of the game.

International Open Golf is simply a failed attempt to do something different with the golfing concept. All credit to Ocean for trying but let's face it, it was a doomed effort from the start. There's only one way you stand a chance of bettering PGA Tour Golf and that's to call your game MicroProse Golf (and I'll bet that's angered a few of you PGA purists out there).

CU Amiga, September 1993, p.74

OCEAN £25.99
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Completely misjudged attempt to convert the noblest of sports.
OVERALL: 35%