This game is not optimized. And according to the devs, who only released the information about the path ahead was after launch, then telling people it would be at least a YEAR before it would be done. Been with it from the beginning, logged around 380 hrs , mostly beta. The forum moderator is a Ban / poser, clearing away any bad news fast and disagreements and the slightest arguement against the game not being optimised after launch and my disagreement in the company saying it would be before launch , resulted in being banned from the forums. The company released this game too early, promising alot in beta, suckering people in. I was told by the moderator things would be resolved before launch, a few months since release, to which i was told i was " harping on about it" .
While the game it self is a copy of Tiger woods on line, it does alot worse playing from the mouse user point of view. The people at Hb went straight for the console market, and havent really been honest to the mouse users. The slightest hair either side of being wrong in your swing at thats its for that hole. So u 'd think they add some form of playing handing cap for the lesser skilled in drawing a straight line , but no options for say, novice swing etc. Nope ,
The graphics are ok, if u have the very latest in cards, other wise nope your wasting your time in making the game look even half way decent, coz the UNITY engine they choose is terrible. and even then the company addmitted why after release that they set the bench mark to high, resulting in people cooking the tower units, fans going 100 mph. While the moderators response is turning down sliders, that only hammper the visuals, and not your fans going 100mph.
Theres prob one good thing about it i must admit , and thats the course creator, though the interface , is ropey at best. With the right imagination u can create a beautiful course. But once u release the course , its then lost in a sea of generated courses to which the menu system is basic and lack luster, trying to make your way through the near 30.000 course is a total pain, .With no book marker system in place , your forced to either remember the name, to add to favourites or troll through the mostly generated courses. The course description is super vague too. Your encouraged by the moderator of this comapny , to use a off site course bumping scheme , where people more or less bump each other courses so it will be noticed , maybe even taken onboard by the company itself. To which u recieve nothing , except in bumping there own courses and locked in tourneys. Of which the modertor is friends with. The company dropped the ball on this and are quite happily letting people go off site for things they couldnt be bothered to do them selves.
It has no option to play with anyone else other than watching there ghost balls, and even then the information is wrong, u might see your friends ball go in the rough, but magically there 5 foot from the pin, u cannot spectate anyone playing live.
Theres no lobby, No drop shots if things go wrong, your placed at there disgression, at times in the place a long way away from where your ball went astray.
U cannot set up your club bag at all, again there disgression. Theres nothing much either for your avatar, very limited stuff in terms of looks. There no career mode, and the infomation about your chracthers stats are soo convoluted , u cannot make sense of there system, The highest stats i have seen are around 110.00, meaning they must be doing around 25- under every round, and on every course, my stats where around 95.00, and i got around 11 to 12- under per round. Not matter what the course i played , does not really come in to affect to affect yours scores. There is systematic cheating in this game on every level, from hackers, to edgers, to people altering there controllers to take out the axis swing, so perfect everytime, and HB do very little to remove these people from scores boards,
The wind in the game suffers from being tame to crazy. The wind its self is such a unregular pattern it makes it more or less unplayable, as u cannot really get any sense of how to play in it. The options for trying to crontrol the ball , i.e adding loft , generating spin etc is really vague and not very well done.
I would not have bought the game knowing that they'd renege on there promises, stretching truths and pushing back deadlines. Even for the most basic of things to be in game at launch, but yet again i have burnt my self hoping that the what is now regular pattern of early access games turn the back on the very people that help get it up and running , in terms of customers , esp for the pc market, Once they had the consoles, the attitude on pc terms changed for the worse.