The series logo from 2017
|Developer(s)||Camelot Software (1997–98)|
Clap Hanz (1999–present)
|Publisher(s)||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Platform(s)||PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4|
|First release||Everybody's Golf (1997)|
17 July 1997
|Latest release||Everybody's Golf (2017)|
30 August 2017
Everybody's Golf (Japanese: みんなのGOLF Hepburn: Minna no Golf), formerly known in North America as Hot Shots Golf, is a series of golf games published by Sony for the PlayStation series of video game consoles. The series is well known for its humorous take on the game of golf which includes cartoon-like characters and with modes such as miniature golf paired with a realistic engine and precise ball physics.
Seven main games in the series have been published between 1997 and 2017 for every home console in PlayStation brand, with another four spin-off editions (which include a similarly-themed tennis game and various portable console versions) for PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita platforms. The most recent title in the series is Everybody's Golf, released in August 2017.
|Everybody's Golf||(PS) 81%||-|
|Everybody's Golf 2||(PS) 83%||-|
|Everybody's Golf 3||(PS2) 86%||(PS2) 85|
|Everybody's Golf 4||(PS2) 80%||(PS2) 80|
|Everybody's Golf Portable||(PSP) 82%||(PSP) 81|
|Everybody's Tennis||(PS2) 70%||(PS2) 70|
|Everybody's Golf 5||(PS3) 82%||(PS3) 81|
|Everybody's Golf Portable 2||(PSP) 83%||(PSP) 82|
|Everybody's Stress Buster||(PSP) 55%||-|
|Everybody's Tennis Portable||(PSP) 81%||(PSP) 80|
|Everybody's Golf 6||(PS3) 80%
|Everybody's Golf||(PS4) 78%||(PS4) 77|
There are a variety of modes including Tournament, Training, Stroke Play, Match Play, and a Miniature Golf course. The game featured several characters; those not available from the start had to be unlocked for play by defeating them. A player could earn experience points for his character for winning tournaments and hitting a variety of shots. These points were used to open new courses. The game featured six different courses and a free moving game camera.
While the game is very similar to the original, it does bring slight improvements. Like the game's 1997 release, there are several characters to choose from, and many more to be unlocked throughout the game. Each character has his or her own strengths and weaknesses, making character selection more than just choosing a skin. The character models themselves are more realistic looking as opposed to the big-headed anime style of the original.
Again, there are several different modes of play, from standards like Stroke, Match, and Tournament play, to the versus, through which new characters can be unlocked. Gameplay itself is a version of the standard '3 click' variety used by the majority of golf games.
This is the first game in the series to include guest characters from other games. They are Sweet Tooth from Twisted Metal, Sir Daniel Fortesque from MediEvil, and Gex from the Gex video game series. They only appeared in the American and European versions.
The overall look and feel of the game is pretty much the same as its predecessors, though refined visuals are a given. The same '3 click' system for hitting the ball is back. There are a number of different courses, characters, clubs, and ball types to choose from. New equipment can be purchased with experience points, which your characters earn by winning matches. Better equipment will ease up the game's difficulty a bit by providing greater accuracy, distance, and control. As an additional feature, the game has an international ranking system: With a password from the game you can post your scores on a website, where you can see how you measure up against everyone else out there. It sold over one million copies worldwide.
John Daly is an unlockable golfer in this game, which makes him the first real life golfer to ever appear in the series. He only appeared in the American release.
The new version contains more realistic physics and better graphics. In addition, the game introduced online play with the Network Adaptor. The developers also increased the overall number of characters from 15 to 24, added more caddies (10 in all) and boosted the number of courses from 6 to 15. Of these, 10 are new, while five are returning favorites from the previous game. The game also features an online Tournament mode where up to 32 players can compete against each other. the North American and European versions included online play while Japanese did not. This game has a few guest characters from other games. Jak, from the Jak and Daxter series, is a playable character, while Daxter is a caddy. Ratchet is also playable, while Clank is a caddy. The game was titled Hot Shots Golf Fore! in North America.
The game features three modes. The single-player game offers gamers the chance to unlock characters and items by competing in tournaments or by stroke play. Training mode lets golfers practice their skills on various courses with no pressure. The wireless multiplayer mode allows up to eight players to play a course together in various head-to-head matches, real-time tournaments, or the new putting challenge.
The 10 new characters can be customized with more than 250 items of clothing, accessories, clubs, and balls for a unique style. Once players gain enough to go even further under par. The game was renamed Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee in North America.
The game has 14 characters, 5 umpires, and 11 tennis courts. There are 3 different modes to choose from, which are Challenge Mode, Tennis with Everybody, and Training Mode. In Challenge, you play against computer controlled opponents in order to unlock stuff like alternate costumes for characters and more courts to play on. In Tennis with Everybody, you can play matches with 1 to 4 players. The training mode lets you practice positioning and timing shots. You can choose from service, volley, smash and general practices in this mode.
Few of the characters from the previous games of the series (both American and Japanese) make cameo appearances on the courts (usually only in Singles matches). Suzuki and Gloria return as being playable characters.
It sold over 150,000 copies during its first week on sale. The game was renamed Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds in North America.
Notably, this title came with PSP System Software version 3.96 - the only place where this firmware version can be found as it was never released online. The game was renamed Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 in North America.
While the game was released as a UMD and PlayStation Network download in Japan, and the rest of Asia, it was released as a PlayStation Network exclusive in Europe and North America (as Hot Shots Shorties in North America). This release was split into four download packs based on colour with three games being included in the Red, Green, Yellow, and Blue packs.
The title is a 12-game mini game collection rather than a dedicated sports titles such as previous titles in the series. Mini games include book sorting, baseball, boxing, and vegetable fighting. Certain games can be played with characters from the Everybody's Golf and Tennis games.
Another Tennis game for the PlayStation Portable. Renamed in North America as Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip.
Everybody's Golf 6 borrows courses from Everybody's Golf 4, and downloadable content is available through the PlayStation Store. Players are able to leave each other comments through the "Live Area" system. Players are able to view the golf course using PlayStation Vita's augmented reality feature. The game was renamed in North America as Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational.
The first Everybody's Golf title on PlayStation 4, was released worldwide in August 2017. The game marks the end of the alternate Hot Shots branding for the North American market, with the title Everybody's Golf being used worldwide.
Everybody's Golf VR is an upcoming PlayStation VR title and the first virtual reality game of the series. It was announced in September 2018 during Sony's Tokyo Game Show showcase.. Its release is scheduled for the first half of 2019.
Clap Hanz released a space for the Everybody's Golf series in the Asian, European, and Japanese versions of the PlayStation 3's online community-based service, PlayStation Home. The space was called the "Everybody's Golf Space" (Europe), the "Minna no Golf Lounge" (Japan) and the Asian version used the North American name, the "Hot Shots Golf Lounge". The space featured a Questionnaire (in Europe called A gift from Suzuki), which is a survey that rewards an EG Lawn Sofa, a video screen, a poster, seats for the avatars, and a Full Game Launching Support feature for Everybody's Golf 5. Game Launching is a feature that lets users set up a game in PlayStation Home and launch directly into the game from Home. The space was released on 11 December 2008 in the Japanese version, 18 June 2009 in the European version, and 1 October 2009 in the North American version. It closed when PlayStation Home closed on 31 March 2015 worldwide.