I've never been much for computer golf. I've never personally gone out and played a game in my life
so I'm probably the wrong person to come up with a review for Links 99. I was able to do a compare of the
98 version to the 99 version and too be perfectly honest, I didn't see too much of a difference. I found
the graphics to be a little better in 99 naturally and I did crank it up to 1024 x 768. Amazingly, the game is
capable of supporting much higher resolutions but I didn't try it out. I had no problems with the game running
on a PII-300 with 128 mb of ram. The idea behind links, as in any other game, is to be realistic. It has the real courses perfectly
mapped out in every detail so you never have to leave your home again to play golf. There are several courses to
play on and there is an expansion pack with even more courses available. You can practice or play in tournaments
and I believe there is teamplay as well. Learning curve isn't very steep on this game. You do need to have a
soft touch for those putts though.
Again, it's all in the mouse and gameplay is slow paced (gee, it's golf for crying out loud) so figuring out
the controls is pretty simple. It's really just a matter of how well you can click the mouse in coordination
with what you see on the screen. Of course golf is a quiet game (unless you watched Happy Gilmore) so there are not many sounds in the game.
I thought the swing of the club and the smack of the ball sounded pretty good but most sounds you will hear are
voices from the crowd telling you "nice shot" or calling you a "choker" when you blow a putt.
There is a multiplayer function on this game that I would find entertaining for the first 18 holes
but after than I think I would be done with it. There is an option to play on Mplayer.com` if you are into the online thing
like most people are these days. I wasn't able to test it out but I've heard avid golfers say they had some fun with it.
I thought this was a pretty cool game. Golfing games have come along way with technology. I'm betting
most real golfers would really enjoy playing this on their computer on those rainy days. Myself? Well I'll stick
to killing people half way across the country in a good game of Quake 2 or Tribes.
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