GAME NAME: John Daly’s ProStroke Golf
DEVELOPER(S): Oxygen Interactive
PUBLISHER(S): Oxygen Interactive
PLATFORM(S): PS3, Xbox 360, PC
At the time of writing this review, John Daly was holding a world golf ranking of 581 at the end of 2010, a whopping 579 places behind a certain Tiger Woods. In the world of video game golf the gap is just as huge, with Tiger Woods 2011 giving gamers the chance to take part in the sport with minimal effort and frustration while John Daly’s ProStroke Golf goes the opposite route.
The Prostroke control system sees you adjusting everything from the placement of your feet through to shifting your weight as you drive the ball with every change affecting your line. While it’s admirable in what it hopes to achieve it soon becomes overcomplicated and makes the game more annoying than challenging. Cut-and-paste character models and course and some dire voice work from both the commentators and John Daly himself certainly don’t help matters any either.
The final nail in the coffin is that while the Tiger Woods franchise manages to be deep, accessible to all comers and offers a boatload of modes, John Daly’s offerings are sparse and empty with no career mode and very little incentive to plough through the challenges on offer.