The return of 2K home golf to PC and console is now short, following the excellent episode two years ago that marked the start of the official collaboration between the US broadcaster and the PGA Tour association, which is responsible for regulating some of the most. prestigious tournaments in the world of golf. the young series he signed HB Studios It took leave in 2021, leaving many fans of this sport without the green, and they will finally be able to return to the sandboxes of PGA Tour 2K23 starting October 22.
Just a week ago, with the game’s launch just around the corner, we kicked off editorial coverage with a preview dedicated to the Topgolf mode, the result of a closed presentation revealing many details about the new 2K athlete. A week later, with hands-on and a few less embargoes behind us, we can go into more detail with ours. Tried from PGA Tour 2K23It will shed light on the innovations of this issue and sweeten everything with our emotions on the field. Follow us as we take you through the many holes of this new course.
A formula that is difficult to innovate
We know that sports series video games are never easy to innovate. The discipline is always the same, and once you have the latest in pixel representation, you don’t have much room to maneuver to overcome this qualitative asymptote that often characterizes such productions. then if we take golfIt goes without saying that in a sport that is not about movement, where there is no contact and where each athlete performs with several, very precise movements, introducing innovations that are truly tangible to your audience can be really complicated.
For this reason, HB Studios chose not to pursue its ambitions for change, regardless of ostentation, and to preserve many of the elements that characterize its formula. Gameplay from the previous section. Also in PGA Tour 2K23, therefore, the swing of the stick is entrusted to the movement of the right analog (or alternatively the mouse), but this time we will be supported by a brand new interface in the making of the shot. it is much more intuitive to understand how much power you are about to give the ball.
Basically, the anatomy of a person shot It is based on a few simple steps that become automatic after just a few holes. First of all, it is very important to switch to a magnified view of the hole in order to understand its design and study its approach: at this stage, you choose where the ball will end, thanks to the presence of a small indicator. moved on the field with analogue. The distance of the gauge from the golfer is a direct result of the club and shot type we are currently equipping, so if we don’t like the area where the marker hits, choosing a different configuration will suffice. At this point, if we turn to the golfer’s back, the new interface will show exactly how hard hitting the ball will make it land close to the indicator, and it will be our only task before to swing the right analog with the right intensity. in a spectacular fall worthy of the best Tiger Woods.
By choosing one of the lowest difficulties,experience Offered by PGA 2K23, which will be truly idyllic as we have just described, if you intend to approach the game looking for a shred of realism, be prepared to face every hole like a valley of tears. In fact, there are many variables that can turn a shot into a real failure, such as the wind that must be constantly monitored to avoid surprises.
The motion of the analog should be 100% linear in the transition between return and down spin, as even the slightest imperfection is enough to give the ball a trajectory to land at the bottom of a bunker. As if that wasn’t enough, from time to time we’ll have to take on the brunt of swaying the ball, perhaps avoiding obstacles on the field or balancing the slope of a green.
In short, the new 2K athlete aims to offer their audiences gameplay that confronts the players. complexity and layering absolute virtues, and according to what we see, the direction is undoubtedly the most correct. It’s hard to describe what it feels like when you take a good hit that lands softly on the green near the hole, and we’re sure all of the good vibes the game has to offer will be found in the choice of control system, truly perfect for a game of golf. .
Contents between MyPlayer and MyCareer
Like its predecessor, the PGA 2K23 bases all its gaming hardware on solid pairing my player And my career, the two main methods of this section. Thanks to the first, we will be able to shape our personal athlete thanks to a rather in-depth editor, but this highlights a number of serious shortcomings in terms of the quality of the character models. Every face is tense with unnatural grimaces, and although this was also a critical point in the previous edition, we can suspend judgment at the start of the game to find out what the situation will be.
L’editor it allows you to shape the golfer’s outfits as well as his features and we were able to take a quick glance at the game store where many products of world famous world brands are available. The idea of being able to customize your golfer in every detail is admirable, but the studio will definitely need to intervene with the models if they want players to connect enough with their characters.
Once the creation process is complete, it’s time to compete at the big levels in tournaments where you can only face your own athlete in the tournaments that make up the PGA Tour, which includes the 14 professional golfers involved (including Tiger Woods). ) continues to be relegated in performances. mode my career It’s powered by a brand new progression system that gives players the opportunity to shape their character’s traits, thanks to some skill trees, each referring to a particular playstyle. We haven’t had the opportunity to delve too deeply into the subject, but we must admit that the idea of becoming more and more skilled as you climb to the top of world golf seems particularly pertinent. Any talk about the MyCareer component is necessarily deferred to review, but we don’t believe HB Studios has put itself in any danger in the development of this mod.
PGA Tour 2K23 is a type of sports video game developed from the ground up with the sole purpose of delighting its fans. Every single element of gaming hardware built by HB Studios harmonizes with the others like the gears of a clock, and if we find it reasonable not to scream miracle for a game of golf that has retained most of its systems from a previous iteration, on the objective quality front what it means to have the studio messing around with the same thing since 2014 proved to be equally true. Just an adjective: continuity.
- Incredibly refined experience
- There is no doubt about the goodness of the game
- MyCareer mode progression system looks deep enough
- Character models need improvement