August 19th 2014 7:00 am PT

The Golf Club is Now Available on Xbox One

The Golf ClubContent: The Golf Club

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Game Description: The Golf Club is a next generation Golf Simulation which offers outstanding gameplay and Gorgeous Visuals. With the ability to Procedurally Generate courses and the depth of social interaction within the game there truly are an unlimited number of golf courses that can be created, shared and played with your friends.







ID@Xbox, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One By Jeff Rubenstein

  • Vincent Magnani

    Game Informer The Golf Club looks best on any platform other than the Xbox One. It doesn’t look horrible on the Xbox One, but backgrounds have a muddy film over them and your foreground golfer does not look as crisp.

    • Brad

      The Xbone version is running at 720p. The PC and PS4 versions are running at 1080p. The developer announced this via their forum. I’d post a link, but that feature has been disabled here.

      • evilfangs .

        It’s a golf game for Christ sake, how can’t it run over 720p.

        • Bush

          no loading times. it is a hog of a golf game too. xbox is probably running on medium settings.

        • Brad

          According to the developer “The reason the game is 720p on the Xbox One is simple – we couldn’t get the framerates we wanted at higher resolutions.”

          You would think after almost a year this wouldn’t be an issue… but apparently weaker hardware is weaker hardware no matter how hard you try to spin it otherwise.

          • evilfangs .

            Hahah they going for 120 frames per second or something? If a console can’t get 1080p 30fps on a golf game then that console is in real trouble.

          • Jan Václavík

            Even Sony fans claim the PS4 has only something like 40 percent performance advantage. Should be able to manage something like 1600×900, if that were the case.
            I guess Microsoft has long way to go with its tools, seems like the development remains challenging for no-name companies.

          • Brad

            Jan it’s not Sony fans that are saying this. It’s (Non Microsoft) developers/partners. I tend to believe an independent game maker that works on all platforms over one loyal to Microsoft.

            Either way the proof is in the pudding as this is not the first title on a Microsoft console to be downgraded in order to run better and sadly it won’t be the last.

            This is a case of “Are you going to believe what you just saw, or what I’m about to tell you” scenario.

          • Jan Václavík

            Others seem to do better. Recent releases from 4A or Blizzard are running at much higher resolution, but those are much more experienced companies.

          • Brad

            It’s not unfair as most other publishers have also had problems with the console since day one and this year. Diablo III on XB1 is still suffering from frame rate losses that aren’t happening on the PS4. They were able to fix the FR bug completely on PS4.

            The problem lies in the eSRAM and the bottleneck it causes getting 1080p resolutions. Developers are having to use tricks and workarounds to achieve what can easily be done on PS4 and PC.

            Again, MS should have focused on engineering a console that was for gaming and not TV and motion. It’s that simple.

          • Jan Václavík

            The first D3 test at 900p showed pretty much rock solid 60fps, same with Metro Redux. I did not see the D3 post-patch PS4 tests, the bug did not affect framerate, but maybe they fixed that one as well.

          • Brad

            The video for Digital Foundry shows the framerates hits on XB1 @ 1080p. They haven’t done one yet for PS4. They did say that the bug effecting both consoles is fixed on PS4. Meaning no framerate issues.

            In this day and age with so much information out there it baffles me how anyone would blindly defend weaker hardware… The only people speaking positively off the console are Microsoft partners and employees. The rest are not.

          • Jan Václavík

            They did some basic tests on both review versions. Back then the PS4 had some bugs AND few framerate drops. Chances are Blizzard fixed both the bug and the framerate in the PS4 version.
            That said, I was writing about XBO version in which case the review code was running at stable 900p – clearly higher resolution than 720p.

            I am pretty sure there are many happy gamers with XBO, but they tend to be less vocal than whiners.
            Come to think of it, there are happy gamers with Wii U and that one is disastrous on pretty much all fronts.

            Microsoft needs to improve their tools to make the development easier for the smaller guys, I think we can agree there.
            The sales seem to be decent compared to, well, anything that is not PS4.

          • beardyman3218

            Its harder to develops games for Xbox one due to its architecture e.g. the slower ram but this is a golf game the Xbox one is more than capable of running it in 1080p. There are reports the PC version is demanding on the system. If a console can run forza horizon 2 at 1080p 60fps then it should have no problem with a golf game. This is down to the devs more than the console.

        • ElektroDragon

          Ahahahaha! The Xbox One is more like the Wii U than the PS4. Weak HW on both and both tried to integrate TV. Seems MS was spying on Nintendo HQ instead of Sony during development. I own them all, but weak consoles are reserved for exclusives.

          • evilfangs .

            My Xbox one is also only going to be for exclusives this gen. I find my PS4 a far better console, which is why it’s now my main console.

            Only thing I wish is the PS4 had the software updates like the X1 is getting.

          • beardyman3218

            I think in this case though its down to the developer more than the system, feels like an excuse for them not taking the time to code the game more efficiently with xbox one as they didnt want to delay the game further because I can almost guarantee EA’s next golf title will be 1080p.

        • Kvally

          Lazy devs, considering most of the games on the Xbox One run at 1080p.

    • Michael Burden

      And yet they still rated it 8/10. Wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they up it later via a patch after they get the game out on other platforms and have more time to work with the most recent dev tools, like Bungie and Blizzard did.

  • Grognard66

    Well, this came out of nowhere.

    • cubs223425

      No it didn’t. It’s been talked about for months as a summer release, and they said a few weeks ago that they were aiming for this week or next. I think it was maybe a week ago they finally announced the 18th as the release date, but those of us who have been following the game’s development weren’t surprised in the slightest.

  • Rudy Bienaime

    Waiting on reviews before I put my cash down… besides I already own a pretty good golf game in power star golf.

    • cubs223425

      I have PowerStar Golf as well, but it’s SO STALE at this point. I own almost everything, and that only took a couple of months to accomplish, if that. This game’s got a more-impressive set of controls, while having limitless resources for gameplay because of the course creator.
      My only complaint is that there’s no progression system or licensed gear, as I’d like to be able to start small and get my golfer good, while also playing my actual Mizuno clubs in-game.

  • Paul Lelowicz

    Very interested. Tired of paying EA for the same courses over and over again.

    • Michael Burden

      No doubt. Been waiting for 2K to do something with the Links franchise they bought from Microsoft, but they have chosen to sit on that for the entire last generation. Finally someone new stepped up to the tee box.

  • beardyman3218

    Needs a demo as there has not been enough coverage of this game to determine whether its worth the asking price.

    • Michael Burden

      Not enough coverage? The developer released game tutorial videos on what seemed like a daily basis for over a month. Not to mention this game has been available via Steam Early Access for a while as well.

      But a demo still would have been nice, although I have already purchased it and now counting the hours at work until I can get home and try it. Gonna be a busy night on my One between this and Diablo III this evening.

      • beardyman3218

        I didnt know that thanks for the info. I havent noticed game review sites playing it.

        • Michael Burden

          Haven’t played it and have 6 hours of work plus travel time home before I can try it – so I have at least 7-8 hours before I can dive in. I saw all the videos when Trueachievements posted them regularly, and they are also available at the game’s web site.

          I like the idea of the game, random courses and a course designer. The lack of a true online multiplayer is one drawback (similar to Powerstar Golf), but I think they had mentioned that it may be added in a future update. Plus the tournaments will alleviate that some. They also mentioned the possibility of Kinect support being added as well, which I would LOVE to see if done well.

          I’ll update later with my impressions of the game (probably tomorrow). Be forewarned I am a bit of a golf junkie so I may rate it higher than some people, but will try to be as unbiased as possible.

          • beardyman3218

            Thank you, look forward to hearing your thoughts.

          • cubs223425

            If you want, I’m waiting for Newegg to e-mail me my Xbox gift card (they claimed an hour or less for delivery time, but I’m losing faith in that), then I’m buying it. I can put it up on a stream for folks to see, if they’re interested.

    • John Smith

      I agree about the demo – I see myself and other people buying alot fewer games this generation due to fewer demos – i guess they know what they’re doing though.

      • evilfangs .

        There has been over 20 different games on both platforms which I’ve wanted to buy but didn’t want to spend the money in case the game was poor. A demo would have helped out a lot.

      • beardyman3218

        Hopefully more games get demos especially digital only games.

  • Kvally

    The game looks and plays great on the Xbox One.

    • John Smith

      Did you buy it, or is there a demo? The reviews look pretty bad so far, but the screenshots look good.

      • Kvally

        Bought it.

      • Rick Wallace

        Screenshots probably come from PC version in high resolution because the game looks good but not absolutely wonderful on the Xbox One. The gameplay is great though.

    • Vincent Magnani

      720p not gret

      • Kvally

        Looks great, and plays great. So, looks great and plays great > pixel counting.

      • Nick Peck

        “gret” huh? Troll post for the win baby!

    • Chris Tyson

      im having the connection issues between and mid round in tour mode and unable to resume they need to fix these issues to be a winer on the xboxone anyoneone else having the same issues?

      • Kvally

        No issues here.

  • Bush

    got it on steam early access. great golf game if you like them.

    it doesn’t hold your hand like tiger woods and you cannot do any after shot tricks, like spin in mid air.

    you play against ghosts of your friends or people who have already completed the round ala forza.

    if you like golf you can’t go wrong. it has a course maker too.

  • ElektroDragon

    $35 an under 2GB game?

    • Michael Burden

      Size isn’t everything. Since everything is created on the fly (i.e. no stored graphic assets for courses) the size will naturally be smaller than a Tiger game where all the courses are rendered beforehand and stored on disc/hard drive. Once you start creating or downloading courses, then your associated size for the game will increase.

      In other words, it isn’t the game engine that adds bloat to the game. It is stored textures and graphics that add considerable size to games.

      • Peter

        agreed size isn’t everything but at 35 bucks your in the ground between the normal 15-20 bucks most new arcade marketplace titles cost and hovering between that and the usual full on AAA cost of 50-60 bucks.

        Should have priced this more sensibly (again haven’t played it so) nearer to 20 bucks or so.

        Also inb4 waiting for inevitable xbox live sale and recycling it a few times price wise until possible gwg freebie. Or maybe it’ll pull off a surprise and become F2p with content being charged extra ala powerstar.My suggestion unless you really want it is to wait. As this has heading to bargain bin fast written all over it. This will be on sale I’m sure shortly.

        • Michael Burden

          Definitely worth more than $20, though $35 is a strange number and probably a little on the high side for many. Somewhere between $25 and $30 is probably a more apt price, though I am happy with the purchase thus far.

          If you play golf games for the gameplay and course variety, it is a no brainer to get this. If you go for all the licensed stuff (PGA, courses, equipment, players), player progression or arcade play then it’s probably not for you, at least not at the current price.

          In regards to size, I could point out many 360 games that the file size was in that range but was worth the $60 when released. You should not judge a game’s value based on file size, that is almost as silly as judging a game by its box art.

          • beardyman3218

            I am pretty sure i remember skyrim only being 3. something gb on 360 yet what a big game that was not to mention looked great as well.

      • Liquidfx Xboxdude

        that’s not what she said.

        • Michael Burden

          LOL, you don’t know how hard (heh, heh, heh, heh I said hard) it was for me not to go there when I wrote that, but aI decided to be nice instead.

    • Carnage Rules

      Let’s not go down this road

      • ElektroDragon

        Fine, but as a measuring stick *nowadays*, you’re not likely to get a very impressive game weighing it at less than 2GB. Not $35 impressive. Almost no games procedurally generate or download all levels separately, so that’s irrelevant. And even with procedural generation, you still need good textures. On the flipside, a 30GB game is no guarantee of quality whatsoever. But when 2GB is $35 something stinks and the rest of the comments seem to prove me right.

        • Some guy

          Depends of the textures too.
          While today every studios want their super detailed textures for everything, flat textures and tiles would make games really light and still look great. I mean, floor and wall textures from 2005 looks better then today’s blurry mess because of that.(kinda comparing id Tech 3 vs id Tech 5)

        • beardyman3218

          Depends on how the textures are handled and displayed. Textures can be compressed and then during gameplay uncompressed on the fly hence some games having the “pop in” effect.

  • Todd Wegman

    I may have to get this- I love golf games… I just wished the Kinect would actually be able to work well with a golf game. Actually swinging is much better than hitting a button or flicking your thumb…

    • Michael Burden

      Though it doesn’t currently have it, I seem to remember the developers stating they would look into adding it post launch. Hopefully if and when they do, they do a better job than EA did with the Tiger games. I’ve been aching for a realistic golf sim using Kinect in a meaningful way where your swing actually matters.

      • cubs223425

        LOL, I’d totally move my Xbox into an open room and grab an actual golf club from my bag to play, if they added Kinect functionality.

  • drnimrod

    The game is pretty boring.

    The menu system is atrocious. For example, go into settings, then back out to the main menu, it takes 30 seconds to refresh until you can select anything else.

    The announcers voice is horrid. Aboot?

    $35 down the drain.

    • ElektroDragon

      The only good golf games on the market since Links 2004 have been Powerstar Golf, the HotShots series, and Pangya.

      • Michael Burden

        If you like Links, you would probably enjoy this game. The gameplay is solid, graphics are good. He’s right to a point about the announcer though – he sound’s like one of your buddies you might play with as opposed to an actual announcer and it is a little annoying.

        It doesn’t have a progression system for your golfer, which is good and bad. Good because you don’t have to grind through to make him a decent player (its all on you to make the shots) – bad for those who enjoy that type of play and player investment. It is very simulation with no arcadey feel. It may feel a little bare bones because of the lack of licensed clubs, courses and players but it gets the basics right which is the most important part in my opinion. With the course editor and ability to share courses, there is no fear of DLC for the game (at least for courses). Haven’t dove into the editor yet, but have heard nothing but good things about it.

        So if you like playing a solid golf game for the gameplay alone and infinite variety of courses, this is worth it. If you go into all the extra flash, licensed content, arcade feel or player progression then this probably isn’t the game for you.

    • ElektroDragon

      Also, isn’t the new lack of demos GREAT? You fell for it, just like Microsoft planned.

    • mcmax3000

      Apparently the menu slowness was a server issue that they said on Twitter they’ve fixed. Haven’t tested for myself to see if that’s true.

      • Peter

        Why would the menu slowness be tied to server issues? Did I miss something. Unless its an always online connected game and it needs to load content every time you start the game. Huh? Smells like b.s excuse

        • Jayadub

          Because unless you are playing an offline locally stored course, it IS an always online connected game. HBS servers store all user stats and the created courses, not created by you. Your created courses are saved locally and on HBS servers when published.

        • mcmax3000

          It’s an always online connected game, because one of the big parts of the game is playing custom courses/tours/tournaments made by other users.

          That said, there is also an offline mode, so it doesn’t require you to be connected.

    • mcmax3000

      Yeah, I just booted it up again, and going through the menus is almost instantaneous now. Much improved over earlier, where it was painfully slow.

  • Kvally

    For everyone playing The Golf Club on Xbox One please go into options and enable VSync. This was supposed to be enabled by default but was missed. They will fix it with their first patch, but for now simply go into options and enable it. It should help with screen tearing and choppy images. (from Reddit)

    • ElektroDragon

      Too bad all console games don’t give us this option.

      • Some guy

        Somehow the only 360 game I know that has this option is Dark.
        Why a game so obscure(no pun intended) has that option and not other games is weird.

        • ElektroDragon

          Patched Bioshock 1 also allows you to turn vsync OFF. But yeah very rare.

  • Bennijin

    £28 for indie toss.

  • Peter

    Saw this on the marketplace first impression looks kinda polished and interesting. Saw the 35 bucks cost vs the normal 15-20 and i sorta did a double take and went um not as interesting. Any thoughts on if its worth it??

    • Red

      I bought it yesterday via the new remote purchase feature. So when i got home after work, it was installed and ready to go. Really nice feature. Thank you!

      Anyway, the game is pretty good. It is NOT the best looking game on the xbox one. It is a simple golf game. No gimmicks: you don’t get xp, you don’t level, you don’t have to buy golf clubs and you don’t get powers or anything like that. It is only golf. And there is no loading time between holes. So you can do a course pretty rapidly.

      The golf mechanics are pretty solid. It is not a 3 clicks system. You swing with the joystick. You can add effects on the ball and you have a couple of ways to adjust power.I like it a lot.

      You also get a really nice golf course editor super easy to use. I see a lot of hours spent here adjusting tiny details on my creations. But that is just me. I suspect this feature will not be used by the majority.

      • Peter

        Q: so in your honest opinion how much should it cost.

        Bit curious but the cost and comments make me suspect a dud. Also screams inevitable sale rounds. Looks like they priced this too much

        • Red

          I think they priced it too high as well. It should have been maybe 20-25 because of the course editor. Is it definitely worth more than RBI Baseball which sell for 20 i believe.

          Also note that I am in Canada and the price of all games have been jacked up to 70$ + taxes. So more than 80$ for all upcoming games.

          I suspect also that it will eventually drop in price in a sale or something. I wanted to play something different before the plethora of games coming in the next few months.

          Like I said in my previous comment, I like to micromanage stuff. In the Destiny beta, I spent at least more than 1 hour creating my guardian only to find out that there was not the usual option to hide the helmet.

  • Peter

    Looks like this will be one of those titles that will get lackluster reviews and has that whiff about it. Expect this to head for bargain bin fast especially considering the cost.Sigh now to wait for the real golf titles to hit the x1.

    • Michael Burden

      Game Informer gave it 8/10 – hardly a lackluster score.

      • Peter

        Well havent tried it so cant say from experience. Price seems a smidgen too high for a marketplace title to try it. I’ll gamble around 15-20

        • Michael Burden

          It is definitely worth more that $15-$20, though I can see where $35 seems a little too high for many. The sweet spot for this game should have been in the $25-$30 range in my opinion. But I don’t feel like I was ripped off for my purchase and will get hours of enjoyment from the game – both playing and course designing.

  • Liquidfx Xboxdude

    why not use kinect for golf? i just don’t understand.

    • Sanpei

      Kinect is dead…

      • Peter

        Its an indie game so forgiveable. Now I’m getting leery that the kinect will become abandoned in terms of developer support now that ms isnt including it with systems now.

        • Brad

          Peter Microsoft abandoned Kinect. It is dead. There is an interesting article over a Kotaku about how badly Ms treating 3rd party last gen regarding Kinect. It’s over.

          • ImTheMetalLord

            You believe what you read at Kotaku? That website has been proven to publish lies about Microsoft before.

          • nomad682

            Still got Fantasia and a Dance Central game coming out for it and Dragon Age: Inquisition supposedly will use voice commands through the Kinect. There is even at least one Indie game (Fru) coming to the Xbox One that uses it. Not to mention the Kinect 2.0 for Windows is coming out soon.

          • Michael Burden

            Also Fruit Ninja Kinect 2, Just Dance, and Shape Up. Microsoft is still supporting the Kinect, they are just more quiet about it now.

    • Michael Burden

      They were looking into adding Kinect support post launch – nothing definite yet but a good possibility.

  • Jon Taylor

    £28 you say….no demo you say….
    Yeah, do one! No one is gonna buy this….unless seriously drunk

    • Davie

      Lots of drunk people playing right now then..

  • Sam Smith

    £28 ($46) for a 1.86GB 720p indie game, rated 4.5/10 and without a demo? No thank-you.

    • Michael Burden

      There is so much wrong with your post I don’t even know where to begin.

      • Aussiesloth

        Agree

  • Scott Daylor

    I was interested in it until I saw the $35 price tag. Maybe when its on sale for $15 i’ll buy it.

    • Michael Burden

      It is worth more than $15. But they would have been better off pricing it in the $25-$30 range.

  • Todd Wegman

    I bought this and overall I am happy with the purchase. It is a solid no thrills golf game that EA could learn from. Fun to play.

  • beardyman3218

    Great game, let down by poor optimisation.

  • kingcrusher

    I’d really like to get this, but won’t touch it until it’s on sale.

  • Wayne Altoft

    i paid $40 for this game and i tell you i feel ripped off, for one its 1.9 gig download for the whole game and it shows due to the lack of graphics it looks burly they go on and on about the stunning visuals that’s a over statement.
    playing with friends online is shocking, very hard to use cant just play with your friends easy like most games.
    the menu looks like its from the early 2000′s, shouldn’t release a game like this and ask that much money.. $15 max is all it is worth.

 
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