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'Hot Shots Golf FORE!' (PS2) In Stores NOW

by Judy on Aug. 17, 2004 @ 7:36 a.m. PDT

SCEA announced today the release of Hot Shots Golf FORE! for the PlayStation 2. The title features more golfers and caddies than ever before -- 34 in all, including new off-the-wall characters, returning favorites and popular PlayStation 2 characters including Jak, Daxter, Ratchet and Clank.

Developed by Clap Hanz in conjunction with SCEA Santa Monica Studios, Hot Shots Golf FORE! returns as the fourth installment in the extremely popular franchise that helped bring interest in golf indoors, and sold more than 7.5 million units worldwide in the process. Hot Shots Golf FORE! offers unique online gameplay via the Network Adaptor that allows players to share the course with thousands of others in head-to-head play and real-time tournaments, as well as providing a robust offline mode for up to four players.

Delivering the familiar fast-paced gameplay that fans of the franchise have grown to love, Hot Shots Golf FORE! includes breathtaking graphics and true-to-life golf physics. During gameplay, players can enjoy a variety of 15 different courses, ranging from challenging 18-hole layouts to demanding par three executive courses. Miniature golf also returns to the franchise adding more variety to the gameplay.

"Hot Shots Golf FORE! provides a truly entertaining golfing experience with brilliant graphics, dramatic camera angles and fast-paced arcade, style gameplay. The intuitive controls and adjustable difficulty settings will entice even the most serious golf fanatics into endless hours of gameplay," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "From the wacky antics of the new characters to the challenging new courses and online gameplay, this is a game that all PlayStation 2 fans will embrace and enjoy."

Hot Shots Golf FORE! features touch-sensitive controls that demand careful consideration to golf's many variables, such as wind, ball lie and course elevation. In addition, players can test their golf skills in several different modes including Tour, Tournament, Versus (VS) Mode, Training, and online play. "Hot Shots Points" is also back where players redeem points to unlock more prizes than before including advanced golf equipment, new courses, characters, and tons of wacky golf gadgets.

For the first-time in the history of the franchise, the online gameplay experience includes a comprehensive line-up of features allowing players to access a new online community with a single username and password when they connect using a broadband connection. Once online, players have access to online tournaments, message boards, universal rankings, while enjoying the unique camaraderie of the new Hot Shots Golf community.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated Hot Shots Golf FORE! "E" for Everyone.

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