Hot Shots Golf
Known as Everybody's Golf in Europe and Japan, this arcade-style golf series has been around since 1997, and is a popular title on the PSP. In contrast to the realistic PGA Golf series from Electronic Arts, this ClapHanz creation is known for its cartoony characters and pick-up-and-play gameplay, with a wildly varying art style.
This game provides examples of:
- Art Evolution: The first two games were released for the PlayStation, so technical restraints prohibited full 3D models from being used. Instead, the character models were made à la Donkey Kong Country, giving them a 3D-ish, spritey look. The first game was more anime styled, but the players were obviously adults. Interestingly, the second game was more influenced by Western Animation (just look at Mel) in the West, with had a more varied cast, but retained the anime-styled characters from the first game in Japan (although the Japanese characters were unlockable bonus characters in the Western version). The third and fourth games were released on the PS2, and kept the Western style while benefitting from the more powerful technology. However, when the series hit the PSP with Open Tee!, an animesque style took over and all the characters turned into children.
- Guest Golfer: The second game featured Gex, Sweet Tooth and Sir Daniel Fortesque.
- The fourth game game had Ratchet with Clank as his caddie and Jak with Daxter as his caddie.
- Out of Bounds featured Kratos and Sackboy.
- Hot Shots Golf with Toro featured Toro Inoue, the Sony of Japan mascot.
- and the sixth game has Kat with Dusty making appearances around her, Kazuma Kiryu and Pac-Man.
- Hidden Depths: Despite the cartoonish veneer, the series has garnered critical praise during its lifespan due to its rock-solid golf physics.
- Market-Based Title: "Hot Shots Golf" in the US, "Everybody's Golf" in Japan and Europe.
- Victory Pose: Different ones depending on whether your character scores a Par, Birdie or an Eagle or better. Inverted too, with lose poses when you get a Bogey or worse.
- Conditions can also vary them; in Open Tee, a character celebrating with a parasol will get blown back to the ground if she opens it on a windy hole.