Then again, the real fun of this game is in the multiplayer. Be it online or off, Tee It Up is at its best when you're playing against other real people. Given the nature of sport it wasn't always easy to find matches open online, but if you have a friend or two who owns it then this is heaps of good natured fun. Better yet, it's just a lot easier to get into a game and have fun with this game than it is with some of the deeper (and often more frustrating) disc-based golf titles. With its cute graphics and welcoming locations, Tee It Up is an incredibly accessible golf game that everybody should love.
Unfortunately the game does come with a few minor gripes. For one thing the putting is sometimes difficult to discern. Sure it gives you guides to show you the slope information, but it's a little too easy to accidentally hit the ball too hard to too soft because you can't accurately gauge where everything is. This isn't something you have to deal with outside of putting, so it's a shame that Tee It Up (like so many other golf games) couldn't figure out how to make putting easy and accessible.
The lack of courses is also disappointing. It's not that the two golf courses we get aren't interesting to play, but if you're a serious golfer then you're going to grow tired of these two locations in no time. While there is a download content button on the front menu, unfortunately there's no sign of new courses to purchase. Worse yet, when you highlight that button it doesn't say anything about new courses coming soon. Casual fans may not even notice that it only has two courses, but hardcore golfers will surely be let down by the lack of variety. Then again I suspect most hardcore golfers are going to be more interested in the $60 disc-based golf game.
For a downloadable game the graphics are surprisingly sharp. There's no so good that you'll think that you're actually in the Caribbean, but at the same time you'll be impressed by the nice attention to detail. Even the cartoony golfers (which are somewhat customizable) have a great look that sets it apart from the other golf games on the console. Unfortunately the audio is forgettable, but that's why Microsoft allows you to add in your own music.
All in all Golf: Tee It Up! is a worthwhile purchase, especially if you're one of those people who likes golf ... but not enough to buy a big $60 game full of it. It's lacking the variety of the bigger games, but it's overflowing with great graphics and charm. Tee It Up is definitely a welcome addition to the Xbox Live Arcade, especially since it comes from Activision, which isn't known for its sports titles. Hopefully we can expect more solid Xbox Live Arcade games like this from Activision in the future.
Activision's first golf game is surprisingly solid. It may not look and play as good as Tiger Woods, but it's also 1/6th the price. Even with its flaws Golf: Tee It Up! is well worth checking out, especially if you're not a diehard fan of the actual sport!
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