Ocean presents in association with Pringle of Scotland an international open golfing experience. The game features many and varied forms of golf including skins, foursomes, matchplay, strokeplay, practice and fourball with the action taking place over a wide variety of terrain and locations. All of the expected levels of difficulty are also available starting of as an amateur, working through to professional standard and for the few amongst us even master level. The landscape is realistically portrayed in real-time 3D, with bird's eye tracking shots of your strokes giving the player the full story on each and every shot allowing the player to get a better understanding of each course. Also included is the ability to take your character and shot statistics with you on a floppy disc around to your friend's house, invaluable if you want to start off with the correct handicap.
International Open Golf Championship is a solid but relatively unknown golf sim by OCEAN sponsored by Pringles (yes, that crunchy snack we're all familiar with), who also sponsor many annual golf tournaments. While there is only one course in the game, it is quite well-rendered, with good details such as trees that sway in the breeze, rippling waves, and so on. The interface is similar to most other golf games, most notably Links: you use a circular "swing meter" at the bottom right corner to swing and hit the ball. Wind direction and strength is displayed by an arrow at the bottom left at all times-a handy feature. You can also switch camera angles to look at the course more carefully, and practice any hole before the tournament begins.
Overall, IOGC is a decent, above-average golf sim that probably won't raise any eyebrows, but golf fans who try it out will be pleasantly surprised to find an underrated sim that is very enjoyable to play, although lacking in long-term play value.
People who downloaded International Open Golf Championship have also downloaded:
Jack Nicklaus Signature Edition, David Leadbetter's Greens (a.k.a. MicroProse Golf), Jack Nicklaus' Unlimited Golf, Links: The Challenge of Golf, Great Courts 2, Jack Nicklaus, International Tennis, Games, The: Summer Challenge
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