Microsoft Golf 2.0 CD is one of the better golfing simulations of the early 1990s. Heeding a call from gamers who didn't have the time or patience to actually learn how to play golf, Microsoft put together a game that allowed gamers to learn the skills of golf without having to walk the hills and valleys of a professional golf course.
The courses for Microsoft Golf 2.0 CD are designed well and appear realistic. The Torrey Pines course is included with the game. Other course can be purchased separately. Each golfer gets a full bag of clubs and, if nothing else, learns which clubs cause the ball to travel farther and higher. Fly-bys are available and show players what the best route to a hole would be. There are not really any hills or valleys on the fairways of the Torrey Pines course, but greens and bunkers are textured and do provide a bit of a challenge.
Microsoft Golf 2.0 CD allows players to take mulligans (do-overs) which is both a good and a bad thing. On one hand, the feature is great if you occasionally rip a shot into the woods or water. On the other hand, it's a bad thing if you take six or seven mulligans on each hole. Microsoft Golf 2.0 CD also allows players to take "gimmies" whenever their ball is within ten feet of the hole. Again, that's also good and bad.
Microsoft Golf 2.0 CD is a fairly good simulation of the Scottish sport of kings, but the Torrey Pines course can get a bit boring. That boredom can be alleviated by buying additional courses, but that can get pricey, so it all evens out. If you like golf but cannot play as often as you like, then you will probably like Microsoft Golf 2.0 CD. Even if you don't like golf, Microsoft Golf 2.0 CD is a quick game to fire up on your desktop and only requires a mouse, which is easy to hide from your boss, but I wouldn't know anything about that.
Graphics: Good, for a golf game
Sound: Great effects
Replay Value: Practice will get your score down
Microsoft Golf 2.0 is the second and last of the Win 3.1 Microsoft Golf games. As its predecessor, it is simply Links 386 Pro, but with added graphical detail that comes much closer to its original DOS version.
The main layout of the screen is changed but otherwise the game remains the same. Select Quick Start to use the default settings or settings from a previous game. There is a Practice Mode and an in-game Help System that teaches you about the game of golf in general as well as how this game is played.
Microsoft Golf 2.0 comes with two courses: Torrey Pines and Firestone South. The game also offers compatibility with the Links 386 Pro courses (available separately).
Microsoft's "PlayerNet" is used as the avenue for multiplayer golf. Each person must have PlayerNet and the game installed on their system to play.
People who downloaded Microsoft Golf 2.0 have also downloaded:
Microsoft Golf 3.0, Microsoft Golf, Microsoft International Football 2000 (a.k.a. Microsoft International Soccer 2000), Microsoft Entertainment Pack 3, Links: The Challenge of Golf, Microsoft Entertainment Pack 4, Links 2001, Maximum Pool
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