Tuesday, April 4, 2017

100ft Robot Golf Review (PS4)

One-hundred-foot-robot-golf. What an amazing sounding concept. Golf? Good! Giant robots? Good! Together? Should be a ton of fun. Instead of two great tastes that taste great together, however, 100ft Robot Golf is shockingly boring and the novelty of the awesome concept wears off almost immediately once you start actually playing. Talk about a massive disappointment. See all of the details here in our full 100ft Robot Golf PS4 review.

Game Details

  • Publisher: No Goblin
  • Developer: No Goblin
  • ESRB Rating: “E10” for Everyone 10+
  • Genre: Golf
  • Pros: Awesome concept; each robot is unique
  • Cons: Terrible gameplay; awful humor; novelty wears off extremely quickly
  • MSRP: $20
100ft Robot Golf page at Playstation Store

100ft Robot Golf is a game about giant (well, decently large) robots playing golf. Because they are, in fact, decently large robots, the golf courses had to be scaled up accordingly. Holes are thousands of yards long and have you hitting into fairways smack dab in the middle of cities or even moon bases. If a building or bridge or other obstacle is in your way, you can just destroy it with your decently large robot to give yourself a clear shot. It is a funny and genuinely clever concept that should be awesome. But it really, really isn’t.

Destroying buildings by swinging your club around or using frickin’ lasers, among other abilities, is really neat at first, but the novelty wears off after the first hole. The problem is that the actual golf gameplay is just really, really bad. It isn’t fun. It doesn’t control well. The courses are not well designed. 100ft Robot Golf is a terrible golf game.

It is a shame it isn’t more fun to play because there are a few really smart things going on here. Each of the selectable robots has unique weapons and abilities, and even slightly different gameplay (some require more button presses to hit the ball, for example), which give the game a bit of variety and really play up the giant robot-ness of everything. The robot designs are also pretty cool with some obvious references to other famous robots like Voltron, Evangelion, and Gurren Lagann. The robot fan in me is pretty satisfied with 100ft Robot Golf. Too bad the golf fan in me is utterly disappointed.

Presentation-wise 100ft Robot Golf is fairly decent. The robots look great and the sense of destruction is pretty satisfying. I’m not as big of a fan of the sound, however, as the near constant “funny” commentary from the McElroy Brothers runs out of steam almost as quickly as the gameplay. The game does have a VR mode for PSVR owners, but I don’t have one so I couldn’t try it out.

All in all, 100ft Robot Golf is a game that I love on paper but the actual execution leaves a lot to be desired. Its giant robots are honestly pretty good, but the golf aspect is fairly awful and sucks all of the fun out of the experience almost as soon as you begin. The $20 price tag is asking way too much, too. The game does offer multiplayer where everyone is running around destroying stuff at the same time, but the core golf gameplay is still poor and no fun so multiplayer doesn’t add much. Skip it.