Where Mario Golf World Tour hits the sweet spot is in its online modes, which range from private match-ups with your friends to scheduled international tournaments. There's a lot of variety and flexibility here, it's just a shame that it comes at the cost of a more fully fleshed-out solo mode, lacking the kind of deep, addictive hooks that a golf game should have.
It's tough to recommend for PS3 players who have already played the game, as the $55 price is a bit steep for some enhanced visuals and a bit of added content. But PlayStation 4 owners who haven't yet experienced The Last of Us absolutely owe it to themselves to pick up this modern classic, and take a journey with Joel and Ellie across the heartbreakingly beautiful ruins of our world.
Good games based on J. R. R. Tolkien's works are surprisingly rare, and Shadow of Mordor is certainly a sword-thrusting lunge in the right direction. It's slick and fun, with solid production values and some new takes on what's becoming an overly familiar formula. There's just not quite enough here to make it truly preciousss.