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The dry Aussi-ness of Golf Story wins through. I still can’t quite tell if the developers secretly hate golf and the whole thing is a big piss take. Either way, it comes across as well-meaning and tongue-in-cheek. I even chuckled a few times at the charming innocence of this world where everyone loves golf and all the world’s problems can be solved with a handful of balls and a good swing. Wouldn’t it be nice?
Golf Story is confident, smooth, and its lighter than light approach to everything from art to humor to play is perfectly matched with the Switch's play anytime, anywhere form factor. Forget the agony and ecstasy of real golf. This is a really good time.
All told, Golf Story is a surprisingly gripping game, hooking you with fantastic gameplay, loads of content, and a well-written script. This is one that'll have you coming back for many hours in the story mode alone, and the multiplayer does a good job of expanding on this with even more replayability. We would highly recommend Golf Story to anyone looking for something a little different. There's a whole lot to love here, and if you're a fan of RPGs or golf games, this is a must buy.
Just like Stardew Valley filled a void in the hearts of those missing Harvest Moon, Golf Story does what Nintendon't by delivering a highly competent take on the Mario Golf RPG formula – an offshoot of a franchise that has gone missing for well over a decade. Golf Story likely wouldn't have existed without looking to gaming's past for inspiration but that hardly makes it a knockoff. It excels in every way you'd hope a game in this niche but fascinating genre would.
It took me about 20 hours to complete the game, and boy was it worth it! The game has a fun story with great characters which will make you laugh and connect with them. The golf mechanics, aside from putting, were great, and the game is packed to the brim with lots of content and extra things to do. This game is an easy one to recommend to fellow Nintendo Switch owners since it's one of the must-have
I'm struggling to find something I really didn't enjoy about Golf Story. It feels fantastic on my Switch and is the kind of game I could play for hours on a train journey (battery withstanding). I'm delighted it's as good as I was hoping it would be, it's probably exceeded my expectations.
Golf Story was interesting mix of genres where this mix really manages to work, despite the simplicity of artistic performance, the game has deep RPG component, which by all means want to love, and open world does not want to leave, because of his liveliness and fierce barrage of warmth.
Review in Russian | Read full review
Even though Golf Story isn't quite what I expected it would be, it is an absolute delight. It's more than just a golf game with RPG mechanics, but it's not quite a full RPG with golf mechanics either. It lies in a sweet spot in the middle, where people who care about one but not the other can still get into it.
Buy Golf Story. Seriously! You will not regret one cent. I have fallen in love with the design, world and story. If you want one of the best indie games of the year for your Nintendo Switch, Golf Story is a hole in one!
Golf Story is well worth the addition to every Switch owner's library. Its zany cast, easy-to-grasp gameplay, and wonderful art design make for an incredibly rewarding experience.
Its easy to understand, and not-so-difficult to master golf mechanics ensure that even players who don't particularly enjoy golf, like myself, will still find it enjoyable in this game.
Golf Story is a fun, charming game and a must-play for the Switch. Featuring a 15+ hour main story and the ability to quickly set up a match with a friend, there's plenty of gaming goodness to be had. If you're looking for a fun game with a big heart, Golf Story is a hole-in-one.
Golf Story is like Stardew Valley and Caddyshack had a baby. And that baby is the best baby, you guys. It’s out now on the Switch eshop, and there’s no wonder it’s currently sitting atop the best sellers. One can only hope we get a Badminton Story, a Croquet Story, and perhaps a Water Polo Story next. Let’s keep this thing going.
Overall I’m not trying to be negative about Golf Story so much as trying to clearly point out for people where the stumbling blocks are so they can see them coming and not let their high expectations get the best of them. This is an excellent golfing RPG with much more working in its favor than against it. It is full of humor, strange and quirky missions, and a lot of above-average though not perfect golf. When it is at its best it is an absolute joy to play but unfortunately when those moments fade it can make you reflect a little more on the moments where it begins to feel more ordinary. I would gladly recommend it to anyone who enjoys great games, enthusiastically if they enjoy classic 3-click golf. Just it is also important not to come into the game expecting a revolution, perhaps we can hope for it to get to that level in a sequel.
Truth to be told, It's not like that you need to buy a Nintendo Switch ASAP and play this game, but if you happen to own one, you should buy it ASAP.
Review in Persian | Read full review
The plot in Golf Story isn't the most gripping or complex, but its world and characters simply ooze with so much charm it's hard not to fall in love with it. Though the gameplay mechanics on show here might not be as deep as you'd want from a proper golf game, Golf Story is still a wonderful delight to play from start to finish, and it's a gem of an RPG that Switch owners shouldn't skip out on.
Golf Story is a good enough golf game in it's own right, but combine that with a great script and RPG mechanics and it's packing more than enough to stand out from the crowd.
Fun, diversified, generous and also technical, Golf Story synthesizes two great gameplays to deliver a love story between golf and classic RPGs. With great dialogues and a hardy direction, the game offers a decent amount of courses, even though it may lack some real challenge in the end.
Review in French | Read full review
While the actual RPG elements may initially appear thin at times, the well-delivered and genuinely funny writing is not only one of Golf Story‘s hidden traits, but something that will keep Sidebar's entrant a much talked-about title, even for a console that has already garnered a fair few highlights.
Golf Story is a delight to play. It’s an RPG with a unique take, humorous writing and an enjoyable and easy to play philosophy running throughout it. A great addition to any Switch collection – whether you like golf or not.
Who would have thought that an RPG adventure based around the slow-paced sport of golf would end up being such a fun one? While Golf Story may not be the best in class in neither the sport nor role-playing genre, the game manages to combine the two into a delightfully unique and charming experience. Another winner for the Switch.
Golf Story's clever writing and sound golf fundamentals keep it entertaining, even through some stale moments. Despite its light-hearted RPG structure, there's a challenging and very real golf game here that's worth coming back to even after the story is over. But it left me wishing that more of the campaign focused on the golf itself, and less on the often repetitive side tasks.
Golf Story doesn't totally live up to the legacy of those Mario sports RPGs, but it does a very good job at touching on those classics and putting its own spin on the genre. A few nagging issues might draw down the experience, but the golfing is fun enough to work in tandem with a wacky story and world to make a genuinely enjoyable adventure on Switch.
Even if Golf Story does not manage to make it big, it doesn't fall flat on its face either. It may lack variety and be too long with a plot that doesn't quite captivate but Golf Story still gets it right when it comes to content, challenges, secrets and minigames, while its multiplayer is a pleasant surprise. It may not hit a birdie but it reaches a par.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
Though it can be argued that the game doesn’t provide anything overly new in its implementation of the game, even those who aren’t fans of the sport will find lots of fun throughout.
Golf Story is held back by a number of mechanics, some of which are not very fleshed out or enjoyable, the occasional glitch, and lots of quests which require skill and control of the game's often shaky mechanics. The story is entertaining enough, but the real charm of this game is the hilarity of its characters characters and dialogue. This really is a must have for any fan of golf games, but as an RPG fan, I thought this indie title only came in at par.
Golf Story has so much charm that I feel guilty for being bored. Likewise, I feel a touch guilty for writing this critical review. However, while the dialogue was witty enough to keep me going until completion, it wasn't enough to drag Golf Story out of mediocrity.