Ah yes, video games. The true definition of an escape from reality and into worlds full of fun. A quest that leads to accomplishments that make you feel completely epic and powerful. It’s a true way to also put our creative minds into work to show how artsy society can really be. Video Games are no doubt one of the greatest creations known to man. We’ve also seen many great sports games created as well and golf has definitely had its share of the video game glory as well which leads me to the beginning of this topic. What if golf games had great story modes to them? Over the years we’ve seen outstanding games with incredible stories and some of those games being sports games.
Fight Night Champion seemed to have an interesting story to it and so far what I’ve heard from the PS4 version of NBA 2K14 is that there’s a pretty good story mode in there as well. This brings hope for golf games in the future to follow the same paths. We’ve seen in previous versions of the popular Tiger Woods PGA Tour series that there were mini story modes and an example of that is in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 which had a neat time travel feature as you went through time to take down golf legends and fantasy characters until you reached the current generation where you take on Tiger Woods in the final battle. Yes, there was time travel in Tiger Woods 14 but Tiger Woods 06 had a tiny bit of story mode flavor to it as to where Tiger Woods 14 was challenges at best although I enjoyed the feature.
If only golf games had deeper story modes with more cutscenes and cinema style visuals to go along with great gameplay then I think you’ll have one of the greatest sports games ever made. Now, I know people are going to be like “Dude, how are you going to make a sport like golf in a video game with a great story mode? It’s GOLF!”. Well, it would take a few years of development but there are many ways you can do this. One of the ideas I had was to have a golf game where you’re an amateur golfer in the current generation and you just won a major amateur golf tournament. The beginning of the game allows you to run around freely in an open world environment in the current generation as you are in a town that’s famous for its golf therefore it’s full of golf related activities. As you walk around you can either talk to people who will give you golf challenges or give you a heads up on upcoming tournaments for you to enter.
You can also be able to go to local shops where you can purchase gear that can improve your golfer’s attributes. The more challenges you complete, the more the story starts to unfold. You’re also with a struggling family as well which adds to the emotion of the game and the connection with your character. As you progress to the first few challenges in the current generation, there would be a cutscene where you just won another tournament and you head to your locker in excitement as you start to realize the reality that you getting closer to possibly becoming a professional and that all of your struggles are over. Then you notice a glow in your locker as you’re changing back to your casual clothes (This is where things get weird but hey I’m writing this so you know things will get weird). Of course, the curious soul that you are, you stick your hand into the glow and as you do you get sucked into a portal which leads you way back to golf’s roots back in the 1400’s.
As you awake, you have no idea what just happened until you realize you’re not in the current generation anymore and that you remember touching that glow in your locker. Although you’re worried about the situation, you’re also in awe and amazement of all of the beautiful castles and the view of the ocean’s horizon in the distance as well as the beautiful women and well dressed gentlemen. As you’re trying to figure out what’s going on and as you’re exploring the land, you notice that there are people playing a new game called “kolf” (Golf’s original name) as you quickly realized that they’re playing golf. Although you’re very stressed and desperate about the situation, you continue to watch the “kolfer’s” play. This is where you begin to explore your new open world in the 1400’s which is also filled with activities with the hit new game of “kolf”.
You can speak with others who will give you challenges although you’re still shell-shocked over what’s going on so your speech is a bit shaky in nervousness. As you’re going about challenges (Which can vary as putting, chipping, long drive or full tournament challenges), you’ll get to a cutscene where you spot a beautiful young woman who apparently is a princess or has royal ties of some sort. You want to speak to her but you’re not sure what to say because you don’t want to sound rude in any way. You notice that she is attending a kolf tournament which leads you to participate in your first kolf tournament as you want her to possibly notice you out on the course. However, you are still not familiar with the clubs so you try to work on your game as you’re freely roaming the gorgeous royal open world.
The cool feature of the game would be that you can choose to either practice on a course or you can use the streets as your playground as you start to improve your game with the old school clubs. There’s a guardian angel throughout some of the cutsenes that tell you that you must complete certain tasks in order to get back to the current generation. One of the cool features would be the deep customization of your character as you can choose anything whether it’s clothing, height, weight, ethnics, or even his voice (Which would contribute to the long development time considering the fact you’ll have different voice actors saying lines during cut scenes and when talking to civilians.). Another cool thing would obviously be the open world environments which would take golf gaming to new heights.
The 1400’s world would be larger considering the fact that most of the game would take place there. I think the game would have a nice twist of fantasy, love and a story a young golfer trying to make his way back home. The message of the game I think would tell you that your golfer can play the best golf of his life no matter what generation he’s in which proves his greatness in the sport. I know, I know, people are going to be like “Oh that’s way too weird” but people love that fantasy type of stuff because the traditional way won’t really go anywhere. I mean yes, we still love the traditional golf game if it’s made very well but I think it would be very refreshing to have at least one golf game with a great story line and solid gameplay.
This would also introduce the sport to many gamers who don’t follow golf. Yes, it would take time to make a game like this and yes it would cost a lot of money but it doesn’t have to have everything that I mentioned. I’m just a young kid from Chicago with a dream and an idea is all. Would be a gaming classic? Yes or no, it can go either way but I believe if the time of development is proper and if they season it with the right spices then it’s very possible that you have a masterpiece of a game both for golfers and sports fans alike. It’s the creativity and imagination in video games that make them great and can turn a sport that some may call “boring” (Ha, you’re funny) into something very enjoyable. So please feel free to share any ideas you may have on a golf game with a great story, I’d love to hear them! Who knows, maybe some developer will notice your ideas! Just a fun topic to throw out there!
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