If you’re a golf fan who enjoys video games, you may be familiar with The Golf Club which is a popular game that released in 2014. In TGC, players were able to design their own courses, with some players even re-creating real world courses such as Augusta National, Pine Valley and St. Andrews.
Well, the folks over at HB Studios are doing it again. They will be releasing The Golf Club 2 which will release in the first quarter of 2017.
The game will a ship load of new additions from the previous game. These additions include a deeper player customization, Societies which is a play where virtual golfers can hang out and set up matches, a full practice area, and more tools in the already deep course designer.
These are just a few things. With the game still months away from release, there’s no telling to what will be added closer to launch.
The game will also feature a new swing mechanic that will give players choices. If you want the game to be as hard as humanly possible, there’s an option for that or if you want a more casual experience, then there’s that too.
There will also be a career mode where players can earn money to purchase new gear for their golfers. As hinted in the trailer, the career will likely have a “TGC Masters” tournament which also could indicate that TGC 2 will have its own representation of golf’s four majors.
There will also be new swing animations as well, making for an even more immersive experience.
One of the new tools in the course designer is the ability to add waterfalls. This was one thing that was missing from the original TGC but now is implemented.
Although there is no PGA Tour license or no big name golfer as its namesake, with the power of the course designer, players can certainly make it feel like they are playing on the Tour. Oh, and there’s the new ability to add spectators, so that will really bring the Tour environment to life.
So, with the many new changes, TGC 2 looks to make a run at sports gaming greatness next year. I believe golf video games are also one of the best ways to get kids interested in golf.
Kid plays game > kid wants to learn how to play golf > kid goes to range and hits balls > kid gets hooked on golf for life.
See how that works?
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