Links - The Challenge Of Golf

  • Developer: Virgin
  • Genre: Sport
  • Originally on: Sega CD (1994)
  • Runs on PC, Windows
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Overview

Golf may be one of the most popular sports in the world, but it has never had the excitement or interaction of more active games. Until now. Virgin Interactive Entertainment is changing the way the world golfs with Links: The Challenge of Golf. Even nongolfers are going to find this disc very hot. Think of golf. Now think of house music. Now bring 'em together, and there's only one thing you can say: Golf is in the house! Up to six players can get in on the action at the famous Torrey Pines Country Club South Course in sunny San Diego, California. Use a control pad or a Mega Mouse, or really get in the swing with a Tee V Golf Club. Tournament golf isn't just for the plaid anymore. Get hip. Play Links on your Sega CD.

Hip-Hop Tee Time

Virgin has achieved this unlikely but extremely hip mix of sport and cool by taking a well-planned, well-executed golf sim and giving it a multimedia twist with digitized flyover video of each hole, expert commentary and strategy by pros Ben Wright and Steve Elkington, intermission graphics that would make any VI proud, and a soundtrack that would do well in the Viper Room. None of this should come as a surprise. Virgin Interactive is a sister company to Virgin Records, so some of the greatest tunes in the world are available for their use. And Virgin has proven time and again that they know how to make fun games.

Getting down to the green, Links has achieved realism both in the presentation of each of the Torrey Pines links and in the four modes of playing them. Whether you practice driving, play each hole individually or in series of nine, or take on Torrey Pines in tournament play, you have complete control over the selection of clubs, your stance on the ball, and whether you wish to fade or draw, chip or putt.

This realism extends to the icons of male and female players and even to different tee colors for each player. Features that add to your play include Rotate, which nuns your player to face a different direction. This comes in handy if you are facing a tree and a fade or draw is not enough. Top View gives you a bird's-eye view of the link, showing each player's position and other important information, such as yards to the cup. You can even get into fine detail and customize game settings, building your own set of clubs and setting sensitivity. Links has a save feature so you can keep your place in a game, and it gives you options to turn on or off the sound, commentary and flyovers, and replay.

Play at each hole begins with a flyover in digitized video, along with experts' tips on playing the course.

Up to six players, in any mix of male and female, can lake on the three challenge levels of Links.

You get a running total of your shots and distance to the cup after each shot, with the option of taking a Mulligan — retaking the shot with no penalty.

Check the lie of the ball before you putt to make sure you are on the green.

Select the Overhead view for a Quick check on your position on — or off — the fairway.

Getting Clubbed

So you're standing on the green ready to tee off, holding a sand wedge and looking at a 300-yard drive. You wonder, "Am I using the right club?" When the ball rolls about nine yards, you realize that you weren't. Here's how far you can expect to hit the ball, based on perfect conditions, no wind, and pro level.

Help!

In a jam? Not sure how to pick a club, aim, or swing? Lose the manual? Click on the Help bar in the upper left comer of the screen for timely advice.

Links for Sega CD is the most near-perfect, outrageously realistic golf game available.

How perfect is Links? The course mimics Torrey Pines exactly — incredible, 35 mm photography places you behind every tee, fairway, water hazard and bunker, wherever the ball lands, and gives you an accurate view of your next shot.

It's so life-like, you can almost smell the green (that's a good thing).

And as you'd expect from any decent golf game, Links features

  1. Tournament play.
  2. Practice mode. Front 9, Back 9.
  3. Instant Replays.
  4. Save player info.

But then, Links goes far beyond any other golf games to give you in-depth golf features like

  1. I to 6 players (sorry, other games can only handle up to 4)
  2. Full support of TeeVGolf Club for the most accurate, realistic and fun golfing experience available
  3. Aerial fly-overs of each hole so realistic you may get airsick
  4. Running stats on how many fish you tag wheo your ball lands in the water.

Okay, we're just kidding about the last feature.

But as you can see, Links for Sega CD is the closest thing to perfection when it comes to golf games.

So you can bet that if any game comes out with a "Golf Car Donuts On The Fairway" feature in the future, it'll be Links.

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System Requirements

PC compatible, SystemP-100

Systems: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game features:Links - The Challenge Of Golf supports single modeSingle game mode

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