Title Nick Faldo`s Championship Golf Game Type Sport Players 1 or 2 Compatibility AGA only Submission Isaac Abraham
Review There are two main competitors in the Golf sim market on the Amiga - this, and PGA Golf (well, PGA Euro Tour now). PGA has always been the leader - it`s easy to get into, has a fair few courses, and has plenty of tournaments and opponents as well as the ability to save your player stats. Nick Faldo`s, on the other hand, is extremely hard to get into, has no tournaments, only has 8 opponents, and has no long term appeal. Coming on two floppies, the whole game seems like it has been designed to infuriate you from the word go. Firstly, there is no indication of the power of your club on screen, so every time you take a shot, you need to refer to the manual. Next, you need to take into account all the different variables: near wind speed, long wind speed, ball lie, spin, club stance.... it can be quite overwhelming initially. Driving the ball is exceptionally difficult, essentially a speed test, involving you double clicking the mouse in a microsecond. It`s no good for the mouse`s health, and it didn`t do me any good either, I personally found it infuriating. Thankfully there`s the amateur game, which gives you the option of re-taking your shots (you`ll be doing this a lot). I really did try to get into this, even going through the tutoring facility offered in the game, but i realised by the end of my extensive play session that I was merely just going through the motions of "How far away is the ball? Right, check manual for the club to use. Ball lie? Spin? Stance? Ooops, mishit, try again. Right, that`s better, but for some reason the ball went nowhere near the hole - ooops, forgot to check the wind speed, must start all over again....". PGA rewards good play because it`s not hard to learn, you can enter tournaments, win prize money, and save it to disk. With Nick Faldo`s there`s no incentive to continue playing, and more importantly, it`s really not much fun - stick with PGA Euro. Oh, and try to get an 030+ processor when playing this, otherwise you`re in for annoying pauses when changing views.