Everybody's Golf Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Everybody's Golf RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network One Community Writer's 2017 Sports Game of the Year https://www.gameskinny.com/bh7gn/one-community-writers-2017-sports-game-of-the-year https://www.gameskinny.com/bh7gn/one-community-writers-2017-sports-game-of-the-year Sun, 31 Dec 2017 14:00:01 -0500 Colin "Ghost Panda" Mieczkowski

2017 was a phenomenal year for video games, as our beloved leisure activity/hobby continued to grow immensely. Sports games also saw an amazing year, with the NBA 2K series changing the career mode, MLB: The Show getting deeper, and NBA Live improving dramatically among other things. However, for this year, a legendary PlayStation franchise reigns supreme with its latest installment. Everybody's Golf is my Sports Game of the Year. 

 This was an extremely difficult decision, but Everybody's Golf, in my opinion, changed the way we view not only golf games but sports games as a whole. It very well may be the deepest sports game on the market today, with numerous way to play.  

In particular, its online Open Course feature is an absolute game changer, and it's something that should have been in a golf game a long time ago. To be able to freely roam each course and play holes at your leisure is the type of thing that keeps players coming back. 

Not to mention, it's crazy addicting trying to achieve high scores on each hole on the open course. There are currently eight courses in the game (three are DLC), and although that may not sound like a lot, it actually is.  

Each course is so massive that it feels like it's 10 or more courses. In reality, this is the case, as each 18-hole course is separated between nine holes each. In short, there are really 16 courses for you to play and explore. 

The best part is that the game will receive new courses through updates. They have already added Namron Bay Country Club, a beautiful new course by the sea. It would be no shock to see another one on the way.  

The online mode also allows you to do other things besides golfing, such as fishing and racing golf carts. On top of that, you can play traditional online vs. modes and play a new mode called Turf Wars. So, without a doubt, the online play will definitely keep most players busy.  

The career mode is solid too. The only flaw that many have mentioned is the fact that you must progress through the career mode in order to unlock courses for online play.  

Certainly, this is something that can change in a later update for new players. Other than that, what made the career addicting was the unlocking of new gear after placing well in tournaments.  

The bosses you face may not be as memorable as in the series's past, but there are a couple that do stand out. In particular, the final boss is fairly memorable.  

I mentioned that it's addicting to earn some new swag as you progress both in career and online. The player customization is extremely deep, as gamers and golfers alike can create virtually anyone they want.  

I have seen characters that look like Mario, Luigi, and even Snoopy and Squidward. This is how deep the customization is in the game, and the more gear you unlock, the more creative you can get.  

Then, there's the gameplay. The golfing mechanics in Everybody's Golf are terrific, even for being a quirky type of game.  

It's not a golfing simulation, but its swing animations and ball physics will automatically make hardcore golfers appreciative while also appealing to the non-golfer, as the Hot Shots/Everybody's Golf series has done for 20 years now.  

So, with its deep customization and online as well as its high-quality gameplay, Everybody's Golf is a winner. It has changed golf and sports games forever with the Open Course feature and gives us a glimpse into what the future may hold for sports games.  

There were numerous terrific games that came out this year, and the rekindling of the popularity of sports games is great to see. With so many fun games from which to choose, it was very hard to decide, but without a doubt, Everybody's Golf is my Sports Game of the Year.

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14 Best Free Themes for PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/qqxl9/14-best-free-themes-for-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/qqxl9/14-best-free-themes-for-ps4 Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:15:49 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

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Dark Souls III: Transitory Lands

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Here's on for the Dark Souls fan! Saying this theme is dynamic carries a double meaning, as it's probably the most dynamic of the lot. It features your hero walking across what looks like old linen (or maybe parchment). He comes across various environments as he progresses, all of which look like old engraved images, and their deep blackness throws their intricate details into sharp relief against the rest of the scenery. They vary, too, so it's almost entertainment in itself.

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When it comes to PS4 themes, it's definitely not true that you get what you pay for. There is a wide variety of free themes just waiting to find their new home on your console, whether you're a fan of RPGs, platformers, sci-fi, or fantasy.

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Let us know in the comments which ones you plan on downloading or which ones you'd like to see added to this list!

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The Witcher 3: Geralt and Ciri

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How is it possible to capture the essence of an entire trilogy and its themes in just one image? Like this. The Ciri and Geralt theme from The Witcher 3 manages to convey the folklore and high-fantasy elements of the entire series through two of the game's most important characters. This particular image from the theme emphasizes Ciri's determination and independence, which, in turn, helps make the game itself stand out. That determination is yours to shape through your in-game choices, an ambitious undertaking on the developer's part that works oh-so-well in action.

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Van Helsing

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This Van Helsing theme's not just for fans of vampire lore. The game itself combined a wide variety of concepts in an ambitious attempt to merge folklore with science -- adding a touch of RPG goodness to round it all out. The theme conveys those concepts very well.

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Apart from the titular hero, you've got a rather bizarre, alien-looking creature and a sinister robot, while giant clockwork dominates the background. The parchment-themed icons add a nice touch too. It's another one that's especially suitable for a Halloween theme, but fans of what goes bump in the night and Diablo-style RPGs can enjoy it year-round.

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Poi

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Here's another one for explorers to check out. The Poi dynamic theme brings with it the bright colors and cheerful cartoon aesthetic of the game itself. Each screen depicts one of the principal characters in a characteristic pose, set against a bright backdrop. It's an excellent way to page homage not just to the game itself, but to the genre it represents, one that -- for many -- formed an important part of our early gaming years. If you're in need of a break from the grittier side of gaming, or just want to be reminded of your platforming days of yesteryear, you could do far worse than this.

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RiME

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That's not all on offer from Grey Box, though. The RiME dynamic theme comes close to one-upping its predecessor. It focuses on the beach from the game's opening scenes, but that's not all. You'll hear the sounds of the waves and gulls, along with being greeted by your ever-present, friendly fox guide. It does a fine job of transferring the game's sense of wonder and the urge to explore into just one scene, and you may be hard-pressed to actually navigate away from it to choose a game.

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Dreadnought: Sinley Bay

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Here's another theme to satisfy the sci-fi lover in you -- Sinley Bay from the tactical space game Dreadnought. This, too, is a dynamic theme.

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Stare into the endless depths of space, and as you scroll through your menu options, you'll see ships cruising slowly by. Combined with the subtle space tones in the background, it really creates an atmosphere equal parts wonder and isolation. That feeling will resonate particularly well with fans of the game since Sinley Bay is where the war-weary renegades train their future leaders to ensure the solar system's freedom -- not a bad little motivator to get you started with whatever game you choose.

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Star Wars Battlefront: Leia Organa

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And one more Star Wars theme. We know it doesn't look like the "real" Leia Organa, but there's still quite a bit to love about this zooming dynamic theme. It forgoes the flashiness of the Jakku theme in favor of a toned-down approach that lets Leia's determination shine through. Plus, it hearkens back to one of the most memorable moments in the original Star Wars films, with the Imperial siege on Hoth.

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Star Wars Battlefront: Battle of Jakku

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Here's another one that's sure to please fantasy fans. It draws on the exclusive Battlefront packaging that explores the important lore behind The Force Awakens, connecting the original and new trilogies. Despite its connection to the latest films, it's got something for everyone to enjoy, from TIE Fighters and X-Wings for those faithful to the originals, to the raw fan appeal of such an awesome conflict between Empire and Republic that never could have happened in the first three films. (And, by far the best for some, there's nothing to connect it to the prequel trilogy).

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Tolkien fans rejoice! The Hobbit still has a free theme on the PlayStation store. And it's a darn good one, too. Azog the Defiler takes center stage -- well, right-center if you want to be technical - -in the depiction of the slow, tense build to the film's climactic final battle. However, in the background, you're also treated to the sight of Esgaroth on fire, with Smaugh above. Sure, it's not the happiest of scenes -- but it looks amazing.

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Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensword

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This Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensword theme offers up a more traditional look in more ways than one. As you can see, it focuses on a dragoon, which, apart from being an important class in FFXIV in general, is one of the series' oldest and most well-known character classes -- thanks in part to FFIV's Kain. More importantly, though, it gives you the chance to admire Akihiko Yoshida's fantastic artwork close up, bridging the gap between the olden days of Final Fantasy and the modern.

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Nioh Yokai Theme

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This Nioh theme might just essentially be the game's boxart plus a monster. But it's pretty good art, nonetheless. That's because it manages to give you a distinct impression of what the game's all about. The gear and coloration leave no doubt as to combat's central role in the game -- if you had doubts, given that it's a Koei game -- and the otherworldly glaze of Nioh's eyes suggesting that something out of the ordinary will play a significant role in plot and characterization. It provides a bit of intensity for your background and proves the old saying that simple is often best.

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Everybody's Golf

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If you're looking for something a bit brighter, consider checking out this cheerful Everybody's Golf dynamic theme. It changes scenes depending on which menu you are working with at the time, from the primary one you see here -- complete with golf ball being driven right at you -- to a more urban scene, and a desert course as well. It's a good way to show off the game's cheerful colors and quirky characters juxtaposed in the realistic looking courses. Plus, it's just fun in general.

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A Rose in the Twilight

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This free PS4 theme might be static, but that doesn't keep it from being wonderful to look at. It perfectly captures A Rose in the Twilight's unique art style - -which is more than enough to recommend it. However, it also manages to convey the game's key themes as well, from the main character's general vulnerability and her giant companion's impressive strength to the narrative importance of the color red streaking through the mysterious castle. It's fitting for a Halloween theme, but definitely worthwhile year round.

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Dishonored 2: Karnaca

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This free dynamic PS4 theme showcases the natural beauty of Dishonored 2's main setting. It's not the view you normally see while playing, but it is one of the most iconic views of the game, nonetheless. Eschewing the touristy glitz of the main city, this theme focuses on the gently flowing water and the slowly turning windmills instead. It's a nice break from the intense action of the game itself, but the muted tones go far in setting a nice aura for whatever game you're about to play.

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Alongside its vast software library, the PlayStation 4 offers a huge variety of themes for you to choose from. But say you don't really want to shell out for a new theme after buying some of the games from that library. Never fear! We've put together a list of the 14 best free PS4 themes to help you out of just such a dilemma. They do a fair job of representing that variety too, from platformers and

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They do a fair job of representing the variety the platform has to offer, from platformers and exploration games to RPGs, sports, and otherworldly combat. You're sure to find something you like over the next several slides, so read on to discover your next favorite backdrop for your favorite console.

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