by Jason Hilton
Can WizardWorks new challenger give the champ a run for it's money?
The answer is an undoubted YES! Innova Disc Golf not only beats the
competition, but turns it into a quivering pool of jello! Now does that
mean it's the best that could be expected? Unfortunately no, but it does have
its strong points. Check out my side by side comparison at the end of this article.
GRAPHICS & GAMEPLAY
Now this is an area that Innova Disc Golf excels at. This is an extremely pretty
game. With the photo-realistic backgrounds that WizardWorks (makers of Deer Hunter)are
famous for. There are some clipping problems
occasionally over trees, but not enough to distract.
Gameplay is actually pretty solid. With 11 discs to chose from you have pretty much
any disc that you could possibly need. Flight dynamics are right on as well. For those
of you familiar with the game Frisbee Golf, some things have been added that where
sadly missing from that game. The most evident is the ability to angle your disc. Up,
down, hyzer, or anhyzer, all you have to do is hold down the right mouse button over the
throw meter and move your mouse to affect your toss. The swing meter is pretty easy to
understand if you have ever played a decent computer golf game. Also, the ability to throw both
backhand and forehand are a definate bonus. One of greatest improvements, would have to
be the fact that you have to actually have to get the disc IN the basket. It really adds
to the realism to have a 50 foot shot hit the edge of the basket and bounce off. Unfortunately, I said this game isn't perfect.
In fact, it has a problem that I find really disturbing. The courses are WAY TO OPEN!
Trees are manly used for marking the outline of the hole. Also, even on the novice level you
can typically throw over 500 ft on every drive. I don't know about you, but that is a
little unbelievable to me. Mine only other beef would be the course selection. Yes,
all four courses are 18 holes, but there are only two course layouts. This isn't that big
of a deal for a $20 game.
SOUND & MUSIC
WizardWorks did a great job of capturing the feel for the game through the sound effects.
Birds, branches snapping, and a sound that actually kinda sounds like a disc hitting the
chains, makes you almost feel like your outside. The player actually makes comments on
your shots as well. My only complaint would be that I haven't been to many courses that
have ducks quacking, I just found it annoying, but hey that's just me. Music is a little
annoying but thankfully you can just turn it off.
SHOULD YOU GET IT?
This one is easy to answer. YES! Compared to your other choice, there is no comparison.
The only thing I would like to see would be an expansion pack that would add more discs and
courses. But hey, like I said what do you expect for $20?