Front Page Sports Golf
With a smooth interface, an excellent swing mechanism, beautiful graphics and crisp sounds, Sierra created a gem of a 90s era golf sim.
At the time the trend in computer golf is an emphasis on mouse initiated swing. While the tried and true method of the 'tri-click' - made famous by the legendary Links series - has its merits, gamers are looking for a more realistic feel. With mouse swings, the mouse becomes the club. Pull back to start the upswing, and push forward for the downswing. The more accurate you are (ie. staying on a straight line), the more successful the result. We saw a decent version of this in SimGolf. Not to be outshone, Sierra developed their version of the mouse swing, dubbed the 'TrueSwing.'
The main difference between the TruSwing and other mouse initiated swings is that there is no visual representation of how you're swinging. In SimGolf, you were given a graph that drew a line to follow your stroke. If you hooked the ball, you could clearly see it as a skewed line. In FPS Golf, you just have to get the feel right. You can't really adjust until its too late, which allows for a much more realistic feel. Further, there is a larger margin of error. You can hit the ball pretty much anywhere based on how you swing, unlike in SimGolf, where there seemed to be a stern limit regarding actual ball meets club physics. You would swing the club gently and get the same result as swinging it harder. Again - no margin for error.
FPS Golf contains all the standard elements of computer golf. You can change weather, course, and match conditions. You can compete in one of twelve types of games, ranging from basic Stroke play to the more dynamic Scramble. You can even compete in the Ryder Cup.
A strong title in every sense, I highly recommend FPS Golf to golf fans. It's probably the best golf sim produced during the 90s.