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Graphics ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Now you can actually progress into the game itself, and you will find that as soon as the first hole has loaded up, you will be astounded by the realism of the graphics; the players look almost photo-realistic, and the scenery is superb – with many different trees, bridges, rock overhangs and cacti!.
Gameplay ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ The gameplay is simple enough – pick a club that is most suited to the place you are (Driver for a long tee shot, sand wedge playing from the sand etc), or you can just let your virtual caddy pick one for you. Then you click the mouse at the right time to get optimum power and direction, (one click to start, one click for the power, one click for the direction.
Although in this 2001 version, there is a new type of swing called “power swing”, which is more innovative. The club in your player’s hand will react according to your mouse movements. Move it backwards, and the club will go up in the air, and move it forwards, and you swing through the ball. The amount you accelerate the mouse, and any slight lateral movements will change direction, spin and power. I have tried this method out, but I find it much too complicated – but if you are good enough and persevere this method can be very rewarding.
Access Software's Links LS golf simulation series continues its long-standing excellence ... more
with the release of Links LS 2000, another improvement with a wealth of new features and goodies for the computer golfing fanatic. Growing accustomed to Links LS 2000's control scheme couldn't be easier. Links LS 2000 offers four different swing methods: the new PowerStroke swing, where you actually move the mouse left and right to denote backswing and downswing; the traditional two-click swing; a three-click swing; and a new Easy swing, where striking the ball is as simple as aiming and pressing the mouse button. Furthermore, Links LS 2000 includes many diverse training modes, such as the new "Links Lessons", that ease novice PC golfers into the interface, options and controls. With five brand-new courses, including the classic St Andrews Old Course, as well as the ability to import any of the over 25 Links LS add-on courses, Links LS 2000 should occupy space on players' hard disks for many months. Additionally, players can hop on Microsoft's online gaming service, the MSN Gaming Zone, and compete against other online golfers. Once again, the proven Links LS gameplay doesn't disappoint with 35 different play styles, including stroke play, skins game and a new wolf challenge mode. --Doug Radcliffe