RPGolf Legends from KEMCO and ArticNet is a hybrid of an adventure game and a solid arcade golf game. Check our RPGolf Legends review!
An evil force has sealed all the golf holes in the world! Join forces with the spirit of a golf club and embark on a fantastic action-golfing adventure to save golf in the world! Ride a ship, an airship and sometimes even golf carts to travel around a unique world where monsters and golf coexist!
RPGolf Legends from KEMCO and ArticNet is a hybrid of an adventure game and a solid arcade golf game. Long ago, an evil force sealed the golfing courses of the world. Follow Aerin, who accidentally discovers a mysterious new friend that allows her to restore access to the golf courses, which is important since golf is her favorite sport! As is the case with most RPGs, you’ll begin your journey with Aerin in her hometown, which will give you the opportunity to explore for a bit, talk to the resident and get some information about both the RPG elements and the golf sport in general. Once you’ve had enough exploring and talking to the villagers, you’ll be onto your first quest, which is to find your favorite fishing spot.
This game does a good job of mixing the action-adventure elements of a typical RPG with the sports elements. And along with golfing, there’s also a fishing mini-game that is fun and arcade-like. It isn’t at all like other RPGs (Tales of Arise and Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana had more technical fishing mini-games), but it is fun. And, of course, the golf mini-game is also pretty easy to get the hang of.
Golfing is done by first selecting your club. Luckily you don’t need to be an expert because you’ll see a rough projection of what each club can do. Once your club is selected, you’ll have to press X at the right time to determine the strength of your shot, then press X a second time to determine the direction of your shot. The golf mini-game is arcade-styled, so there’s enough there to test your skills without feeling overwhelming.
A quick mention about the PlayStation 5 build: I really loved how the DualSense vibration feature was used for the golfing and how when the golf ball lands on the hole, it feels as if it just landed in our hand. There are some other custom uses for vibration here and there also, but that one is the most notable. RPGolf Legends is Cross-Buy between the PS4 and PS5 versions, so you’ll get both versions of the game with your purchase, which is always great.
In order to unlock more golf courses, you have to complete some sidequests and defeat monsters so that you can collect enough energy for your magical golf club companion can unlock the next golf course on the list. I thought that while this mechanic encouraged exploring, the courses are often a bit too close to each other so grinding for around 10 minutes after playing through a golf course to have enough energy unlock the next one might not be for everyone.
Outside of golf, and while you’re trying to gain enough energy to unlock the next course, I was definitively surprised by the amount of content included in the game. There are a LOT of sidequests available, and I enjoyed the relative freedom you have to explore the world almost as the game begins. These will have you going on fetch quests, hunting down enemies, taking on a fishing tournament, or hunting some bosses. As you progress through the story, you’ll gain access to new classes with special abilities, but I won’t spoil this for you.
One area where the game could have been improved is the combat. The battles feel a bit minimalist and sometimes clunky, and they do not really require strategy. Hit, block an enemy’s attack, and repeat until an enemy is defeated. You can charge your attacks if you have enough magic points, but it doesn’t change the flow of the battles. And yes, once you unlock classes, things do change up for battles.
One recurring issue I had was dying without noticing that I was low on health. Your health is shown on top of the screen, and as you are attacked, it’ll decrease at a steady pace, but there’s no visual or auditive indicator that you’re running low on health (like in, for example, The Legend of Zelda series). More than once, I died because I wasn’t paying attention – which is on me – but the game didn’t let me know what was going on.
As for the game’s presentation, I loved the beautiful and colorful world, and the pixel art was great to look at. I thought that the camera felt a little too zoomed in, and I would have liked it if it was configurable so that I could take the view back for a bit and see farther in front of me. The background soundtrack was great, with the shop theme being particularly catchy. The writing is also solid, and I chuckled a few times when I read a line I wasn’t expecting.
Finally, RPGolf Legends offers a full trophy list composed of 27 bronze trophies, 10 silver trophies, and 3 gold trophies, which means it includes a Platinum trophy! Since the game is Cross-Buy, that means that if you own a PS5, you can Platinum the game twice since the PS4 and the PS5 versions have separate trophy lists. The trophies themselves are awarded for progressing in the story, mastering the Golf parcourses, solving the quests, and other miscellaneous things. All in all, it looks like it would take quite a while to unlock everything.
RPGolf Legends is a charming cross between a retro-looking adventure game mixed with some sports like fishing and, of course, as the game title hints to, golf. This game is packed with content, with all the golf courses to unlock and the very surprising amount of quests to tackle, so you’ll be busy for a while. I did mention that the combat felt a bit clunky, but this shouldn’t drive you away from this game. Moreover, this game is a Cross-Buy release, so you’ll get the PS4 and PS5 versions, and each one has separate trophy lists. RPGolf Legends is out on PlayStation for $29.99.
This RPGolf Legends review is based on a PlayStation copy provided by KEMCO.