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Back in the early 2000’s a racing series called Burnout was one of my favorite racing series. Burnout was different than a lot of racing games since it focused on speed and driving dangerously. While the racing was pretty good, what really stood out about the Burnout series was the Crash Mode. This mode had you operating a car which you would drive into a busy intersection in order to cause as much destruction as possible. It is hard to explain why but for some reason it was just so much fun trying to create as much destruction as possible.
The Burnout series seems to have been forgotten for the most part by EA. About a month ago I was surfing Steam and I came upon a game called Dangerous Golf. After watching the trailer I could tell that this game was made for fans of Crash Mode from the Burnout Series. Not surprisingly Dangerous Golf was made by the new studio Three Fields Entertainment that just so happens to include several people that worked on the original Burnout games. After playing Dangerous Golf I have to say that Dangerous Golf is what would happen if you took Burnout, placed it indoors, and replaced the cars with golf balls.
In Dangerous Golf you hit a golf ball around various locations trying to destroy as much stuff as possible. Basically you line up your shot, hit the ball and guide the ball towards as many objects as you can. If you destroy enough objects you unlock the SmashBreaker which puts the game into slow motion and gives you more control over the ball so you can cause more destruction. In addition to trying to destroy everything in sight, each level has hidden secrets and specific items you are supposed to destroy in order to earn bonus points. After causing as much destruction as possible your goal is to try and putt the ball into the hole. If you succeed you get all of the points acquired but if you miss the hole your score will be cut in half.
As you proceed in the single player you unlock special challenges which change up the gameplay. There are putting challenges where you get to keep shooting balls as long as you sink the putts. The round ends when you miss three times. The game also includes several other different types of modes that present you with different objectives that change up how you play the game. These different modes tweak the gameplay but don’t drastically change how you play the game.
What I really enjoyed about the Burnout series is just the sense of destruction that you could make in Crash Mode. I got this same feeling playing Dangerous Golf. While the game is a golf game instead of a driving game, it feels very similar to Crash Mode from Burnout. It is for some reason satisfying trying to create as much destruction as possible. If you enjoyed Crash Mode I can’t see you not enjoying Dangerous Golf.
One of the complaints people seem to have with Dangerous Golf is that the game is on the easy side and the game pretty much plays itself. I agree with this complaint to a degree. The putting is really easy. Unless you aim poorly, you are probably going to get the ball in the hole. The only real challenge is trying to score bonus points by bouncing the ball off of walls. I think the putting could have been made a little more challenging.
Other than the putting being a little on the easy side, I don’t get why people think the game plays itself. Yes there is luck in the game since you don’t have a lot of control over how the ball bounces off some of the items. There is skill in the game though as you try to direct the ball to hit certain items. Dangerous Golf is the type of game where you need some skill to do well. It is not that hard to medal in each level but it requires some skill in order to get a platinum medal. If you find the game to be too easy you can always try to get the harder medals.
Another issue that a lot of players had when the game first came out was that the game had some technical issues. I can’t really comment on the issues many players had with the controls since I used an Xbox 360 controller and had no issues. The game otherwise had some issues with slow load times and other bugs. I really didn’t encounter any of these issues while playing the game. I played the game with lower settings since my computer is not much above the minimum requirements for the game. I wish the load times were a little faster but they are only like 10-20 seconds so that isn’t too bad.
Honestly I enjoyed Dangerous Golf but I can tell that the game is not going to be for everyone. If you are looking for a serious golf game, this is not it. If you are looking for a game that gives you full control and doesn’t rely on any luck, Dangerous Golf is not the game for you. My biggest complaint with the game is the simple fact that while the game is fun, it doesn’t have a ton of depth. The game is what it is. You hit a golf ball and try to destroy stuff. The different modes change things up a little but the basic gameplay stays the same.
This is why I think the biggest problem with Dangerous Golf is the fact that it is the type of game that you probably aren’t going to want to play for hours at a time. It is the type of game that I would play for 30 minutes to an hour and then come back to another day. I think the game would get a little boring if you played it for hours at a time.
I had fun with Dangerous Golf. If you liked Crash Mode in Burnout or you just like destroying things, I think you will have fun with Dangerous Golf. Dangerous Golf’s only real problem is the fact that the game doesn’t have a ton of depth. While the game has a couple different modes, they mostly play the same. The game is fun but I probably wouldn’t play it for more than a half hour to an hour at a time. If you are looking for a deep golf experience Dangerous Golf is not for you. If you just want a game where you can destroy things though I think you should enjoy Dangerous Golf.