By Scott Godley
As technology continues to fly to the sky, golf video game aficionados keep demanding more. Links 2003 has many of the upgrades necessary to keep pace with its competitors.
Microsoft has implemented Better graphics, new players and additional courses. But the innovation that separates the latest Links version from its predecessors is the opportunity it gives players in Dallas, Los Angeles, London and Toronto to meet as a foursome on the first tee at Oakmont Country Club. All this, simultaneously, in four different time zones.
By plugging into the Links Match Maker, players can join matches or tournaments with other online players at any time.
Links Tour is an online tournament feature that provides player stats, handicap information as well as messages boards to appease the appetites of any player with a penchant for trash talk.
Along with its new networking abilities, Links 2003 also has added the Real-Time Swing to complement the three-click swing method that has been the swing component in previous Links games. Players simply move the mouse back and then forward along the mouse pad as if they were emulating a golfer’s backswing and followthrough.
The game also features six new championship courses – including Cabo del Sol (Mexico), Gleneagles (Scotland), The Tribute at Otsego Club (United States), Cambrian Ridge (United States) and Kauri Cliffs (New Zealand).
For its 2003 version, Microsoft also brought in some new faces (David Toms and Jesper Parnevik) to match some old personalities (Sergio Garcia and Annika Sorenstam).