Clap Hanz Limited invites PlayStation 2 gamers back for another round, in this fourth edition of the cartoonish golf sim with the serious gameplay. Sticking to the series' successful mix of approachable interface and realistic action, the game offers players numerous perspectives of each lie and shots are made through button taps, timed to a fluctuating bar that determines power and accuracy.
Hot Shots Golf Fore! offers a dozen courses (some of which were featured in Hot Shots Golf 3), and an even greater selection of characters to play through them. As in earlier games, certain characters are available from the start and players will need to unlock the others, but all can be customized with different clothing and equipment. A number of caricatured caddies are also available, to offer support and advice (sometimes, whether it's wanted or not).
A favorite feature from the PlayStation's original Hot Shots Golf returns in this version: the ability to play 18 holes of carom-friendly miniature golf. Hot Shots Golf Fore! is also the first in the series to offer online play. PlayStation 2 gamers with the PS2 Network Adaptor can log in to join other virtual golfers from all over the country. The online mode supports text chat, allowing two players to talk back and forth in real-time via keyboard.