079155_larger-2Well this is good news, Golf Star [Free] just got a decently sized new update, and amongst some cool features for good players, like increasing the level cap to 60, and the introduction of winning streaks for bonus prizes, you can finally suck at virtual golf with your closest friends.

For the uninformed, Golf Star is Com2Us's attempt at a quality free-to-play golfing simulation. With most of the market taken up by Tiger Woods 12 [$0.99] and the totally-not-trying-to-be-hot-shots Lets Golf 3 [Free], Golf Star faces an uphill climb for players and relevancy. A climb that, if you ask me, it has tackled splendidly well. As someone who digs the game of golf, but hates the bloviating nature of the Tiger Woods titles and the lets-throw-physics-out-the-window gameplay of Lets Golf 3, Golf Star hits a balance between quality simulation and accessibility.

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Finally being able to invite friends to a match, however, is the icing on the proverbial cake. Previously, across both Golf Star and Lets Golf 3, it was surprisingly complicated to play a game against a carefully chosen opponent. You'd have to either join a multi-person tournament on the off chance you're tossed into a game with your friend in Golf Star, or create a tournament, play it, then wait for your friend to complete it so you could compare scores. Not, exactly, intuitive.

So it's with many kudos (wrapped in a "took you long enough") that I'm excited to play golf with my friends, on mobile, finally. All one of them. If you wanna hit the links, Golf Star is free, and despite being free-to-play, I've yet to run into a situation where I wasn't allowed to play anymore due to timer-related B.S, and I've been playing pretty solidly for a few weeks. Feel free to drop me a line - I'm ANTVGM64 on there.

CORRECTION: OK, so, it turns out you're not actively playing realtime multiplayer against your friends, but rather online AI battles against them and their golfer statistics. It works well enough that it fooled us though, and that counts for something. Definitely check out Golf Star if you haven't already.

  • cowtruck123

    Are you guys not doing the impressions posts anymore?

  • LA4k

    All i need is Tiger Woods 13.

  • Turbobond

    Whoa. Is Paul one of the new guys? Dig the flavor.

  • lifeat78

    I've been playing this for a while, and I have really enjoyed the game, though it's pretty easy to run out of hearts (which are needed to play rounds) in the single player career mode.

    • Paul Meekin

      You can play online unabated - you'll spend what hearts you have, but can keep playing and earning exp in the 1v1 and online tourney modes!