PURE golf with no frills, fluff, or flab.

User Rating: 8.9 | True Swing Golf DS
All gameplay here. The touchscreen based swing mechanic is centerstage. The way you draw your swing affects the speed, flight path, power of your shot. You can spin the ball too when you need it. The sensitivity feels just right. You draw your swing too fast, you will probably overshoot, draw it too slow, and you could miss a simple and short putt. It is not random and it does not feel like a crapshoot. The swing mechanics are responsive enough to make the game very easy to learn through just playing, and deep enough to challenge hardcore players to master all the little subtleties.

My brother and I played single-cart multiplayer nearly all night last night. We only had 3 courses to choose from, but the gameplay never felt stale. Especially when we were on the tougher course with lots of bunkers and only little fairway. Sending distracting pictochats during your opponents swing is a great addition to the game, and can give the otherwise highly competitive proceedings an air of humor and creativity.

9 out of 10 for pure fun and gameplay.

10 out of 10 for innovation and execution.