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#1 compl3x

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 10:17

Xbox One's Powerstar Golf is now a free-to-play game

Courses lumped into packs for you to purchase.

 

By Tom Phillips Published Thursday, 22 May 2014

 

Xbox One's stylised sports sim Powerstar Golf has become a free-to-play title.

 

Eagle-eyed users spotted the transformation today when the game became free to download from the Xbox Games Store. But this version of the game is little more than a demo - you must now separately buy packs of courses to properly play on.

 

The original game's content has been split into four packs, each of which cost £4.79/$5.99: City Park, Emperor's Garden, Burning Sands and Rocky Ridge.

 

Powerstar Golf previously cost £15.99/$19.99 to download, which means that unlocking all the packs separately will now cost more - a total of £19.16/$23.96.

 

But an option does still exist to buy all the packs at the game's original price.

 

A fifth pack, Coyote Canyon, was also released for free today.

 

Powerstar Golf was an Xbox One launch title, available back in November last year. "[It] adds some nice touches to a genre presided over by Everybody's Golf," Stace Harman wrote in Eurogamer's review, "but its limited scope and some baffling omissions ultimately scupper its chances of outscoring its rival."

 

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 10:21

Is the game any good? Or should I just keep quiet and get it because it's free?



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Posted 22 May 2014 - 10:23

Thanks!



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Posted 22 May 2014 - 10:26

Nice find; thanks for posting. :)

 

The link posted goes to the Australian site, so make sure you change location before you click the purchase button; it wanted me to add a credit card on the Aussie site, but thankfully it'd just "use" my Microsoft credit on the UK site.



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Posted 22 May 2014 - 10:27

Is the game any good? Or should I just keep quiet and get it because it's free?

 

I can't comment on the quality of the game, but even if it is mediocre, it's still free! :)



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Posted 22 May 2014 - 10:30



Is the game any good? Or should I just keep quiet and get it because it's free?

Well, its Metascore is 65, but it's developed by Zoë Mode who made the delightful Chime, so I'm optimistic. :)



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Posted 22 May 2014 - 10:31

True, downloading now, will try it this evening :p



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Posted 22 May 2014 - 10:57

Worked on my UK account. Thanks for the heads up. It might not be a great game, but free is free :D



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Posted 22 May 2014 - 11:02

Worked on my UK account. Thanks for the heads up. It might not be a great game, but free is free :D

You know what dude, it's an awesome golf game.



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Posted 22 May 2014 - 11:20

You know what dude, it's an awesome golf game.

 

I haven't played it yet, I just didn't read overly favourable reviews. I'll look forward to trying it later :)



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Posted 22 May 2014 - 11:25

Thought it said Pornstar Golf there for a moment.



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Posted 22 May 2014 - 11:36

It is free, but here's the catch, you have to purchase the courses for 5.99$ each.



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Posted 22 May 2014 - 12:00

It is free, but here's the catch, you have to purchase the courses for 5.99$ each.

 

Yup, from the looks of it the game has gone "F2P" akin to Killer Instinct's model. 1 free training hole, then a 5-hole round and then a 5-hole vs AI event.

 

£15.99 for the full game or £4.79 for individual courses. Total cost of the game has gone up if you buy everything compared to the old "full package" price.

 

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 12:03

Ah that would explain it then



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Posted 22 May 2014 - 12:48

I am a golfer and really wanted to buy this game but didn't know if it sucked or not.  At least now I can try it and see if its any good first.

 

My question though, if I do like it and go to the store and buy the game, do I get all the courses and such? Would it be cheaper to buy it digitally with its new pricing model?