This looks delightful, but I'm on the fence about since I've got too many RPGs to deal with, so I'd feel bad about getting another one. At the same time, if the game's heavier on the golf than the RPG stuff I'll probably lose interest since I don't really care about the sport at all outside of the odd videogame.
The RPG elements I referenced in the OP were based on my previous understanding that this game has RPG-like elements in the sense of growth and progression. No battling though as it seems, which is cool.
Doesn't it also have RPG elements in the sense that there's a fair bit of strolling around talking to NPCs and stuff like that, or have I imagined that? Maybe I'm sort of conflating and confusing this with the old Mario Golf games for the Game Boy or whatever. The Camelot games. Maybe I'm imagining that too.
Yup, the golf areas have stuff like club houses, shops, and then of course the driving range area and a bunch of NPCs. Some of them have quests to complete (hitting balls accurately in certain areas, some fetch quests that aren't too complicated) that will give your extra experience to level up. And they all have alternate text if you decide to hit them with a golf ball. Yes, there's a button dedicated to throwing a golf ball
I'm enjoying this, but I've found a couple of glitches that made me have to restart.
1. When I was trying to learn how to control the discs in disc golf, I threw one into the head of one of the three disc golfers near the starting bucket...and it got stuck in a loop.
2. When I finally left Wellworn and got to the world map, I wandered over to Cheekybird Peak and a bird got riled up. He got stuck in a loop or something in the game didn't reset, so I had to reset the game. (EDIT: I repeated this, and this time, the game worked as intended.)
Also, two of the holes in mini-golf are misnumbered.
But seriously, small things aside, this game is excellent.
Well it's not the type of game where I would really care how it was implemented because it's not necessary to enhance the experience with the ball hits. But I admit it was neat with how it rumbled differently based on the tone the people were giving off while speaking. But it's just not worth it to have it rumble THAT much so I turned it off.
This game is really great so far. Story is taking some weird twists that just keeps things silly and unexpected. Love this as I didn't expect it from golf game. But I guess it's called Golf Story... so focus on the story should have been expected It's just a joy to play through for it haha.