Everybody’s Golf PS4 Local Multiplayer

I’ll jump straight to the point: Does “Everybody’s Golf” on PlayStation 4 allow local multiplayer? Yes!

There. Said and done. If you want to read more, continue on…

Ages ago I used to play an old PlayStation 2 game called Hot Shots Golf. I don’t remember why I had it at the time, but it turned out to be an incredibly fun game. The playful, cartoonish nature of the gameplay made it far more fun than the more serious variety of golf games, such as PGA Tour.

Hot Shots Golf 3 was made way back in 2002. I hadn’t thought about the game in a long time, until I was going through a box of old video games in my closet. I found this game and fired up my old PS2 to play it once again. The graphics are dated, for sure, but the overall fun is certainly still there.

With that backstory out of the way, I was searching online to see if the developer had made a more recent version of the game. The answer is yes!

The international version of Hot Shots Golf was called Everybody’s Golf. The company had ditched the Hot Shots Golf name in favor of a unified title. To my surprise, a shiny new release of Everybody’s Golf hit the PlayStation 4 in late 2017. I was so excited! It became an instant must-have.

I will note that Everybody’s Golf (and its predecessors) are made by a game studio in Japan, and are distributed by Sony Computer Interactive. As such, these titles aren’t available on the XBOX.

My friend and I went to GameStop to look for this game. They had the game, but we were sorely disappointed to see that the backside of the case was labeled as one-player only. (There were online multiplayer options, but that wasn’t my immediate interest.) The one-player limitation completely took the wind out of our sails.

While in the store, I scrambled on my phone to search online for clarification about the possibly a local multiplayer option. I wasn’t able to find any definitive answer about it on any websites, reviews, or message boards. It was a rather quick search, but a direct answer was elusive.

Despite that major potential drawback, we decided to buy the game anyway.


I am here to tell you that the game DOES support local multiplayer! (A few online forums had commented that you need to share a single controller, but that is absolutely not true.) You can play the game in local multiplayer mode using multiple controllers. Why the box lists the game as one-player is beyond me. It makes no sense because it is completely untrue. I wonder how many potential sales they’ve lost by labeling that on there.

Beyond the multiplayer aspect, the game play is excellent. The characters aren’t quite as goofy as the old Hot Shots game, but all of the fun game elements are still there. In fact, the controls are the same as the game I played all those years ago. The graphics are modern and attractive. The sound effects are great, too. In versus mode, you can even still taunt your opponent by making noises using your controller when it’s not your turn. That feature was an old favorite of mine from the previous game.

I’ve only played Everybody’s Golf for a few days. This post isn’t meant to be an overall review. The only reason that I wrote this was to put something online that clearly stated that local multiplayer does work in this game.

Everybody’s Golf is a blast. What sets it apart from other games is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously compared to traditional sports games. It’s probably one of the most chill games you can play on a game console. I am impressed that this whimsical classic lives on.

While writing this post, I did tweet Sony about this. I tweeted: “@PlayStation Sony, why did you label Everybody’s Golf PS4 as 1-player on the game box? Almost didn’t buy it due to that. It DOES have local “vs” mode, and I love it! You need to make local multiplayer ability abundantly clear on the packaging.”

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Ready 2 Rumble Boxing Round 2 for PS2 – Activate Rumble

I was browsing the local flea market yesterday and stumbled upon an old classic. Ready 2 Rumble Round 2 boxing for the old PlayStation 2 (PS2). I have fond memories of this fun old boxing game. It was released back in 2000! 17 years ago. Wow. Regardless, the gameplay and characters are hilarious.

I bought the game on the cheap, and went about playing it with my friend last night. For the life of us, we could not figure out how to activate the rumble ability. I performed countless searches on my phone and my computer to find the answer. Promising links all around, but when I went to a page, I was never presented with the answer. It was so frustrating. We simply could not find the answer. My friend and I both tried every combination of buttons on the controller, seemingly to no avail.

Eventually, there was a breakthrough. We figured it out, and I have the answer. I’m going to present the solution here in a clear, simple form so that others who are searching the Internet for this answer can find it here.

Here’s the deal!

When you have the full RUMBLE letters, press R1 and R2 at the same time. Rumble mode is activated. Once you are in rumble mode and your boxing gloves are glowing white, press and hold the SQUARE and TRIANGLE buttons simultaneously. While holding square and triangle, jostle the left analog joystick. That will unleash the hyperactive punching and uppercut fury in rumble mode.

There you have it. Plain and simple. You’re welcome, Internet.

Playstation 3 vs. Blu-ray Player

Weeks ago, we bought a new HDTV. Since that time, I’ve been in the throws of PS3 and Blu-ray envy. I have been disappointed in the quality of my DVD collection on our eight-year-old DVD player. I’ve read about more modern “upconverting” DVD players that blow up an image from 480 to 1080 resolution, in order to mimic an HD presentation. I’ve wanted one.

In considering how to upgrade my player, I considered three options:

  1. A relatively inexpensive DVD upconverting player
  2. A Blu-ray player that upconverts traditional DVDs
  3. A Playstation 3, which does upconverting, Blu-ray movies, and plays PS3 games.

The PS3 seemed like the obvious choice. However, my research has shown it to have too many drawbacks for me to consider purchasing one. For starters, despite common belief, the new PS3 systems DO NOT play old PS2 games. That was only true for a short time in the first generation PS3 player, which was ridiculously expensive. That fact alone was a deal-breaker for me.

Second, the Blu-ray players I’ve been eying included YouTube and Netflix streaming, via an Ethernet connection. It turns out that the PS3 DOES NOT stream Netflix movies. Another deal breaker for me! I know that the XBOX 360 streams Netflix movies, but it doesn’t have a Blu-ray drive, so that is out, too. The XBOX 360 is a great, affordable gaming console, but as a double for movies, HD-DVD is dead.

I’m upset at the two deal-breakers I found in the Playstation 3. The PS3 was released for sale in November of 2006. We are coming up on three years that it has been on the market. Despite that length of time, the game titles are still very limited, and still very expensive. Considering that, and more, I think Sony is simply asking too much for the system itself. I have a large catalog of PS2 games that I am not willing to part with. I’m not willing to shell out $60 a pop for PS3 game titles. I’d sure love to play GTA IV (PS3 only), but I can’t bring myself to pay $400 for the PS3 hardware without PS2 backward compatibility and Netflix streaming.

In conclusion, I decided to pass on the PS3. Instead, I bought a sweet standalone Blu-ray player that not only plays Blu-ray discs, it also upconverts standard DVDs, and streams Netflix and YouTube, right out of the box. For nearly half the cost of a PS3, I thought this purchase was a no-brainer. I’ll happily continue playing my old PS2 game titles on my capable Playstation 2. Considering the still small library of PS3 game titles, Sony needs to offer a bit more than games for me to want to shell out the kind of money that they are asking for the PS3 console.

Does the Playstation 3 Have a Future?

I just did a little research on what has probably been the most successful video game console in history, the Playstation 2. It hit the shelves in Japan in March of 2000. Later in October of that year, it was made available in the US. I have had a PS2 for many years now and it has been worth the cost, many times over. The number of hours that my machine has been used is mind boggling, both for games and playing DVDs. For Sony, it has been a smash hit during the past six years. In fact, they still have strong sales of the system today.

Now, 2007 is knocking on our door and the very long awaited Playstation 3 is finally here. I stress finally! Years overdue, a massive production shortage, technical blunders, and with a price that equals an arm and a leg, I wonder what we’ll be saying about this machine in years to come. I even wonder if we’ll still be talking about it years from now. From what I have read, the small number of release titles have not been that well received. To top it off, some 200 PS1 and PS2 titles do not play properly on the new machine. That issue is being resolved via a firmware update that Sony is to release online. Combined, these issues just might make this product a failure.

At $600, I cannot afford a PS3. I don’t really want one, either. The games on the PS2 look and play good enough for my taste. I am not going to spend $60 a pop on brand new PS3 releases. For me to be interested, the price would have to be cut in half for the system and the games, and a lot more of the population would have to adopt it first.

If the PS3 had to compete solely against the XBOX 360, I think it would fair well in the long run, as long as prices come down, issues are resolved, and enough games are made. But since Sony faced so many delays to get the system on the market, they now have to contend with the Nintendo Wii, which looks to be kicking their butts. I just want a console game system that plays games well and connects to the Internet for online games. That is it. I don’t want it to serve as a computer, entertainment center, or DVR. I only want to play games. At this minute, if I could snap my fingers and have a new system to play, I would honestly like to play a Wii. After that, I’d like to play a 360. The PS3 is at the end of my list. A year ago, I never would have expected that.

What will come of the Playstation 3, time will tell.