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Topgolf Brings Quick New Game Mode to PGA Tour 2K23

PGA Tour 2K23 Topgolf

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Topgolf Brings Quick New Game Mode to PGA Tour 2K23

Topgolf will be coming to PGA Tour 2K23 and, at first glance, it looks as if it’s going to be a welcome partnership for fans of the series. With everything that PGA Tour 2K21 did right as a golf video game, it was still lacking in quick and innovative game modes that could have you claiming some bragging rights over friends and strangers alike. Divot Derby was a nice addition well after the game’s release, but it didn’t have all that much lasting appeal and wasn’t something you could enjoy locally on the couch with buddies. That’s where Topgolf has stepped in to fill a void as a mode with potential in PGA Tour 2K23 thanks largely to its straightforward approach and dynamic scoring system.

PGA Tour 2K23 Topgolf Mode

For those unfamiliar with the sports entertainment company (count me in that camp since they don’t currently have any locations in Canada), Topgolf venues are essentially high-tech driving ranges where you hit balls that are being tracked electronically off elevated platforms. You aim for targets that are illuminated at various distances along the course and get points for the accuracy of your shots. It’s a modern twist on a time-honored tradition of seeing how far and accurately you can hit a golf ball.

In PGA Tour 2K23, you can square off locally or online in games with anywhere from one to four players. Each golfer has just a few minutes to hit their 10 allotted balls at targets of various sizes scattered throughout the course in front of you (though there’s no time limit if you’re practicing solo). With each ball you hit, one specific target will be illuminated that will allow you to score double the amount of points you normally would for hitting that specific target. If you do get your ball to land within that target, you’ll get triple the amount of points if you hit the next target that’s lit up with your following ball — and for every subsequent one after that until you miss one.

All targets are separated into several sections with metal dividers, and just how closely you can get your ball to land to the center of the target will ultimately determine the number of points you’re awarded. To complicate matters more, it’s also possible for a ball that’s looking good to bounce off those metal dividers and land either somewhere else within the target or even out of the target completely. Of course, if you happen to be off with your swing and shank a shot left or right, it’s easy enough to miss all of the targets entirely and get zero points for a ball. The winner of the game is whoever has the most points after all 10 balls are hit or the timer runs out.

There’s some strategy involved with each shot too as you can decide whether or not to go for double or triple the points on a longer target, for instance, or play it safe and ensure you at least collect some points on one of the targets at a shorter distance. Similarly, you might be convinced that you’ll be able to hit one of the longer targets, but you have to bear in mind that you could potentially rack up more points by hitting one of the shorter targets closer to the center. If you take too much time to consider all of these factors though, you’ll run the risk of having time expire at the end and not getting a chance to hit a ball or two.

From the few games that I had the chance to play online against others, it was definitely the kind of mode where I was eager to load up another match right after one ended. When playing this mode, you’ll have the option to play online with simultaneous play (everyone shoots at the same time), and with couch play you’ll have the chance to play at the same time or trade turns.

Even though I was getting beat pretty badly at times in the matches I played, I was excited to jump back in and give it another try, convinced that this time around I’d be able to keep my shots straight with better stick control and timing. It always has to be considered a good first impression for a new mode when you’re consistently losing and yet still able to find it fun.

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  1. As someone who has done TopGolf several times in person and is eagerly awaiting the one in Louisville, KY to open (closer to home), I think this has the opportunity to be a fun "time killer" mode that you can play with friends locally, online, and even try to be a top rank in the online community.
    Gotta say...after watching these folks play TopGolf, it doesn't do a lot for me. I've played TopGolf in real life several times, too, and while it seems it does a good job of replicating it in the game, the fun of actual TopGolf is being with friends and actually hitting golf balls into the targets, in person together.
    In a video game, TopGolf loses out on the "social" aspect of it. Even if you play this with friends online, it's not gonna have the same appeal as getting a group of people together in a bay at the real TopGolf. Maybe local multiplayer with buddies would more fun and capture that? I don't know...
    Not to mention the fact that playing TopGolf in a video game is much easier than playing it in real life. For me, hitting any target when doing TopGolf for real was a huge accomplishment! :lol:
    But what I have seen so far makes it seem like TopGolf in 2K23 would be something I'd try maybe a handful of times using it as a pre-round warmup, or if I only had 10 minutes to get a quick round of it in, since I couldn't play an entire 18-hole round.
    Otherwise, it seems that this might get a tad repetitive and lose its luster kind of quickly, unless you have the right group of players to meet up with, either in local multiplayer or online.
    On a positive I really like the default swing animation, seems a lot better than 2K21.
    I got a Tommy Fleetwood vibe from what I saw.
    On a negative how lazy are HB with the central ball position on those Top Golf range mats. The golfer animation struggles to make a stance without falling of the edges of the mat.
    Just code the ball position to the mats edge to suit the handiness of the golfer.
    Seems like this TopGolf mode would honestly almost work better/best as a standalone iOS/Android game
    It's the perfect mode for quick pick up and play in spurts
    But - as Beach pointed out - the real appeal of TopGolf is social stuff which is really hard to replicate on a video game
    scagwi
    Seems like this TopGolf mode would honestly almost work better/best as a standalone iOS/Android game
    It's the perfect mode for quick pick up and play in spurts
    But - as Beach pointed out - the real appeal of TopGolf is social stuff which is really hard to replicate on a video game

    The WGT Golf mobile app actually has TopGolf, too. I have played that a few times, but it has the same issue...it's missing that social component.
    It's not a bad distraction to check out every once and a while, but it doesn't have a ton of staying power for me.
    I am glad it's added to the game as a casual mode, but isn't a make or break thing. And I would likely not spend too much time with it.
    I watched a few more posted videos of TopGolf play, and I am noticing that some of their MyPlayers are wearing Nike shoes/gear. So it does seem that we can deck our created player out in Nike gear, which we could not do in PGA 2K21.
    I mean, with Tiger on board it seemed like a no-brainer...I guess at least this provides a bit of confirmation.
    so it looks like to me that you can hit partial shots now? Or not? punching a 2 iron 50% out of the rough is possible?
    well not thinking that there is 3click now so that would indicate partial shots.
    lowpaiddonkey10
    What the heck. Top Golf might be a way to practice I guess. Looks like it would get old real quick for me. It's a night out with the guys having a few beers.

    It will be more fun than the boring practice range, that's for sure.
    kehlis
    It will be more fun than the boring practice range, that's for sure.

    I did see that you can adjust wind in TopGolf mode, which you could not do in the driving range in previous TGC/2K golf games. So that is one bonus there.
    I also heard CrazyCanuck say that there is still a regular driving range in 2K23, but it's different than it was before. Will be interesting to see what that looks like.
    from this video it looks like this is the way i will play, it looks smooth and very functional. I add that this is a big deal for this game because the gameplay will be better. Hold left mouse button down for percentage of swing then click for tempo click again for accuracy. I think that is what the clicks are for. Anyway i give them lots of credit designing this meter because it's not easy to make new ways to play games.
    Online multiplayer TopGolf video from CrazyCanuck is up:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-JB-_cZCgw
    Not much to add to what's already been shown yesterday...but he did mention in a Tweet that there are "join codes" for private matches, which he said is a new feature that would allow stream viewers join in and play when a streamer is playing live.
    TopGolf is capped at 4 players online, too, according to CC. But he imagines that those join codes will also be used in Divot Derby, which allows up to 20 players.
    lowpaiddonkey10
    The swing animation looks much better. So from what I hear Master will be the new Pro as in actual difficulty?

    100% agree about swing animations...looks much more "natural" and fluid.
    I think CrazyCanuck said that Master difficulty seemed "easier" in 2K23 so far, compared to 2K21. And Doyley from TGCTours was in these online TopGolf matches and was using Legend difficulty.
    So one would assume that yes, Master is more like Pro from 2K21, and Legend might be more like Master was in 2K21. And if Doyley was using Legend, that could mean that Legend is being considered for the upcoming TGCT season...
    MrArlingtonBeach
    100% agree about swing animations...looks much more "natural" and fluid.
    I think CrazyCanuck said that Master difficulty seemed "easier" in 2K23 so far, compared to 2K21. And Doyley from TGCTours was in these online TopGolf matches and was using Legend difficulty.
    So one would assume that yes, Master is more like Pro from 2K21, and Legend might be more like Master was in 2K21. And if Doyley was using Legend, that could mean that Legend is being considered for the upcoming TGCT season...

    Hmm don't particularly like the sound of this. Master in 2k21 was damn near perfect imo. Seems like they are rolling it back to 2k19 can't miss a perfect difficulty??
    Let's hope Legend really will be the new Master
    jr86
    Hmm don't particularly like the sound of this. Master in 2k21 was damn near perfect imo. Seems like they are rolling it back to 2k19 can't miss a perfect difficulty??
    Let's hope Legend really will be the new Master

    Yeah, it's hard to tell exactly how the gameplay/difficulties will pan out. Watching these TopGolf videos, it seems most of the content creators are playing on "Master", and there are plenty of good tempo shots being hit.
    But Doyley from TGCT was playing on "Legend", and said he was able to get 105% perfect tempo shots on that difficulty...and he said it was the first time he was giving the new game a go. So it's hard to really know what the difference between Master and Legend is from these videos.
    bigkev
    Probably just a way to attract casual/arcade players without adding mid-air spin in the game.

    I mentioned it in a thread earlier but I'm on PS5 and I think it would work better/be more fun if PS5 had accessories like PSMove to play it on (controller: serious play; PS move: casual play).
    kehlis
    Pretty sure its just a basic game mode.

    i mean if you preorder can you play top golf as a preorder bonus? just hoping but probably not. just thought if they did give us that bonus i would preorder now.
    C.J.S.
    i mean if you preorder can you play top golf as a preorder bonus? just hoping but probably not. just thought if they did give us that bonus i would preorder now.

    I may be confused. Are you asking that if you preorder can you play topgolf early? I don't think there's precedent for such a thing but I without a doubt don't know the answer to that question.
    TopGolf can't be played early. Only the NextMakers who got a preview copy of the game are able to play it before release.
    The only preorder bonus is the Michael Jordan pack for those who pre-order the standard edition, and the early access to the whole game if you buy the Deluxe or Tiger Woods editions (the MJ pack comes with both of those editions, no matter what).
    MrArlingtonBeach
    TopGolf can't be played early. Only the NextMakers who got a preview copy of the game are able to play it before release.
    The only preorder bonus is the Michael Jordan pack for those who pre-order the standard edition, and the early access to the whole game if you buy the Deluxe or Tiger Woods editions (the MJ pack comes with both of those editions, no matter what).

    would be a great way to get more preorders though.
    C.J.S.
    would be a great way to get more preorders though.

    I don't really know how many copies of 2K23 TopGolf will sell...and if you really want to play TopGolf already, you could download the WGT Golf app on your phone and play it there; they've had it since 2016.
    jbd345
    I probably only touch this mode once, just like the night club or whatever that night golf was called in Rory.

    Unless you can wager some vc I don’t think I will bother with this mode.
    Playing for vc though would make this mode much fun indeed!

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