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PGA Tour 2K23 Topgolf Preview: Viva Las Vegas

The upcoming PGA Tour 2K23, the latest in a long series of beloved titles, is set to release next month, and aims to combine features known to long-time fans with new surprises. Last year the return of the series was in itself a surprise, with the PGA Tour franchise returning under the EA umbrella after several years of hiatus. The latest entry pays tribute to another sort of golf landmark beside its typical lineup of courses: Topgolf.

The driving range Topgolf, known for its automatic scoring via electronically-tracked golf balls, has inspired a new mode in PGA Tour 2K23. Specifically, the game contains a true-to-life replication of the Las Vegas Topgolf location, which is considered one of the venue’s most iconic flagship stores. The venue, which is located along the Las Vegas Strip, is a destination meant for lower-stakes golf fun, which is mirrored by the Topgolf mode in PGA Tour 2K23.

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During a preview event for the game, developers discussed how the mode is designed to be snappier than long-form play in PGA Tour 2K23, serving as a perfect break between longer “grinding sessions” on the courses PGA 2K23 will feature at launch. Topgolf mode can be played with friends locally or online, mimicking the social experience that’s part of what Topgolf is known for. Players can also utilize online matchmaking to play with others without enlisting friends, or can simply play by themselves as a way to practice their swing and accuracy.

The Las Vegas flagship course has been recreated with stunning accuracy, excellently capturing the essence of the famous venue. The PGA Tour 2k23 course features the many different targets of various sizes just as its Las Vegas model does, all with different baseline point values associated with them based on distance. Topgolf mode is more akin to a fun short-form sports game like Nintendo Switch Sports, with each turn highlighting a specific target which will offer double or triple points if players are able to land their ball there – although they’ll still receive points for hitting any target.

Each round of Topgolf consists of 10 turns in which players will try to earn as many points as possible. Players will be subject to different wind conditions during their gameplay just as they would on a typical PGA Tour 2K23 course, adding another element that players can get practice with. Players will have a myriad of clubs of their disposal, from 3 woods to drivers, each of which helpfully displays its potential carry distance onscreen so players can judge the best club for the target at hand.

Whether players are looking to play golf with friends or spend some solo time improving their swing, Topgolf mode offers a fun change of pace for all players. Playing an entire round of golf can take a considerable amount of time, and the focus on competition means that it isn’t the best outlet for players to hone specific skills. PGA 2K23‘s Topgolf mode is a lovely tribute to a beloved golf landmark, and is a perfect way for players to enjoy time with friends near or far, or simply get to know the game’s intricacies better.

PGA Tour 2K23 will release for Playstation consoles, Xbox consoles, and PC October 14. Screen Rant was provided with a PC code for the purpose of this preview.

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