Publisher Microsoft Game Studios | Developer Indie Built | Format Xbox | Release 2003
The original Xbox brought about a series of games under the ‘XSN Sports’ banner, though it’s best not to dwell on NBA Inside Drive 2004 or NHL Rivals 2004. Time has been kinder to the golf sim from the same stable. Already a home computer favourite, Links’ transition to console delivered simultaneous online play, where you could compete with friends without having to watch them.
Three difficulty settings kept options simple, and it had a focus on believability. That was highly regarded by the serious fan, which only made for extra sadness when dev Indie Built was sold by Microsoft before being closed.