Given that Shot Online has been around in some form since 2005, we mobile gamers had to wait a long time before it finally arrived on iOS and Android worldwide earlier this year.
Only a couple of months have passed since then, but Webzen is clearly determined to keep the momentum up. The game’s first big update has landed, and it’s packed with new content and game-enhancing tweaks.
Let’s take a look at the interface first. There have been numerous small but significant changes to the way you view and interact with the app during gameplay
Shot Online Golf
Firstly, when you exceed the maximum distance with a shot, you can now check the maximum distance after you’ve taken your swing.
It’s also now possible to see how much your shot distance will be increased when you consume a Power Drink by simply glancing at the display on the power gauge.
If you prefer to play your shots from above, you’ll now be able to see more of the course, and zoom out farther to get a better view of the fairway.
Finally, the slow motion effect that kicks in when you’re playing a putt and the ball veers close to the hole will be more dynamic.
The Betting Challenge area of Shot Online Golf: World Championship has also been significantly updated. Most of the changes are cosmetic, making it easier for you to see what’s going on at a glance.
Let’s start in the betting room. Where there used to be visual representations of landmarks and flags you’ll now see the course emblem, to give you a clearer sense of where you are.
Also, the amount of gold you have to bet is more prominently displayed, so that you can more easily know where you stand before you enter the betting room and initiate a match.
The rating points cap has also been raised, allowing you to reach the giddy heights of 99,999 before topping out.
And there are four new emojis and six emojis with text, dramatically increasing the range of emotions and ideas you can express to your opponent.
On the green
The Betting Challenge is only one part of the game, however. The other is the Academy, and this has been updated with two new chapters, where you’ll meet Sabi and Daniel respectively.
Developer Webzen has also made a number of tweaks and bug fixes. If you’ve ever found yourself frustrated by the game failing to acknowledge that you’ve performed a club fitting in the daily missions section you’ll be relieved to learn that the issue has been solved.
Likewise, Shot Online Golf will now always process when you’ve completed the Clothes Reinforce tutorial in Chapter 2 Lesson 4.
Some other small changes have been made to tidy up the whole experience a bit, including a megaphone icon in the main lobby where you can check for in-game announcements, and a few other minor tweaks.
Shot Online Golf: World Championship has had a terrific launch, thanks in no small part to the game’s long history and extensive soft launch process. Even so, it’s encouraging to see that Webzen is determined to keep refining its long-awaited MMO.