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I bought the Tiger Woods 'All Play' Golf game at the same time as a Wii console as I had a £10 off voucher for any game. The game can be obtained for around £16 on its own nowadays as the latest version of the game has just been released.
I thought I would probably get tired of the Wii Sports game that comes free with the console quite quickly and want something more realistic and challenging. The graphics are certainly streets ahead of the little cartoon characters that you get with the Wii Sports and there are a good number of courses to choose from. There are practice sessions where you can hone your skills and feedback as to how well you are doing. There is also regular vocal commentary as if you are on the tv.
Now I enjoy a swish around the golf course and the game easily transports you onto the T for a quick 9 before dinner. I press the appropriate buttons, close my eyes take a good swing, just like the Big Easy. My mental image is ruined by the commentator instructing me to point the remote at the ground. I end up holding the remote with one hand and swinging as if I had a bucket of water. All along the course I hit from tree to bunker, eventually realising that the game is simply not the same as the real thing and that you have to play according to how the game is programmed. I simply couldn't engage with the game and the voiceover commentary got quite annoying rather quickly.
Perhaps it is me not wanting to dedicate hours of my life to get better at the finer points of this game, including the putting, but I simply found this game frustrating.
I love this game I brought it for my fiance a couple of months ago and have become addicted to it myself. Apparently it is more imprved with added features to the last such as the draw and fade option which make it easier to get an accurate shot. There are lots of mini games and tournements on the game my favourite being the mini game where you play proffessional golfers which I am very good at ;). Every thing you do on the game as long as it is under your actual profile (which you get to creat yourself and it goes into great details even down to your nose shape and eye colour!) increases uour confidence so you have a goal. I also like the fac tthat you collect medal golf balls along the way to keep for things such as hole in ones and getting it straight onto the green on your first shot. As you earn money you can then buy new outfits which for most female players is a bonus addition to the game. I love this game and can not wait to get the 2010 version!!
Tiger Woods 2009 is a step up from the 2008 version, with new up-to-date licenced players, better graphics and new venues, the gameplay will last so much longer. With a better range of clubs to choose from, and more perfection in the shots, you can soon control the course and become the world number one. This can be done using your own character, with more detail and 100s of items to choose from in the shop you customizewd player can venture into the golf world as firstly an a green horn beginner, to a professional pro in no time. The graphics have been updated to make it feel like your really in the game, and with the help of the Nintendo Wii controller and the steady motion response, hitting the virtural gold ball really feels like playing the sport for real. Its not something to miss, a gold fan or not this game really raises the mark on sporting in the gaming industry.
I waited with anticipation for the release of Tiger Woods 09 as I was already hooked on Wii Sports Golf. I bought the game when it was released and was initially very impressed. Visually the game looks very slick with the a real attention to detail. There are a lot of different ways to play and the muliplayer mode over the internet brings a whole new dimension to things. I played the game with 2 other people over the internet and was impressed with the no-turn play i.e. you dont have to wait for each player to take a shot, you just tee off and play until you hole the ball. There is also a time limit to prevent people taking ages over a shot which also works very well. That said my main gripe with the game is the putting. The putting physics it applies seems to bear no resemblance to the real game and you find yourself getting more and more frustrated to the point that I have yet to finish a round of golf because I was so annoyed I just gave up. I hear that there have been much improvements to the next game in the series so if you see this game and are tempted then my advice would be to wait and only buy if you're not a stickler for a really realistic golf simulator.
I believe that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2009 (TW) is a great game and the graphics, settings and gameplay make it feel as though you are playing golf in some of the nicest courses in the world. It is simple to play, but difficult to master. You take a shot by holding the wii remote as if it were a golf club. You just take a normal swing and thats it. To improve the gameplay there is an attachment available in most gaming shops, that is a plastic golf club that you connect to the end of your remote. The weight of it(its not heavy) makes it feel more like a real golf game. It is available at around 10 pounds so is well worth it. There is lots of different game modes, including: stroke play, match play, greensome, bloodsome, one shot, four ball, and skins. All these options make it impossible to get boring. One final feature is the create a player. The graphics are incredible and you can design a character to look just like you.
Tiger 09 on the Wii is an excellent improvement over the 2008 edition.
You get more courses, more players and a much much improved golf swing using the Wiimote. In previous versions of the game, I'd found that the Wiimote sensors were slightly off, making it difficult to do a proper golf swing and see it accurately replicated on-screen - however, this is no longer the case with Tiger 09... the Wiimote sensor works like a treat!
EA have introduced a new 'All-Play' feature for 2009 - making it easier for novices to play against more experienced players. With All-Play turned on, your novice player will receive a helpful guiding line showing exactly where the ball will go - experienced players won't receive this, making the game more interesting as novices can really challenge experienced players.
The 09 edition also sees a massive amount of play options including traditional and arcade games as well as the option to play a full career with a golfer you create and even play against others online.
In my opinion, Tiger 09 is the best Tiger game yet!
It doesn't take a genius to realise that one of the most obvious games the Wii lends itself to is golf.
And you need to know very little about gaming to know how huge EA's Tiger Woods franchise is.
But sometimes, what appears to be the easiest thing in the world to get right can lead to disaster.
Fortunately, this isn't the case with TW09, in fact it's fair to say that it is one of the best gaming experiences I have ever had.
Before we go into why the game shines, let's just for a moment look at the major criticism I'd heard before purchasing TW09 - the putting mechanism.
Rumours were that the mechanism was "broken", felt too "digital" and that holing was largely down to luck.
What I would say to this is that I can understand the "digital" statement - it's too easy to just look at the power bar and slightly adjust the Wii-mote until you're happy with the power, then snap the mote through the starting point, which just doesn't have a realistic feel.
I would also agree that it is not 100% perfect, it is very difficult to read the green without the putt preview turned on.
However, these minor problems are nowhere near severe enough to affect the game and, while there's room for improvement, the putting is more than adequate.
So what about the rest of the game? Well as far as playability goes, I can't get enough of TW09.
Driving is an absolute dream and it's not an overstatement to say that it feels completely natural. If you make a bad shot, there's only one person to blame and that's yourself. If you end up in an unfavourable lie, then know that you had all the information available to you to know that is what would happen if you swung like that.
What this means is that a good shot gives you a sense of satisfaction and a bad shot leaves you cursing yourself and tweaking your shot or swing next time.
I'm sure it's psychosematic but I find that once my swing starts to draw or fade, I find it, much like on a real golf course, very difficult to readjust.
And so it follows for all other shots, except when we come to short approach shots to the green.
The only disappointment for me is that the 1-1 swing doesn't feel entirely accurate, and even taking into consideration that the emphasis is on the speed and rhythm of your downswing (not how far you take your backswing) it is still difficult to perfect those 50%-90% shots all of the time.
Nevertheless, much like the putting it's not enough to spoil your game, even if you mishit at a critical hole.
With a huge variety of courses, players, and modes to play, there's always a reason to turn to TW09 no matter what mood you're in or how much time you have.
However, if you do have an hour or so spare, make sure to take advantage of the online facilit as this is truly one of the best online gaming experiences there is. Instead of taking it turns with your online opponent, as you might expect, TW09 allows you to play simultaneously, while still being able to see how your opponent is faring. It's difficult to describe, but is similar to the "ghost" concept seen on many racing games.
Finally it would be wrong not to mention the party mode, which quite frankly is a riot to play with friends.
While this mode blows all pretence of realism out of the water, and is massively fixed to those who are losing (in a Super MArio Kart kinf of way) there is literally hours of fun to be had if you fancy playing something a bit less serious of an evening.
I have had the tiger woods games since about 2000 and each year i see the slow changes and additions that keep me coming back. The main thing that struck me with the wii versions is that it does offer you a greater level of connection to the game and you want to play the game at any chance you can get as you feel that it will help your game in real life. The last game was good,b ut i felt that it could be better, and in many respects this game has fixed some of the flaws, such as the inability to shape shots and the one-to-one swing movements. But they have also created a fault, which many of you may have already read, the putting. I mean you can play with it, but it does feel weird whne you hit it at full power for a five foot putt and still leave it a foot short. But once you get over this the maount of features on offer more than make up for it. The online mode is good for a few holes, and the new swing coach option does have limited interst. But on the whole its business as usual with a weird putting style, but i can't wait until next year when the more sensitive remote comes into the fore.
I have been a fan of Tiger Woods games on numerous games consoles so was very eager to try it out on the wii. For a short while I played '08 but purchased '09 as soon as possible.
Whatever the version this game is pure addiction. This latest version has many good improvements but the putting lets it down badly.
The problem with the putting system in '09 is that the shortest of putts require a pretty hard swing, this just isn't normal. It should be a simple, short stroke. Using a power gauge makes it frustrating as it does not simulate real life golf. '08 version had this spot on so in my opinion was one thing that did not need changing.
That said if you have always enjoying Tiger Woods then don't shy away from this and play it for yourself and make your own mind up. After all you can always sell it on if you don't like it. Or better still try before you buy!
When my husband and I bought our Wii, we choose the package that included Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 as he is a big golf fan. I couldn't envisage myself playing much. When he first put it on I was really impressed at how clean the graphics work and sound quality. It kept catching my attention when he played it, so I decided to give it a whirl. We had the Wii remote golf club attachment but i found that just got in the way. Within a few practice games I was really enjoying myself. It was easy to work out what you needed to do, create a profile player and start your career. I liked the fact you normally had a choice of 3 games, before you could move on to the next three, that way if you got stuck on one, you could move on to one of the other two and go back to it later. It was very interactive, the controls were quite simple compared to that of the same game on the PC. An all round very interactive satisfying game.
When I bought the Wii, Wii Sports came with it. A Highlight of this game was the golf which in my opinion was really fun to play. After this joyous experience, it became a bit boring so I couldn't wait for a realistic golf game. This was the game we were looking for.
To begin with, the graphics are really good compared to the older Wii Sports golf. You can see the people clearly and the golf courses look very realistic. Of course it is said to "not be as good as the PS3" but anything rarely is. So with these graphics, I can hardly complain.
Game play is very easy at the beginning - and that is the first two shots or so. You have a little target screen which shows you where you are going which comes up with a percentage. You have to get your swing the same as this percentage to get your golf ball within the circle. Keep an eye on the wind though because it effects your ball slightly.
A down side on the other hand is that sometimes when you hit the percentage it doesn't travel as far as it is suppose to. Though this happens very rarely, it can be annoying.
A second down side is that putting is very difficult and takes some getting used to. It usually ends up way off or even doesn't move very much at all. This is the biggest let down as I can't see any time when you wont need to putt.
One very good aspect is that it has many different courses and that more than one player can play at any time and you only really need one remote. This makes this a brilliant game for friends and family.
Got no one to play with? Well then, play with someone online! There is a new online Wi-Fi way to play golf against other players who have the game all around the world. This requires you to have an EA membership - which to be honest most people already have.
Tiger woods golf games have always been a bit of a favourite of mines over the years so i was very keen to try out this new version on he wii.
The whole unique concept to this one is that you can use the wii controller like a golf club and that is one of the reasons why i was so keen to try this one out.
I have to say that it does turn out to be a bit of a success in some areas but a bit of a let down in others. The whole contol scheme works well enough but it doesnt come without its flaws.The tee off when you are driving down the fairway works very well and is a very smooth experience, the problem can be the second shots and mostly the chip shot whem trying to get it on the green it can prove difficult and this is where it becomes a bit hit and miss. With a good bit off practice it does become easier but still sometimes when trying to get the correct percentage on the swing you can end up way off even if you think you have done it correctly.
The putting in the game is also very hard and is certainly a very frustrating element in the game and certainly lead to much annoyance tyring to get the right strenght but again ending way off.
The game though has many good option to it and comes with a huge amount of courses to it. The graphics are compotent enough for being on the wii and the game certainly does have its fun parts that you will certainly enjoy.