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Having recently bought myself the Wii system, Tiger woods pga tour 10 was the game that I really wanted included in my bundle. I have never played any of the previous versions of the series, indeed the last computer golf game that I played was Leaderboard on the C64 some 25 years ago. My interest was heightened by the fact that I have taken up real golf within the last 2 years.
So is it any good?...Yes very, but it is not perfect.
This game came with the fabled motion plus accessory, which is supposed to make your swing almost the same as the real thing. It certainly feels realistic, I never thought that I would be taking up my proper golfing stance and follow through in the middle of my living room! The ball flies off with a satisfying clunk after you have hit it. Landing more often than not just where you hoped it would. That said, my wife who can barely manage to get the golf ball in the air on a real course managed to match me stroke for stroke, and even ended up beating me, so it might feel and act realistic but it can be beaten.
Putting, this took me ages to get right, the ball kept on flying well past the hole, and even now it still catches me out.
The way that you move forward throughout the game is through a career progression option. In which you set up your Character features to look like yourself. I liked this option there is an enormous amount of things to alter to get the right look, (my wife was not best pleased though, as I made her character have an enormous backside).
One thing that I should have realised and is obvious really, is that it can take quite a while to play 18 holes, 1-2hours would be a good estimate.
This is where the career progression system can be very annoying, if you save the game after say 10 holes you cannot then go onto play any other in game options i.e. disc golf, party mode etc, without losing your entire round, either that or you are forced to finish you partly saved game. There is nothing more annoying than losing 1 hour of previous play because some friends want to have a game. Also for some reason on my version the commentary has disappeared, unless you play as Tiger woods, and yes it is set to on in the options, although the commentary can be annoying is better than none at all, I can only think that this must be some sort of bug, as I have not managed to get it back.
A previous reviewer stated that the game play was easy; I found this not to be the case. Yes if you have the all-play swing mode on you can see the trajectory of the ball flight and where it will land, but this is too easy and not really any fun. When playing in normal mode the game is quite hard, and club selection is difficult to get right.
I have only managed to get under par once, usually about 8 shots behind the leaders!
The party modes are great fun and are great for quick play, disc golf seems very hard to me, but I am unable to play it on sports resort either.
I think that the graphics are good, not sure what else people expect to see other than water, trees, grass etc.
That probably covers most of the game, sorry if the review rambles a bit but I tried to be as comprehensive as I can.
In short this game is good for real golfers and novices alike both of which can play alongside each other due to set-up options.
It is slightly let down by some of the problems that I have stated that said I am still playing it (and enjoying it). So it gets the thumbs up from me.
So in light of his recent 'alleged' infidelities, many people seem to have taken the moral highground and decided not to purchase anything that he currently sponsors, and that seems to be evident in the low sales of EA sports recent Golf game.
In hindsight calling it tiger woods pga tour was an exceptionally bad idea, but they weren't to know that the man they were paying millions to endorse their game was about to be involved in a major scandal were they? And the name and endorsements of the game have no bearing on how well the game plays and that's what this review will look at from here on in.
Many people say that if you want to play sports, like golf, then go out and play golf instead of waving a little white stick around in your lounge, making yourself look rather silly to the kids looking at you through the window, however I look outside and the weather right now isn't really what you call golfing weather, infact the only sports you could play are akin to ski-ing and sledding. So in times like these is playing this golf game a substitue for the real game? well yes and no.
First the yes, the controls, boosted by the new wii motion plus, are as accurate as you can imagine, and you have actually use it like a real golf club, rather than just make a sudden movement like in wii sports. And it has to be a good swing too, if you don't give it enough oomph or your swing doesn't have the flow that a normal golf swing requires it can judge that aswell and affects your distance and accuracy on screen.
Saying that however it still isn't like playing a proper game of golf, you don't quite get the same feeling of achievment when hitting the green in one as, inevitably so for a videogame trying to appeal to the masses, it's a lot easier to do so than in a real game of golf, although that may suit many people. You also can't brag to everyone else in the golf club how you sank that birdie, because lets face it you were using a white stick of plastic instead of a long thin piece of metal, which makes a huge difference... apparently.
A brilliant game and one which isn't too easy like a lot of golf games. You have the choice of all the players and all the courses. I am a little hooked on the UK courses playing the K club (Ryder Cup) and Wentworth (match play) but have had a little dabble on all the classics such as Sawgrass with the notorious 17th and Pebble Beach.
The controls seem to have improved a great deal and even the swing graphics and ball flight are far better as beforehand the swing was always a little robotic! Good shots are rewarded and bad shots punished as they should be rather than the duff shots sailing 250 yards as they do on mant golf simulators.
There are all the normal tournament and task options available to the user and as always, the game is one of the best if not the best multi-player game on the market - well worth buying and with the number of courses and game play available - you definitley won't get bored!!!
Tiger Woods PGA Tour is by far the best golfing video game on the market. With real courses, loads of fully licensed players, including the great man himself, it makes for a perfect golfing experience.
Since launching on the Wii, however, as with most Wii titles, the controls could have been better. Until now that is! The new Wii MotionPlus accessory will have you feeling like you're on the golf course for real. The character in-game perfectly matches your swing of the Wii remote, and unlike Wii Sports Golf, you have to swing like you're hitting a proper golf shot. Power can be easily measured from the length of your back swing and speed of your forward swing, Fade and Draw of the shot is possible at the twist of a wrist either to the left or the right, and precision putting makes every inch of your shot on the green important.
But this game has much, much more than just great controls. The Graphics are incredible for the Wii, and the online play will have you challenging the best gamers out there to become the best of the best.
So if you're a hardcore golf fan or just love playing games, then you're going to be amazed at this latest offering from the EA Sports team. It's taken a few years, but the Wii version of this game has finally hit it's full potential.
I originally bought this game for the PS3 and after being so impressed with that I decided that I wanted to get it for the Wii. I also thought that after being so impressed with the golf on Wii sports in terms of fun factor this game really would blow my socks off! To an extent this game did just that and it really did deliver. For this reason alone I think if you are a fan of the Wii sports golf game I could not recommend this more. Rather like Tiger Woods PGA tourr 10 on all of the other consoles, the functionality is just exceptional.
The graphics are another very impressive factor for this game, especially as a Wii game. I found that it overall enriched the gameplay experience and had a big effect on the gameplay. The list of golf courses available to play on in just endless whiich means that you cannot get bored because there is always something to do! I found myself playing on this game for hours, I must admit at first it is quite difficult, however you do get use to it in the end. For family fun perhaps this is not as good as the Wii sports golf, but as an addition it is really well worth the money, especially for £30 or so! I hope this was very useful and thank you veyr much for reading this!
Tiger woods 10! For those that have played the previous versions (I had 08) this is very much the same with one huge exception, the controls are AWESOME!
The Wii Motion+ (available as a bundle in some places) really brings out what Tiger Woods is all about, the swing is spot on and whilst it may not be exactly like a real life swing (you have to twist the wiimote one way or the other to draw or fade), it's as close as you're ever going to get.
They've hugely improved the putting and now it really does feel like the real thing. Other improvements included:
crowds (about time!)
realtime weather (from the wii weather channel, if it's raining at St Andrews, it's raining on your course!)
did I mention improved controls?
online play including a brilliant simultanious play mode
Disc golf does deserve a mention on it's own as it too is brilliant. Using the wii motion+ you get to throw frisbees around all 27 of the golf courses, eventually aiming for the basket where the hole would normally be. It works really well and is a great addition.
Overall this game is great, it has a really indepth PGA mode that will last for months and a whole bunch of mini-games and party games.
I've not played it without the wii motion+ (why would I?) so I cannot comment on that.
The 'Tiger Woods' series has set the benchmark for golfing videogames over the years, and as someone who enjoys a round or two in real life, I'm usually the first to buy the new title upon its annual release.
What I usually look for in a golf game Is an authenticity to the actual experience, and however good the Tiger Woods franchise is, it has in the past lacked realism due to some dodgy swing mechanics and less than accurate controls. This year's incarnation, 'Tiger Woods PGA Tour '10', sorts out these issues via a complete overhaul of the control system with the addition of Nintendo's new 'MotionPlus' add-on.
For those of you who haven't heard of 'MotionPlus', it's a small white box which clips onto the underside of the Wii controller, and increases the precision of the device around eight-fold. When purchased on its own, the MotionPlus costs around £16, but you can actually buy it packaged with this new Tiger Woods game for £46.
Swing Like a Pro!
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In the past, doing anything like an authentic golf swing on a Tiger Woods game would result in a horrible hook or slice, which became incredibly frustrating when watching your ball soar into a bunker or a pond nine out of ten times - the addition of MotionPlus means that now you can take your real swing and use it in the game - and believe me, it works. The result is that Tiger Woods '10 is the best and most authentic representation of golf to date, and can be played by anyone from the complete novice to the seasoned pro.
In fact Tiger Woods '10 has included a whole sub-game called 'Disk Golf' to show off the capabilities of MotionPlus. This mode gives you a chance to chuck around a frisbee on any of the courses, with the ultimate aim of getting the flying disk to the hole in the least amount of throws. This is actually great fun, and quite addictive, especially when you're competing against another human opponent. Anyway, enough about frisbees - let's get back to the main issue at hand... golf!
How do you play Tiger Woods '10?
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Simple! Just hold the Wii controller in both hands as you would a regular golf club, then hold down the button on the back of the device and make your swing. A soft swing will send the ball a short distance, whilst a full and strong swing will result in a powerful strike. These new swing mechanics also make a huge difference to the much improved putting system, which now feels incredibly authentic to the real thing.
This is certainly a game in which you need to use the Wii controller's wrist-strap, as I can picture smashed TV's up and down the country - the result of over-enthusiastic video game golfers with greasy hands.
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From afar, the representation of the golf courses in the game is very well done and a pleasure to view, although if you take a closer look, the textures of both the greens and fairways are of a low resolution, which mars things slightly. The player models themselves are average to say the least, and apart from Tiger, they don't bear a massive similarity to their real life counterparts. To be honest, it's time the Tiger Woods series had a complete graphical overhaul, as the visuals haven't improved much since the initial game on the Wii in 2007.
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This time around there are twenty-seven courses to choose from, including the home of this years British Open, Turnberry. With such a great choice, the game inevitably has a decent replay value, so you will definitely get your moneys worth this year. The full list of courses are as follows;
Banff Springs, Bay Hill, Bethpage Black, Cog Hill, Doral, East Lake, Fancourt Links, Firestone, Gary Player Country Club, Harbour Town, Hazeltine, The K Club, Kiawah Island, Oakmont, Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Riviera, Sheshan, Old Course at St Andrews, Torrey Pines, TPC Boston, Sawgrass, Scottsdale, Turnberry - Ailsa Course, Wentworth, Westchester, and Wolf Creek.
Most of the courses listed above are based in the US, although there are a few European venues which will inevitably keep us Brits happy. Some of the courses are difficult to play (Bethpage Black to name just one), although there are a few which feel a little rushed, and feature flat greens which makes putting a little too easy.
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There has always been many game options in Tiger Woods games, and this year, there are probably more than ever. The 'My Career' section allows you to play Tour style matches, and also gives you the chance to hone your skills with mini-challenges (long drive, chipping, strokeplay etc) on selected courses. Then there are the 'arcade' and 'mini-game' sections which allow for non-traditional golf to be played along the lines of 'Target Golf' and the Disk Golf game which I previously mentioned. For the purists amongst you, the standard golf games are all present and correct with 'Matchplay', 'Stroke Play' and 'Stableford' variants.
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The online elements to this year's game are much improved over the Tiger Woods '09 version, and there are a number of online tournaments to play in. Another cool feature of the game is the 'real time weather' setting - if you play whilst your Wii is connected to the internet, you have the option of playing a course with the actual and current weather conditions for that location. For example, if it's raining in real life at Wentworth, and you choose to play Wentworth on the game, it will be raining there too!
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The sound effects used throughout the game are of a high standard, and all add to the ambience of the golfing experience. Planes can be heard crossing the golf courses, and there is the constant sound of wildlife, and some gently rippling water effects.
The real weakness on the audio front is in the commentary, as i've found that the commentators have the knack of saying completely the wrong things at inappropriate times. Often i'll mis-hit a shot, or leave a putt a long way short, and one of the commentary team will inform me that I've done something quite amazing - of course, this gets pretty annoying after a while, so you'll be glad to know that the commentary can be switched off!
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Apart from the less than perfect commentary, and the weakness on the graphical front, it's only minor annoyances which blight the game. One of which is the fact that if you're just off the green (within 10ft) you can pretty much hole chip shots 10/10 times, due to the 'preview' system. Holding both the front and back buttons on the controller and making your swing will show you the predicted path of the ball, and therefore you can make adjustments until the preview line is shown going into the hole - this just makes it a bit *too* easy from these chippable positions.
Also, however good the new putting system is, holing putts from within 15ft is quite simple, just aim a tiny bit left of right (depending on the break) and hit the ball harder than is necessary, and you'll find the hole the majority of the time - like the chipping, I would like to see the game being less forgiving in these situations.
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In conclusion, Tiger Woods PGA Tour '10 is an excellent golf game, thanks almost entirely to the new MotionPlus controls - this brilliant and ingenious technological marvel has allowed an authenticity which has been lacking in previous incarnations, and the result is the best golf game to date. For golfers and non-golfers alike, I would give this game a high recommendation.
From Amazon, Tiger Woods '10 can currently be purchased for £29.99 as a stand-alone product, or for £45.96 with the MotionPlus accessory.
As 2010 is fast approaching its time for a new Tiger Woods game to hit the shelves, and this time round with the release of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 EA Sports have come up trumps. Specifically I will be looking at the Wii version of this game but as with most cross platform games a lot of the features will be relevant to other systems. I have been a fan of golf simulation games since before I even started playing the game for real and have bought the latest version of the Tiger Woods game each year alongside some other less well known games out there.
The Tiger Woods golf series has been going since the release of Tiger '99 back in 1998 and has since grown in popularity and features over the years with each version outstripping its predecessor. Once the Tiger series took to the Wii with Tiger Woods '07 the final boundary was crossed with the player becoming physically involved in the game as opposed to just stabbing at buttons, (oh dear there I go upsetting the Xbox 360 and PS3 owners.)
Like I said the player can now truly interact with their character on screen leading to a much greater feel for what is happening in the game. This interaction has been enhanced even further now with the release of the long awaited Wii Motion-Plus which provides a reportedly one for one movement. This makes playing the shot even more realistic as you are now able to gain a greater control over what the club does and so what the ball flight will be like as well.
As with most of the later versions of the Tiger Woods game you either choose from one of the golf celebrities already in the game like "Tiger" himself or new kid "Rory McIlroy" and for the ladies there are a number of player characters to choose from like "Paula Creamer" and "Nathalie Gulbis", or you can create your own character. Your custom character can either be made up to resemble you or as outrageous as you like, and the level of detail in this version is far greater than in previous editions of the game. Despite the Wii's obvious lower grade graphical capabilities in comparison to its big rivals the level of detail is still incredibly good and certainly has one of the best looks to it out of all the Wii games that I own.
-How to hit that darn Ball-
Now unlike the controls for other platforms the Wii works mainly on motion which makes it prefect for games such as this. The control for all the different clubs is exactly the same firstly stand sideways onto your TV set hold the Wiimote in one hand and point it at the floor while holding the "B" button swing your arm away from the TV and then back towards the TV very much similar to that of a normal golfing swing. This action is very much closer to the real thing than most other simulator style games out there such as the infamous "Real World Golf" for the PS2 with its fantastic wire and glove arrangement. (Yes I do own this as well, what can I say I like golf games)
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The game itself has a number of different game modes which to those who have played earlier versions of the game will be familiar with. You have the option of using the Play Now mode from the main menu which allows you to jump straight into the action and start playing a round as quickly as possible. However the main appeal of the game is in the building up of your custom character as you can take him into different events and challenges to increase their playing abilities and also their money with which to buy the latest driver, putter and irons to kit your character out to the max. The challenges which you attempt to do in the game are slightly different to those of the previous versions as this time all the challenges are actually based around real golfing achievements such as Tiger's legendary 60 foot putt on the 17th hole at Sawgrass. Along with the challenges you also have the option of compete in the Fed-Ex Cup and also the PGA tour season each of these game modes allow you to compete against the world's greatest golfers and beat the lot of them at their own game.
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If you haven't already gone online with your Wii then once you have this game there is no reason as to why you shouldn't. Firstly the Wii's in built Weather Channel finally gets a use other than me getting bored and seeing what the weather is like in Tokyo. Now when it is sunny at a courses location it's sunny in the game, this does mean that more often than not St. Andrews usually plays in the rain, damn the Scottish weather. This really adds to the overall realism of the game and provides more of an equal test to the real thing. As if the changing was not enough the online gameplay that was in a small part present in Tiger '09 has been taken and exploded in to something much more than it was. You have of course the option of playing random strangers from all over the world or even friends you have made via the use of the good old Wii friend codes. The most appealing aspect of the online play though is the ability to compete in daily and weekly events along with the opportunity to compete against the real life pros themselves as whenever a major event is on at anyone of the featured courses within the game you too can compete in the event and compare your scores to theirs. So this means that when the U.S. Open was being played it was possible to play at Bethpage Black yourself and see how good you would do.
Personally out of all the golfing games on the market this series is by far and away the best of the bunch and the latest instalment truly shows just what the Wii is capable of. It has managed to bring a great deal of depth to the overall game itself and is definitely a must for all Wii owning golfers out there, even if you own any of the previous versions as this one quite literally blows the socks of the rest .The only problem I have with this gaming series is the fact that each year the game is so much better that I have an ever increasing number of old golf games that never see the light of day again, oh well time to take a trek to CEX with '09 and roll on Tiger Woods '11.