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I've always been a fan of the Tiger Woods games. It helps that I like to play golf in real life as well but you really don't have to be a golf fan to enjoy this game.
I bought it from Grainger Games which is a local games store in the north east of England. I paid only £12 for this game because it was second hand and about 8 months after the original release date.
The game itself is rated PEGI 3+ which means it's suitable for all ages so there is no worry about bad language or violence.
EA sports have produced another fantastic game with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11. With Dynamic weather conditions powered from the Weather Channel real time weather situations at all the courses is now possible.
Live online tournaments where you can play against actual PGA tour pros and the best online gamers as long as you have your PS3 hooked up to the internet that is.
For the first time you can now take on the U.S OPEN. Possibly one of golfs most important events and its a tough one so you'd better be good.
A choice between the classic 3-click swing and the new directional movement swing means if you have a problem with the swing you can always go back to the easier 3-click option. Same thing with the putting as well as a new precision putting is there by default but you can go back to the old version if needs be.
The game itself is so easy to play. You don't need to immediately play in a tournament, you can try a few quick games first if you like but I always just go straight into creating my user character and starting the comp.
At first I found it really hard actually. I was failing to make the cut and was rarely getting anything better than a par. However after a few rounds (about 10) you really do get the hang of it. at that point however it turns quite easy. From literally failing miserably I found myself comfortably winning round after round and after about half a season I found I was regularly shooting 12 under par or better per round and sometimes far better. At the end it got silly to the point where I actually shot a round of 18 holes and got 22 under par. Crazy compared to real life but its a game and I was playing well.
So I spent 3 seasons basically winning everything and maxing out my characters stats by buying the best equipment and thus maxing out my player stats as well.
Overall it is very enjoyable unlocking all the courses and equipment but once you've done it it is essentially just a repetition of each season to try to beat your stats.
I still love it though and for the £12 I paid it's been well worth the purchase.
Tiger Woods 2010 improves on 2009 in two main ways, the first is the new putting system the second being the inclusion of Trophies for this game. The new putting system makes putting easier than in previous games, rather than having to judge how far you need to swing back for power there is a bar with a line showing where you need to get it to. However this does not take into account the lie of the green or if it is wet so you will need to adjust for that. The second addition, Trophies, was not implemented as I would have hoped. There is no trophies linked to the career mode or to the trophy balls, which are awarded for achieving certain things within the game. The career mode is standard, continually entering tournaments to earn money and get enough points to enter the big tournament at the end of the year. Not the most exciting aspect of the game as it gets a bit easy after a while. The best part of the career mode is the challenges; there are 4 for each course on the game. The online tournaments are a bit challenging as the scores that people post are better than 20 under par. A very good game and well worth getting if you don't have any other Tiger Woods games but not really worth it if you have 2009.
Electronic arts have developed yet another great simulation game based on the golf player tiger woods. Now the game features the us open and also USAG championships. Now I love this game for playing online a few changes in this game from the previous you be asked if you want to post your score after tournaments. The other good thing is you can post your scores up against the original PGA leaderboards to make it more realistic. Online modes are as good as before, with the novel "Play the Pros" feature enabling players to participate in real tournaments against live scores from actual players.
The other change is that there are more golf courses. It is a good test of skill strategy and precision and te graphics of the game from the courses is just brillant. This is the closest I will ever get to playing as a pro golfer but this game is so realistic it is highly addictive. The golfers even look more like their counterparts.
This game is a good game to play by yourself or even to play online which is even better and I know that EA sports also have competitions every four weeks for those who think they are the best. I find the putting more improved Precision putting system puts you in control of your putting stroke and the game is so nice to play everything is beautiful.
I just have to say I can not get bored of this game and I am giving it four stars a brillant game well worth the money.
As most EA sports games, Tiger Woods 10 develops on the previous games in the series, and becomes the latest game in a long line of Tiger Woods games. Compared to Tiger 09, the latest game is absolutely amazing, probably because of the more detailed graphics, new putter system and introduction of live weather systems provided you are connected to the internet.
The new putter system basically means you have to be a lot more precise in your putting of the ball, as the swing power is a lot more sensitive and with the varying weather on the courses, it alters the distance the ball rolls depending on the speed of the green.
The online game play is very easy to use and allows to to play your friends as well as playing other online gamers. In certain games you are awarded points for you online profile if you get the ball in circles marked on the ground, although sometimes you have to take a chance, and move away from the circles to get a results lower than par on the hole.
The graphics are greatly improved as well as the menus, although you can draw similarities from the previous Tiger titles relatively easily.
Overall a great game, however I would buy preowned as its cheaper, unless this is your first golfer game on console.
Tiger wood 10 is an AMAZING game. I have been buying these games since 2004 and the game get better and better. This years I believe has been the biggest jump forwards. The addition of live weather and one putter has made the game to realistic and a lot harder.
If it's raining in Orlando then it is raining at Bay Hill.
The one putter means that you have to be precise with your putting. Taking the putter back to just the right about to get the length you need. But be where with live weather turned on and the greens are wet you will need to give it a bit more.
Another great addition is the US Open. This is the first time an Open has been on the game and gives you the feel of winning the open.
The Tiger Challenge is a great addition also. You have to fight through all the different courses playing different Pros in different game types.
Online golf is another AMAZING part of the game that they have had on the PS3. I love to challenge my friends all around the world. But if you want another challenge take part in the weekly and daily tournaments. They are a blast.
I have played the Tiger Woods games since they came out on the Playstation 2 and find all of them very playable. This on however is a bit more difficult to control than the previous ones. The Tee off and getting on the green are okay, but the putting I'm finding harder than normal. It takes a lot more practice now just to get a decent place on the leaderboard. I haven't tried it online yet as I don't want to look rubbish. There are some good changes as well, such as live weather, extra courses and the graphics are the best so far. Occasionally though the ball doesn't land where the landing circle says it should. Even if you hit the ball perfectly with no wind. This can be really annoying if you end up in a bunker or the water. Overall it's still a good game but I think that Tiger Woods 09 is a more playable game.
I don't usually play golf games or anything like that. I tend to play games that are more active like army or snowboarding. A friend has been addicted to the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 for a while now and keeps singing its praises. We had a gaming day recently and my other half and he were playing this golf game for hours. I ended up taking the kids out to a play centre just to get away from it. My taking the kids out gave them a bit of breathing room too as the older kiddie was trying to play with them and they didn't want to explain every step to him.
I was out for just under 3 hours and the game was still going on my return!
My older son asked to have a go so they handed him a controller and told him the basic swing buttons. To their horror my son finished a par 4 in 2 shots! Yay!
My partner bought the 10 version during the next week as he'd really enjoyed playing it. He plays it in the mornings when the kids are still in bed and can't grab the controllers off him.
We sat down the other night and had a tournament together and to be honest it was rather enjoyable. Not the best game by far but I still had an enjoyable time playing. Can't say I'm really "feeling the drama of major tournament golf".
As we were playing there were randomly placed circles and tags reading Gamenet.com which according to my other half is for those people who play online because if you hit the ball and land within that given circled area you gain points towards online play. Don't quote me on any of this as I'm just going on what I've been told but I kinda wish there was an off button.
The animation of the players is really good. It's quite amazing to see how much things have changed since the games I played as a child.
* Tiger Woods
* Chris DiMarco
* Anthony Kim
* Rocco Mediate
* Jim Furyk
* Luke Donald
* Retief Goosen
* Ian Poulter
* Justin Rose
* Colin Montgomerie
* Vijay Singh
* Rory McIlroy
* Oliver Fisher
* Nick Dougherty
* Michael Campbell
* Camilo Villegas
* Adam Scott
* Mike Weir
* Darren Clarke
* Annika Sörenstam
* Christie Kerr
* Morgan Pressel
* Natalie Gulbis
* Paula Creamer
* Se Ri Pak
It was straight forward choosing the player I wanted to be from the list. The controls were easy to learn which is always a bonus.
There are a number of games to play including tournament challenge, U.S. Open Championship, precision putting, and dynamic weather conditions to name a few. The weather condition bit is quite interesting to be honest. It's powered by the weather channel to give the real weather of that given golf course so if it's sunny and breezy in California that's exactly what you'll get!
I was told that there was good commentary for this game but I'm happier having it on silent.
16 different courses and a handful available for purchase (more courses available for the Wii).
Eurogamer 7 out of 10
As mentioned before I'm not big on slower games so I don't choose to play this game when I'm on my own but will play with my son and other half.
This game is labelled as suitable for ages 3+ and can be picked up for about £30. I've seen it for much more so shop around!
© oioiyou 2009
I can summarise this game in a few short words really... Tiger Woods 2010 is simply the best golf game ever created and perhaps the most indepth and re-playable sports game ever. This is due partially to the huge single player modes but mainly due to the amazing online modes that will just have you coming back for more, each and everyday.
The Tiger Woods franchise is one of the longest running in the gaming industry and has often been criticised for not really developing greatly year on year and has at times seemed a little bit like an update more than a new game worth parting with £40. However, this latest version cannot be accused of that and I assure you it is worth the money.
Firstly, the usual offline modes are there and these include the enormous PGA Tour mode where you take on opponents in stroke play to earn money and win the overall cup. Along the way you will play in the 4 major tournaments too. Added to this is the excellent Tiger Challenge mode where you have to try and work through events that real life golfers have gone through to earn points and shop money. The shop is really important and can provide a much needed boost to your stats if you can afford the right things.
To start with you have to create your golfer and this is really in-depth without ever feeling endless and this can be done in around 15 minutes. After this you will begin playing golf and building up your power, accuracy, short game and putting stats. these then go up or down depending on your performance and these can also be built upon by working with your coach between rounds. These are all nice touches but now for the real "hole in one"... online mode.
In the week I got this game, the US Open was being played in America and, because that course was in this game, I was able to go online and play four rounds on the course, on pro difficulty, and my scores would be slotted into the real life leader board, in amongst the likes of Tiger Woods and co. These events are on all the time, but you can also enter daily and weekly tournaments, at various difficulty levels. There is nowhere to hide in these tournaments and I especially like the pro events where a restart is not allowed. This online mode is so good that I can't ever see me playing this game offline again. It is like your own golfing community.
I encourage all gaming fans to try this, even if golf is not your game.
Having not picked up a Tiger Woods game since Tiger Woods 04 I thought I would get one for my PS3. Graphically this game cannot do any wrong with superb player and course representations. The inclusion of the live weather system allows the user to play a course in the conditions that are currently in place in real life. This allows for weather to change throughout the course of a players round and is an important feature for enhancing the golfing experience. The most important component of Tiger Woods is the ability to create your own player and upload your picture into the game. While it takes a while to build up your stats once you get to a decent standard the game gets very easy quickly. Personally I would have liked more of a challenge but the game just does not present this and thus sub par rounds are common on every course. While this may annoy some other less serious golf fans may not mind the difficulty of the game. I bought this game a month ago and am selling it now. Not that it is bad but it is just I have no use for it anymore winning nearly every tournament in the game. The best Tiger Woods game but not revolutionary.
'Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10' is the annual release from Electronic Arts. This is the only game I buy annually, as in my opinion it is the only sports simulation worth updating this regularly. I remember buying this series of games in the early 90s and with each update there has usually been a decent improvement to keep you interested.
As a bit of background this is a golf simulation. You can either choose to be one of the 26 professional golfers or can customise your own character. The pros include Tiger himself along with the likes of Phil Mickelson, Retief Goosen and Annika Sorenstam. Alternatively if you decide to make your own custom player there are a couple of ways of doing this. You can upload a couple of digital photos and the game will create your likeness or you can go through the painstaking process of choosing every aspect of your appearance and I do mean every aspect. Pitch of voice, hairiness of eyebrows, weather spots on face, size of feet, the list is endless.
Once you've done this you are up and running and are ready to play. There are a huge number of playing options available to you. You can get straight into playing on the PGA tour against the professionals or you can practice one of the numerous formats or you can take one of the four challenges at each course. This is a modified feature where you will either have to beat one of the pro's achievements or recreate a moment of Tiger's history after watching the great man do it.
As is standard, your person is poor at the beginning and you have to increase his or her attributes by playing well or by completing set drills after the round or by buying performance enhancing equipment. Once you increase the attributes you can hit it further, go closer and can putt better so once the ball is rolling you can quickly get better. I like this aspect as you don't spend ages hacking around. My first round was 76 and my second round was 61 which gives some indication of the improvement you can make. Although this improvement was too quick for my liking I was playing on Pro difficulty at this stage, rather than Tour Pro (I tend to do this to speed up the boring attribute build up at the start).
You can also fine tune your clubs in the practice area. If you find you are always hitting a slice, amend the club so it goes straight. If you are not hitting it far enough remove some of the loft, but this will come at the expense of accuracy. You can customise almost everything.
That's the basics of the gameplay. What makes this title standout are the sound and graphics. Visually the game is unbelievable. The likeness of Tiger and his colleagues is amazing and I have never seen better use of the PS3s capabilities than seeing the water rippling across a lake with a green behind it. The sound is also immense. It uses surround sound perfectly and hitting the ball is akin to an explosion going off.
So that's the series in general. But what about this years release? I had to admit I was concerned when I was reading the previews. Normally the new features get my interest levels up but this years seemed to be tinkering around the edges more than a definite change. The new features were
Excitement on every swing: We had that in every other version, OK, presentationally it's a bit better but it's not much of a feature.
Play the prestigious US Open: That's pretty much the same as saying Bethpage Black is one of the new courses. I say new but I played it in one of the earlier games, would guess about 2006 or 2007 so its not even a new course in the franchise.
Real Time Weather Conditions: Provided by the weather channel you get the weather that the course is currently experiencing. Nice touch but I could customise the weather on previous games so not much of a feature.
Broadcast Style Presentation: You now get instant updates on what's happening around the course, you previously got updates at the end of the hold. Another nice touch but not exactly something I was desperate for. There is also the new broadcast style cameras which aim to replicate the way you would see a real tournament being covered. I really like this feature as it adds to the realism of the game. However, when you apply spin to the ball, mid-flight, the camera switches from the broadcast one to the traditional one (it has to so you can tell how much spin to apply) so I found I can keep and enjoy the broadcast camera but this is at the expense of getting the ball closer to the hole.
Precision Putting: This is the main reason I wanted this title. Previously the putting was a joke, you could hole the ball from everywhere, almost regardless of the slope and distance of the putt. I would regularly go round in less than 20 putts which is a nonsense. This new system brings far more fallibility into the process. You have to judge the length of backswing to perfection and the putter is affected by how straight you are on the shot. Suddenly you are delighted to leave 40 foot putts within 3 feet and have to pay real attention to the pace of the putt, especially in the wet. An excellent addition which is proving to be everything I hoped it would be.
Tournament Challenge: Kind of covered this above. This is an excellent feature. The previous titles had the challenge Tiger feature where you had to work your way through fairly easy tasks before playing a Pro, this lead to the ultimate showdown against Tiger. It was a good format but had changed little over the years and as a result was a little tired. This new tournament challenge is excellent. Now you have four challenges at each course, usually the challenge is to beat the achievement of one of the Pros. If it is a Tiger achievement you will get a 15 second video clip from Tiger talking you through how he saw it. Then you play alongside the Pro (where applicable) and have to beat them. In the odd challenge you have to replicate Tiger's exact playing of a hole. This may mean you have to almost go in the water at 17 at Sawgrass before holing a monster putt or it may mean birding the last at the US open to go into a play-off in the most memorable of fashions. This feature has really added a lot to the game for me and is proving tougher to beat than the old challenge.
Take on the leaderboard: This covers the online options available. I still have not played this online as EA Sports are still having server issues.
In addition, not mentioned as a feature, but PS3 trophies (equivalent of XBox 360 achievements) are introduced for the first time. Not a great thing but another small improvement.
So £35ish for a new putting system and a few freshens up seemed like not great value for money but I have faith in this title and switched it on with a great deal of anticipation. The first thing is the PS3 automatically downloads a patch, presumably to fix bugs. Not a great sign but 2-3 minutes later I was ready to start. The title video is stunning and features live video of numerous pros, although mainly of Tiger. Then the game froze, before I even got it started.
I had to reboot the PS3 and try again. This time I got in, only for it to freeze on hole 4 of my first round. Another reboot. This time I managed 18 holes but the game froze early in my second round. Having gone online a high number of people are experiencing this which in my view is completely unacceptable. The testing of this game must have been minimal, most people are experiencing freezing within minutes of it starting. To compound this the title was released early this year, last year it was mid-late August, this year early July and I can't help but feel this was rushed through to meet a deadline, rather than being tested fully.
EA sports are working on a patch at the moment but this is little consolation to the people who effectively cannot use the product until next week at the earliest.
A further irritant is that each hole takes between 10 and 30 seconds to load. Last year's version loaded so quickly I couldn't even guess at the time, maybe 2 seconds. I am hoping that this delay is related to the freezing issue as it's another thing which detracts from what should be an excellent product.
EA sports have now resolved the freezing bug on my game so it is now working properly and I have to say I am delighted with my purchase. The main positive to me is that the game is now more realistic. They have reduced the length that you can hit your clubs so you are no longer capable of driving most par 4s from the front tees. This has made a massive difference, courses which you would destroy in the last game are now presenting a real challenge. The amount of spin you can apply to the ball mid-flight has been massively reduced so you can't rectify mistakes. The ball now spins about the amount you would see a tour-pro spin it. Another welcome addition. Finally, the greens have contours like they should. There are a lot less flat puts and most greens are now the shape of an upside down saucer meaning that if you are anywhere near the edges of them your ball is going to roll off. All good additions.
On the negative side is the time to load each hole is still excessive compared with previous titles. Also, when you go to the Pro shop to buy things you now have the option to buy them using real money rather than using money accumulated in the game. I was pretty disgusted by this. Charging someone £1.19 to get a better driver was scandalous in my opinion. You could spend a fortune on this and all you are achieving is lessening the playing time of the game. In addition you can immediately buy two courses for £4.79 each. Would it have killed EA sports just to give you them with the game? Fortunately I got one free as I pre-ordered through Amazon but I would like the other and it just seems like an extra charge. I got this for £37odd on Amazon and they refunded £3odd as part of their pre-order price promise.
So in summary I would give recommend the 2010 edition as it a big step in the right direction.