Excerpt: I feel like I've written this review numerous times already. Such is the way with the Tiger Woods series that the vast majority of the game remains the same year after year. It's not necessarily a bad thing, considering EA has completely dominated the genre in terms of quality and sales for quite some time, but at some point a fairly large shake up might be needed.
Conclusion: Is Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 the premiere golfing game of 2009? The answer is a resounding yes, but only because the sport doesn’t have many options in the simulation genre. If you’re still playing Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 and want an upgrade in the online options, Tiger Woods 10 is a viable option due to the amount of replay value presented.
Conclusion: your shots and where the ball lies, takes much, much longer. The putting mechanics, in particular, make shots on the green turn into an exercise in careful planning that lasted upwards of five minutes for me, depending on where I was hitting the ball from. I doesn’t help matters if you’re online since weather is updated in real-time.
Summary: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 takes golf fans inside-the-ropes to experience the drama and emotion of tournament golf. In addition, the U.S. Open, a USGA championship, and the USGA’s Rules of Golf will be available for the first time in the franchise's history.
Excerpt: Tiger Woods PGA Tour is a much awaited annual event for the golf playing gaming hordes and this years version brings a new challenge mode that replaces Tiger Challenge as well as some new online modes. Electronic Arts have also promised some gameplay refinements and on paper it looks to be the best incarnation yet. Does it deliver the goods?
Excerpt: It's been a craptastic month for golfers and fans of the US Open, as the Bethpage, NY venue was getting rained out each and every day all thanks to the amazingly awful weather this wonderful state, and the Northern East overall, has been enduring. So what do you do when you can't even go outside and you can't even practice your swing? Why, you fire up your PlayStation 3 and insert a copy of your favorite golf game.
Excerpt: Tiger Woods PGA Tour '10 for PS3 brings some pretty cool new features to the Tiger Woods series, plus most of the goodies you've seen before. Even some extra goodies if you're sucker enough to pay for them.
Conclusion: Switching among Tiger 10's four difficulty modes doesn't impact which tees you play from or the inconsistent AI of the pro players. Rather, it determines how forgiving the controls are and which player aids you get to use. For example, on the default amateur difficulty, moving the analog stick down and then up to perform a swing determines the power of your shot but has very little impact on its direction.
Pros: Features 16 of the world's best golf courses, Four difficulty levels that cater to everyone, Lots of different online and offline modes, Great controls, especially the new precision putting.
Cons: Commentary is so bad you'll almost certainly mute it, Not all difficulty levels are supported online.
Summary: Mark Twain once described golf as "a good walk ruined." Perhaps he'd have been a little more forgiving of the sport if he'd had an opportunity to spend some time with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10. EA Sports' latest hit-the-ball-at-the-hole simulator doesn't reinvent the genre, nor does it represent a huge leap forward over its predecessor, but there are plenty of new features and refinements on its scorecard to make it a winner for newcomers and veterans alike.
Pros: Features 16 of the world's best golf courses, Four difficulty levels that cater to everyone, Lots of different online and offline modes, Great controls, especially the new precision putting
Cons: Commentary is so bad you'll almost certainly mute it, Not all difficulty levels are supported online