Summary: The Tiger Woods series has always been my favorite of EA's annual sports games. Ever since I performed my first virtual swing with the analog sticks, I became hooked. I don't like it enough to even think about paying every single year, but it's the only one I keep tabs on and check out every so often. It's hard to add enough new content to a yearly sports game to really make it worth paying $60 every time.
Excerpt: I looked over my review for Tiger Woods ’13 and the first sentence started out like this: “It’s somewhat fitting that Tiger Woods would win his 72nd PGA tour event a mere 48 hours before his new game hit the shelves, isn’t it?” Well as of this writing, Tiger Woods has just nailed the door shut on his 77th win, once again coming at Bay Hill. Tiger regained the #1 spot in the world, something he hasn’t had attached to his name since October 2010.
Excerpt: Despite recent controversies from both parties EA and Tiger Woods are back for another year with Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’14. It’s another year for the franchise and once again there is quite a beefy list of additions and alterations included, but do they make playing a round of golf from your couch that much different than last year’s?
Conclusion: The most damning thing to say about Tiger Woods 2014 is that it gives you no reason to upgrade from prior versions. With a bevy of overpriced DLC and scaled back modes there isn't a whole lot to recommend in this entry compared to earlier ones.
Summary: It’s time again to spend more time in the sand than David Hasselhoff.
Pros: True to the sport with excellent simulation, Once you can hit the ball where you intend, you’re hooked, Thanks for firing the awful caddie, EA, Dozens of legendary moments to relive, Crafty integration of online chat and stats, Several years of games worth of content (literally)
Cons: Doesn’t try very hard to settle in new players, Long and frequent loading times, Visually stuck in 2009, Strange commentator quirks
Conclusion: "In many ways, Tiger 14 feels like the ultimate fan service for longtime players of the franchise." "Tiger Woods 14 stands as a terrific example of a sports franchise that has continued to evolve itself in the direction its fans want it to go.
Pros: Best swing mechanics yet, Legends mode is welcome, All four majors present
Cons: So much DLC, Newcomers must practice!, Mediocre presentation
Conclusion: Concept: Change out Tiger’s history lesson for an overview of golf itself, and add more online features
Graphics: The clouds and changes of day (including night golfing) look great
Sound: Jim Nantz’s intros for the historic Legends of the Majors challenges are cool to hear
Playability: Changing your swing characteristics is handy even if the physical swing itself doesn’t change
Entertainment: Doesn’t dramatically change from last year, but it’s definitely more fun...
Conclusion: After a nice, long day on the course, I'm quite happy with this offering. The most important part of any sports game is how it "feels" to play. Everything else is secondary. I haven't been pleased with the PGA TOUR gameplay for a few years now, but I'm back on board with 14. That sense of needing to gather info about your surroundings (wind direction/speed, lie, slope, ect.) before "taking a swing" is extremely prevalent to success.
Summary: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 puts the legends of golf in the forefront by allowing players to travel through time and compete against the sport's biggest names. Subtle changes to gameplay and the inclusion of the LPGA tour are welcome additions, but it may not go far enough to draw casual fans back for another year.
Pros: The authentic Legends of the Majors presentation, The Great tweaks to gameplay, Deeper online options
Cons: The overall changes are too subtle, Legends, and all golfers, lack personality, The long loading screens