Excerpt: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 All-Play is probably the best, if not greatest golf game on the Nintendo Wii that features good graphics, flawless gameplay and good old fashioned fun which promises fans of the golfing genre the most realistic experience to date.
Summary: As with many of the things in life that I would most want to be really good at, I suck at golf. Really, I just think you should know that. I started golfing years and years ago, but reached my personal plateau of ability on the 2nd hole that I played. Seriously, I can make a ball go anywhere but straight, up to and including a 90 degree turn in either direction. I’m so bad, I could golf around corners.
Conclusion: If you're a golf fan, you've got to buy Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 All Play. It's the definitive game of golf this year, and the yearly iterations to come will surely improve upon an already-great game. Even if you're not a huge golf fan, this game is definitely worth checking out. Between the beefy career mode, distracting mini-games, and insanely addictive multiplayer mode, All Play is well worth the money you'll spend on it.
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a golf simulation game. There's no controversial content, but you can play online. Common Sense Media doesn't recommend kids under the age of 12 playing online unsupervised. Both women and men golfers are represented in the game.
Summary: Ignore the kid-friendly look of the box and the goofy All-Play tagline that mar the Nintendo Wii edition of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09. Yes, this looks like the preteen version of the EA Sports golf game, but it packs a real punch when it comes to faithfully re-creating an afternoon on the links. Brilliant controls that almost perfectly mimic real golf swings and a suite of great Wii-only party games make this the best version of Tiger Woods released this year.
Pros: Superb control scheme comes very close to replicating a real-life golf swing, Wii-exclusive Golf Party minigames are fun with friends, Single-player depth is tremendous in PGA Tour career mode
Cons: Putting is awkward and unrealistic, Visuals don't quite sell the lush, green golf courses
Summary: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 will feature dynamic, personalized gameplay via Tiger Woods' personal coach, Hank Haney, a more intuitive and customized EA Sports GamerNet++ experience as well as an all-new game engine powering online play.
Conclusion: If you're looking for a good golf game for the Wii, then Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 All Play is the one to get. The modes are lengthy and enjoyable, the online play can be addictive, and the controls are utilized better than most. This is way better by far than 2008's version, but even so it's not a perfect experience. There are still some frustrating loose ends to tie up here and there, though I suppose no game ever achieves perfection.
Conclusion: This game is great. Not just in terms of a golf game but in general I really enjoyed playing this as did the rest of my family. EA have really done well on the title and my congratulations go out to the team who made it, but it isn’t without fault. The accuracy of the swing, especially in putting, is definitely off, no online play, lag and inconsistent guidance make the game difficult to enjoy at times.
Pros: Great multiplayer options, Good single player depth, Excellent character customisation
Cons: No online Mode, Occasional Lag, Swing detection is poor
Excerpt: "The key to playing a solid round of golf in this game is to master the controls." These are the game's first words which is fair enough if they bloody work and fortunately, unlike last year's effort, they do.