Excerpt: When EA introduced the analogue swing system to its golfing series Tiger Woods PGA Tour a few years back, it quickly won praise, thanks in part to it being a revolutionary change to golf game control schemes and not forgetting the fact that it emulated a swing of a golf club about as well as a little rubber stick could manage.
Excerpt: With only a matter of weeks left in the golf season (north of the border that is), soon golfers will be turning to the virtual links to get their fix. On the Xbox 360 that means the latest installment in EA Sports’ long-running franchise, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08. This leads us to the question asked of any yearly sporting franchise: is this year’s installment a meager “roster” update or an actual evolution in gaming? Grab your clubs and let’s find out.
Excerpt: Fall is in the air which means two things. First, I will ride a roller coaster of emotion every Sunday for about 16 weeks as I watch my beloved Dolphins stink up the place. I really wish I didn't care sometimes. Second is that EA will start releasing their annual cash cow franchises on the gaming world. Sometimes these perennial updates consist of little more than minor enhancements while in other years truly remarkable improvements are made.
Conclusion: Any golf fan must own this game. Any sports fan must own this game. In fact, any game fan should have this in their collection. This isn’t just a golf game, it’s a golfing experience. This is as close to being outdoors playing as you can get without leaving your house. EA Tiburon has done a great job with their first golf game, and if all future games add to the genre as much as this, I shall be a happy man. For those of you thinking of sticking to the 07 version, don’t.
Excerpt: Golf is often seen as one of the "dull" sports, but still manages to pull in huge viewing figures and attract legions of fans. Part of its appeal as a spectator sport is seeing how effortless the pros make the incredibly hard game look, while playing it as an amateur brings about equal parts frustration and achievement.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Another (slight) improvement on last year's version, Tiger 08 should be on your Christmas shopping list if you have a new console to play it on. For those who do have last year's edition this is best avoided.
Summary: On the eve of Tiger Woods series' 10th anniversary, EA Sports, developers of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08, reiterate their understanding of what's key in an annual sports franchise. Keeping critical acclaim above the waterline lies in the incremental additions and improvements balanced over the previous year's release.
Summary: If you are a hardcore PGA Tour fan or not, there is bound to be something for you to like in this game, if it be the Gamernet, Photo Gameface, gameplay, or modes you will enjoy yourself. Tiger Woods PGA Tour series hasn’t had such a dramatic improvement in quite awhile, and it looks like EA Tiburon’s first golf outing is a hole-in-one.
Summary: With the GamerNet system, players will be able to challenge creator-posted content and be rewarded with online points. Utilizing Photo Game Face, players can take their created characters and style, dress, and accessorize themselves through the game’s customization systems.
Excerpt: I was on a long drive to a quick weekend getaway with the family recently and found myself lost in quiet thought. While my kids watched the backseat DVD player and the wife dozed off in the passenger’s seat, I started thinking about talking sports with my Grandkids 25 or 30 years from now. I thought about how blessed I am to have been able to watch some of the greatest ever play in their prime.