Excerpt: This time each year sees the release of a handful of EA Sports franchises – Madden NFL, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, NHL and NBA Live – just as each professional season prepares to get underway. Wait a minute. The PGA Tour is just starting to wrap up.
Excerpt: It’s beyond me why swinging a club around is known as relaxing, surely it doesn’t give the arm muscles much rest and when you see your ball sink into a pond it can’t do your blood pressure any good.
Excerpt: Long-time aficionados of the series will remember how, before the famous Eidos/Sports Interactive split, a certain club from the blue side of Liverpool tended to win everything in sight with consummate ease, much unlike their real-life counterparts.
Pros: Another outing brimming with goodies, New additions like Club Tuner more hit than miss, Looks even better (and yellower)
Cons: Online remains clumsy and soulless, Hank Haney’s drills aren’t much fun
Conclusion: And unlike last year's version, you don't feel the need to complete the Tiger Challenge before your skills are sufficient to face the field in the PGA Tour season. It's also a huge breakthrough to be able to play a four-person round in about as much time as a single-player round.
Conclusion: modified by your performance on tour and in competition matchups – as you do better at those activities, the skill improves. You can modify these attributes either temporarily with practice sessions (with Tiger’s Coach, Hank Haney) or purchase items from the pro shop that will offer permanent...
Conclusion: So TW09 unfortunately is one of those games that could justify the "yearly rehash with a couple of added features" namesake. But one thing is worth bearing in mind, it's still the best golf game I have played on a console and I really enjoyed trying to master it.
Conclusion: What is so great about a Tiger Woods PGA Tour game of a golf and playing golf in real life is the lack of frustration. I never find myself wanting to throw something when playing the game nor do I ever get to point of throwing out expletives.
Conclusion: The issue with annual sports games is if they do enough to warrant the cost of upgrading the game you have for just a graphics uplift. Well, in the case of this game, it clearly does. Any fault in last year’s game has been removed, and the game is a jump up from last years.