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. Perhaps it’s the tranquil and green courses and the lack of urgency seen in other more fast paced sports that has given it this label, but still, a picnic is definitely more relaxing.
Conclusion: The other sort of challenge-based meta game is based on GamerNet, EA Sports’ online component. When you make a great shot, you can save it as a clip, or as a GamerNet challenge that people can then go and try to repeat. You can even change the parameters around a bit to make your very own minigame out of it. And when you see GamerNet icons in the field of play as you are playing other modes, beating them (hitting a drive farther, getting a ball closer to the pin, etc.
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. Simultaneous play is a huge addition to this year's title. This review is based on a retail copy purchased used from Rogers Plus.
Excerpt: It's about that time of the year when EA rolls out its big sporting guns. Madden is a big deal in the US, but in Europe Tiger Woods is the first EA Sports title of note this year. As ever the game has been met by forums full of people moaning about how it's yet another quick cash-in and that EA hasn't changed anything. Rarely do people consider that this is a golf game and as such EA can't rewrite the rule book.
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. Everton’s assured in-game success may have had a little something to do with co-creators Paul and Oliver Collyer being die-hard Everton fans, but whilst the Merseyside team’s triumphs were a smidge dubious in Tiger Woods’...
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: 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 benefits (just like that +2 charisma t-shirt I bought). tackle the pro tour or earn money by competing on tour locations in Tiger Challenges.
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: 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. Those that choose to purchase this game will have a much better experience than those who stick with previous releases. This game is the crown in EA’s sporting library.
Conclusion: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 is a fantastic entry into this series of games, and really restored some faith in what EA has been doing to the series. As long as the tweaks don�t break the gameplay, and new additions do nothing but enhance the solid base, then future versions should be enjoyable as well. The downside for the publisher, as in forcing people to upgrade to a better version, is tougher when a great title is already in hand.