Excerpt: Well, July seems to start the EA Sports franchises rearing their heads. The problem with it is that it is hard to judge how far advanced the game has become from last year’s version. So with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 in our hands we need to look past what we already know. That is that the Tiger Woods franchise has stood head and shoulders above any golf game (are there any other golf games out there now?) for quite some time now.
Excerpt: As a series, Tiger Woods tends to increment with gentle putts rather than hefty swings - and it has become even more apparent with the last few iterations. As the series' little Wii sibling continues to dazzle with progressively fancier MotionPlus controls, the 360/PS3 version is starting to feel a little old hat by comparison.
Excerpt: It’s all too easy for us to moralise with regards to Tiger Woods. His ’situation’ has been pored over by seemingly every journalist with even a semblance of interest in a touch of sensationalism. Which means all of them essentially. Each of them damning his sorry behind as he corrupts our poor children. After all, us working parents have been such excellent role models.
Conclusion: PGA Tour 11 can be considered another major step forward for the series, which has struggled recently towards yearly updates becoming insignificant. The addition of the ‘Focus’ mechanic is superbly handled, ensuring gamers can finally be held from exploiting the artificiality of the game.
Excerpt: Despite being a big sports fan, I’ve noticed my consumption of sports games dwindling over the past few years. I’ll play a game for three or four weeks and then it begins to collect dust. That being said, Tiger Woods has been one of the few sports games that I still buy and play consistently year after year. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 (TW11 for short) is now upon us and brings some refinements to the core gameplay.
Conclusion: Tiger 11 just trickles into the great category thanks to the few new features that do make a difference, although the core game mechanics remain the same. The Ryder Cup was a solid addition but could have done with an extra layer of dazzle – which is strange considering EA are normally top drawer in terms of presentation. A good golf game, but there is still room for improvement.
Summary: All in all, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 is without a doubt the definitive golf experience for your home console entertainment. There's definitely some room for improvement in a few areas, but there's nothing deterring enough to keep me from recommending the game. Even as someone who doesn't typically play a Golf game other than the likes of something like Hot Shots I was able to feel quite at home in the sim world and I'd say much of that was due to the game's simplistic...
Pros: Nice visuals, only improves from last year’s game, comes with free subscriptions if bought new.
Cons: As with all sports titles, if you bought 2010 then the changes in 2011 will probably not matter.
Excerpt: has arrived with an arsenal of minor improvements this year. The development team also clearly focused on creating a golf simulation that catered to the needs and wants of the franchise’s biggest fans and die-hards.
Pros: True-Aim puts you in the shoes of the pros., Much needed gameplay improvements., Ryder Cup/Online team play adds depth
Cons: Core game remains the same., Lack of total customiztion for online., Career mode emains virtually unchanged.