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.
Conclusion: Unfortunately the game does have a number of downsides, some of which it doesn’t really have all that much control over. One of these is that there isn’t all that much activity online. You can use Quick Search to easily set up an online match but so few people play online that you’re unlikely to set up many custom matches. What EA can control, however, is the boring recycled look of Tiger Woods does not impress.
Excerpt: Ever used to play with toy army machines as a child? No? Are we that old? Even so, you have to love Tanks. As was once brilliantly said, they’re like Angry Houses. XBOX Live Arcade’s indie games section has now given the chance to live inside one, but without any of the messy or complicated business and for less money than a high-street Latte. Tank-Tastic!
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: You’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger name in sports video games than Tiger Woods. Even though he’s been quite the controversial figure recently, the man is a superstar and an instantly recognizable name in the world of golf and otherwise. Additionally, the PGA Tour franchise is definitely a huge exploit and a force to be reckoned with in gaming, selling huge numbers every year and standing as the golf franchise to beat across any number of systems.