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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (PS3 & X360)

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (PS3 & X360)


Tiger Woods PGA Tour is a much awaited annual event for the golf playing gaming hordes and this years version brings a new challenge mode that replaces Tiger Challenge as well as some new online modes. Electronic Arts have also promised some gameplay refinements and on paper it looks to be the best incarnation yet. Does it deliver the goods?

The biggest news is that the US Open is now a part of the career mode as well as the USGA Championship. There are six new courses = Bethpage Black, Oakmont, Torrey Pines, Turnberry, Pinehurst and Hazeltine. There are also two new pro golfers joining the roster, Rocco Mediate and Anthony Kim. Along with the game modes there is a great option to play side by side against the leaderboards from any real tournament. This “Play the Pros” option is selectable within the Live Tournaments section.

The addition of live weather is an integral part of the new game which is being heavily promoted and hardcore sports fans out there will recognise the technology from other EA sports titles such as NCAA football. This feature adds real time weather updates to the courses and they are well implemented. This not only looks great but weather such as heavy rain or strong winds actually effect the gameplay. Rain for instance means that the ground will soften and the ball will not roll as much and strong winds will affect the direction of the ball within the air. Granted there are really only four primary weather settings – light rain, steady rain, cloudy and sunny but they work reasonably well in the structure of the game.

Creating your character is very indepth and you can design the look of the person just like you could in the past with Photo Gameface and then put them into the action. It sounds a little superficial but it can give the game a very personal touch which most people (who can be bothered) will appreciate. Your performance is also developed depending on how you play so certain attributes will increase while others might suffer. Your coach will also step in and offer suggestions on which shots you need to practice once a round is completed. Therefore you are no longer assigning points to your players to improve key areas, you merely play and the game determines how your character will develop. It is a much more organic, true to life implementation which appeals to me.

The new title plays much like the previous games and you can still swing with either the analog stick or the three click system. This time when you hit the ball there is the option to press X or A to change the camera angles as the ball travels which means you have more control over your view as it makes its way to the destination.

Precision putting also makes its first introduction and you can now use one putter for all your distances. You choose a place on the green and the putter will adjust to show you how far you need to bring it back before it is released for contact. This change is certainly welcomed and makes the overall experience more enjoyable as you can just get on with the fun parts.

Graphically the game hasn’t received any major improvements but there are little tweaks and touches here and there to let you know some attention has been given. Tiger himself for instance has undergone some slight changes to his texturing and facial expressions and there are other touches to the environment and the modeling of the water is markedly improved. The characters are slightly more detailed when directly compared to last years however there aren’t any massive alterations worthy of note. Graphically both Xbox and Playstation versions look virtually identical and there are no frame rate issues or glitches that I can mention, everything is very polished, much in the way you expect an EA licensed game to be.

On an audio level the game has had a much needed injection of personality thanks to the inclusion of the witty Scott Van Pelt. His voiceovers are entertaining and bring a smile to your face, especially when you play badly and his comments reflect how much you need to improve (which I heard on a regular basis as I clearly suck).

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 is not a massive change from last years title by any stretch of the imagination. I feel that EA should perhaps start rolling out these releases every two or three years rather than annually because the updates are so minor that it appears as if they are just trying to make more money rather than service the fan base.

It is a solid game and will appeal to all golf fans but justifying the cost if you have last years is a tough thing for me to do. Personally I think we should all wait for a few years until EA are forced to make some major updates to the overall package.


New putting system is great but the rest is much the same as before.
Solid enough with improved lightning and texture detail.
Val Pelt steals the show. The rest is par for the course (no pun intended).
If you already own last years then this score will be much lower. For a new user it is a great buy.

Solid game, if a little uninspiring.

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Stuart Davidson

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