Editor’s note: After sitting down to play 18 holes for the first time, I ended up scoring about the same as a typical double bogey round of golf that I usually play on Sundays. However, since the game is a lot quicker than an actual round of golf, I was able to cram in about six rounds in one sitting. Like a real game, with practice and repetition, my scores began to drop. This game is definitely a keeper, and I’m going to use it to get in the zone before I head out to the links.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 [EA Sports]
Released: June 8, 2009
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii
Tiger, Tiger, Tiger. Hey y’all, EA Sports’ Tiger Woods is back and better than ever. Much like the fear and trembling surrounding real-life Tiger making it back to the Tour after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, people were anxiously anticipating the commercial release of the latest and greatest video golf game in EA Sports’ popular series.
A lot has changed in the game. Here are some STACK-approved features that take Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 to the next level.
Wii MotionPlus Integration [Wii only]: No more incomplete swings and quick wrist movements with the Wii controller to cheat the system into thinking you have a perfect swing. The new technology of Wii MotionPlus tracks all the movements of the remote, forcing players to swing like they are holding a club. It’s so precise that if a player has a tendency to slice or hook the ball in real life, he will have that same tendency while playing the game.
Take on the Leader Board: Measure your game against the best with the new EA Sports Live Tournaments mode. Shoot for under par while competing with actual PGA Tour pro scoring during real Tour events.
Real-Time Weather Conditions: With assistance from The Weather Channel, weather will affect play and alter the courses. Thanks to up-to-date weather analysis, putts will roll slower after early morning showers, and drives will fly longer on fairways that haven’t seen rain in more than a month.
Play the Prestigious U.S. Open: Finally, the tournament that everyone has been waiting for. The Bethpage Black Golf Course (Farmingdale, N.Y.), site of the 2009 U.S. Open, challenges even the most seasoned veterans—both for real and in the virtual world—with its extreme layout (7,065 yards from the tips) and unpredictable conditions, which vary with every hole.
Broadcast Style Presentation: This game is extremely realistic. It’s more like a golf simulator than a video game. All it needs are some top-class broadcasters, like ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt and the Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman, to put it over the top. Oh wait, it does. Both commentators worked hand-in-hand with EA to provide hole overviews, up-to-the-minute updates from around the course, and much more. The only thing more realistic than Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 is actually putting down the controller and hitting the links. Crazy concept, huh?