Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13
EA Sports latest golf game is Tiger Woods
PGA Tour 13 which once again has Tiger Woods on the billing but for XBox
360 users, this version now supports the innovative controls of the
Kinect. This means that opposed to using the 360 controller, the Kinect
scans and monitors your body movements so in theory, if you "pretend" to
hit the golf ball like you would in the real-world, this would then be
replicated in the game.
However we'll get to the controls a little later
and if you're thinking of upgrading from last year's Tiger Woods to this
version, you might want to wait until the next version or two as the
differences are quite minimalistic. It's still a decent golf game for
the console even with the embarrassing moments (Tiger Legacy), however
it's not screaming major changes which can sometimes be a good thing.
Just like Woods himself, this golfing series from EA Sports has had its
ups and downs. The good in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 is the inclusion of
the new Country Club mode which allows you to play online and become
part of this great online community plus 16 courses. This definitely
opens up the title for a considerable amount of replay value.
Graphically, the title looks almost identical to the previous version,
however it does seem a little sharper and thankfully the controls for
the 360 controller work exceptionally well.
I mean when it comes down to
it, its golf, there's really not much more tweaking they can do. On the
flip side, the most embarrassing moment in a sporting game was the
ability to play as Eldrick Tont (Tiger) Woods as a child in the new
Tiger Legacy mode and of course, the up and down controls of the Kinect.
The problem with Kinect is that once again it looks great on paper but
in reality fails to deliver a truly substantial golfing game. It feels
more Wii Sports Golf than a professional high-end console game.
Although the main gaming mechanics remain the same from 12, there are a
handful of gaming modes that allow for both offline and online fun.
Whether you play a quick match, creating your own golfer to partake in
the various tournaments on this game or jumping online to challenge
other gamers, there's plenty of golfing fun to be found.
edition to Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 is the inclusion of Tiger Legacy
which allows you to play as Tiger from child to adult. In actual fact,
Tiger Legacy is a collection of mini-games and challenges that must be
completed and as you progress, the appearance of Eldrick changes as the
legacy continues. Personally, I would have released this game separately
from the main title, creating a kid friendly game for both the Kinect
and PlayStation Move. For some reason, Tiger Legacy just feels a little
off with the rest of the gameplay.
When you are playing golf, the controls have been well mapped on the 360
controller as you can adjust a wide variety of golfing facets from your
player’s position to his legs and of course how much power and swing you
have to your hits. Thankfully the game does a good job at teaching new
players and for the more advanced player, you can increase the
difficulty to make things a challenge. All in all, the tweaked control
system of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 gives the player more control of what
their virtual player can do.
Kinect on the other hand is definitely a
mixed bag. Depending on how well the Kinect sensors can pick up your
movements, playing Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 can sometimes make you feel
like you are playing a professional golf game, especially as you stand
in front of your big screen TV. Whether you’re driving or putting, when
the sensors work, the game plays well. Unfortunately this does not occur
all the time which in turn creates a very frustrating experience,
especially when you do that perfect swing, only to do it again and then
again. Horribly annoying.
Graphically, the title looks almost identical to last year's golf game
from EA Sports with some well designed environments, weather effects and
realistic players. Sound effects are as equally as good as the
commentary which really adds to the overall golfing atmosphere.
One annoying aspect of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 is that at times, this
feels like an iOS game as there is a considerable amount of DLC that can
be purchased to increase your golfing experience. In my view, when you
buy a game, everything should be there for the main gameplay like skills
and equipment. You shouldn't need to purchase these and although you are
awarded in-game money, it does take awhile to get the cash going.
Grinding and golf does not mix.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 is an enjoyable game, however if you already own
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters, there's probably not a great deal
of incentives to purchase the latest game. However if you've been out of
the console golfing scene for awhile, then why not check out this game
because things have definitely improved over the years. For me however,
I was a little disappointed (again) with the Kinect controls. This is
not the fault of EA Sports but on a whole, the Kinect has been rather
lacklustre when it comes to accuracy. Even so, there's plenty of golfing
fun to be found from creating your own golfing processional to playing
online with the almost MMO Country Club. Interestingly to say the least!