Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14
Available on PC, PS3 & XBox 360 (Reviewed)
When the number one sports game producers
EA Games/programmers combine a number one franchise with the Xbox 360
Kinect gamers are in for something special.
While the name of the game still bears the moniker of Tiger Woods as a
branding, this time around the game does not focus so much on Tiger as
it does Golf as a whole. From some of Golfs historic tournaments and
even more exciting not just one of the tournaments, but all four of
Golf’s majors are represented here. The Masters Tournament, The Open
Championship, the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship and The LPGA are
wrapped in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14.
I’ve never really thought of Golf in
regards to historic events, but Golf indeed has its share of legendary
players and events that stir through all of time with the echoes of
Golfing Glory. In Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 players get to try their hand
at Golfing historic game moments. With the intriguing chance to rewrite
Golfing history, which is always an interesting and player investing
concept for a game, and we are glad to see it here in TWPGA14. Player’s
game through history in game includes eight legends of the Sport. The
historic players are Seve Ballesteros, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Jack
Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Sam Snead and Lee Trevino, Tiger
Woods… these are just a few of the 32 pros and legendary golfers that
are in the game.
Further enhancing the experience of taking on these legends, is actually
being able to step into their shoes and play as them. Reliving and maybe
changing the outcome of some of Golf’s most historic moments in the
game’s history. As players go on the more historic parts of the game,
they also wear period clothing and use gear specific for the time
As noted the LPGA is also featured which is
a nice refreshing spark in the franchise. While it’s a small thing and
not many of the ladies are included…. to have so many options in one
game truly makes this a power house of a franchise. It’s amazing what it
has to offer players. The lady Golfers number 5 in all. They are Paula
Creamer, Suzann Pettersen, Natalie Gulbis, Lexi Thompson and Stacy
Graphically the game has beautiful visuals. Blue skies, clouds and time
of day effects and live weather, so the weather will mirror real life
for that course……. furthering the experience the player can enable the
time of day option, which means that turning this feature on makes the
game time of day sensitive. If the time of day is say noon at a certain
course, then it will be noon in the game virtual rendition of that
There are so many options a player can
change in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, that depending on the settings it can
be a real game changer. Playing with the settings is sure to give
players more of a diverse challenge with this game. Some of those
features are also in the customization of your golfer. While such things
as creating your own golfer does not really make any game changes other
than the pleasure of customizing a golfer…some of the things that go
into making the golfers playing style do have an impact in the game.
Golfer Swing Styles as the name states lets you set up and play with
unique golfing styles. Players can pick their own swing style, there are
up to 24 combinations.
Some of those styles are;
Type: Power vs. Control
Shape: Draw vs. Fade
Trajectory: Low, Medium, High
Handedness: Right Handed or Left Handed
Then players can add in power or control to their shots. Adding some
extra power may give a shot that extra oomph to get closer to the hole.
There is a new HUD representing this which is also tied to the aiming
arrow. With this it can show the player how much control or power they
are getting out of a shot. Now what’s good for the player is of course
good for the AI, so the Pro Golfers and Legends all have their own
styles and abilities in the game. Playing against any of them, and a
player will see them mirror their real world Golf style.
Some of the other new features are the new Strike Meter. The strike
meter assists the player in those tricky shots. So if there are some
slopes, or even right on the fairway, a player can use the strike meter
to adjust for the terrain. On lower levels of game difficulty the Strike
Meter is simple, as the player advances in difficulty the Strike Meter
also becomes harder to handle. A player that is able to use it to great
effect has some bragging rights, because they have some skills. The Chip
shot is now upgraded as well. When setting up a chip shot, a swing meter
is drawn on the ground that is very much like the putting meter, all of
the aids are there the player just has to put some skill in using them.
Furthering the package and what Tiger Woods
PGA Tour 14 has to offer is its online features. Expanding on past
Country Club Concepts and making them even bigger and better. There is
also a new section called Connected Tournaments. Players are able to see
up to 23 real time golf arcs from the competitors on the same course.
The online features including chat make it a very social game in its
virtual form, as much as it is in real life.
Now if this was not enough, if you have the version and the gaming
equipment that will allow you to use your body as the controller, then
you will be trying your best golf swing and getting a work out in the
process. I just do not know why I use so much muscle in the swing when I
am not hitting a real ball nor using a real club…but I do. What a work
In a passing note of minor things I also like about the game, are the
saves. Saving in mid game play is always a good thing.
Comparing past incarnations of the game line, this is perhaps the most
well put together of the series yet. I truly have a blast playing.
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