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Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13 - Playstation 3
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: StandardChange
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2012
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: StandardVerified Purchase
Well the big surprise for me was that I could play Augusta right out of the box. I expected to have to 'earn' my way up to unlock that course, but it's right there and available when you first fire up the game (well...after downloading updates, signing in, registering, refilling your drink like three times through all this tedious nonsense...)

Play control (with the standard controller...I'm not using Move) should be pretty simple to figure out if you've played previous versions. My last version was '09, so it's been awhile. I got comfortable pretty quickly and was able to play a 1 under par round at Augusta on the first try. So no problems there.

My complaints about the game are that I expected graphics to improve over time, but it just hasn't happened. Everything looks fuzzy or slightly out of focus. The ball often disappears when landing on the fairway. Motion isn't always necessarily smooth either, with a bit of stop and go jittering (not during swing, thank goodness) going on, as if the system is being taxed to its limits. Also, there's a sound effect on 17 or 18 at Augusta that I'm guessing is supposed to be waves or breeze in the distance, but immediately reminds you of a sleeping heavy breather. There are annoyances I have with the putting as well. The system seems to limit how far back you can swing with the putter, in some cases making it impossible to reach the hole, especially if you choose to try to putt from the fringe of the green. I may have not completely figured out the control, though.

Still, this is as close as most of us will ever get to playing Augusta, and the fact you can do it right out of the box in practice rounds without so much as signing into the EA servers is cool by me.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2012
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: Standard
I just got the game today and yes it is addicting if you do like to play golf. It is fairly easy on amateur mode and if you need help the caddy gives you great shot opportunities because the caddy knows exactly the right shot in the right situation most of the times. If you have trouble knowing how to read the wind or knowing how to hit a fade or draw, use the caddy to your advantage. It is great when you are teeing off and can be great when shooting with irons, I got two eagles with irons and chip shots, but the putting leaves a lot to be desired. Putting is by far the most frustrating part of the game because you can mishit the putt on occasion once you get used to the putting and trust me the first hour you will be mad as hell with putting but just be patient and you will get better at it. Its fun to play the game because you do have to spend a significant amount of time leveling up the player, but guess what? you have five 5X exp as an option before you start the round and you can refill those five again with the only 5 refills. I do not understand however the reason why EA has to have people buy more coins with their money for a game that costs $60, but that is an issue that I have with the developer of the game.
The shot trace is easy to follow and is not really noticeable on amateur as you do not have to move the analog stick diagonally, but I will try that out later for draws and fades. Yes it will take time to build up your character but honestly how many people buy a golf game every single year like madden? So you can buy this game and keep it for a few years as I doubt much would change year to year. You have to be able to appreciate golf to play this game I think in order to get the full experience because golf in real life is frustrating so remember not everything can go your way, but once you learn how to putt its going to be an easy and an enjoyable game because it is such an excellent game in the graphics, the gameplay, and the different levels from amateur up to tournament pro.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2012
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: StandardVerified Purchase
I agree with the reviews that say that if you haven't purchased a recent title in this series, this game is a must-have. It seems that a lot of folks on the net have ranked this title down because it has little new over PGA TOUR 12, but I hadn't played the series since '08 and this game is awesome!

So a lot is new for me and it's all great. Career mode is terrific and the seamless incorporation of online is very well-done. Something that IS new for PGA TOUR 13 is the Country Club feature and this has been a LOT of fun for my friends and I that play online together. Caddy Mode (not sure when that was new) is also a very good addition to the game allowing to very different and realistic ways to play.

There is no practice area and while I would still like one, it isn't as necessary as it might seem. I do not like the emphasis on additional charges for power ups (nor the fact that a practice area is included only in an upgrade version), but the power-ups are unnecessary and you can try them out with the few "freebie" coins you receive.

With not too much practice, you can easily shape ball trajectory and make some amazing shots. Same thing with draining those 30-foot putts.

Load times between holes are reasonable, but the load time simply in changing menus is really too long.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2014
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: StandardVerified Purchase
The game is entertaining and the graphics are great, but it takes about 15-20 seconds between each hole that you play for the next hole to load which makes the game drag on. This game also forces you to subscribe to play certain courses on the game. For what this game costs to buy new, you'd think that all courses would be made available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2014
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: StandardVerified Purchase
When I told a someone I was buying this, they said that game can get addictive and they were right. I am a little worried sometimes buying new games because the controls are too much to learn. I am an old gamer from way back and the new controls can at times frustrate me. This one wasn't too bad. It took a round or two but I got a pretty good grasp on the controls and am doing ok. I think the average gamer should have no trouble getting the hang of it. The game is fun and relaxing and that is how video games should be. I created my own character and started my career. I haven't done the online thing so I can't comment on that. The price was great and it's fun to play. I recommend using the caddie advise as often as possible.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: StandardVerified Purchase
I am surprised that Amazon is still selling this game. In playing it, we set up our own golfers, play challenges and earn trophies. After you win about 30 trophies, the game freezes up on the first green every time, so you have to set up a new golfer, then get to the same point and it freezes up again, not allowing you any further in the game. I am totally discouraged at EA Sports and their golf games, will never buy another one again. I went to their web site, commented on my issues, same as hundreds of others and have not heard back from them with a fix. Please take this game off your availability of games, you would be smart to do that Amazon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2014
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: StandardVerified Purchase
Got it for $10 so it was a good deal if you just want to plink around and don't need all the newest versions features.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2012
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: StandardVerified Purchase
Game works great with the move controller. It's easier to make a shot with the controller, but it's much more realistic and fun with the move motion controller and golf attachment.

If you're going to buy this game, I'd recommend buying the attachment.

Of note, the game is fun, and I enjoyed career mode. However, be warned, you have to pay for an extensive list of add-ons if you really get into the courses. I haven't had to pay for anything because I only play occasionally and don't want all the maps etc.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2012
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: Standard
I have bought TW PGA Tour off and on for some years now. I haven't been playing it consistently in recently years. I got the 12 version fairly late and was not planning to by 13 until heard about the new "total swing control". I downloaded the demo from the PSN and I was impressed despite the fact I did poorly. The addition of "tempo" and the "swing arc" made it real for me. Tiger Legacy Challenge is a really fun way to learn the new game. It takes you from when Tiger was 2 years old to the future. I tried to use the move controller with TW PGA Tour 13 but I was a bit frustrated. Well my advice regarding the move is "don't waste you time! You can swing with it but some of things you need to setup your shot you will need the standard controller (or maybe I could figure it out). This makes it too cumbersome, IMHO. OK, to sum it up, old users of this game may hate it because they will have to revamp there swing. New users may like it from the for the Tiger Legacy Challenge as an easy way to get started.
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2012
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: Standard
Please take my word for it and verify my words online if you dont believe me. They make you PAY to get all the courses. I am so upset right now I cant even tell you. I LOVE this game but again, they make you pay to get the good courses. It's the biggest scam ever!
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