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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2012
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.