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A review from one Oblivious to Golf
on March 19, 2013
I don't know why, but one day I decided I was going to try my hand at a golf game, albeit I know nothing of the sport, with the exception of the names of a few past and present stars, and put-put. I knew of the PGA and LPGA. I knew what Par, Birdie, and Bogey were. I've seen Caddyshack and was aware of terms like Green and Fairway. I paint this picture for you so you can see I really don't know anything about golf.
So, why did I settle on Tiger Woods PGA Tour '09 for PS2? First although I have a Wii, and a PS3 I really didn't want to invest good money in something I thought might sit on a shelf and maybe, maybe be played once for all of 10 minutes. I've now been playing for two straight days. Now for my thoughts on the game.
Graphics - For PS2 they aren't bad and actually quite realistic given the technology of the time, we are talking a game now 4 years old, where much of the programming was leaning towards the newer systems. The players look good, the mechanics are good, and I have yet to see things like invisible balls, walking through trees, or the golf club going through a players shoulder. I have to rate the graphics a 10 of 10.
Character Creator - This is something that is important to me in almost every sports game I play with rare exception. In PGA tour '09 the creator is pretty darn good, I do find most of my created characters look like children when standing next to any of the pro players really, but I can live with that, it really is about how they look when on the course, and they look good, I can almost make myself, which I find impressive and give 10 of 10.
Swing Control - I think this is important to golf, there are three types and I have not figured out the difference between Analog 1 and Analog 2, but the 2/3 click system gives me all the accuracy I need and power to drive the ball. I give the swing control a 10 of 10.
Putting - This is perhaps the biggest Con to the game, but give me a second here. When I first put in PGA Tour '09 I'd get the ball to the green in say 1 shot on a par 4, WOW I thought, then putting and six puts later the ball would drop and I'd be 3 shots over par, Grrrr! However adding skill points to putting, buying a better putter, and practice I found myself within 6 hours of play draining 20 yard puts. It is confusing at first, but the system is able to be learned. In fact tonight I won my first PGA tour event and it was a four day 72 hole event! I give 3 out of 10.
Game Modes - You have your basic game mode. Much like Play Now on other sports titles. You have the EA Sports Cup which is actually the first event I won, however one could say I won due to cheating, I turned the difficulty to Custom and made it so CPU controlled players would be awful. That mode only works if you get to watch your opponents plays. Then you have the Career or PGA tour season, I am only on the second month so I can't tell you how many years it plays out or any of that. I give 8 of 10. I wish there was a training mode.
Soundtrack - So often I find the music on sports games to get repetative and as it does so it gets irritating. So far I like the soundtrack a lot and was surprised to see Young MC even had a track, I'd almost forgotten about him since about 1990. It seems all the music is instrumentals which means no catchy lyrics to drive me nuts after hours of play time. I give 10 of 10.
What upset me, while trying to learn how to put I looked all over the game for something like a tutorial, no such thing it seemed. I looked for a trainer mode, and again nothing. Yet looking online it seemed to say you could meet and train with Tiger Wood's own trainer, and you could play with your clubs for better control. Then I found that it didn't enter the PS2 version, Bummer. I also wish that the putting mode would allow a player to set up a put much like Billiards, or Bowling, that you could adjust the line and see the actual path the ball would follow, perhaps leaving the last five inches clear to add some difficulty, and not telling the speed so it leaves some guess work. I find putting to be the hardest part of the game.
Finally the Difficulty, I tampered with the difficulty a bit, at first I set everything to Easy, and I shot a 13 my first game, the leader shot a negative 8. I tried it on Medium Difficulty my Second game, because I started a new character, I like my characters, I shot an 11, and the leader shot a negative 7. Then for laughs I tried expert, I had my best game shooting a 8 and the leader shot a negative 8. I saw no change. However I tried the cheat IAMRUBBISH to max my stats and unlock everything in the pro shop, I'd won enough money I bought new clubs and gear, and then I shot a 0 and putting I still found difficult. I really think adjusting the difficulty should have had an effect on the pros scores, easy should have had them shooting a 5 to 15, Medium should have had them shooting -8 to 3, and Expert perhaps -15 to -7. I really saw no reason until I played in the EA Sports Cup and had to stand next to the opponent then I saw the opponent taking 6 or more shots on a par 7, which is no help in career mode.
Over all if your looking for a good cheap golf game like I was and don't want to pay fifteen dollars more for one of the more recent systems games then I say get this one, over all I give it an 8 out of 10 and it has made me addicted to Video Game Golf, I may have been right when I said I didn't want to spend money on something that would sit on my shelf, I like this so much I think I will pay for a newer golf game, and this one might just find a home on the shelf, but it would have served a purpose.