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New features make this the best Tiger Woods title yet!,
This review is from: Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13 - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
*Beautiful presentation: gorgeous golf courses and realistic golf sound effects
*Lengthy career mode
*Tiger Legacy Challenge could be a stand-alone title by itself
*Online Country Club and other online features are a great addition
*Adjusted swing mechanic
*Great way to create and customize your own golfer and ability to use XBOX Vision cam for a face
*Putting and some other aspects of the game deliver a steep learning curve.
The Bottom Line:
I like playing golf; However, golf can be costly and time-consuming and not to mention there is actual skill required! Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13's great graphics, sounds and gameplay can satisfy your golf craving without the need to buy the golf clubs.
Some of the new features from last year include improved swing mechanic. Most of your shot will depend on how well you move the thumbstick, which could be a good or a bad thing, depending on how shaky your hands are or how well your thumbstick actually moves. If you got issues with your thumbstick, you will have a frustrating time.
Country Clubs feature will allow you to go online and join groups with others friends or complete strangers who share same interest and/or skill level as you are to see who is the best and compete in online tournaments.
Boost Pins feature mirrors other EA sports games that involve buying "packs" with your hard-earned coins from game play. Boost pins can you the edge (make your shots more powerful for some time, for instance) in the game.
Tiger Legacy Challenge: This is my favorite new feature, which deviates from previous Tiger titles. This mode was so enjoyable to me, I think it would've been a great stand-alone title by itself! This gives you a chance to relive Tiger Woods' life from toddler years and all the way to the future(2019 to be exact is the year of the challenge to break Jack's record.) This mode is also a great way for new players to learn the game. Your first challenge goes back to 1978 where you take control of a 2-year old Tiger and your goal is to sink a short putt on the Mike Douglas Show. As you complere challenges, you unlock Tigers' next phases of life, where he learns to swing out of the bunker from the sandbox of his playground and chipping shots into his mother's purse.
As an 8-year old Woods, you get other challenges, such as beating kids who are older in Youth Championships. All of these mirror his life events, which include short video montages as well.
After a while you go on to represent 1994 Stanford and US Amateur team. Then follow more difficult challenges of Tiger when he was unstoppable. After that follow the future challenges where you must guide Woods to win the 2014 Major. There are some very fun notable challenges, such as competing with Jeremy Roenick, 2018 Dwight Howard and even shooting a commercial. This mode looked and sounded great right from the start, especially when you get to play as a chubby 2-year old Tiger Woods.
Some negatives of the game include the frustration of putting. Putting on the green is way more difficult than it should be in a game. Your thumbstick control must be superb. One accidental twitch and your putt attempt is ruined. Sometimes I found myself choosing to chip shot from 2-yards out instead of using a putter. Some minor gameplay issues, such as unrealistic bounce here and there will be noticed, but its not enough to ruin the game.
The game constantly reminds you of your lifetime challenge and achievement status(your birdie total and such,) which pulls you in and keep you going. This is definitely not a short game by any means as it will take you a long time to complete all the challenges. Combine that with the online gameplay and your joy for golf and this is a great title to invest in if you like golf.