When you consider just how simple the basic premise of golf is - knocking a ball into a hole with a stick - the degree of hidden complexity is pretty amazing. This perennial offering takes heat for not changing a hell of a lot from year to year, but familiarity doesn't necessarily equal stagnation.
In fact, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 is the most enjoyable golf game available. This year's console and handheld versions might have their disappointing quirks, but the PC edition stands tall as king of the green... almost.
The problem - and it's notable - is that, while we will soon list off all the thing this does better than the console version, there's a lot less of it overall. The console versions have 21 courses each - even the PSP one. However, this version boasts a not-so-whopping roster of only 12 courses. Which sucks, plain and simple.
So, the PC version isn't hitting for distance, obviously. However, it sure does have its short game down.
Whether you follow the career mode and build a stable of golfers to challenge Tiger's crew, or head out solo on the PGA Tour, you'll swing your way across beautiful renditions of world class courses and fantasy creations, and gradually upgrade your golfer's skill with experience you earn on the road.
Even stuff that feels pointless and hollow on other platforms, like the exhaustive collection of apparel, makes you feel more like a bona fide part of the sport here. Sure, the foliage still looks a bit strange, even at maximum detail, but the presentation as a whole is beautiful even if it doesn't break any new ground.
Golf is, of course, a game of control, and striving for a fluid and natural swing is replicated convincingly as long as you can restrain yourself from lightning speed on the mouse.
Tiger Woods falls squarely on the simulation side of the spectrum, with accurate representations of everything from the effects of a lousy backswing to how a lofted ball is affected by even a mild wind.