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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 review

The song remains the same as Tiger heads back out on the links to kick your ass

Pros

  • Scads of game modes
  • Putt Preview tool
  • Some new courses

Cons

  • Inconsistent swings
  • Invisible fans
  • Not much is new

Sept 5, 2007

It's got to be tough for the Tiger Woods developers on PS2 these days. After all, EA's focus is clearly on the next-generation games, even though everyone and their brother still owns Sony's current-gen console. The last few Tigers have been deservedly well received, and about the only complaint people have had is that they've been pretty easy to conquer. Obviously, EA has heard you loud and clear. This season's game is virtually the same as last year's, with one big exception- the difficulty is ramped so far up that you may head out to a real course in order to blow off some steam.

The heart of any Tiger game the past few years has been the create-a-golfer mode, and this year's is no different. Except, of course, that when you start out, your created dude is simply horrific. Not only are his attributes terrible- they always are at the beginning- but the guy can't hit a shot straight with any power to save his life no matter how well you swing. It'll take you more than a few hours hacking up plenty of Tiger Challenges and PGA Season tournaments to get to a position where all but the most perfect of swings will result in something other than an embarrassment. When you finally bulk up some stats, things get a lot easier. We're just not so sure everyone will make it that far.

Putting is also treacherous, although it's a bit more consistent and there's a much-needed tool to ensure some success. Unlike its cousin on the PSP, there's no gauge to let you know how much oomph you're putting into your putts- you've got to eyeball it. That, naturally, will lead to plenty of missed shots when you leave balls short or scoot 'em way past the hole. At least the new Putt Preview feature lets you take a couple of practice shots to see how far off you'll be. Without that, chances are our controller wouldn't still be in one piece.

More Info

GenreSports
DescriptionThe people who brought you Outlaw Golf are taking over the franchise, and the new features focus on deeper customization and better tools for the community.
Franchise nameTiger Woods PGA Tour
UK franchise nameTiger Woods PGA Tour
PlatformPSP, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, PC, PS2
US censor ratingRating Pending