For a series that's been around as long as Tiger Woods PGA Tour has, it's pretty odd how much variation there is between platforms. The Xbox and PS2 get 21 courses and difficulty that can be tweaked to hell and back.
Meanwhile, the Xbox 360 gets only 12 courses, but changes out the targeting flag you've grown to distrust with a circular swathe of grass. On the one hand, at least we're not seeing the same thing ported all over creation, even if you'd have to buy half a dozen copies of the same
Tiger Woods has been running roughshod over hapless golfers for more than a decade now. Much like his legendary bank account, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 sports an embarrassment of riches. Packed to the gills with features and modes, EA's annual golf outing is a rousing success - provided you're willing to put in some work. After all, beating The Man doesn't come easy.
The focus this year is the virtual you - literally. Producing a digitized version of yourself by scanning your face into the game
While EA are busy making sports games like Fight Night, NBA Street Homecourt, FIFA and NBA Live among the best looking titles ever crafted by the hands of man, Tiger missed the makeover bus. It’s a sad state that Links 2004 on the original Xbox STILL looks better than the latest Tiger title. Sure, Tiger has the animations and the resolution, but Links is prettier, less synthetic, and somehow richer.
Some things – like the economy – get worse; others – like your ‘lady’ prowess – can only get better; but some things can’t manage the distinction of either. Some things – like the Tiger Woods PGA Tour titles – just stay exactly the same.
Not in the history of EA Sports has the gulf between two annual revisions of a series been so small.
If we could’ve laid odds in Vegas some time between Thanksgiving and Christmas last year against a new Tiger Woods game appearing in 2010, we would’ve jumped on it. Considering the fact that Tiger barely played in ’09, then had a little scandal you may have heard about, we were prepared for EA to pull out of the Tiger business for a summer...
The pressure is on here in Augusta, and our head is spinning. We’ve got a three-foot putt in front of us that appears to be breaking slightly left and strongly downhill. Our caddy is recommending a particular spot to target, but considering the thousands of putts we’ve missed before – partly because of his suggestions – we’re more inclined to go with our gut and ignore him. If we sink this putt here in the middle of Amen Corner, we’re set up beautifully to win The Masters after failing in our two previous attempts. Miss it, and we’re likely doomed to another long season on the Tour before we get back here again...
Tiger Woods returns for another year of hitting the greens, this time with Kinect support. Is this year's installment good enough to wear the jacket, or has the lustre faded on the series?
The best Tiger yet will tempt you--again and again--to keep reaching for your wallet. You may just comply...
With the unstoppable success of Xbox Live Arcade, you'd expect them to start stumbling a little after awhile, but with the release of the unbelievably addictive shooter Time Pilot, it looks like we'll have to wait at least another week for the runaway triumph train to derail. A pure, adrenaline-fueled button-masher, Time Pilot hits the sweet spot of simplicity and challenge that requires repeated attempts to beat your previous personal best.
You get a little time travelin' space ship that
Oct 30, 2007
It's been a tough year to be a first-person shooter. With the bar being set ludicrously high by games like Halo 3, BioShock, The Orange Box, and Call of Duty 4, we are in a golden age of action titles. It's a bit hard, then, to recommend the fourth-dimensional shooter TimeShift amongst such a crowded field. Don't be mistaken - this is a solid offering - but its paint-by-numbers design and undercooked story will have a tough time holding your attention, though its multiplayer mode