Like the game of golf itself, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 on PlayStation 3 is at once exhilarating and heartbreaking. It's a near-exact clone of the 360 version - the only real differences are Sixaxis-enabled control tweaks and a targeting reticule that's become a blinking arrow, not a circle. Which means the game is so pretty your retinas will literally crawl out of your eye sockets, run down to your lips and kiss you - but the sugary glitz comes at the expense of big, meaty chunks of gameplay.
It's especially notable in Tiger, whose current-gen version boasts 21 courses, but whose PS3 outing delivers only 12. But the PS3 version still costs 20 bucks more. That sucks. So do the more rudimentary difficulty settings and the way the current-gen version's entire career mode, which has you recruiting a fearsome foursome to take Tiger's posse down, has been duffed right into the drink, never to be seen again.
Which is not to say that there isn't a ton here to do; you've got nine match types, ranging from typical stroke play to online skins games and on to brutal new variations like One Ball, in which up to four people take turns swatting at a single golf ball. The idea is that the guy who sinks it gets the points - thus, you want to do badly enough to keep the person after you from sinking the ball with his shot, but not so badly that the game penalizes you for blatantly sabotaging your swing. It's wickedly brilliant.
It's nice to see a realistic number of people in the gallery (and perverse fun to try to peg them with an intentionally errant shot). Create-a-player is more robust than ever, and the PS3 version also adds in a new way to control spin: you hold down L1 or X and tilt the Sixaxis controller in the direction you want to go. It's far preferable to hammering buttons, though it might work a little too well: you can practically steer the ball around obstacles once it touches the grass and starts to roll.