Games: ‘Tiger’ really swings
It quickly became apparent I’d need some help reviewing “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07.” My skills at putting balls through tunnels and windmills just didn’t cut it.
So, I turned to a friend who knew a little more about the links. Dave was up for it, but said: “Just don’t call me a retired-Navy avid golfer.” OK, I won’t.
Although the EA Sports game is available for almost every system known to humanity, we tested it on Nintendo’s Wii, which uses the motion-sensitive remote to simulate the movement of a golf club.
The instructions indicate that gamers should grasp the controller with two hands in a way similar to a golfer’s grip on a club. However, Dave quickly switched to a one-handed swing and had a lot of luck.
The “True Aiming” system allows gamers to select an intended target area. However, wind direction and speed and course contours must be accounted for in each shot.
The swing’s speed is key, but backswing and follow-through also are important if you want to make each shot count.
Dave had played other golf games in the past, but had been dissatisfied with the control systems. It took him about five minutes to become “addicted” to this game.
However, a few problems did pop up.
The putting system sometimes “hit” the ball when Dave was making his backswing — usually causing it to overshoot the hole. Tiny shrubs sometimes because insurmountable obstacles. And Dave wasn’t satisfied with the club selections in certain circumstances.
The graphics are good. Courses and backgrounds look fine enough, but the renderings and animations of the golfers are excellent. It was amusing to watch Dave react to a shot and then see the on-screen golfer make practically the same gesture.
The game covers 18 championship courses — including St. Andrews and Pebble Beach. Gamers can choose from among 35 different pro and fantasy players, or create their own alter egos with an impressive character-creation tool.
Play modes include single-player tours, eight arcade games and multiplayer games.
Game commentary is handled by David Feherty and Gary McCord — with appropriate and amusing dialogue.
Nintendo first introduced a Wii version of golf in “Wii Sports,” which hinted at the game’s potential. “Tiger Woods” develops the concepts and adds a variety of elements that increase the complexity and subtlety of the game. The result is fun and addictive.
Platforms: Wii, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360, PC
On the Web:www.easports.com/tigerwoods07/