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Overly complicated but with some good additions
on 13 May 2013
I`m pretty loyal to the "franchise" of Tiger Woods golf, so in many ways I`m a schmuck. However, there are just (and only just) enough additions to the previous year(s) each time to make a purchase worthwhile. Whether it`s worth £35-40 cost each year, rather than waiting six months for a big drop in price, is normally down to my finances at the time!
I`m a real-life Golfer too so expect things to accurately reflect the game, and that is slightly better this year than before in career mode, as you can compete in all four majors and they are called by their correct titles. That always was a bugbear of mine, and the career aspect looks much better now you can achieve the Grand Slam. The old Tiger Challenge has expanded to competing in many classic moments from Golf history, right back to Young Tom Morris in the last century, through Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus; and up to the more recent heroics of Seve, and of course Tiger himself. That part is fun, but I don`t know if I like the "Take Down A Legend" idea - why the hell would I want to take down Bobby Jones?! Compete for his respect would be a nicer way of putting it.
Other than those things, it`s the familiar career path from amateur to the tour school and beyond, and the gameplay is much the same, however they try to dress it up. Why the graphics are not better than the first version I played (`08) I don`t know, and what they were thinking with all the nonsense about pins and badges...I don`t get that, if it isn`t reflecting real Golf I don`t know why it`s in the game.
Of course, buying the game only gets you about 40% of the available courses, which is pretty disgraceful in my opinion.
Ultimately, if this was the first TW game I`d bought I`d be going on about it for weeks. When it`s the seventh, and only minor tweaks are added, it`s not so easy to recommend wholeheartedly.