Developer: EA Tiburon
N Amer - 08/28/2007
Of the huge sport franchises from EA Sports, the two powerhouses that stick out in terms of sales have always been Madden NFL and Tiger Woods PGA Tour. Now, the publisher is gearing up to release their latest entry to the Tiger Woods franchise with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08.
Recent entries in the series have touted the swing stick for analog performance, making for a very deep and accurate golfing game. However, this year’s entry will simplify the controls for newcomers, while still offering the swing stick for those that would like to use it. On top of that the series has a few new and interesting updates to keep things fresh for fans.
One new element in the gameplay to allow for easier shots is that you can now shape shots, selecting where you want the ball to land from an overhead view. You simply select the spot on the course, and your golfer will aim for that spot. Depending on how well you shoot, your accuracy in hitting the mark will change.
Additionally, the game allows you to switch to classic mode on the fly. If you come up to a particularly difficult situation and would like to use the classic method with the swing bar at the bottom part of the screen, that you can do that at any part of the game by clicking the thumbstick, regardless of what mode you’re playing.
Another new addition is the Putt Preview line. When you’re on the green and are setting up your putt, the game will create a line on the screen that will basically line out the shot that you’re about to make. This helps out a lot especially with long putts, helping you determine whether or not the ball will cut in one direction due to uneven terrain. However, you can only use this one time per shot.
The next biggest addition outside of the tweaked control scheme is GamerNet. GamerNet allows you to upload a video of a particularly noteworthy shot that you’ve taken, and lets you challenge other gamers to beat it. This mode is unique as it allows you to set up additional conditions that challengers will have to beat, as well. GamerNet will feature clips made exclusively by players, and a search engine to let you weed out specific conditions in order to find what you are looking for. You can also earn either player points or producer points, depending on the challenges you beat or the number of people that look at your video, respectively.
The face editor has also received one new key feature; you can now import photos of yourself and put them directly into the game. All you have to do is map the white point markers to your eyes, nose, etc. and the game will render the rest and put your face in the game.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 is looking to offer some great new elements to the franchise as well as help bring in newcomers to the series.
This year’s entry to the successful franchise makes the experience adaptable for new fans
Reviewer: Steven Hopper
Review Date: 07/13/2007