|System: PS3, Xbox 360*|
|Dev: EA Tiburon|
|Pub: EA Sports|
|Release: March 27, 2012|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p|
The introduction of the Kinect to the PGA Tour is easily the biggest draw of PGA Tour 13, but there are some new game modes worth noting. The Legacy Challenge is probably the most peculiar mode we have seen in a golf game yet. In it, you get to follow not only Tiger Woods's golfing career, but also his life. The mode actually starts you off by controlling Tiger in his toddler years. Yes, you are actually controlling Tiger Woods when he was no more than five years old. You follow "Baby Tiger" as he hits balls into his backyard swimming pool, and as you complete these almost surreal life-themed challenges, Tiger grows up. You'll follow him through childhood, straight through his pro years, to present day, and then to the future! It's a mode that gets you incredibly intimate with Tiger Woods's life story in an almost creepy way. Still, it's one of the most fun modes in the game.
The other much-hyped game addition is the ability to form "Country Clubs" in online play. Country Clubs are essentially leagues or "guilds" for your golfing friends. By joining one, you'll start to earn status for your club whenever you compete in a match. Earning status levels your club up, and leveling your club up gives you massive coin bonuses. Clubs will also give you objectives to complete, which come with coin and status bonuses attached to them, and the best players in a club also receive rewards. Heck, you even get a reward simply for continuing to play the game. For each four consecutive days that you play the game, your country club will give you a bonus. It essentially puts more replay value into the game but focuses it on online play, which will do a lot to bolster the Tiger Woods online community.
Everything else about Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 is pretty much identical to Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12. However, the addition of Kinect Controls, Legacy Challenge, and Country Clubs certainly make it worthwhile to upgrade. In fact, the Legacy Challenge and Country Clubs are worth it even if you don't own a Kinect. But if you do own a Kinect, you'll be able to experience one of the most well-designed Kinect experiences to date. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 is most likely the best PGA Tour game yet. If you are a golf fan, you should definitely pick it up.
Angelo M. D’Argenio
Date: March 27, 2012