Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 Box Art
System: PS3*, Xbox 360
Dev: EA Tiburon
Pub: EA
Release: March 26, 2013
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

But, if I were to critique Tiger 14 in a vacuum, which would be idiotic, I probably wouldn't find many drawbacks.

Golf lovers will undoubtedly enjoy the fact that, for the first time in video game history, all four Majors are finally playable. The Masters Tournament, the U.S. Open, the Open Championship, and the PGA Championship are all represented, so you won't have to play any more of those generic tournaments whose titles were just different enough to dissuade a lawsuit.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 Screenshot

Also, female players will finally be able to customize an appropriately gendered character and fly through the ranks of an LPGA tour. Though, I should warn you, the LPGA is essentially a light version of the standard campaign. It almost feels sexist, actually. All of the mechanics are the exactly same, but everything is significantly easier.

The multiplayer modes have been beefed up as well. EA has increased the country club sizes, implemented a club-based chat function, and flushed out the game's online tournaments. As you progress through the single-player or multiplayer modes, you'll gain access to experience points and boost pins. Experience points translate into levels, which will allow you to unlock better equipment. Boost pins, on the other hand, work like skill points. They'll allow you to increase your skill level in any given area. So, as you progress, you'll become a more gifted golfer with better equipment, which will mitigate the bogey slot machine effect that I was complaining about earlier.

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As a rule, we're typically supposed to applaud the collapse of big name publishers like EA, but Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 proves that they're still capable of producing games that are worth playing. It also proves that sports games don't have to feel like a Coldplay record, which is commendable by anyone's metric.

By
Josh Engen
Contributing Writer
Date: March 27, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
Sometimes it looks like EA may have time traveled into the past to hire graphic artists.
4.0
Control
Simple enough for any novice to pick up quickly, but there’s enough depth here to challenge the most obsessive of players.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
If you like things that are repetitive and broken, Tiger Woods PGA Tour has the sound track for you.
4.0
Play Value
There’s so much gameplay packed onto this disk, I feel like EA could skip next year’s Tiger Woods release and very few fans would notice.
3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Go for the Grand Slam - Play in historic events from all four Majors, the Masters Tournament, the U.S. Open, the Open Championship, and the PGA Championship, for the first time in video game history.
  • Step Into the Past - Tackle historic courses, wear classic attire, and use equipment from bygone areas as you travel through time to take on the greatest moments in golf's rich history.
  • 20 Championship Courses - Take on the best of the best on some of the world's most celebrated courses, including Augusta National Golf Club, the St. Andrews Links, and TPC Sawgrass.
  • Play As Or Against Over 20 Pros - Take to the links with legends such as Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus or modern day pros like Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, or Rickie Fowler.
  • Golf Anytime in Any Condition - Combining a live weather fed with new time of day settings on course variety has been significantly amped up, including a first for the franchise: Night Golf!
  • Never Play Alone - Don't golf in a foursome anymore, golf in a twenty-foursome as the game comes to life with your competitors ball trails streaking through the air and pinpoint info on where their balls have landed. A brand new stat tracking system also makes every round feel like a tournament.
  • PlayStation Move Support - Improve your game with a true-to-life golf swing. Experience authentic golf that emulates your swing style as you drive the ball down the fairway or sink a 30-foot putt.


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