|System: X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: EA Tiburon||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: EA Sports||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug. 26, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The character models are an incredible likeness of their real-life counterparts with 27 pros in total including both male and female golfers from around the world such as Vijay Singh, Mike Weir, John Daly, Se Ri Pak, Christie Kerr, and, of course, Tiger. Visually, the PSP version is attractive; comparable to the graphics you would expect on the PS2 version. Each course is full of detail and the outdoor ambience of each location is captured well in the sound effects, which make you feel as though you have been whisked away to each location.
While you still can't see the gathering of spectators watching you play from afar, you can hear them cheering with one funny onlooker in particular who likes to scream especially loud. He adds a level of comedic relief to the game as he hollers slogans such as, "I love this game," and "That's the shot!" But, it still makes no sense that you can hear hundreds of spectators cheering your good shots and gasping in shock at your bad ones, though there is no crowd of people lining the course. I think a gallery would be a nice addition to the game and add a level of realism. For those who like the tranquility of being on an open course all alone, having the option to turn the spectators on or off would be nice.
The commentating duo of Sam Torrance and Kelly Tillman doesn't do much to add any excitement, as their dry observations of the game sound as though they've just woken up from a nap. I find some comments are not even appropriate to what just occurred, though they do have some helpful tips from time-to-time. The soundtrack is good, adding a level of excitement to the relaxed, slow-paced style of gameplay this is; you can play for hours without getting annoyed by the music. What I did notice about this game is there is no option to skip through the tracks or browse the play list to turn certain songs off, which is unusual.
If you haven't grown sick of your 08 version of Tiger Woods yet, there may not be enough new reasons to entice you to buy 09. If you have completely maxed out your previous edition or were anxiously waiting for EA to do away with the pesky Confidence Meter and Mental Games, you may want to check this one out with caution. The lack of new modes and mini-games is disappointing, however.
CCC Freelance Writer