|System: Wii, X360, PS3, PSP, PS2||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Tiburon||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Electronic Arts||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: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Once you throw in the fantastic multiplayer mode, you've got yourself a seriously awesome game. With Tiger Woods 09 you can play with up to three other people online on a variety of different courses. In my time with the game online, I didn't come across any lag and the way that the online mode is executed is brilliant. The other play modes are great, but it's the online that makes Tiger Woods 09 a must-buy game for golf fans.
There's the standard EA interface, where you can peruse lobbies, send messages, and set up games. Once you actually get online, up to four players can play through a course simultaneously, so there's no boring stretches when you're waiting for others to take their swings. That said, you can see colored trajectories representing swings that your opponents have taken, as well as real-time scoring. It's an addictive system and Tiger Woods 09 easily has one of the most robust online modes of any Wii game to date, including such blockbusters as Mario Kart Wii.
Rounding out the multiplayer package is a set of golf-related mini-games for up to four people. None of them are all that exciting, but some of them do manage to be interesting. Some of them feel pretty lame (for example, driving around in golf carts with a top-down view trying to collect golf balls), but others are clever and fun while they last (for example, a game in which you and an opponent try and spin the ball either toward or away from the hole). Finally, there are several golf-related variations for a single players, from a golf version of Horse to some more basic and boring "hit the ball through the ring" ideas.
If you're a golf fan, you've got to buy Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 All Play. It's the definitive game of golf this year, and the yearly iterations to come will surely improve upon an already-great game. Even if you're not a huge golf fan, this game is definitely worth checking out. Between the beefy career mode, distracting mini-games, and insanely addictive multiplayer mode, All Play is well worth the money you'll spend on it.
CCC Freelance Writer