|System: Wii, PS3, X360||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: 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: Jun. 10, 2009||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|
In addition to career mode, theres a Play Now option, which lets you jump right onto the green for a few holes. Modes such as Skins and Stableford allow you to approach the game in various ways, and its a great way for you and/or a few friends and family members to get your game on without any hassle.
If youre looking for a break from the typical game of golf, however, you can jump into a fully realized, very accurate, and extremely enjoyable game of Disc Golf. Disc Golf gives you a great selection of courses to choose from, and the feel is simply wonderful with Wii MotionPlus; it perhaps even represents the benefits of the accessory better than the main game. Tossing discs feels great, and its a nice change of pace from the career mode.
The fun doesnt stop there, however, and EA Sports has packed in yet another mode Golf Party and its a sort of Mario Party on the green. You can play with up to four players, taking turns competing in various mini-games that revolve around well, golf. Again, MotionPlus will play an integral role when it comes to enjoying most of what Golf Party has to offer, and the variety includes some very well-thought-out diversions. One of our personal favorites is a unique take on Reversi, where the object of the game is to shoot balls onto a board in order to turn tokens to your color.
Of course, any modern golf game would be incomplete without affording you the ability to play online, and EA offers a handful of solid options that should add tons of replay value to the package. Unfortunately, you cant play Golf Party or Disc Golf online, but the traditional-golf options should still give you plenty of mileage. You can compete in tournaments, which include besting some of the worlds top pros, or you can opt to play against other players in real-time.
Getting started requires establishing a free account with EAs service, but playing online is pretty painless after the initial set-up. Theres a lobby system, though it was completely barren when we attempted to play online via that route. However, when choosing the Play Anyone option, it took only a few seconds before the server hooked us up with another player and we were out on the green. Online play was mostly smooth, with just a couple of lag pockets, and the addiction factor was evident after just a couple of holes.
In terms of presentation, PGA Tour 10 offers a very intuitive interface with loads of useful tutorials. The in-game graphics, for the most part, look good for a Wii title, though certain views can be extremely blurry and unsightly. From a distance, the trees and grass all have a nice furry look to them, though up close things start to quickly lose their sheen. Regardless, the visuals on offer here never interfere with the gameplay, and they get the job done nicely.
The music is equally fitting, and Disc Golf has some energetic themes that really add flavor to the experience. Furthermore, the sound effects are a surprising boon, and when you hit that first ball off its tee, youll be amazed at how such subtle feedback can affect the level of immersion.
Tiger Woods games have closely followed the tradition of Madden football, and weve seen quite a few iterations of the franchise over the years. However, PGA Tour 10 on Wii and we stress, with MotionPlus is truly a revolution in virtual golf. Casual players likely wont be blown away by the improvements, but true golf fans will quickly, and jubilantly, appreciate the amazing differences MotionPlus has brought to the game. Is it a title for everyone? Maybe. The Golf Party and Disc Golf modes should be something any gamer can enjoy, but Tiger Woods golf is still the main attraction here. Its easily approachable for newcomers, but your success out on the green will rely solely on skill.
CCC Freelance Writer