Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 Review
Xbox 360 | PS3 | Wii
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 box art
System: X360, PS3, Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: EA 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: June 8, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-24 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Once you’re done dabbling in the fine art of character creation, it’s off to a glamorous life of play dates and shopping. The calendar works basically the same as before, but there’s now something called Instant Challenges, which helps to spruce things up a tad. If your Wii is online, you’ll occasionally be challenged to compete against the scores and performances of top players, and the money you earn can be used for your character in My Career.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 screenshot

For the $50 asking price of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, the fattest new piece of content is miniature golf. You can choose from four different themed courses, and it’s a welcome addition to the formula. Mini golf offers a nice, laidback break from the more realistic game of golf, though there didn’t seem to be an option to play with Wii MotionPlus. Though the more archaic control approach matches the silly nature of miniature golf, it was still somewhat disappointing to lose that extra level of precision offered by the accessory.

Golf Party is basically Mario Party with golf-themed mini-games, and though it’s another nice diversion added to the package, it’s mostly the same old stuff from last year’s tour. Disc golf is still fun and one of the best arguments for owning a Wii MotionPlus, but again, there’s nothing really new here.

Lastly, PGA Tour 11’s online presentation is a complete dud. There are some inspired additions, such as daily and weekly tournaments, but after only a month of the game being out in the wild, the community was a ghost town. During my testing of the online options, the EA servers reported a whopping 26 people playing online, and the lack of a true lobby system means it will be virtually impossible to find a game, regardless of which mode you choose. There’s still no option to play Golf Party online, and even if you could find others to hook up with, the options and modes are slim pickings.

If last year’s game was mediocre in the visuals department, PGA Tour 11 is well below par. We’re all well aware of the graphical limitations of Wii, but this latest Tiger Woods calling card exhibits a total lack of effort and inspiration. The character models are unattractive and stiff, and the environmental textures are constantly shimmering. True View does little to help in that regard either, as a first-person view only serves to reveal the blockiness of the green. The game of golf isn’t intense or high energy, and subtle additions can go a long way. EA Sports, however, not only failed to go that extra mile, it seems they had no interest in even caddying this cart to the next hole.

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The music fares a bit better, but only because of its very basic composition. The themes sound like stock, licensed tunes you might hear while riding an elevator or shopping in a department store; they also sound completely out of place with a day out on the green. The sounds are simple but fitting, and the announcers do a surprisingly fine job of keeping the gameplay interesting.

With all my criticisms of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, I still think it’s a very solid package. The main problem I have with the game, however, is that it’s so similar to last year’s package. Though it’s a matter of taste, I prefer the interface and gameplay systems of last year’s game. Many of the new features of PGA Tour 11 are nice, but they hardly justify a full retail product.

By Tony Capri
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.0
Graphics
The game presents an acceptable framerate, and visually, it functions fine. PGA Tour 11 is otherwise completely unremarkable.
4.4
Control
The game still controls very well thanks to Wii MotionPlus, though some of the interface changes make lining up shots more challenging. MotionPlus with mini golf would have been nice.
3.1
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is generically pedestrian, though the announcers and sounds fit the gameplay nicely.
2.5

Play Value
PGA Tour 11 feels, in most respects, like a cut-and-paste of last year’s game, and personally I’d recommend PGA Tour 10 over this. The new additions are barely enough to justify an expansion pack.

3.4
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Take the Ryder Cup Challenge – Choose your team and play through the Ryder Cup tournament on the challenging Celtic Manor course. The Ryder Cup mode provides complete control of rosters, match ups, length of tournament, and the ability to tweak matches mid round for a personalized experience. Ryder Cup mode is for the whole family with foursomes, fourballs and singles.
  • Wii MotionPlus Enhanced – Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 takes the Wii MotionPlus swing mechanics up a notch with Advanced Plus and Tour Pro swing options. Advanced Plus not only tracks swing rotation, but now also tracks swing plane; reading the virtual path of your club. The Tour Pro option enhances the swing mechanic by measuring the point of contact on the ball, making it possible to miss the ball completely!
  • True View – Experience Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 from a whole new perspective with True View, a first-person vantage point. Now you have complete freedom of movement over the club while looking down at the ball, both before and during your swing.


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