|System: X360, PS3, Wii||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. 8, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4; 2-4 (Online)||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Another major improvement revolves around the Live Weather feature. Live Weather uses information downloaded from Weather.com to get real-time weather conditions for the courses you are playing truly, playing in the same conditions the professionals are during Play the Pros is quite awesome. While this feature may not be as useful to all players whilst playing at home with friends, the implementation of dynamic weather really can make well-known courses play much more difficultly its a challenge core players will really groove on!
Tiburon also threw in a gameplay mode called Tournament Challenge. Essentially what this does is allow players to take on real-life scenarios in recent PGA Tour history. Each course has four challenges of increasing difficulty that are unlocked as the previous challenge is bested. This is an interesting way of reliving an historic shot and trying to exceed its quality, but it is definitely the weakest addition to the game. On the other hand, players can now, for the first time in the franchises history, take on the U.S. Open. The addition of this Major and its venue, the Beth Page Black Course, is finally giving players more of the its in the game! weve been craving.
Other staple bells and whistles established in previous PGA Tour titles help round out the game. The excellent Photo Game Face generator, club tuning, career stat tracking, and performance coaching all combine to make this the only golf simulation title you should buy of course, thats good news, because it is the only one you can buy. As mentioned previously, the visual presentation is nearly identical to what was on offer previously that is to say, its quite excellent. Not faring nearly as well, the game commentary, while realistic, sounds canned and disinterested. ESPN's Scott Van Pelt and the Golf Channels Kelly Tilghman are professionals, but I long for a return to Gary McCord and David Faherty.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 shines apart from previous iterations due to the incorporation of both the games community and real results from the PGA. Furthermore, dynamic weather, a new putting scheme, and all the best features forged in previous titles keep this franchise moving in the right direction. The only mild missteps I can find with this title is a bunch of in-game advertising in the form of banners that flash across the screen and lots of pauses due to loading (though load-times seem to have been greatly reduced this year). In fact, this game is so good and fresh, I think Ill likely be picking this one up to replace my copy of PGA Tour 08.
CCC Editor / News Director