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EA Sports Season Opener 2009

EA Sports Season Opener 2009 article

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10

System/s: Wii | Release: June 16, 2009 | Developer: EA Tiburon

This was one of two games that were shown at this event that will be taking advantage of Nintendo's MotionPlus controller add-on. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 was being demonstrated both with and without this new attachment due to the fact that there has still been no solid date given for its release. Without MotionPlus, the game seemed to function similarly to last year's Tiger by registering swing strength. However, with this add-on inserted into the Wii-mote, Tiger mimicked the player's swinging motions exactly, even taking note of how the remote was being twisted and applying the appropriate fade or draw to the ball.

Another interesting new twist on gameplay found in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 has to deal with weather. As one would expect, if you are golfing in the rain, your putts and drives will suffer due to the challenging conditions. The same holds true in this year's Tiger but this time around the weather will actually change dynamically and be true to life. Utilizing real-time information gathered from The Weather Channel, PGA Tour 10 will automatically (once the option has been turned on) change each course's weather to accurately simulate its non-virtual counterpart.

EA Sports Season Opener 2009 article

Grand Slam Tennis

System/s: Wii | Release: June 18, 2009 | Developer: EA

Grand Slam Tennis was the other Wii game at this event to be shown off using Nintendo's MotionPlus accessory. This title can actually be played several different ways including with a Wii-mote only, using a Wii-mote with the new add-on attached, or with a Wii-mote and Nunchuck. When utilizing both controllers, players will need to move their character around with the analog stick and swing their racket with the Wii-mote. Using only a Wii-mote will make things simpler, only requiring players to time their swings correctly to properly hit balls back over the net. However, with the yet unreleased MotionPlus attachment inserted, volleys become much more about making the appropriate swinging motion for a desired shot rather than just shaking the remote at the proper time. Since motion detection is nearly one-to-one with this add-on, how players swing their rackets will be entirely determined by how they are swinging their Wii-motes.

EA Sports Season Opener 2009 article

EA's first go at a tennis game is already looking pretty promising. Still, the deal gets even sweeter when you factor in the inclusion of one of the most prolific tennis stars in history. That's right, anger management requiring John McEnroe will be a playable character in this title. While his addition does make sense based on his amazing career and abilities, it will be interesting to see how much of his "personality" and profanity make it into the finished product. Since Grand Slam Tennis is on the Wii, chances are this will likely be the tamest anyone has ever seen McEnroe while playing tennis.

By Adam Brown
CCC Game Journalist

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