Another year brings us yet another Tiger Woods game with next year’s number on it, and PGA Tour 14 gets an added boost as Tiger Woods is now world number one yet again! The game series has also had its ups and downs in the past and to keep things fresh, EAC have tried a number of things.
Two years ago the game franchise managed to bag The Masters but now, for the first time ever, all four major golfing events are present and correct – those being the United States Open, The Open Championship, The Masters and the PGA Championship. You can also play in the LPGA TOUR as one of the ladies and compete in the biggest draw of this iteration, the Legends of the Majors mode. Shown in retro sepia-vision, this mode lets you go back in time and compete as and against iconic players of the past, going all the way back to 1860. If you’re familiar with your golf history you’ll be in your element here – for others, only more recent players such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player are going to float your boat.
When it comes to game mechanics, things are left largely unchanged – it seems the putting meter is more user-friendly this time around though, where you adjust your aim depending on what the preview shows you and then attempt to hit the mark on screen as you take your delicate swing. Players also have their own unique swing styles that match their own real life swings.
If you fancy taking your game online, they’ve also included the new connected tournaments feature where you can play live in real time tournaments with other golfers from around the world. If you like being social they’ve also extended the club feature to accept up to 100 members and you can chat with them at any time.
When it comes to presentation though, things are actually a bit disappointing. Player animations can jerk in between poses and always freeze between different points of view and the Tiger Woods model looks like he’s just had his wisdom teeth out – he’s really jowly! I also wish they’d put the sarcastic commentary back in which I enjoyed before these very serious voices took over.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 certainly provides fan service for those who like their golf games, but for everyone else, I can’t really recommend shelling out for this version. If I were you, I’d wait until the next generation rears its beautiful head which will in turn, demand a complete revamp of the series.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 gets 7 out of 10.
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