Review: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11
The previous iteration of this long running golf series, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 introduced the power of 1:1 controls before any game could, and it showed off what the future held for golfing games. Ladies and gentlemen, the future is here, and I’m happy to say that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 expands on what was great and then some. It has done exactly what a game that releases yearly should do. One year after the introduction of Wii MotionPlus and 1:1 motion controls, the developers at EA had time to listen to user feedback, a luxury unavailable for last year’s title, and this ultimately led to the release of a solid gaming experience.
When I booted up Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 for the first time, I immediately put my swing sensitivity settings to Tour Pro. I wanted to go straight into the most advanced settings in game. This setting gave the most accurate and true to life simulation of a golf swing. It measures the slightest movement of your wrists and where your club is actually hitting the ball. This is all possible through the use of the new True View camera angle. This puts the gameplay into first-person view, and you see everything from the eyes of the golfer. Therefore, when you are ready to swing, your camera is fixed on ground. This gives you a good view of the ball and the club. It is a true testament to the lengths the team who worked on the title went to bring the most realistic golf experience when you can actually miss the ball. It is also very realistic when considering that I went +6 over Par on my first hole. I’m not sure an experienced golfer would be able to tell you that the gameplay is very realistic. But for me, a person who has never went golfing before; the game was spot on when it came to revealing my golf skills.
There are also traditional camera and swing settings that were found from the previous titles. So rest assured, there are more simplified swing settings for all those who may Tour Pro too frustrating. The game can also be played with no MotionPlus attachment, but you will, of course, lose most of the advanced swing styles and gameplay options.
I know that the Wii has its limitations, but the graphics in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 are truly showing its age. I had my Wii running on a 32-inch television, with wide-screen and 480p. That is as good as it gets with Wii, and the ball still manages to lose itself in the low resolution. I could not see where my ball was going or has landed about 80% of the time. I guess its not the developers fault, but photo-realism just doesn’t do it for me on Wii. I’d rather see clear cut visuals with a stylized art direction, than unreasonable attempts at replicating a real life golf course.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 includes a great deal of modes that are sure to keep the player golfing for some time. Single-player career is pretty straight-forward on what that is about. Single and multi-player Ryder Cup mode is all about giving players the option to customize everything from days and lengths of events to rules and match-ups. There are also a slew of party modes, including the return of disc golf, except this time it is also available with online play via Nintendo WiFi Connection. The latest addition to the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series is Miniature Golf. It is very simple and all the putting takes place on courses you’d expect to see at elaborate mini-golf courses. They are all nice little extras to have when the golfing thing gets old.
Putting aside my personal graphical and visual preferences, I can say that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 is the best golfing experience released to date. It is a step up from last year’s title, and it is hard to see where the series can possibly go from here. If you own Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, the changes may not be drastic enough to purchase yet another version, but go ahead and definitely try it out if your wallet permits. To all the newcomers: This title is definitely a great introduction to the series and an all-around good gaming experience.
- Game: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11
- Platform Reviewed: Wii
- Release Date: Available Now
- MSRP: $49.99
- Developer: EA Tiburon
- Publisher: Electronic Arts Inc.
- Review Copy Info: A copy of this title was provided to DualShockers, Inc. by the publisher for purposes of this review.