This years game is actually worth getting, load better then last years disaster. There is a lot of things to do in this years game that should have been in the other version. The graphics have been much, much improved and so has the gameplay. The addition of the extra tasks is great. Some of the challenges though have their faults, I have had scoring issues with some skill tests where I have had the score lower when I was closer to the hole then the previous or after shots. The new hitting system is great, makes you have to really move the controller perfect or your ball will somewhere else. That feature does add a little learning curve to those who have played the previous versions, but adds more realism to the game. Gameface is back and looks much better. The only drawback to this game again is online, there seems to be a rash of developers rushing and not testing that area. It is hard to create a game, seems to just flash like it is trying, but nothing happens. I found that pressing the guide button on the controller will actually make it work, sometimes. If the online was working right it would get a slightly higher score from me. It is really about a 8.2 game, but if online was working right it would get a little bump to 8.5.
So I have been a big fan of the EA Tiger Woods franchise for a long time now and been a loyal purchaser year after year. I can honestly say that this is the most innovative and challenging game to date. Graphics are gorgeous, frame rate is up to par and the courses are realistic. I am only in the “building” part of the game but I am sure that this is going to have hours of endless CHALLENGING play. Buy this game, might even want to get two.
I’ve never played a TW game before so I cant remark about this one being better or worse then the others TW titles. The graphics are ok, not great. In fact I don’t believe them to be any better then links was on the original Xbox. I do like the toughness of the game play. There is no meter to tell you how hard to swing. The touch of the game is all up to you.
Where this title completely falls apart is the online play. Getting into a lobby to play a game can be exhausting. Your 360 will get stuck in this flashing screen where the back button is useless. The only means of escape is to hit the Xbox button then choose Y to get out of the game. After many times doing this you may or may not join a room. Also if the host quits or gets dropped the entire game is lost. You cant continue to play on like you could in Links. I’ve checked the xbox forums and many people there have said EA says there is nothing wrong with the game and blames their modem or router. Sounds like EA has no intentions of fixing a problem they don’t recognize. I was going to buy this game from gamefly. At this time I will wait another week to see if EA fixes the problem. Too bad, I was hoping this would be the golf game we had all hoped for.