posted by TheSolly (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Mar 1, 2010
Member since May 2009
A pet peeve of mine is games that rely on unlockable content. As a casual gamer, I don't want to be forced to jump thru hoops just to access a game I have already paid for. This game forces you to play a huge number of dull, repetitive minigames to unlock a single course. The minigames only come in a couple flavors so you will have to jump essentially the same hoops over and over, just to get one new course to play. Simply put, opening courses to play is a chore and only the hardcore golf fan is going to wade thru hours of boring nonsense just to get another course. Like me, most casual gamers will unlock a few courses and just accept playing those rather than bother getting the rest. With the new version of the game out, I still haven't unlocked all of 09. For that reason I won't even bother with the new version. The graphics and gameplay are spectacular. This is by far the best golf series ever to represent the sport. You cannot take gameplay away from it. My only complaint is that half the game is locked away at the start and opening the rest is no fun. The canned soundbites of the announcers will have you muting the game quickly. The various types of games and challenges are plentiful, and give alot of replay value outside of the context of the main golfing game. Online play is superb. Finding a match is simple, easy, and fun. It's one of the few games I do play online. The pro series 'campaign' is overly easy I found with Woods himself often hitting 5 strait into a water trap. If not for the fact that this game is under lock and key so badly unless you invest massive amounts of time in very un-fun minigames, I would have given it a ten. But given that you are really forced to drag the game out to get courses is inexcusable to me. This is an artificial way to make the game seem 'bigger' than it really is. And when I pay for a game, I do not want to be told I can only play part of it right away. Lose the unlockables, developers!!!!!
This game was great. It can be quite frustrating at times. The gameplay is excellent. The graphics could be better, but i would say they are as good as it can be without an HDTV.
I love the career mode. It is rather extensive and you can build up your player from the ground up. I also like the pro shop feature. What is frustrating though is all the challenges you have to do to unlock new clubs, shirt, shoes , courses etc
overall i would give this game an 8. maybe by 2010 or 2011 they will improve upon the graphics and not make the challenges so long and daunting.
Replay Value 9.9
Career mode 8.2
posted by SirMacalot (CARROLLTON, TX) Aug 30, 2009
Member since Feb 2009
PROS: great graphics, authentic golf courses, very in depth player creation and customization, very fun and simple gameplay
CONS: inconsistent game play (i.e., wind says 20mph, so you adjust, but then realize it's more like 5mph - putt preview says you're gonna make a perfect putt, but when you execute it, it's actually too hard and sails past the hole and rolls back down to the fairway)