posted by TheToad263 (SCOTTSDALE, AZ) Aug 19, 2011
Member since Mar 2011
The Tiger Woods series from EA is one of my favorite sports video game franchises,only second behind EA's juggernaut Madden.While there are some new features to the game such as the Ryder Cup, mostly it is the same game we golf fans have come to love and recognize as the best in golf video gaming with a few subtle changes and improvements.The largest change/improvement(depending on your opinion)is that the game has seemingly gotten considerably harder than its predecessors. Personally,I like it simply because while the previous Tiger Woods games flirted the line between golf simulation game and golf arcade game by allowing players to hit massive drives and sink extremely lengthy putts that are simply unrealistic in the real world,this newest installment takes a step or two in the golf simulation direction and makes putting considerably harder, and shortens the players range with most clubs.There is one rather large concern that I have for this game.The loading times are not only ridiculously frequent, but also terribly long.During a standard 18 hole round of golf,you begin the round by first loading the golf course for 30-45 seconds,then you begin at the first tee.After you finish the hole,you load another 30-45 seconds and end up on the second hole.Now,lets say that on the conservative side the loads are only 20 seconds on average. That means that during an 18 hole round you are spending a minimum of 6 minutes waiting to play due to loading. Now, lets say that an 18 hole round takes in total (including loading) about 50 minutes.That comes out to 12%. Of all of the time spent playing this game,about 12% of it will be anxiously and often annoyingly waiting to start the next hole. Now, lets say I play a total of 100 rounds of golf during the time I own this game, that would take about 84 hours.Of that 84 hours, over 10 of them would be waiting.This is still the best of golf games, just find a way to kill time when your waiting for the next hole to load. Perhaps a book
posted by That_guy2116 (SAN DIEGO, CA) Apr 15, 2011
Member since Apr 2011
I thought that the overall gameplay and graphics of this game were fabulous. That being said, the Focus Meter does not replenish quick enough, and depletes way too quickly. I first started on this franchise with Tiger Woods 08, and it was alot more fun when not having to think about if I have enough Focus to spin, or boost, or even putt preview. Like I said, overall good, but not great.