Its been EA's signature for quite a few years now, always wanting you to pay more for a game after you buy it.
There is a coin system in this game that you are rewarded with every time you play but you would have to play this game non-stop in order to get enough to get the locked courses for free. But, in classic EA fashion, you can always buy the other courses for $40.00 but even that won't get you all of them. WHY put a game out if you aren't gonna put all the courses intended to play in the career mode on the game? It's complete BS and exactly why I'm so fed up with EA. This game would deserve a 10, but with only 19 or so locked courses, it only gets an 8 in my book
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 is a good game don't get me wrong. There is always something about the Tiger Woods games that brings a sense of I just have to play it again and again.
As usual the character models are highly detailed and created characters still have the pleathora of customizable features to them. What is also nice is the application of the new swing mechanic, though hard to use at first once you get the hang of it it becomes useful in appling small teaks and changes to your swing to get just what you want. This is probably due to the recent applications of the Kinect and Move to swinging, which though I haven't used has been reviewed as being better than before. Multiplayer, though I haven't played I have heard is better than ever also.
However with these new applications TWPGA13 does have its problems. First and foremost being the new way in which the game has implemented DLC, you thought the last one was bad well this one has gotten worse. DLC instead of being avalable to buy and then play unlimited rounds of golf on the courses is not locked out until you pass the challenges that are presented at the courses. Though this is now avaliable through the acquiring of coins by normal gameplay the rate at which coins appear and the amount needed to buy a course, or in fact actually finish the course is very high, taking up to 12 hours just to beat the challenge to unlock 1 of the 16 avalable courses through DLC. Another problem is the new swing mechanic, though it is nice to use it is too easy on amateur and pro diffuculties while being too hard on the harder difficulties and thus definetly needs some polishing.
If you like TWPGA then of course get this next annual addition to a great series, however if you are unsure then it is probably best to just rent this game as the DLC format for TWPGA is still not the greatest and the implmentation of this new swing mechanic though nice still needs some fine polishing to prevent it from being too frustrating.