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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 Review - Xbox 360

By Philip Strong

Tiger woods PGA Tour have been a successful series in the video game industry for a long time. One of the best golf games in the world. The company responsible for the franchise is the American based Electronic Arts [E.A] games. Every year they bring out a follow up to the last game. This does my head in a bit because i think they could make better games if they spent longer making them.

This latest rendition is somewhat disappointing as the game is practically the same as Tiger woods 07 but with a few extras thrown in. Graphically their has been some improvements such as the trees, grass and people all look a little more crisp and color full. The controls are the same as before were you use the analog stick to swing your golf club and tap a button to generate spin and power.

You start your career as either a rookie Tiger Woods or a created golfer with limited skills. You gain better skills for beating other opponents and climbing the career table. Because your golfer is rubbish to begin with you will find that the first dozen of games or so are long and difficult. But things get a bit better when you have earned some skills. The game rewards your efforts by giving you cash for completing challenges and matches. You can then use this money to buy new golf clubs, hats, gloves, balls, clothes, all sorts of stuff.

Before you start your career you have to create your own player kit them out and choose their attributes. You can also upload your best or funniest shots onto the EA Sports Gamer-net. This allows people from all over the world to view your shots. This is a good little extra that wasn't their in the previous games. The multi-player improves things a little with match play. The game is very glitch full with golfers vanishing and a tree popping up in the background this is not what you expect from a so called next generation game!


Game play................7/10





Tiger woods PGA tour 08 is not the best in the series by a long way, after playing the Nintendo Wii version of tiger woods 07 this did not impress me much. It always seems to me that EA have a habit of taking 1 step forward and 2 steps back, I would say that only every 1/3 games they release are better than the last. However this is still an easy golf game for beginners. If you're new to the tiger woods games then it's probably worth a look, but if you have tiger woods 07 then I would stick with that. The game costs around $40 from all good games stores.

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