Tiger Woods 09
By far, the best golf game ever made. Period
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of this game is quality. I think EA Sports put a lot of effort into this version of Tiger Woods this year. The draw/fade mechanics are virtually flawless (unless you use the tilt functionality). The graphics for the pro golfers are rather good, yet somewhat mediocre for the in-game characters. But the greatest part of this game is the gameplay itself. When I play this game I feel like I am playing 18 holes of golf. St. Andrews is beautiful, and TPC Sawgrass is as hard as ever. I don't have problems with putting, but I could see how people who played wii sports golf a lot would. The swing functionality is 1:1 ratio, which means it follows your swing perfectly. I have been playing golf games since tiger woods 99. To me, this is easily the best. And the biggest new feature to the game is the online play! It is altogether the best online experience on the wii. You really don't need friend codes either. EA Sports knew what they were doing when they made this game.
I can't get over how EA could get this wrong. In my opinion they took a good thing, maybe even the best for Wii, and completely messed it up. Let's start with the putting. I understand others who have forced themselves to make it work, but the putting in this game is totally unrealistic. Quite frankly, I have to wonder why EA would ever make a game for wii that ignores such a crucial component...unless this game wasn't truly made for the wii. The online play is okay, but once again EA disregarded multiple players playing on one Wii as well as a solution for golfing on a level playing field. This was a weak attempt and I will always think twice before picking up another EA sports game. Have they become completely disassociated with the gaming community and simply trying to mass produce un-polished/refined games just to make a buck? It really does make me wonder. I guess I'll actually get work done now because i have no interest in playing this game anymore after having given it a chance for the last few weeks.
Good compared to other All-play games
Now I have bought the other 2 all play games when they came out (madden and NCAA). I was about to cancel this order because I really thought it was going to be bad. The people who made tiger 09 were using there heads. I got the game this morning and my 3 year old daughter was able to play against me using the all play feature. The all play can be turned off for one player are on for another. This is really nice since my daughter loves to play the wii. So the graphics are great in the game the courses are nice looking and not all cartoony like in the other EAsports games this year. The controls are easy to understand if you take the time to do the tutorial but putting is a little unresponsive. I feel like when I am putting that I either hit it way too hard or I will leave it way short. There seems to be no happy medium with the putting. Other then that I have not played all the modes or online yet. This looks to be a solid game and could be the only all play game that is worth keeping. So congrats to the team for Tiger 09 great job!
When I first purchased TW '09 and played it I was in the same boat as most of the nay-sayers. The putting seemed really off. Like most have said either you are pelting it or barely touching it with the same motion for each. Then I did something completely unheard of .... I actually did the TUTORIAL and then I read the instruction manual. If you place the arrow a little bit past the hole (as you do when you putt you shoot through the hole) Its fine. I'm an avid golfer and the 1:1 ratio is actually quite fluid especially when driving. The on-line feature is the best thing going however the "ALL_PLAY" factor tends to balance the playing field more towards the in-experienced than those who can play. When on-line there are no standards to play so you never know if the person you are playing is playing with Advanced swing (which is what I ALWAYS use) or standard (no-challenge) or All-Play (no learning) so you have a lot of folks falsely on the leaderboards with an undeserving sense of accomplishment. After a little more practice I'll beat them too. Cheers!
What were they thinking?
After getting by with some of the glitches in 08' I really had hopes for this version to provide the customer the improving efforts of this series. Man, was I wrong. I do not know who was responsible for the overview of this release...but, I can assure you that they have not played the game of golf. The concept of the putting is totally unrealistic and just ruined the efforts of EA Games. In all honesty, if I was Mr. Woods, I would pull my name off this game immediately. This is such a disgrace in the world of gaming, that I move that the project manager that was overseeing this game be relieved of their duties of such title. Either EA just doesn't give a rip regarding the quality of games, or they just don't know what they are doing in this series. Customers will not blindly follow a product that is a waste of money. This is such a shame. I am so embarrassed to even say that I am in possession of this game. The putting effort was ok in 08' why did you have to change it? I cannot even putt past 5'; unbelievable. I am so angry, I cannot put into words without this review getting removed.
When my girlfriend first brought home Tiger Woods 2009 I was pretty excited...and then I tried putting. It was very, very tough. BUT after playng for a little while I got used to the putting and it became very, very easy. I'm an avid golfer (scratch handicap) and I find the 1:1 swing ratio to be dead on. Just for the heck of it I tried the game on All-Play and after seeing how easy it made the game I had my girlfriend give it a try and now she can't get enough of TW either. This game really is a lot of fun and I couldn't be happier that I picked up a Wii with only this game in mind. The only thing I didn't care for was the character creation process. No matter what I tried I wasn't able to get the guy to look anything like me. Not a big deal at all though. Now if only they would come up with a weighted "mini" club with an actual grip and place for the remote to attach!
After debating on what version of tiger to get (360 or wii) i decided to give the wii version a shot since my wife would probably enjoy it more also. Well i had the game less than a full day. I agree totally with some other reviews. The controls until you get to the green are pretty decent (i actually put it in from 130 for eagle on the first hole) until you get to the green. I don't know who designed the putting in this game but they must have not putted ever before. Either you blast it past the hole, leave it way short or have to hold your putting stroke to get your power to where it should be. No thanks! Even my wife said 'The putting in this really sucks'! Once she said that, i told her welp back to the store this goes and i'll pick up the 360 version (awesome). Yeah, Yeah i know you can't actually swing w/ that version but at least its fun and you are able to gauge your putts. All in all, i think this game has potential and if you have the patience to master the putting then it could probably decent but it wasn't for me. I'll stick to Mario Kart and Zelda on Wii and leave the sports games to the 360.
I picked up this game the 2nd day it was out because I wasn't sure I it would be good or not because I had played 07 and 08 at a friend's house and they weren't that good. I've had a PS2 since 2003 and a Wii since this spring. I was very careful to pick this one over the PS2 version. Well, I bought the Wii version and let me say this game is amazing! It is very easy to learn how to play and anyone can play by using the All-Play feature. As for putting, which has been called bad, DocMenach told us the best way to help your putting. Thank you very much Doc. There are many gameplay modes so the game never gets old and if you want a challenge, try Mini-putt! Sound is good but the commentators have said the same things since 2003. What happened to McCord and Ferehty? Overall, this is a must buy for Wii golf fans.
I just got this game the other day my nephew got it for me.I wanted a Tiger Woods game for the wii. I really like playing Tiger Woods I also play golf. I had Tiger Woods 2006 for gamecube and loved it. It was the first Tiger Woods game I ever played as well as playing it on xbox 360.
This game is just ok.I like it but the motion controller ruins it for me,I like a regular controller to play games.I also don't like how it works when putting.It is hard to putt as well as sometimes drive the ball. If I wanted to play golf I'd go to the course other than that the game is good.I just don't like the motion controller for most of the games for wii and that sucks.At least I can get a game cube controller for it and gamecube games.I'll never play another wii Tiger Woods game again.
Better Than '08
I was a bit unsure about buying the "All Play" version after reading so many unsavory reviews of Madden '09 and NCAA '09 All Play. I picked it up and I'm very pleased with this year's version of the game. -The controls seem quite a bit more responsive when swinging clubs. Swing tempo seems to have a lot to do with hitting your shot rather than just adjusting your foreswing speed for a desired power. For example, a smooth half swing will give you a half power shot. Putting is different this year. Instead of having a putter that has only one maximum distance like '08, this year has maximum putter lengths of 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 60, 80 feet. I think I liked '08 putting better. -The All Play setting allows young kids and non gamers without golf knowledge to be competitive. -The PGA Tour Season is the same style as '08. -The Tiger Challenge is a bit different with the same philosophy of competing in small challenges in order to play against a pro with the ultimate goal of defeating Tiger. -A couple new golfers and a few new courses have added. -All of the courses have been redone and look a ton better, in my opinion. -Haven't tried to play online yet so no comment on that. -New commentators are nice but too repetitive. Overall this game feels more like golf than any other TW game to date.