Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters
READ THE FINE PRINT!!!
Just so everybody knows, if you read the fine print on the back, you will see that this is another one of EA's Online Pass games. To access online features, you will need an EA account and you will need a one time use Online pass, so if you don't buy it brand new, you will have to add $10 to your cost. I, for one, will not be buying any games that have online pass features. If this eventually means that I have to stop gaming, so be it.
Great game, BUT...
This is a great game, especially if you are a fan of the TIger series. But they still have yet to implement simple stuff like divits being taken out of the ground after hitting the ball (the same just grass flying after a hit occurs and there is no divit in the ground, which is ridiculous). The ONE thing that happens every time watching or playing golf is a chunk of earth is taken out typically after fairway shots or par 3's. Also the atmosphere - as in the fans that stand along the side - are completely unrealistic. It has been like this in every Tiger game and it's absurd. Another thing is after taking your tee shots, the guy always waves and walks away awkwardly. Very unrealistic. But besides that, and the fact you have to purchase courses, the ranking system is EXCELLENT. Your skills are NOT contingent entirely on performance. Instead you can use the xp gained by making birdies, eagles, close shots, etc on what skill you want to improve on. All in all, it's a much better game just needs simple fixes...
Looking forward to this game
I got a chance to play the demo and it was very challenging. I like the whole caddie feature, because like in real golf your caddie gives you helpful advice on the best possible lines to take and then you have the choice to select either one of two shots you feel is better or you can just go custome and make your own shot. Putting is a lot harder it seems and you will really have to feel the course and listen to the advice of your caddie. Sometimes when the pressure is on they take away all aids and you are left on your own , once you calm your heart rate down it is just you and your skills. This plus new courses like Augusta and the ability to play the Masters is a good reason to pick this up. I don't really care if Tiger is on the cover or not, doesn't make the game any better in my opinion, as long as he is in the game is all that matters. Can't wait to play some holes in a few weeks.
Time to take a step back
While new courses are always nice, especially a first like Augusta, I have been repeatedly disappointed over the years by the franchise's continued move towards pure realism. While this is essential to their recreation of an actual tour season, I wish they would continue to include other aspects or game modes to each yearly TW iteration.
In my opinion, TW 2004 was the last truly innovative year of the franchise. I would pay extra to get back fantasy courses such as The Dragon, and Predator, to name a few. Even as downloadable content this makes sense as the courses are already designed, and a minimum amount of effort would be required to keep the graphics in line with hardware improvements. You would think the additional revenue alone would have already lead EA down this path.
I will most likely purchase and play 2012, but I'm about ready to start looking for an original XBox so I can scratch that 2004 itch.
Great game with new features
This game is probably one of the best PGA games I have played. I loved PGA 2011 but this one adds new features and play style to the game, giving it a fresh new way to play. I've read some of the reviews from others complaining about the changes but really it enhances the game alot. The features really don't take that long to figure out (I had them pegged by the end of the 9th hole) and the old controls work just like they used to from 2011. I think only 2 controls were changed (view buttons for one were moved to the sticks instead of 'Y' button, etc.) The Caddie is helpful for new players but for experienced players, Caddie is disabled with the press of a button.
PGA 2012 includes the same number of courses that PGA 2011 had + Augusta. Others were complaining about addon courses but the old courses from 2011 are included, They just have a ton more add on courses when that 2011 had (which I think was only 4-5 if I remember correctly, 2012 has more then 10).
Any lover of the EA PGA series will enjoy 2012.
If you want the exact same experience of PGA 2011 without anything new at all and without being open to learning a few new features added to your existing play style then don't get 2012. Those open and interested in a 20 minute learning curve of new features will love PGA 2012.
Big Tiger Game in Recent Years
This is definitely the best Tiger Woods game in recent years. 2011 wasn't bad, but Masters blows it out of the water. The caddie addition is awesome, but there are times when its suggestions aren't the best choice (understood though). And despite what some reviews say you can override the caddie's suggestion and decide where you aim. The graphics are the best of any Tiger game yet. I haven't gotten a chance to play the online becuase I've been so involved in playing the career mode "Road to the Masters". It's great how you start off an amateur and work your way to the pros. My only complainent is the same complainent I've had about every EA game recently. You have to buy way to much extra stuff. On Masters you have to buy way to many courses and if you don't you have to skip them in the career and the game penalizes you for it. I wish EA would quit doing this on every sports game they make, it's rather aggravating. As said before though overall the game is the best Tiger game in recent years. If you're a PGA Tour game fan this is a definite buy.
Augusta National at its BEST
I havent played the demo and I just watched the preview video, looks great. I attended the 2010 Masters and am very impressed at the realism they have in this game. Thank God Chris & Kelly arent the broadcasters anymore I'm getting sick and tired of that woman.
Good but your going to need more than $60
First off, this game is fantastic even though the graphics are the same the gameplay is a whole step up and is incredible. Even though the caddie can be too helpful at time you can turn him off at certain times. The game is amazing so that you will never hit the ball the same way twice. The major setback to this game is that if you want to fully enjoy the game you need to have $110. The reason for this is that the DLC is $50 if you want to get the Birdie and Eagle packs which contain all of the other courses and are pretty much needed while playing the game because if you don't have them you get penalized. Pretty cheap on EA's part if you ask me but, all around a pretty excellent game that I've come to expect from EA's trial and error process.
Same old game, but still fun
This game is pretty much the same as last years with a few exceptions. EXP is still allocated the same way and club tuning is the exact same. In game achievements (pins) have been added outside of XBL achievements. Gameplay is a little hard to get used to with the addition of the caddy. You almost get punished for not using their help when you attempt to make your own shot and sometimes they leave it completely up to you which can really throw you off guard. Putting is a little easier with the addition of the caddy however. Getting to play in the Masters is very neat but it feels like pretty much any other tournament. If you are a hardcore Tiger Woods golf fan get it. If you have last years edition and liked it, get a permanent marker and replace '11 with '12.
WOW, never thought I'd see the day!!
Amazing, like a late Christmas present, the Masters folks have finally taken down the digital curtain!. So many people have been waiting for this moment, finally, we get to play on a simulated Augusta National golf course! I can't wait to play amen corner on Sunday afternoon, put on greens rolling at a 14 on the stimp, hit off the pine needles like Phil, recreate "The Chip!" They should throw in the par 3 coures, just for fun!