There's a large amount of pedigree that comes with being Tiger Woods. Along with major golf championships, famous TV ads and world recognition, there's also the popular and consistently good PGA TOUR series which has skilfully putted gamers' high expectations time and time again. Well Woods will no doubt be happy to know Electronic Arts hasn't let him down in this roaring example of videogame golf.
Rather than initially overwhelming you with the wide range of options available, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 08 gently eases you into its world with numerous practice, tutorial and mini-game modes to introduce the skills and techniques needed to get the best out of the SIXAXIS Wireless Controller stick swing. But even to fans of the franchise, the game brings a fair few surprises in its already large caddy of features.
Joining the addition of FedExCup courses such as Westchester Country Club and Cog Hill, are a batch of fresh players including J.B. Holmes and Natalie Gulbis, and the ability to record videos of every shot on every hole of your game. Then by going online, each moment can be uploaded to show off your skills to other players around the world, as well as entering tournaments and taking on challenges set by rivals.
Also offering a novel slant to the vast number of PGA related competitions is the Bingo, Bango, Bongo mode, which awards points on a per hole basis depending on who's first on the green (Bingo), closest to the pin (Bango) and has the best score (Bongo). It's a nice extra to an extensive package of golfing goodies designed to increase the variety of game types and keep you on the green for one more shot.
Eye of the Tiger
However, what's sure to be a real eye-opener is the Photo Game Face mode which uses the innovative PlayStation Eye camera to capture your face and implement it within the game to stunning effect. By simply taking a picture with PlayStation Eye (or uploading a photo), the game uses a friendly and comprehensive marker system to recognise the location of your various features, like nose, eyes and chin, and then generates a digital double to take on the world's best.
Naturally you can fine tune this to perfection, true to EA's comprehensive style, there's very little you can't adjust, with a massive amount of customisation, from changing your voice type to the sort of trousers you want to stroll around the course with, making for a brilliantly broad tool to truly put you in the game.
King of the swingers
The gameplay is comfortably familiar while remaining slick and addictive thanks to the intuitive controls and naturally adaptable challenge. That's the beauty of a Tiger Woods game; it can be as simple or as deep as you want, welcoming veterans and newcomers alike with its wide control options and play modes, all while looking utterly beautiful through lusciously smooth High Definition visuals that authentically create the atmosphere of the sport.
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 08 is the perfect addition to any golf fan's library, but also the ideal game to introduce those who have yet to experience the gratification of a golfing great. Take a swing at this and enjoy.