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6:30 PM on 03.20.2012

Win a Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 Xbox 360 at Best Buy

EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 is the latest game to get the limited-edition Xbox 360 treatment, with a console featuring cover athletes Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler against the backdrop of a grayscale golf course. ...

Samit Sarkar



Put your body into it: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 on Kinect photo
Put your body into it: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 on Kinect
by Samit Sarkar

Most core gamers saw Microsoft’s Kinect sensor and scoffed, dismissing out of hand its potential for use in anything but kids’ games and casual experiences. The people at EA Tiburon, however -- having already implemented precise motion controls for their Tiger Woods PGA Tour titles with Wii MotionPlus and PlayStation Move -- saw a chance to make their golf videogame more realistic than ever before.

I discussed Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13s Kinect support with executive producer Brent Nielsen at a recent EA press event in New York. Kinect’s cameras are able to track an entire body, and that gave Tiburon an idea: “Instead of just simulating the swing of a club [...] we thought, ‘You know what? We actually have an opportunity to simulate the full golf swing.’ Because the golf swing is not just about the club in your hand; it’s your hips turn[ing], your shoulders, it’s the [swing] plane, and how your hands come through.”

Tighten up your swing, amateurs. You wouldn’t want to look silly in front of Kinect.

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6:30 PM on 02.21.2012

PGA Tour 13's Tiger Legacy Challenge makes you go 'awww'

In his 2008 best-seller, Outliers: The Story of Success, journalist Malcolm Gladwell posited a theory that he called the "10,000-Hour Rule." Achieving success in any field, he asserted, depends largely upon amassing 10,000 h...

Samit Sarkar



Make the shot you want in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 photo
Make the shot you want in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13
by Samit Sarkar

Imagine yourself on Tea Olive, the first hole of the famed Masters course at Augusta National. Trying to avoid the bunker on the right side of the fairway, you aim your tee shot to the left -- but alas, you push it a bit too far, and it ends up in the trees. You can play conservatively and dig the ball out of the trees onto the fairway before trying for the green, but you're a pro golfer, and you can't afford the extra stroke against the stiff competition.

The more risky and difficult choice is to close your stance, stand with the ball near your back foot, and take an inside-out swing that curves the ball around the trees. With your skill and a healthy dose of luck, that will push the ball up the fairway and onto the green in regulation.

You couldn't pull that off in EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour -- until now.

[Editor's note: I played the Xbox 360 version of the game, which offers full Kinect support. I'll cover the Kinect integration in a separate article. --Samit]

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9:00 PM on 01.10.2012

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 swinging to stores March 27

You know, swinging. Like a golf club. SPORTS JOKES! Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 is coming to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 27 and is set to have some new features. The biggest change is the swing mechanics where player...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:30 PM on 09.12.2011

EA offering refunds for the PC version of PGA Tour 12

Poor old golfing millionaire Tigers Woods can't seem to catch a break; plummeting to number 46 in golf's world rankings and now there's the news that EA seems to have botched the PC version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 1...

Alasdair Duncan



EA launches 'season ticket' subscription service photo
EA launches 'season ticket' subscription service
by Jim Sterling

Electronic Arts has revealed its latest get-rich-quick scheme, with EA Sports unleashing the "Season Ticket" subscription service. It launches today on both PS3 and Xbox 360, and will offer 20% DLC discounts, early digital access to games, and extra Web content for $24.99 (or 2000 MS Points) a year.

The benefits kick off with Madden NFL 12 and will eventually include other major franchises. This announcement comes hot off the heels of EA stating that it will charge subscription fees in the future. That was a pretty swift future!

This is a very bold move on the part of EA, though with only discounted DLC and game demos on offer, I can't see the great lasting benefit in being subscribed to this thing. In any case, check out the fully detailed benefits below ...

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8:00 AM on 07.13.2011

Electronic Arts shutting down online for older games

EA is performing a cull of online components for a number of older titles, including entries in the Battlefield, Need for Speed and Medal of Honor series. The most tragic shutdown is, of course, Army of Two. The dedicated co-...

Jim Sterling

11:30 PM on 04.12.2011

EA scores franchise-best week-1 sales with Tiger Woods 12

It appears that EA Sports didn't need to do all that much with its long-running Tiger Woods PGA Tour series in order to raise its flagging sales numbers. Oh, y'know, nothing aside from the biggest possible "get" for the franc...

Samit Sarkar

2:20 PM on 02.23.2011

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 demo coming March 8

EA Sports has announced that a demo for its upcoming Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters is headed to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 8. Hit the links as Woods himself, with two available modes: "Play Now" and "Road to t...

Nick Chester

5:40 PM on 01.31.2011

Caddies are a big part of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12

One of the major new features in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters -- aside from the whole, uh, Masters Tournament thing -- is something that EA is calling "The Caddy Experience." Real golfers often ask their caddies for ...

Samit Sarkar

7:30 PM on 01.04.2011

EA Sports announces Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters

EA Sports has announced the next installment in its annual golf franchise, Tiger Woods PGA Tour. The game still bears the name of the embattled golfer, but this year's iteration doesn't even feature him on the cover (check i...

Samit Sarkar

12:40 PM on 12.08.2010

EA adds games to Google Chrome's Web Store

Yesterday, Google launched its "Web Store," an online destination for extensions and "apps" for its Google Chrome web browser. Videogame publishing giant Electronic Arts is hopping on this train early. EA has added a number o...

Nick Chester

5:20 PM on 10.01.2010

Rained-in Ryder Cup pros play Tiger Woods PGA instead

The Ryder Cup Golf tournament is being beaten down by heavy rain, forcing the golfers indoors. What would you do in that situation? I'd get some drinks at the clubhouse, for starters. I'm sure the Ryder Cup guys also got a fe...

Dale North



Impressions: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 on PlayStation Move photo
Impressions: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 on PlayStation Move
by Samit Sarkar

At a Sony press event in New York City last week, I was able to try out PlayStation Move for the first time. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 was among the games I played, and it was immediately impressive. Here's how it works. You grasp the Move wand like a golf club, and use the face buttons to select a club. The big button in the center of the wand, simply named the "Move button," serves the function of the O button in the regular game -- it zooms the camera to the landing area of your shot.

When zoomed in, you hold the trigger and point the wand at the screen to move your shot target left or right. Once your target is set, you tap the Move button to go back to your behind-the-player camera angle for the shot. Then you aim the wand straight down toward the floor and hold the trigger to "lock in" your shot. After that, you're ready to swing away.

I spent part of my 4th of July weekend in Myrtle Beach, SC, where I played some golf for the first time in my life. I hooked most of my drives -- they veered off way to the left -- and that stroke was now evinced in PGA Tour 11 as well, thanks to PlayStation Move. My first few shots went so far leftward that I had to compensate by twisting my wrists to the right as I swung (and of course, I then ended up overcompensating). The point here is that Move works, and it works well.

During my demo, I asked the EA Tiburon developer on hand if he felt that there was any appreciable difference between the experiences that Move and Wii MotionPlus offer. He said that they're essentially identical, except that the ergonomically shaped Move wand feels better in his hand -- to be specific, it feels more like a golf club to him -- than the Wii Remote. And of course, there's no comparison between the beautifully rendered high-definition environments on the PlayStation 3 and the 480p output of the Wii.

Look for Move support to come to Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 via a launch-window patch.

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Review: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 photo
Review: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11
by Samit Sarkar

Tiger Woods’ extramarital affairs made headlines last year, but in spite of his off-the-golf-course troubles, EA Sports forged ahead with the 2010 release of their annual golf franchise. However, Tiger shares the cover spotlight this year with the young North Irish phenom Rory McIlroy, a telling decision.

As a golfer, Woods simply hasn’t been his usual self since he returned from his hiatus. Is Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 any worse for the wear because it didn’t take a year off in the wake of the scandal? Hit the jump to find out.

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