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Make the shot you want in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13

Feb 21 // Samit Sarkar
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 (Xbox 360 [previewed], PlayStation 3)Developer: EA TiburonPublisher: EA SportsRelease: March 27, 2012 (NA) / March 30, 2012 (worldwide)Situations like the one I outlined above, along with PGA Tour 13's vastly expanded shot controls (dubbed Total Swing Control), serve to highlight how severely previous games in the franchise limited your shot-making ability. The new mechanics give you full control over a virtual golfer's swing with both analog sticks, opening up the possibilities and putting the onus on you to execute the perfect shot. The left stick, as ever, governs the arc of your swing, while the right stick aims your club at a particular point on the ball.In past Tiger Woods games, you might have flicked the left stick forward as hard as possible, in an effort to add power to your shot. But I'm going to let you in on a little secret, courtesy of Brent Nielsen, the game's Executive Producer at EA Tiburon: all you were doing was wearing down your left stick more quickly. This year, the game translates your exact left-stick motion into a swing, and it provides useful pre- and post-shot feedback to help you fine-tune that swing. An on-screen trail represents the arc your backswing should follow to execute your shot; a notch on the arc signifies the point at which you should begin swinging forward. You can extend your backswing or swing your club forward more quickly for extra power, but that will afford you a smaller margin of error on the accuracy of your follow-through. Tempo is important, too; a smooth back-and-forth motion is your best bet. Note that the arc of your swing will follow your left-stick motion exactly, thanks to new animations. I pulled back on the stick in all kinds of directions, and watched as my golfer changed his motion to reflect the new swing planes. After the shot, the game will tell you how well you executed your shot, providing information about over/underswinging, tempo, and accuracy.The right stick points your club's sweet spot at different spots on the ball; this aspect of the swing will vary with the ball's lie. Until now, sitting in deep sand, for example, only affected a shot's power -- all you had to do was swing harder to send the ball flying farther. "It was a math equation," Nielsen told me, lamenting that you had no fine control over a shot's trajectory. Previous Tiger Woods games compensated for that by offering a variety of shot types, such as punch, flop, and pitch, but they couldn't hide the fact that the short game has always been the weakest part of videogame golf. In PGA Tour 13, hitting the top of the ball will produce a line drive, while aiming low will result in a shot with a high arc. (Of course, you can aim anywhere in between.) On the lower difficulty levels (Amateur and Pro), all you have to do is use the right stick to move the sweet spot cursor to a particular place. But Tour Pro and Tournament require you to hold the right stick in place at that spot while swinging with the left! You can keep the shot even lower -- say, to avoid tree branches -- by moving the ball back in your stance and hitting it from your back foot. The game also lets you open or close your stance to add draw or fade, respectively, to your shot. According to EA, all the permutations provided by Total Swing Control add up to about 62.5 million possible shots.Also new this year is the Tiger Legacy Challenge mode, which lets you relive important milestones in Woods' storied career. You start out practicing in Tiger's backyard as a toddler, whacking balls into a net and aiming for the kiddie pool. The next step for toddler Tiger is a 1978 appearance on The Mike Douglas Show with his father, where he shows off his skills for the host, and guests Bob Hope and Jimmy Stewart. EA Tiburon created seven different models of Woods at various ages, and you play through ten eras over the course of his career. It seems like a charming way to illustrate Woods' path from two-year-old wunderkind to the top of the golfing world. Last year, EA Tiburon redesigned the game around The Masters, delivering an experience like no other in a truncated development cycle. With a full year in the oven, PGA Tour 13 looks like it could provide the franchise's most significant change since the introduction of analog-stick swinging.
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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 ...

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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 swinging to stores March 27


Jan 10
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
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...
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EA offering refunds for the PC version of PGA Tour 12


Sep 12
// Alasdair Duncan
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...

EA launches 'season ticket' subscription service

Aug 02 // Jim Sterling
Early Full-Game Digital Access: Three days before a game’s scheduled release, fans will be able to download and play the full version of all five participating titles on  Xbox 360 and PS3™**. The digitally downloaded game will time out when the game is available at retail and consumers have the option to purchase the same full game on disc at retail.  EA SPORTS Season Ticket subscribers can transfer all achievements earned during the three-day download period to the purchased disc, resulting in an early edge over the competition.    Discounted Downloadable Content: Subscribers will get a 20-percent discount on all available downloadable content for participating EA SPORTS titles. Downloadable content, which enhances and refreshes the core game experience, includes such items as Ultimate Team packs, accelerator packs and gear upgrades.  Free Premium Web Content: Premium web content extends the game experience beyond the console to a web browser. All participating titles will feature premium web content that will be free to EA SPORTS Season Ticket members beginning with the premium Creation Center packs for FIFA Soccer 12. These packs provide a deeper set of customization tools and abilities within Creation Center to build your own teams and tournaments, and will be available to the consumer until the membership to the program has expired. Membership Recognition: Subscribers are easily identifiable with an exclusive membership recognition badge displayed both in-game and on their EASPORTS.com profile.  
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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 ac...

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Electronic Arts shutting down online for older games


Jul 13
// Jim Sterling
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-...
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EA scores franchise-best week-1 sales with Tiger Woods 12


Apr 12
// Samit Sarkar
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...
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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 demo coming March 8


Feb 23
// Nick Chester
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...
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Caddies are a big part of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12


Jan 31
// Samit Sarkar
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 ...
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EA Sports announces Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters


Jan 04
// Samit Sarkar
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...
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EA adds games to Google Chrome's Web Store


Dec 08
// Nick Chester
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...
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Rained-in Ryder Cup pros play Tiger Woods PGA instead


Oct 01
// Dale North
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...
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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. Y...

Review: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11

Jul 20 // Samit Sarkar
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 (PlayStation 3 [reviewed], Xbox 360, Wii, iPhone) Developer: EA Tiburon Publisher: EA Sports Released: June 8, 2010 MSRP: $59.99 (PS3/360) / $49.99 (Wii) / $9.99 (iPhone) The entries in EA’s Tiger Woods PGA Tour series tend to offer marginal improvements over their immediate predecessors. That’s not to say that any of the games are mediocre -- quite the opposite, in fact, since few long-running videogame franchises can boast the steady level of quality that PGA Tour has achieved. While you’d be hard-pressed to point to any particular version as the definitive best-of-the-best title, a strongly iterative design philosophy underlies the dependable success of the franchise. PGA Tour 11 is impressive for its focus on both improving gameplay (primarily by upping the challenge for series veterans) and bringing new ways to play. EA says that they put McIlroy on the box this year to highlight the first-time inclusion of the Ryder Cup in the franchise, although cynics might believe otherwise. A biennial tournament between the US and Europe, the Ryder Cup is a series of golf matches: foursomes (2-on-2; team members alternate shots on the same ball), fourball (2-on-2; each golfer has their own ball), and singles. The game offers an accurate representation of the competition -- two twelve-person teams go at it -- and you can customize the setup as you please. Playing through a Ryder Cup with my created (American) golfer, I definitely felt some patriotic sentiment stirring within me and pushing me to win. The mode works well because you don’t have to rely on your CPU teammates. A scorecard between holes lets you know how your side’s other two-person teams are doing; if you notice that a group is struggling, you can take control of them yourself and lend a hand. The only thing I didn’t like about the Cup’s implementation is that once you begin a match, you’re in for the long haul. There’s no way to save your progress during a round; you have to play all 18 holes in one sitting and can only back out to the main menu after completing one of the five rounds. It can take quite a long time to make your way through a full course, especially when four players are involved, so this is a maddening oversight. A major all-around improvement is the unified experience-point system for your created golfer. Practically everything you do both offline and online earns you XP, which you can use to adjust your attributes, tune your clubs, or buy clothing (much of which boosts your skills). If you’re pressed for time (or just lazy), you can purchase XP on the Xbox Live Marketplace or PlayStation Store, but thanks to the Skills Challenge, you shouldn’t need to resort to that. You can take part in any of 48 Skills Challenges, which task you with matching or besting real golfers in events that test your Power, Accuracy, Control, or Putting. Once you start completing the upper-level challenges, you’ll be rolling in XP. The plentiful experience points may allow you to advance your attributes quickly, but EA Tiburon has scaled up the gameplay challenge accordingly. No longer can you play the game by magicking your ball around the course -- boosting a shot’s power and accuracy, adding spin in midair, or previewing the exact line of a putt -- with impunity. In PGA Tour 11, each of these videogame-y assists has a cost associated with it: Focus. The Focus meter is depleted in chunks as you use the aids, and it refills partially each time you hit a shot without help. This brings in a game-changing strategic element: do you utilize the accuracy boost to hit a narrow fairway, or save your Focus for a preview of a sure-to-be-difficult putt on an undulating green? Longtime PGA Tour players who find the core shot-making mechanic too easy finally have an option available to provide a tougher challenge: the new True-Aim mode. Here, you won’t have an aiming circle that shows your shot’s approximate landing area; instead, all you’ll get are distance markers along the course. From there, you have to take into account your ball’s lie, the wind, draw/fade, and elevation, in order to select the proper club for your shot. In addition, you’ll see variable wind this year (i.e., the wind won’t be a constant 5 mph; instead, it might range from 4–8 mph with gusts up to 11 mph), and even if you hit your ball perfectly, it’s no longer guaranteed to land dead center in the aiming circle. With the usual videogame concessions taken away, you feel much more like a real golfer. PGA Tour 11 is the first game under the EA Sports Online Pass program. The painless activation process involved redeeming the code on the back of the game manual in the PlayStation Store for a 101-KB download key, and within a minute, I was ready to go. This year, the Ryder Cup has expanded online play; you can play a Cup with a full contingent of 24 human players. Live play-with-the-pros tournaments are back, and there are more EA GamerNet challenges than ever. I played through many matches in the US East lobby and had a completely lag-free experience. Unfortunately, the game still doesn’t allow for custom soundtracks on the PS3, which meant that I was forced to listen to the EA TRAX (at least the PGA Tour series uses instrumental versions of songs). In addition, the commentary pairing of The Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman and ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt remains dull and repetitive; I understand that golf is a sport where the commentators don’t blather on endlessly, but I’d still like to hear a more lively and talkative duo. And in the wake of games such as LittleBigPlanet and ModNation Racers, which are driven by user-generated content, I’d love to see the PGA Tour franchise introduce at least a rudimentary course creator. Like Tiger before the scandal, the PGA Tour series is a paradigm of consistency. Year in and year out, EA Tiburon delivers reliably solid, if unremarkable, golf games. This year is no different: there isn’t anything about Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 that will blow you away, but a host of notable improvements and additions make this a worthwhile upgrade for die-hard fans of the series and a great choice for golf lovers everywhere. Woods himself may be struggling to regain his form, but Tiburon hasn’t lost its stroke. Score: 8.5 -- Great (8s are impressive efforts with a few noticeable problems holding them back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.)
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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 ...

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Tiger Woods PGA Tour sales down, perhaps 'permanently'


Jul 19
// Samit Sarkar
Last year, EA Sports scored a bona-fide hit on the Wii with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, the first game in the series with MotionPlus functionality. (The game was packaged with one MotionPlus unit.) Apparently, though, many ...
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Rory McIlroy looks good in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11


May 07
// Samit Sarkar
That's a screenshot of Rory McIlroy, the co-coverboy (with, uh, Tiger Woods) of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11. He's a 21-year-old golf phenom from Northern Ireland who won his first PGA Tour event this past Sunday at Quail Hol...
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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 Wii to improve on greatness


May 03
// Dale North
I was all over Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 for the Wii. It was my first experience with the Wii Motion Plus controller, and I came away impressed. Kick-ass game, folks. This year's version, PGA Tour 11, has a few realism-based im...
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GDC 10: An overload of Tiger Woods 11 media


Mar 10
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 is set to come out on June 8 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii. To get you ready for the next installment of the golf series, we have a ton of new screens and a couple of videos for you to check...
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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 supporting PS3 motion control


Mar 09
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts has officially thrown in its lot with the Sony Wiimote, announcing that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 will support the PS3 motion controller. This is where we'd somehow tie motion control in with Woods' sex scandal,...
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Tiger Woods being a douche has not harmed EA's sales


Jan 24
// Matthew Razak
While plenty of companies have been dropping Tiger Woods like Activision drops Guitar Hero games EA has stood by him through his whole "I slept with every woman ever" debacle. I think it's mostly because dropping Tiger would ...

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