You’ve gotta admire the game of golf. Which other outdoor sport lets you compete in baggy pants and a T-shirt, and at a leisurely pace that could cure chronic insomnia. It’s only appropriate then to take this relaxed outing to a higher level—to that of playing in your armchair in your best pyjamas. Enter Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07—an excellent golf simulation game from the Electronic Arts stable, which, like all their other sports titles, is a piece of polished and entertaining software.
To begin with, TW07 has a number of interesting gaming modes that allow you to play the game in several ways. For instance, you can instantly jump into the game by taking on the role of Tiger Woods and battling your way through a number of professional courses. This is a good way to familiarize yourself with the game as Tiger’s skills make things a bit easy and the first few holes should be in your pocket with little sweat.
There are other gaming modes that allow you to challenge yourself in different ways, including a team mode in which you play with a partner, a one-ball mode in which you and your opponent both use the same ball, the rather challenging PGA Tour season, etc. The variety and challenge of these modes add a lot to the game and, as such, ensure that it has good replay value.
TW07 also allows you to create and develop your own character. A great skinning mode helps you personalize the look and style of your alias, right down to fashion accessories and clothing. As you earn credits in the game, you can buy various other accessories for your character from the store. You can then use this alias (or profile) to play all the games in TW07 and, as you play, your character will develop skills and techniques that will enable him or her to play better.
Also, TW07 offers great in-game help and tips. These not only reveal the finer nuances of the game of golf, but also how to effectively play in TW07. There are many in-game play aids, such as automatic club selection, wind meter, range indicators and grid overlay, to indicate the lie of the ground when putting and more. You can turn them off if you wish, but I warn you, it makes the game rather challenging.
TW07 has excellent graphics and sound that go a long way in bringing the game alive. Beautiful courses, excellent environmental sounds, realistic looking characters, et al.—what more could you ask for? It’s as near a perfect golf-playing experience you’re likely to get whilst seated in your chair. Ace!
Game: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07
Platform: PS2, PC, Xbox
Price: Rs2,219 on play-asia.com
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