Published on March 6th, 2013 | by Mark Gibson, Editor/Community Manager
Demo Impressions: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14
For quite some time, the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series has been the staple of golf simulation games. EA Sports has consistently crafted visually stunning and engaging golf titles, with the latest installment being no different.
The first thing you will notice in the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 demo is how peaceful the game is. The menu screens are brightly colored and tranquil lobby music serenades you as you set up your golf match.
There are only a few game modes that you can try out, Quick Play, Connected Tournament and Legends of the Majors where you can play as Arnold Palmer
The downside to the demo is how short it is. Although you are given the choice of three different tournaments and courses to choose from, you are only allowed three holes of golf to play in each. It’s a good taste of what the gameplay is like, but to give you a full glimpse as to what will be in store, I would have preferred one course, and a full round.
The ‘Legends of the Majors’ mode is the real highlight of this year’s game. In this mode you can play as various golf legends dating back to the 1800s.
For the purposes of this demo, Arnold Palmer is the only available legend to play as. With the little time you get, this mode is looking to me quite a visual stunner.
Playing as Palmer in the ’60s, it visually looks as though you are in a game right out of a sports documentary. The colors are more pastel, giving it an aged look. Even the spectators are all dressed in the time period. This game mode could prove to be quite a big sell for this years game.
A great feature that makes its return are power ups and ability perks. Everyone loves a good power up — you are granted three per round. The ball spin perk is my particular favorite. With this enabled, you can pretty much place the ball exactly where you want it, assuming you gave it an accurate swing.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 has PlayStation Move and Xbox 360 Kinect functionality. For the purposes of this demo, the Xbox version was demoed. One word that would describe the hands-off experience: “frustrating.” If you aren’t a golfer and want to see how difficult and aggravating the sport really is, Kinect is your portal. The game uses a combination of voice, hand and full-body motions capable with the Kinect. It’s definitely something to get used to, and the demo just isn’t long enough to get it down right.
The problem with the hand motions is that it just does not work like you would expect. The full-body swing leaves a lot to be desired. At first I thought, “Well, maybe I am just doing it wrong.” So I followed the instructions on the screen. I was patient, took my time and still I was confused. Although you making a full swing motion, the in game Tiger Woods will make this weird half swing and tap the ball. Next thing you know, your ball is flying through the air as if you really did do it right. But If I did it right, why didn’t Tiger look like he did it right?
The demo is visually pleasing and easy on the ears. If you stick to using your systems controller, you will enjoy this demo. However, you may find it to be a tad too short to get a good impression.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 is set to release March 26 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.