History is a theme that runs through the lifeline of "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14." From Tiger Woods sharing the cover with legend Arnold Palmer to the unique presentation of historic moments in golf, the history of the game of golf is not only respected in "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14," but also made accessible to the gamer.
The amazing presentation is spread throughout the entire game. The sound design is incredible. While playing, I found myself truly wanting to take my time and just enjoy the sounds of birds chirping or an airplane flying overhead. The courses are also beautiful and recreated with excruciating detail. "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14" is a game that you want to take your time playing in order to appreciate all the little nuances. The wind blows through the course causing the clothes on your golfer to ripple, equipment used looks real and authentic, and the various times of day that you can golf (including night) creates an authentic experience that will not be found in any other game.
Creating your own legend in "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14" is truly fun. You will be able to create a male or female golfer, the latter being able to compete in the LPGA Tour, PGA Tour, or both. You can customize their look, stance, skills and equipment with tons of items that can be unlocked through gameplay.
You can then take your future legend into the Career Mode, Connected Tournaments, or just work on your swing in the Practice or Quick Play modes. You can compete in tournaments from all four majors including The Masters, The Open Championship, PGA, and USGA. You can also import XP from "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13" into your created golfer. While to some there may seem like too many options in this mode, it is just another example of the amount of detail and control that EA wants to give the player.
The gameplay here is a true delight. All golfers in the game has their own style and equipment that allows them to play in a unique way. No two golfers are the same. The golfers in the game also look incredible. There were moments where I was truly awestruck by the level of detail of the golfers and the way they play. Players will have to take into account wind speeds, the strength and speed of their swing, and the type of club used. The gameplay is incredible and the options presented during gameplay help you achieve the perfect swing with the perfect speed. We reviewed the game on the Xbox 360 meaning the game boasts the label "Better With Kinect". While the game isn't better with Kinect, it is surprisingly fun. The amount of control you have over the game by simply using your voice or making a gesture is impressive. With the next Xbox console inevitably on the horizon, I hope that more games utilize Kinect in this way and maybe the claim on the box will eventually be true.
"Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14" is beyond expression. The game is a true love letter to the history of the game of golf and both its legends and modern day titans. While the game is not without its flaws, like the expansive menu options and long load times in between holes, they are minor gripes. The presentation and gameplay are superb. Also, with the mixture of professional golfers, legends and celebrities there is something for everyone in this game. There is not a better golf game, and possibly not a better sports game on the market. This is the game that will make a fan out of anyone.
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