One of the big transitions for any genre is the transition for sports games onto a new generation of consoles, where we usually see a lot of pressure by the consumer for new and innovative. With the recent launch of the Playstation 3, you can bet your money that people were ready to check and see how this first try for the world best golfer’s video game would fair on the Playstation 3. With a lot of criticism on the console itself, it was up to the games to really prove the high price tag for Sony’s new shiny black box. So how does Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 do in convincing us of the new PS3’s power? Read our full review to find out!
Many gamers out there are frustrated with the Tiger Woods franchise as although it plays a great game of golf it just has become so predictable and so routine that nothing surprises us anymore. With the new consoles, you would hope to see some truly innovative features that would manage to use the technology to make a more immersive and impressive game of golf. Is Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 the game to do that?
One thing that the next generation version of Tiger Woods has not been able to catch up on is the number of courses and golfers, which still is well behind the current generation version counterparts, which have already 20+. For the Playstation 3, we have fifteen courses, which of course are over double what 06 had for the Xbox 360, but it still has plenty of room to continue to grow and expand for the game. Tiger Woods 07 still does carry a good number, and some of the new courses are really welcome additions to the game and I for one definitely enjoy the upgrade from last year.
This year’s game is focused mostly on the offline experience still, and you will find a much deeper single player career then what we have seen in recent years as well. In 07, you’re really going to have to work for your skills in a set of mini games that help get you the need skill points to increase your characters skills. One of the problems I had in this area was the mini games are rather bland and really don’t remain all that entertaining for that long of a time. The challenges do definitely test your skills, but they test your patience as well, which is one of the tougher sides to this game.
The single player campaign has both the PGA Tour Season as well as the match play option, where you can take on some of the pro’s and created players head on to open up new courses and continue through your career. Both of these two modes are similar to what we have seen in previous years and don’t really add anything new to the experience. At the same time I still enjoyed going through the career and it was deep enough to last a long, long time.
One of the big differences between this versions of Tiger Woods to what we saw on the 360 is the online support, which of course is another area on the Playstation 3 in which many have criticized as being an issue. The online structure work pretty well and although there is not a whole lot of people online playing, the games seem to play well and the online play doesn’t seem to suffer much from not having the Xbox Live structure. The online play is everything that we have come to expect from Tiger online, and if you have some friends who also scored a PS3 then you will have a good time with this game.
In the end, the use of the PS3 in terms of gameplay really hasn’t been altered all that much from the 360 version. You do have the six axis controls, which are used to control the spin in the air, but those are so hard to understand that it is just better off not using the new technology. Other than that this is still the same solid game of golf found on the 360 with the PS3 controller. If you’re expecting more than that, you’re going to be disappointed. However if you want a solid game of golf, the gameplay has all the makings of another solid Tiger game.
One of the big areas in which most gamers are going to critique is the visuals, in which Sony has promised great things. For Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07, you get pretty much an identical feel and look from what we got on the 360 version. In fact, chances are if you had both games running on two TV sets next to each other, no one could tell the difference between the two. Most will probably attribute this being the first Tiger game for the PS3, as well as a launch title, which makes sense. Although this isn’t a perfect looking game, the rolling fairways still look great on the Playstation 3.
No matter if you play Tiger Woods offline or online, you are going to have one heck of a golfing experience with this game. This is a game that is not out to change your mind about the sport as you still will need the patience and the determination to want to get through a round of golf, but if you enjoy the sport you’re going to thoroughly enjoy this game. The career is as deep as they come, and the online play works as smooth as we have seen before. If you like Tiger games, you are really going to dig this one.
For those thinking the PS3 would revolutionize we play golf; it unfortunately did not do the trick. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 is still a great game of golf and has the new shiny PS3 running it, however if you already own the Xbox 360 version of the game, there is nothing in this version to make you need to spend another sixty dollars to pick this game up. However if you just bought the PS3 and need a game of golf to wet your whistle, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 is a great game to do just that.
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