The biggest video game in golf is back this week as the new Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 has returned. Backed by a popular video ad campaign that features Woods, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino defending their turf against a group of street thugs, the arrival of this video game is sure to be another spark to fan the white hot anticipation of The Masters.
In an effort to tie today’s current stars with the greats of the game and golf’s great tournaments, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 features nine of golf’s legends, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Seve Ballesteros and Tiger Woods, at historic Open Championship venues such as St Andrews, Royal Troon and Royal Birkdale. Gamers have been able to experience the fairways of Augusta since Tiger Woods 12, but now they can feel the pressure of all four major championships.The new Legends of the Majors mode enables players to go back in time to play the legends at historic events at the Masters, the US Open, the PGA Championship and The Open Championship.
EA Sports worked closely with the R&A, which organizes The Open Championship, to help bring the magic of The Open Championship to the game. “The Open Championship is a truly unique event in world sport with a history which dates back more than 150 years. Bringing the spirit of The Open to a wider audience through the Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 game is very exciting. This is a wonderful platform and I am sure golf enthusiasts all over the world will relish the opportunity to play against their heroes in The Open,” said Michael Tate, Executive Director – Business Affairs at The R&A.
In Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14, gamers can now play the golf courses at any time of day or evening, including night golf. The Legends of the Majors mode helps turn back the clock with sepia-hued video, plus fours and vintage golf clubs.
Augusta National Golf Course, home of the Masters Tournament, has announced that for the first time ever, non-members will be allowed to play the golf course. The most prestigious golf course in North America opens for play, virtually, on March 29 with the release of Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The Masters from EA Sports.
EA announced today a collaboration with Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament that will allow players to step onto the hallowed grounds of Augusta National, experience the rich history and tradition of the Masters Tournament and begin their own journey to capture the most sought-after prize in professional golf – the Green Jacket.
The Masters edition will go on sale in North America on March 29 and worldwide on April 1, available on the Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, with support of the PlayStation Move controller. The Masters and five additional courses will also be included in the Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12 Collector’s Edition, developed exclusively for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system.
“For more than a decade, the Masters Tournament has been the most requested and coveted feature for the Tiger Woods PGA TOUR franchise among our fans,” said Peter Moore, president of EA SPORTS. “Pairing the number one golf video game franchise with the most prestigious golf tournament in the world is a perfect marriage and we’re thrilled to bring our fans this exciting opportunity to experience Augusta National Golf Club like never before.”
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With a view like this, who needs to pay for a greens fee? EA Sports Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, due out in June, will feature something called “True View,” which allows you to hit your in-game golf shots from a real-life, top-down point of view. When coupled with the Wii MotionPlus accessory, “It works extremely well,” according to IGN.
The game features a mode called “True View” that lets you swing through the eyes of your golfer. Activate this mode and point the Wii remote downwards, and the game camera will whisk to the perspective of your character. As you look down at your ball, you aim at the “zero point” on the ground to drive, chip or putt using the incredible accuracy of the Wii MotionPlus-enhanced Wii remote. You can see the subtle movements represented on screen as your club follows all the rocking and twisting you’re giving your “club.”
Any real golfer will probably prefer the True View control scheme. The difficult trick will be to keep from breaking things while swinging in your house.
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It’s about this time of year that most golfers in cold weather climates start to really feel the itch to return to the golf course. Since the weather will probably not be conducive to such a return for awhile, it’s important to consider other options to scratch that golf itch.
Once such option is the Golf Launchpad Tour, which is a USB-based golf swing instruction accessory that plugs into your Windows or Mac computer (or PlayStation 3 console) and lets you use your real golf clubs to drive, chip and putt a tethered Surlyn golf ball. The system includes eight sensors that read and process the golf swing impact in real-time – such as clubhead speed, path, angle, and so on – and the result is seen onscreen inside the golf video game, such as EA SPORTS Tigers Woods PGA TOUR.
If you’re looking for an alternative to playing golf in snow and a winter coat, the Golf Launchpad Tour might be worth a look. Click here to learn more.