Golf tries to get real in this year's edition of Tiger Woods

by: Nathaniel -
Apparently EA has decided that the previous years' versions of Tiger Woods PGA Tour just weren't realistic enough because in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, it's all about realism.

Basically, what you're going to see are real swing styles, greater ball control, true ball physics and era-specific gear so you can see for yourself what it was like when golfers from eras past hit the ball.  In fact, you'll be able to go all the way back to the late 1800, when I guess you had to cut your own golf "club" from the nearest tree and hope for the best.  And if you've ever wanted to use a Mashy, Brassy, Baffing Spoon, Jigger, or Niblick, now is your chance.  

The presentation is also set to be improved with a more broadcast-like appearance with many more camera angles and on-the-fly stats. 

Among other things, you'll also get a brand-new super-hardcore difficulty called Simulation.  The Simulation difficulty will remove all hud elements, grids, and aiming aids from your game.  It will pit you versus nature just like you're out there hitting the links yourself.

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TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 14 NEW GAMEPLAY ENHANCEMENTS

DELIVER ON-THE-COURSE AUTHENTICITY

January 31, 2013 – Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 will feature a host of community-driven gameplay enhancements that will significantly change the in-game experience and how players approach a round on the links. From swing styles and greater ball control to era specific equipment and true ball physics, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 continues to elevate the authenticity of the franchise and blur the lines between real life and virtual golf.

Go back in time and experience golf through the various eras, starting in the late 1800’s through present day. As users advance through the timeline, they will see and feel the true ball physics and equipment representative of each era. In the early eras, ball spin and trajectory are slower and lower in comparison to how the ball reacts to today’s equipment. Fans will be able to hit the links with retro golf clubs, such as Mashies, Brassies, Baffing Spoons, Jiggers and Niblicks. Pairing the old equipment with the true-to-life ball physics from those early years gives golf fans an authentic gameplay representation of what it was like to play a round in those eras. 

Presentation elements in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 have been completely revamped to put players right into the action and emotion of a PGA TOUR broadcast. The first thing users will see is new situation specific data, scoring and a broadcast presentation package that emulates a tournament-like television experience. Additionally, statistics will surface throughout each round, letting you track your performance against the rest of the field in a variety of categories such as, driving distance, putts per hole and birdies. This year, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 will feature over 3,300 camera shots, including overhead, close-up and green-side angles in addition to many others. Even the look and feel of Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 will shift alongside its real-life majors as players will also see the leaderboards that are distinct and synonymous with the Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship.

Twenty four unique golfer swing styles are available this year, enabling players to customize gameplay to the next level. Users can tailor the career mode golfer by selecting power versus control, fade versus draw, trajectory and handedness. Players now have the opportunity to choose whether they want to be a power-draw hitter like Dustin Johnson or swing like Luke Donald who has pin point accuracy off the tee. Each pro golfer in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 has their own authentic swing style.

This year’s game features a new enhanced Strike Meter which enables gamers to hit the ball with consistency out of any lie with a properly executed stroke. The Strike Meter introduces a left to right movement to simulate scenarios players would face in real life, such as side hill lies which demand an altered reach, to create an authentic ball striking experience in any given situation.

A fifth difficulty setting has been added to Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 this year. Simulation difficulty was designed for those players who want to experience what the PGA TOUR pros face each week. In Simulation difficulty, the swing meter, green grid, zoom to aim, along with other aids are turned off. This mode is the truest test of skill for the hardcore fans. With this difficulty setting, users can implement the new advanced shot shaping feature to work the ball and attack courses with creativity, just like the pros and Legends.

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