Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters by EA Sports review

Less Tiger, more Masters, better game. Console golf has never been this good...
Photo of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters by EA Sports
£39.99

By this stage in the lifespan of EA Sports’ Tiger Woods golfing franchise, it’s the little nuances, and the evolution of the core game, that we’ve come to expect with each yearly instalment. There’s no sign of – or need for – a radical overhaul this time around, either. And so, with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12, we get more of the same… just a little better.

Interestingly, we also get Woods’ presence on the front of the box downplayed. The previous game in the series didn’t do as well as expected, and doubtless some of that was put down to Woods’ car-crash of a personal life, and tattered reputation.

Accessible
For those who just interested in a game of virtual golf, though, then there’s lots here to like. One of the best new features, included with newcomers in mind, sees you able to tackle a fast game of golf. It’s a welcome addition, as it cuts the time for a round right down. It’s not where the meat of the game is, but it’s fun if you’re in a hurry. There’s also a little bit more help on hand now.

The rest of the game is scalable and deep. Tiger Woods’ main thrust, if you’ll pardon the expression, is in the career mode – which builds towards you tackling The Masters of the game’s title, as well as the PGA Tour. You have to work hard to get there, and there are plenty of challenges along the way. But Tiger Woods 12 is great at putting an attainable challenge in front of you, and allowing you to work your way up in the world.

It’s a tough game, though. Even though you have a caddy on hand now to listen to if you want, it takes a lot of practice to pull off the perfect swing. But with terrific graphics, an awful lot to do, and the potential for the game to eat up weeks, possibly months of your life, Tiger Woods 12 is as good as it’s got for the franchise to date.

Company: EA Sports

Positives
  • Lots to do, engrossing to play
Negative
  • Not a massive jump from last year

Verdict

Videogaming's premier golfing franchise squeezes a little bit more out of the tank.