'Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14' full of new features, gameplay

By Landon Walters

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, April 6 2013 10:29 p.m. MDT

"Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14"

EA Sports

Golf is a sport that is full of history and has existed for hundreds of years. In the latest iteration of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour video game franchise, the audience is introduced to real golfers that most die-hard golf fans are probably well aware of, but may be new to beginning golfers and younger audiences alike. Along with these new characters is a chance to relive some of the greatest moments in the history of the modern PGA through game play.

One thing that makes the Tiger Woods franchise so popular each year is undoubtedly that the game can be so different from version to version. The 16th release in the series — "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14" — is no different in that aspect. The developers at EA Sports have made some notable changes that will excite fans of the game.

In addition to the expected enhancements such as new playable characters, new courses and the all-new time of day feature where golfers can play at any time of the day, the historical context of the Legends of the Masters portion of the game may be the most popular new feature.

Utilizing old-style graphics, the audience is transported through some of golf’s most memorable moments. Beginning at St. Andrews in Scotland in 1873 with the first Open Championship, the player moves through a timeline that includes some of the career accomplishments of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and the “Tiger Slam” that Woods completed when he won all four major tournaments consecutively over a two-year period between 2000 and 2001.

One possible downside to the game is the career mode, which has been a feature of the Woods franchise for multiple years. It is still a great feature as a player can create his own golfer and follow him through the amateur ranks to the fame of the PGA Tour (and for the first time, the LPGA Tour). But the career mode can almost seem too in-depth at times and is directed more at hard-core fans and people with more time on their hands to play the game.

For those with less time to spend, the game also includes Quick Tournament mode, in which the player can jump into any of the four major tournaments at any time.

Overall, the game is great from a family perspective because of the ability to involve multiple players and skill levels, while parents don’t have to worry about the content.

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Developer: EA Sports

Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Price: $59.99

Rating: E for Everyone

Release Date: March 26

Landon Walters is a history and political science major at Salt Lake Community College. He is an avid sports fan and loves writing. Email: mavericksoccer_22@hotmail.com

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