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Despite an existence inching toward a fourth year of life, the Wii has provided a scant number of titles which truly necessitate the functionality of its motion-sensing controller. With a library overflowing with Gamecube ports, Classic Controller-compatible titles, and insipid mini-game compilations, the Wiimote’s potential often seems widely underutilized. This quandary became even more perceptible when the Wiimotion Plus was released last year. Although the attachment supplements the controllers capabilities, allowing on-screen objects to flawlessly mimic the device’s movement, even fewer games have tapped the potential of the peripheral.

Two of the early titles which did demonstrate the capacity of the Wiimotion Plus were Wii Sports Resort and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10. The latter game was especially noteworthy, as it recreated the physicality of a golf swing far better than a snap of an analog stick. This year’s iteration of the title doesn’t offer a radical redesign, instead offering both refinement and a substantial amount of supplemental material.

Some of the most perceptible modifications have been to Tiger Woods 11 swing mechanic. Last year, players merely needed to keep their wrists straight as their virtual club made contact with the ball. With the inclusion of Advanced Plus the title now tracks the player’s full swing, which allows the game to feel eerily lifelike, allowing participants to either draw or fade a shot around a dogleg.  Tour Pro scrutinizes a player’s swing even more, allowing virtual duffers to miss the ball completely. Fortunately, amateur hackers may hit the link on a less challenging difficulty level, allowing gamers of all skill levels to enjoy themselves.

PGA Tour 11
also allows players to compete from a first-person perspective, recreating a golfer’s perspective from backswing to follow-through. While this True View mode illustrates the power of the Wiimotion Plus peripheral, giving players 1:1 tracking, it can also be slightly disorienting. Looking straight ahead to inspect your swing on a television screen, instead of instinctively looking toward your feet can feel unintuitive. Even the game’s tutorial suggests placing a real golf ball on the floor to help neophytes through their adjustment period. Like Tiger Woods 11, now-gen counterparts, the first-person perspective forgoes the game’s distinctive aiming circle, forcing players to aim toward yardage markers.

Complementing the game’s move toward a more realistic swing mechanic and playing perspective is a handful of changes made to the career mode. EA has eliminated the stat-boosting clothing found in last year’s iteration, focusing on an experience system which pays dividends based on your on-course performance. Players may also tackle the game’s Ryder Cup, a trans-Atlantic competition, which can be enjoyed online. While Tiger‘s pleasing disc golf diversion can also be played over an internet connection, the game’s other new supplement- miniature golf is inexplicably limited to a local competition.

Visually, Tiger Woods 11 sports a set of new texture maps, which improves the quality of the title’s fairways, traps, waterways, and greens across it’s twenty-eight courses. With the exception of the low-resolution close-up in True View mode and the sporadic awkward facial expression, the game offers a proficient presentation which manages to keep the framerate solid.

With one of the most remarkably accurate swing mechanics of any current console title, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 will certainly appeal to golfing enthusiasts yearning for an accurate recreation of the sport. Wisely, the game’s scales itself to allow newcomers to enjoy the a substantial selection of courses, mini-games, and supplementary amusements. Those with the slightest interest in golf are encouraged to pick the title up; Tigers latest offering is the equivalent of a gimme- a diversion you shouldn’t miss.

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.

41 comments

  1. This is your E3 coverage?

  2. So this is better than the 360 version?

  3. Have you tried the move PS3 version? I’d like to know how that is.

  4. I like the occasional gold game, but not one every year.

  5. What happened to the top pic? it’s not coming up for me.

  6. Too bad this looks half as good as the 360 version, but it’s only $10 cheaper.

  7. Disc Golf, Putt-Putt and 28 courses? I’m so there.

  8. Yeah but what about that Red Steel 2? That used the Wiimotion Plus and you liked that?

  9. Take away the EA bias, and you’d have a B- score here.

  10. Maladjusted Manny

    Tigers holding that club a bit weird in that last pic.

  11. I’m was thinking about getting this for the hubby. He loves golf.

  12. I hear nothing but praise for the Wii version. I might have to get it.

  13. Games looks great and as other people have said,I wonder how teh movie version plays.

  14. Thanks for the review.

  15. good review, but I might have to wait for a price drop. Last month ate my paycheck.

  16. Mystic Defender

    yeah the number of courses is impressive.

  17. The Last Spartan

    How are the minigames?

  18. Yeah, I noticed that too. Reminds me of the Red Steel hand.

  19. I really liked lady years version. Your right more games should use the wmplus.

  20. Good review, especially the title.

  21. Excellent review; I totally agree with it.

  22. Excellent review

  23. How many online players can it handle?

  24. Nice review. I might have to pick this up.

  25. I’m going to the store. I might have to get this.

  26. Good review I might have to at least rent this,

  27. Seems like a lot of golf games are coming out of E3….

  28. Not enough games support the Wiimotion Plus. By now it should be standard.

  29. Ok, but other sites are also raving about it.

  30. It’s kind of sad this came out just before the Move/Kinect. I wonder if people will notice TW.

  31. John Daly is the only other one I know. Any more?

  32. Thanks, I was looking for a review on this.

  33. Good review Deagle. Are you a real life golfer?

  34. 28 courses? Cool!

  35. Great site! Nice meeting you at E3!!!

  36. Great review. How did you like E3?

  37. Just bought this today. It’s pretty cool how the game tracks your stroke. I’m impressed.

  38. Great meeting you at the show. Stay great, guys!

  39. Do they sell it bundled with the Wiimotion attachment?

  40. Anyone have a course list?

  41. Yep, I’d like one too.