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07 Oct, 2006

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 Review

PSP Review | In for a birdie?
EA has been criticized for a long time about not upgrading their yearly increments all that much. The yearly updates for FIFA, Madden and the NBA Live series at least contain substantially updated rosters but in the PGA Tour there just aren’t all that many changes, nonetheless, here we are a year after Tiger Wood’s PGA Tour 06 with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07. Is the game a substantial upgrade or have EA just changed the digit at the end of the title?

The first thing you’ll notice when you jump into the game is the fact that EA have highlighted everything that is new with the game, there are little stars next to the PGA Tour career options, the EA media center (that’s right, they didn’t change the spelling from the American version) and the infrastructure option. Before you actually select what to play you’ll need to create your EA game face. Here is where you can try and make your player look like Happy Gilmore or try and create your replica. As usual there are plenty of ways to customise your character, you can change skin tone, hair, eyes, hair length and more. If you can’t be bothered then you can choose to let the game customize a game face for you, but you’ll be staring at the character for a long time so it’s probably best to take the five minutes to make them look at least aesthetically pleasing.

The classic promotional shot.

The classic promotional shot.
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The main mode in the PSP version of the game is the PGA Tour career mode. The console versions include a team tour option, but this isn’t in the PSP version. In this mode you’ve just made it to the PGA Tour, you have three years to see if you have what it takes to compete at pro level and win the FedEx cup. The three years are split up into months. You’ll begin at January 2007 and have to compete in tournaments and mid week challenges to try and get to the FedEx cup. Along the way you win money which can be used to purchase clothes from the pro shop, you’re statistics will also increase and you’ll become a better golfer. Initially the challenges on offer are relatively simplistic, you just need to try and par every hole or complete a mini game successfully, but as you move through the months you’ll take part in more challenging tournaments.

If you feel like a quick game of golf then you can choose the quick play option. The game includes over ten licensed golfers including Adam Scott, Vijay Singh and of course, Tiger Woods. Initially you can select from ten courses, although there are some unlockable courses for you if fulfill certain conditions, such as defeating Tiger Woods in the December PGA Tour. All in all, there is more content than in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06.

Well done Gary.

Well done Gary.
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If you’re in the mood for a bit of fun then you can play in one of two mini games, the shooting gallery and putting frenzy. In the shooting gallery mini game you have to try and hit targets of glass with your ball. Each of the targets is worth a certain amount of points, the analog nub is used to direct where the ball goes, but it’s not always accurate. The putting frenzy mini game was in last year’s edition. In the mini game you need to race to sink as many putts as possible before the time runs out. Whilst the two mini games are enjoyable, it just seems like there could be a lot more. The mini game menu looks particularly sparse and this makes it seem like the mini games were just an afterthought.

One of the greatest additions to 07 is the infrastructure support. The game also includes support for local multiplayer, so if your friend owns a copy of the game then you can play a few modes against each other. Unfortunately, game share isn’t supported. As with all EA PSP games you can play online if you agree to let ESPN spam your mailbox, alternatively you can pay $2.00 to avoid the spam, you’ll need to sign up for an account as well, so the online mode isn’t all that accessible. In fact in another example of poor localization you’ll need to enter a 5 digit zip code otherwise the game won’t let you register an account. We just used 90210 but it’s annoying that without a 5 digit zip code the game won’t let you sign up at all. The ESPN support doesn’t stop with the online play, you can also view the live ESPN news ticker if you’re connected online, which is a clever enhancement.

To take a shot in the game you once again use the PSP’s analog nub. A meter appears in the left hand corner which shows the power that you’re achieving. New to 07 is the ability to view your swing accuracy although overall the system is very similar to the one we found in 06. The PSP’s analog nub makes things a little harder too, because it doesn’t feel like you’ve got as much control over the shots as in the console versions.

A quick look at the career mode.

A quick look at the career mode.
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Graphically the game has been enhanced so there is more happening on screen at one time, but the characters do tend to look a little bit blocky in the cut scenes. There is more detail in the courses as well. As with most EA sports titles the presentation is top notch and the menus are easy to navigate around. The EA Trax mostly consist of indie rock. However, the PSP version supports custom soundtracks. Any music you have in your music folder can be played in game, you can even customise it so that the songs in your music folder are the only ones that play. This is a move that we’re hoping is adopted by EA for all of their upcoming titles. The game doesn’t play your music flawlessly though, when the game goes to save the music is interrupted momentarily and every now and then there will be a slight pause, but this is certainly more preferred than the EA games trax. The commentary is pretty monotonous but it gets the job done.

The career mode takes a decent amount of time to go through, after this you’ve still got the online play and quite a few unlockables. If you’re extremely keen you can also improve your player’s stats and purchase more clothes from the pro shop. Rest assured that if you’re a golf nut there is plenty to keep you occupied with in the game.

There is nothing fundamentally wrong with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07, it’s just pretty much the same game as last year with a few inclusions, it’s disappointing that the game hasn’t been localized at all for PAL territories. If you enjoy the Tiger Woods games and want a golf game to take on the road with you then Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 is unquestionably the best PSP version available, but it’s more of an expansion rather than an evolution. Certainly in for a par….just.
The Score
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 is the best Tiger Wood's game on the PSP, but it's not all that different from it's predecessor. 6
Looking to buy this game right now? PALGN recommends www.Play-Asia.com.

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3 Comments
7 years ago
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Overall: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 is the best golf game on the PSP, but it's not all that different from it's predecessor. 6.0
http://www.palgn.com.au/article.php?id=2979 - The Everybody's Golf review score says otherwise.
Apart from that, there's not much to comment on in this article. Meh.
7 years ago
Googol wrote
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Overall: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 is the best golf game on the PSP, but it's not all that different from it's predecessor. 6.0
http://www.palgn.com.au/article.php?id=2979 - The Everybody's Golf review score says otherwise.
Apart from that, there's not much to comment on in this article. Meh.
MMM forgot about Everybody's Golf, i stand corrected, it's the best Tiger title on the PSP.
6 years ago
Ths was the first game I ever saw on a psp and I was hooked.
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