The lights are on
What new ideas the game brings to the table and how well old ideas are presented.
How good a game looks, taking into account any flaws such as bad collision or pop-up.
Does the game’s music and sound effects get you involved or do they make you resolve to always play with the volume down?
Basically, the controller to human interface. The less you think about the hunk of plastic in your hands, the better the playability.
Flat out, just how fun the game is to play. The most important factor in rating a game.
Tiger developer EA Tiburon thought they had the full-motion golf
swing down last year with the addition of the Wii MotionPlus peripheral,
but now they swear they have it dialed in. Sarcasm aside, the
franchise’s second turn with the MotionPlus adds a new dimension to your
swing that yields better results. In an odd way, I like that it adds
the possibility of even more inconsistency to my swing without ruining
the entire experience. The series continues to tinker around the edges,
making modest improvements that are mostly welcome.
In Tiger 10,
the MotionPlus peripheral was mainly concerned with whether your wrists
were twisted or not as you struck the ball. Your wrists are still
important, but now the game also reads your follow-through. It can be a
subtle change that doesn’t factor in all your swings, but I like it
because it further codifies what constitutes a good method and what that
feels like. If you don’t want to use the new motion you can revert to
the old one through the game’s detailed system of assists and difficulty
levels that you can mix and match, including whether you want to use
the waggle-style spin. One I recommend turning on is the TrueView
camera, which is a first-person look at the ball as you size it up and
watch it (hopefully) sail through the air.
Once again the career
mode (consisting of skills challenges versus pros, a PGA tour schedule,
and the Ryder Cup) has been tweaked, this time with a more measured
approach towards attribute points and modifiers. Clubs – and not shafts
or clothes – are the only item that confers stat bonuses, and you are
only allowed to give one of your four attributes a temporary stat bump
before most challenges or tourney rounds. This approach slows down the
stat-jacked characters of the past, but it’s also not as fun. I like the
inclusion of the Ryder Cup, but even though the tourney’s format is
largely the same, it’s a little weird that the CPU doesn’t abide by the
nationality rules (Americans vs. Europeans) that make the Cup what it
is. The Ryder Cup is also online, as is last year’s disc golf.
the progress made with the WiiMotion Plus peripheral with an expanded
online footprint, five new courses, four courses of actual mini-golf,
and more, Tiger 11 is a full-fledged game with a motion-based swing and
not just a slight curiosity.
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