Game Description: You’re facing a long putt for par on the 17th hole with Tiger Woods clinging to a one stroke lead. You’ve been in this position before, but that doesn’t matter now. Or does it? Whether you play it safe or go for broke, Play with Confidence in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 08. The all-new Shot Confidence feature uses factors from your previous rounds—including club selection, lie, hole, and more—to determine your confidence heading into each shot. Play with the confidence of a pro as you battle the best golfers from the PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour on the most courses ever in your quest for the coveted FedEx Cup Championship.
Before starting this review, let me make one thing clear: I’m not a golfer. I’ve played miniature golf a handful of times over the years, and I even played a single round of real golf once when I was a kid, but that’s pretty much it. Who knows, maybe I’ll take it up someday when I have the time and money. For now, the fact remains that I’m not the best person to judge the accuracy of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08. That being said, I do consider myself something of an authority on what I find fun. Although swinging the Wii remote like a golf club in Tiger 08 may offer some brief enjoyment at first, the overall experience is primarily one of profound annoyance and frustration.
The central issue that plagues Tiger 08 for the Wii—the problem that no amount of visual gloss or fancy game modes can alleviate—is its inconsistent and imprecise motion-sensing controls. To succeed, players must be able to effectively manipulate both the power and direction of their shots. Sadly, it is in just these areas that the game is most unsuccessful. Initially, Tiger 08 fares well against the golfing in Wii Sports (the game that most players will compare it to) in that the onscreen swing seems to replicate arm movements with far greater completeness and subtlety. The game’s flaws become painfully apparent, however, once players start trying to gain control over the ball.
By far the most maddening aspect of Tiger 08 is its poor implementation of draw and fade shots (i.e., shots in which the ball curves slightly to the right or left). In theory, draw and fade shots are performed by rotating the Wii remote to the right or left before taking a swing and then maintaining the rotated position throughout the swing. In practice, I was only able to successfully carry out either of these shots around 50 percent of the time at best. To make matters worse, the game has an annoying tendency to interpret straight swings as fade shots. If the developers couldn’t come up with a more reliable system for pulling off special shots, then they should have left them out altogether.
Disclaimer: This review is based on the Wii version of the game.
Parents have no reason to fear Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08, unless of course they think golf is evil.
Fans of golfing games might be disappointed by the inconsistent controls. Compared to golf games that utilize a standard controller, the Wii's motion-sensing gameplay might frustrate players with a desire to achieve high mastery.
HDTV owners will appreciate the inclusion of progressive scan and 16:9 widescreen.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers shouldn't have any special difficulties playing this game. There are no crucial audio cues and all the necessary gameplay information is displayed onscreen.