Tiger comes out swing­ing

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - E Guide Tech - MIKE WIL­COX mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

GOLF has al­ways struck me as an un­likely type of video game to re­quire an an­nual up­date, but then I’m not one to hit the real fair­ways in my spare time.

The last few Tiger Woods’ games have been fun, though, es­pe­cially the Nin­tendo Wii ver­sions with their vir­tual golf club swing­ing mo­tion con­trols.

While Wii gamers are sadly over­looked for this year’s in­stal­ment of the long- run­ning se­ries, EA Sports has come out swing­ing with a hand­ful of new fea­tures in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13.

Ar­guably the most sig­nif­i­cant of these is the new To­tal Swing Con­trol sys­tem, which al­lows you to tweak your shots in sev­eral ways, from chang­ing your stance, and ad­just­ing the club’s po­si­tion over the ball, to al­ter­ing the power, spin and tra­jec­tory, plus hav­ing greater con­trol over the di­rec­tion you want to hit the ball.

A new vis­ual swing arc has also been in­tro­duced as a guide to the per­fect swing.

Boost Pins are an­other new ad­di­tion. Up to three of these can be equipped at a time, which pro­vide var­i­ous power- ups to your golfer.

It’s an in­ter­est­ing fea­ture at first glance, un­til you dis­cover you’re at the mercy of the game’s ham­pered cur­rency sys­tem, but more on that shortly.

Sup­port for the Xbox’s mo­tion sens­ing ac­ces­sory, Kinect, prom­ises vir­tual golf swing­ing good times, how­ever, it proved mostly un­re­li­able at mim­ick­ing my ac­tions ac­cu­rately, and nav­i­gat­ing the game’s menus with hand move­ments was tedious too, so you’ll likely to be reach­ing for the gamepad soon af­ter the nov­elty has worn off.

My only real gripe with the game comes from the need to amass hard-to- earn coins, not only to pur­chase Boost Pins, but also to un­lock half of the game’s golf cour­ses.

You can spend real money to un­lock them im­me­di­ately, but that’s a big ask on top of the cost of the game.

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