Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2001 - PlayStation

Also known as: Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf 2001

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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2001 (PlayStation)
Also for: PC, PS2
Viewed: 3D Combination Genre:
Sport: Golf
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Electronic Arts Soft. Co.: Electronic Arts
Publishers: Electronic Arts (GB/US/JP)
Released: Nov 2000 (US)
8 Dec 2000 (GB)
Unknown (JP)
Ratings: 3+
Features: Vibration Compatible
Accessories: Multi Tap, Analogue JoyPad, Memory Card

Summary

Golf simulations are becoming one of EA Sports' more prominent genres .And who better to represent the ongoing PGA Tour series than Tiger Woods, the current superstar of the sport? EA have something of a reputation for sequels, and occasionally, there's no real improvement over earlier titles. But PGA Tour 2001 looks to be the most playable instalment to date. Although golf games are renowned for being a little too time consuming for many players, PGA 2001 claims that a round of golf can be played in under fifteen minutes.

The question is, can the playability of this most recent instalment still compare other top games in the genre? Once again the standard improvements have been made to the sports sequel; new season statistics and improved physics and dynamics. The most noticeable improvement, especially to those already familiar with the series, is how much easier the game is to play - at least for the large part.

Getting from one of the six game courses’ tee off points to the green is a relatively easy process, with the analogue control offering more precision with power and control. However, it seems that when you use less powerful clubs, particularly the putter, the learning curve steepens. Veterans will be able to take advantage of the more complicated side of the game, and will be able to incorporate fade, draw and spin methods of play.

It's true that you can play a round of golf in under fifteen minutes, and as it turns out PGA 2001 is more playable than most other versions from EA. Although this may not suit experienced players, it should appeal to a wider audience than previous titles in the series.