The emergence of an update to Electronic Arts’ licensed sports titles is as predictable as an outburst from Jack Thompson at the announcement of a game slapped with a ‘Mature’ rating. The latest sees the developer lifting the wraps off Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09, and you’ll not be surprised to hear that it promises to be the most feature-packed edition of the series to date.
This year, EA is banking on the inclusion of Tiger Woods’ Performance Coach Hank Haney as PGA Tour 09’s unique selling point. Players’ skill levels will improve (or lessen) dynamically, which is where he comes in. Haney will be on hand to assist gamers as they hit the links and try to advance their career to win the FedExCup. Following each round, Haney will give personalised feedback on your game - praising you if you’re doing well, or beating you about the head with a driver if you’re not… Okay, maybe not. Just a bit of friendly advice on how you might improve.
EA Sports’ GamerNet (hosting competitions such as long drive, approach shots and putting) is also being touted for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 versions of the game, while online play has been enhanced, now allowing four players to tee off at each hole simultaneously - adding a “rhythm” as EA puts it, and generally speeding up the whole process.
“Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 09 is the most authentic golf video game on the market, and we’re excited to bring an immersive experience to the masses,” said Executive Producer Mike Taramykin. “Our partnership with Hank Haney provides fans immediate coaching from one of the top minds in golf. This year’s game brings unprecedented levels of customization and control, allowing seasoned vets and first time players ‘inside the ropes’ of TOUR golf.”
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 will be released on the Sony PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 this summer.