EA wants sports fans to join its club with a fresh motion-sensing golf sim. We round up the title’s new features.
Why spend a small fortune on a golf club membership and a set of equipment when you’ve got Tiger Woods PGA?Tour?
The EA Sports franchise has increased massively in realism over the past few years, with the new release Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 boasting both PS3 Move and Xbox 360 Kinect compatibility.
The title can track full body movements using Kinect, allowing players to swing a mock golf club to hit the in-game ball, plus it can also respond to the user’s voice commands using the motion accessory’s microphone.
“We expect Tiger Woods PGA?Tour 13 to perform well at retail this year,” EA Sports product manager Kuran Kapoor tells MCV. “With great pre-order incentives, a demo that released on March 6th which is fully Kinect and PlayStation Move compatible, and a targeted launch campaign catering for our core audience, whilst aiming to bring in new players, this is shaping up to be a great year for the Tiger Woods PGA Tour franchise.”
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 boasts a number of new features, including the Tiger Legacy Challenge, where gamers can re-live the pro golfer’s memorable moments. They’ll be able to go from child prodigy (yes, there are pro golfing toddlers in the game), right up to a modern-day golfing legend like Woods himself.
Players can also invite their friends to join their own Country Club. Here they’ll be able to gain access to new downloadable golf courses or compete with one another in the Club Championship. But it’s the title’s new swing mechanic that will really pull in golf lovers. It has new tempo, swing plane and shot power controls, allowing users to swing however – and whichever – way they want.
Those who buy the EA Sports Masters Collector’s Edition will gain exclusive access to the Augusta National Golf Club Tournament practice facility, its Par 3 course, a green jacket presentation and the chance to explore the grounds.
Swinging to consumers
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 TV, online and print ads will run during the US Masters, with a ‘strong presence’ in golf and sports publications. Retailers have a number of pre-order incentives running, such as Wayne Rooney DLC at Blockbuster. Yes, we’re not sure what he’s doing in a golf sim either.
Tour de force
The Tiger Woods games brand is incredibly popular, with EA having brought 15 separate releases to market starting with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 99. Over 25m units in the series have been sold worldwide, generating more than $500m in the US alone.