+Graphics are more fluid between holes
+Multiple swing style options
–Can’t import yourself into the game anymore like in previous titles
-Less courses than previous titles
–Challenges have nothing to do with the PGA Tour or golf
–To earn stat points, players have to go on tour versus just playing
The Rory McIlroy PGA Tour has been out for a short while now. I’ve been trying to write a review on it since I picked up my preorder but couldn’t. I was always told if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything a all and it’s taken me this long to be able to do that.
The game has a few good qualities to it. I like the fantasy Battlefield 4 course. It is not every day that you’re playing shots across the bow of a battle ship. It’s a fun little course to work on your skills but that’s all it’s good for. The option to pick between arcade, classic and pro arcade for the controller is another nice addition. That was one of the down falls to the previous versions of the PGA Tour games. They changed how the cotroller swing set up was with each new version. Unfortunately this was about the only things I found I liked about the game.
In the previous version of PGA Tour you could import your picture and bring yourself to life in the game. This version you can still make your own golfer but it’s from a grouping of preset shapes from a menu. In this version you now have to go on tour to earn your stat points. You can no longer just play the courses and gain skill. For some people this will be a huge disapointment. Not everyone wants to play the tour. You have to pick your road to becoming a pro and play a Web.com tour event to get your card. It really didn’t take much skill accomplish this. How you go to the Web.com tour is beyond me, they really don’t do much with it such as how you got there by going through the ranks, through college, or even how you got to the PGA Tour for that matter. The challenges might be fun for some but I wasn’t impressed. They reminded me of glow in the dark mini golf. I miss the challenges of the old versions where youare trying to make skilled shots or duplicate a feat done on the tour. The last big let down was the number of courses. There are half as many courses to just paly as the previous version.
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Final Score: 6 out of 10
About the Writer:
David Murphy is an old school gamer that has recently stepped into a new world of gaming. When not playing games such as Fallout, Destiny, Diablo 2 or Diablo 3; he can be found sitting back stomping on Goomba’s on his classic NES or shooting down some pesky ducks on Duck Hunt.