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Sat 22/10/05 at 18:05
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"Fishing For Reddies"
Posts: 4,986
Considering SR isnít stocking the XBOX version, I figured Iíd give some opinions here. First off, it looks decent. I didnít have 2005 for an exceptional amount of time, but I donít remember the game looking as rich as 06 does. The grass seems fuller, the clouds pan across the sky and while itís nowhere near in the same league as the best games in other genres, itís still solid graphically.

The commentary I love. It gets funnier and funnier every year, and itís just right for golf; the tempo, the vocabulary and the frequency at which it comes. Being a North American-made game, you canít expect much from player voices. It seems that you voice HAS to be a variant of Tigers, changing only in pitch and nothing else. The satisfying Ďpingí from the drivers as you send the ball greenward is nice to hear.

My brother has started the Rivals Mode, although Iíve yet to. It seems pretty decent, to be fair. Itís especially good that the 52-week PGA Tour has been left in there as well, and hasnít been substituted for it. I like the way everything is set to that era. You have all the respective attire and equipment, etc. I got some new clubs the other day (Titleist 690CBs) and theyíre pretty hard to hit, so I can imagine these 1920ís lads struggled!

I like the menus in 2005. Theyíre nice and crisp, yet simple, and the way the previous menu (it has a crescent moon-like layout) is just reduced in size and ghosted out is a nice way for you to get your bearings if youíre lost. Iíve never thought much of any of the EA Trax, but there are some nice songs on here. The music is quite fitting, and very much associable with the game of golf.

The Shape stick is stupid. I love the idea, and was dead excited initially, but itís just been implemented so poorly. Instead of putting the cot where you want ti to go and clicking the right stick in, you have to hold it there. And even if you do hold it, it gradually moves back Ė even though youíre still holding it!?!!!?!?!?!! Absolutely stupid. The Game Breaker added a bit more arcadiness to the mix, and youíd think that EA could have got this right for the golf purists?!

Incidentally, I was a little unsure about the inclusion of the Game Breaker, but it does no harm, and encourages you to take your time, and play well. Thereís always been a bit of arcadiness to Tiger (Skillzone, etc) and 06 seems no different, thereís quite a few challenges and modes of play. And you can always just go into practice and take turns with a mate on closest to the pin, or longest drive.

I like the new Shot-Calling. Itís a bit of a gimmick, granted, but even so, itís quite fun and a nice addition for those just looking for fun, casual play.

Believe it, or not (you probably will), but I havenít even had the chance to go on LIVE yet. It just wonít connect. I must have tried about 10 times over 3 days. Still, when it does finally work, itíll be the perfect LIVE game. Links was good, but I have a feeling the Shot Calling and all will make Tiger better. Itís a Sunday afternoon, just back form church, what do you play? HALO? Wolfenstien? Nope. Tiger Woods! Itís chilled, accommodates 4 people (any more and itíd be noisy) and thereís lots of modes of play.

Unless youíre a live nut, I probably wouldnít say Tiger 06 is needed if you have 2005. Thereís a fair amount of new stuff in here, but itís nothing that dramatic. The Shape Stick, under-realised as it is, is still usable. In all, Iíd say that the shot-calling, Rivals Mode and LIVE play make it the best Tiger game yet Ė I just need to play it more! The mechanics are good, the putting is a lot harder and itís packed with lots of game modes and plenty of courses Ė both real and fantasy.

Just thought Iíd put my mark in the Ďget itĎ column.

Your thoughts?
Wed 02/11/05 at 15:38
Regular
Posts: 8
Im still a big fan of 2003, I had considered getting 2006 bit on seeing gameplay footage of the xbox and xbox 360 versions im going to be saving my money for the latter. Also, anyone notice that the courses seem to look a little bland and washed out compared to the earlier games in the series?. Anyway, nothing could replace Links 2004 for me - it's just a shame the whole XGN thing got canned, that spells the death toll for any likely follow up.
Sat 22/10/05 at 18:05
Regular
"Fishing For Reddies"
Posts: 4,986
Considering SR isnít stocking the XBOX version, I figured Iíd give some opinions here. First off, it looks decent. I didnít have 2005 for an exceptional amount of time, but I donít remember the game looking as rich as 06 does. The grass seems fuller, the clouds pan across the sky and while itís nowhere near in the same league as the best games in other genres, itís still solid graphically.

The commentary I love. It gets funnier and funnier every year, and itís just right for golf; the tempo, the vocabulary and the frequency at which it comes. Being a North American-made game, you canít expect much from player voices. It seems that you voice HAS to be a variant of Tigers, changing only in pitch and nothing else. The satisfying Ďpingí from the drivers as you send the ball greenward is nice to hear.

My brother has started the Rivals Mode, although Iíve yet to. It seems pretty decent, to be fair. Itís especially good that the 52-week PGA Tour has been left in there as well, and hasnít been substituted for it. I like the way everything is set to that era. You have all the respective attire and equipment, etc. I got some new clubs the other day (Titleist 690CBs) and theyíre pretty hard to hit, so I can imagine these 1920ís lads struggled!

I like the menus in 2005. Theyíre nice and crisp, yet simple, and the way the previous menu (it has a crescent moon-like layout) is just reduced in size and ghosted out is a nice way for you to get your bearings if youíre lost. Iíve never thought much of any of the EA Trax, but there are some nice songs on here. The music is quite fitting, and very much associable with the game of golf.

The Shape stick is stupid. I love the idea, and was dead excited initially, but itís just been implemented so poorly. Instead of putting the cot where you want ti to go and clicking the right stick in, you have to hold it there. And even if you do hold it, it gradually moves back Ė even though youíre still holding it!?!!!?!?!?!! Absolutely stupid. The Game Breaker added a bit more arcadiness to the mix, and youíd think that EA could have got this right for the golf purists?!

Incidentally, I was a little unsure about the inclusion of the Game Breaker, but it does no harm, and encourages you to take your time, and play well. Thereís always been a bit of arcadiness to Tiger (Skillzone, etc) and 06 seems no different, thereís quite a few challenges and modes of play. And you can always just go into practice and take turns with a mate on closest to the pin, or longest drive.

I like the new Shot-Calling. Itís a bit of a gimmick, granted, but even so, itís quite fun and a nice addition for those just looking for fun, casual play.

Believe it, or not (you probably will), but I havenít even had the chance to go on LIVE yet. It just wonít connect. I must have tried about 10 times over 3 days. Still, when it does finally work, itíll be the perfect LIVE game. Links was good, but I have a feeling the Shot Calling and all will make Tiger better. Itís a Sunday afternoon, just back form church, what do you play? HALO? Wolfenstien? Nope. Tiger Woods! Itís chilled, accommodates 4 people (any more and itíd be noisy) and thereís lots of modes of play.

Unless youíre a live nut, I probably wouldnít say Tiger 06 is needed if you have 2005. Thereís a fair amount of new stuff in here, but itís nothing that dramatic. The Shape Stick, under-realised as it is, is still usable. In all, Iíd say that the shot-calling, Rivals Mode and LIVE play make it the best Tiger game yet Ė I just need to play it more! The mechanics are good, the putting is a lot harder and itís packed with lots of game modes and plenty of courses Ė both real and fantasy.

Just thought Iíd put my mark in the Ďget itĎ column.

Your thoughts?

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