Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters Demo Thoughts.

 Remember when it was okay to have his face on the cover of the game?
The best golf game I've ever played is hands down Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005. It had some damn good heart. It had Tiger congratulating you on every big achievement you had, winning majors, career earnings etc. The introduction of each golfer when you golfed against them in challenge modes was awesome as well. It was also, what I feel, the last golf game that didn't shoot for SUPER realism in the Tiger Woods franchise. Jump to 2011 and EA has yet another new entry in the Tiger Woods franchise. Which seems to shoot even more towards that super realism,  but with a nice snag for golf fans.
 
 Expect to see this feature in golf games to come.
The last golf game I played was Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010. I didn't play 2011 since playing sports games every year can kill it for you. I liked 2010. Spent easily 25+hrs on it. Though, it lacked in any type of creative edge. It was as if EA just said "make another golf game fuck making it original". After waiting for the 1700+MBs to download onto my PS3, I finally got to jump into a game that frankly, I've been super excited for. To start it off I want to talk about how it "starts". EA wants you to know YOU ARE PLAYING AT THE MASTERS! Cause every thing is nothing but a shots of Augusta National. If you just start hitting X like I did, you'll find yourself in a video. Voiced by Jim Nantz about the History and prestige of The Masters, Green Jackets etc. Then it jumps you into a story about how Zach Johnson, Anthony Kim and Jim Furyk are battling it out on top. And Tiger makes his charge. You get to win The Masters. This is where the caddy is introduced. Which I love. While the voice is always the same and he animates the same way, it's a straight up innovative feature. He'll give you about one, two, or three different  shots to pick from. When chosen he'll explain his reasoning for that shot. I love this. It takes away from the player just saying "fuck it" and swinging blind. You also have the option of ignoring all of this and making your own shot as well. But in the "win as Tiger" part you can't. So I'm not sure if this will be the case for all challenges or not. And as a side part. Anthony Kim finishes second in this mode which is weird cause he's never finished second at The Masters (that fucking scenario was made up!!!)
 
Once you finish that mode, you get the chance to try out some of the improvement to the career mode. Basically, if you've played MLB: The Show you'll be familiar with the career mode. You start as a average weekend warrior and work your way up to the AM (amateur) Tour, Nationwide Tour, Q (qualifying) School then your ultimate goal is to finish Q-School, go to the PGA Tour and win The Masters. They don't spend a lot of time with this in the demo which sucked. Since this is the feature I'm much looking forward to.
 
 GOLF!!!

Overall, I'm very impressed with this demo. Yeah I know it's a demo, but when a demo can 100% sell you on a game, that's got to mean something. Other than the caddy and new career mode, it plays a lot like 2011 (from what I've read and seen, since I've not actually played it. A lot of the same concepts are reused). The game looks fantastic, and Augusta National shines. You can tell they put so much work into that course. The other course in the demo, TPC (The Player's Choice) San Antonio, looks good, but you can tell the same level of detail was not put into that course. 
 
The list of characters along with: Zach Johnson (one of my favorite golfers), Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson as new characters. With Edoardo and Francesco Molinari, Rhys Davis and Henrik Stenson representing new European characters, the depth of golfers seems to be great.
 
If you're a golf junkie like me then....
 

GET FUCKING HYPE!!

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Posted by gingertastic_10
 Remember when it was okay to have his face on the cover of the game?
The best golf game I've ever played is hands down Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005. It had some damn good heart. It had Tiger congratulating you on every big achievement you had, winning majors, career earnings etc. The introduction of each golfer when you golfed against them in challenge modes was awesome as well. It was also, what I feel, the last golf game that didn't shoot for SUPER realism in the Tiger Woods franchise. Jump to 2011 and EA has yet another new entry in the Tiger Woods franchise. Which seems to shoot even more towards that super realism,  but with a nice snag for golf fans.
 
 Expect to see this feature in golf games to come.
The last golf game I played was Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010. I didn't play 2011 since playing sports games every year can kill it for you. I liked 2010. Spent easily 25+hrs on it. Though, it lacked in any type of creative edge. It was as if EA just said "make another golf game fuck making it original". After waiting for the 1700+MBs to download onto my PS3, I finally got to jump into a game that frankly, I've been super excited for. To start it off I want to talk about how it "starts". EA wants you to know YOU ARE PLAYING AT THE MASTERS! Cause every thing is nothing but a shots of Augusta National. If you just start hitting X like I did, you'll find yourself in a video. Voiced by Jim Nantz about the History and prestige of The Masters, Green Jackets etc. Then it jumps you into a story about how Zach Johnson, Anthony Kim and Jim Furyk are battling it out on top. And Tiger makes his charge. You get to win The Masters. This is where the caddy is introduced. Which I love. While the voice is always the same and he animates the same way, it's a straight up innovative feature. He'll give you about one, two, or three different  shots to pick from. When chosen he'll explain his reasoning for that shot. I love this. It takes away from the player just saying "fuck it" and swinging blind. You also have the option of ignoring all of this and making your own shot as well. But in the "win as Tiger" part you can't. So I'm not sure if this will be the case for all challenges or not. And as a side part. Anthony Kim finishes second in this mode which is weird cause he's never finished second at The Masters (that fucking scenario was made up!!!)
 
Once you finish that mode, you get the chance to try out some of the improvement to the career mode. Basically, if you've played MLB: The Show you'll be familiar with the career mode. You start as a average weekend warrior and work your way up to the AM (amateur) Tour, Nationwide Tour, Q (qualifying) School then your ultimate goal is to finish Q-School, go to the PGA Tour and win The Masters. They don't spend a lot of time with this in the demo which sucked. Since this is the feature I'm much looking forward to.
 
 GOLF!!!

Overall, I'm very impressed with this demo. Yeah I know it's a demo, but when a demo can 100% sell you on a game, that's got to mean something. Other than the caddy and new career mode, it plays a lot like 2011 (from what I've read and seen, since I've not actually played it. A lot of the same concepts are reused). The game looks fantastic, and Augusta National shines. You can tell they put so much work into that course. The other course in the demo, TPC (The Player's Choice) San Antonio, looks good, but you can tell the same level of detail was not put into that course. 
 
The list of characters along with: Zach Johnson (one of my favorite golfers), Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson as new characters. With Edoardo and Francesco Molinari, Rhys Davis and Henrik Stenson representing new European characters, the depth of golfers seems to be great.
 
If you're a golf junkie like me then....
 

GET FUCKING HYPE!!

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Posted by Claude

I can't wait to get my hands on The Masters... I mean Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12. I'm still thinking of getting the Wii version. But I bet Augusta shines on the higher end consoles. And Move support for the PS3 looks pretty good too. Sadly, I don't have a PS3 only an Xbox 360 and a Wii. Nice write up, thanks for posting.

Posted by gingertastic_10
@Claude: If you have the balance pad for the Wii, you can use that, and the game will figure out your weight distribution throughout your swing. Crazy stuff. But thanks :) ... I'm a big golf fan and this stuff gets me excited :P
Posted by Nadafinga

Your impressions of the demo are very close to mine. Funny enough, PGA Tour 2005 was also the last Tiger game I played, and I loved it. But haven't really gotten into another golf game since then. I was excited for the John Daly game, but in the demo the Move controls were straight up broken, crushing my dreams of a good golf game for the Move. I sheepishly DLed this PGA 12 demo, not expecting much, but ended up being very happy with both the presentation and the Move controls. I'm buying this for sure.
 
Here's the problem: The regular edition is $60, but a preorder at amazon will net you a free $10 credit on a future purchase. The collector's edition is $70, and it comes with 5 extra courses, but you don't get the $10 credit, which basically makes this a $20 difference. I really want the extra courses, but are they worth $20? I'm thinking not, but I haven't made my mind up yet.

Posted by gingertastic_10
@Nadafinga: Totally agree with you with the price. I was so set on getting the CE, but couldn't justify paying more money. And if you pre-order you get a putter or something. Which has to be the best pre-order incentive ever right??
Posted by Nadafinga
@gingertastic_10:  Totally. I hope it makes it so all your putts go in automatically! Then I'll just use it as my driver ;)
 
(j/k, I actually don't like bonus items that make the game easier, for some reason I enjoy the pain of earning my abilities.)
Posted by gingertastic_10
@Nadafinga: Now I feel like a bad fake golf player. My Tiger Woods 2010 player had nothing but maxed out abilities clothing :( ... Cause I want to bomb it 400yrds with ease!! :)
Posted by Nadafinga
@gingertastic_10: I'm masochistic that way. I like to root in the mud at first. 
 
I just hope my caddie doesn't berate me too much. "you know, if you would've pre-ordered, you probably would have made that putt."
 
"Shut up caddie!"
Posted by gingertastic_10
@Nadafinga: Well, I just played the demo again, and he misread like 4 putts. Dick. So it wouldn't surprise me if he did do that >:O <--- rage.
Posted by Cincaid

Dude, I'm totally in the same seat as you. Played 2005 to death, but haven't touched the franchise since.
 
Will definatly pick up 2012 if it's any good!

Posted by gingertastic_10
@CrazyChris: From the demo, it's looking to be pretty good :) ... Less than a week now!!