Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005
|a game by||Electronic Arts Redwood Shores Studio|
|Platforms:||XBox, PC, Playstation 2|
|User Rating:||8.3/10 - 7 votes|
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|See also:||Tiger Woods Pga Games|
When It comes to sports games, it's not how they look but how they play that really counts. As you'd expect, this year's Tiger Woods is flash and buffed to within an inch of his life, but unlike the recent FIFA incarnation, he's actually packing it in the trouser department as well.
Skipping quickly past the eight new (and beautifully rendered) licensed courses and 15 PGA tour players, Tiger Woods 2005's big boast is TigerProofing. This lets you take courses and tweak options like the width of the fainway and size of the green, so that even Tiger Woods would struggle. Similarly, Game Face II lets you tweak your own in-game features, and amusingly includes braces, tattoos and discoloured teeth.
Both are great additions, but when you're boasting about them as the main draw of the game, it's easy to see that EA has perfected the core gameplay and is having to look sideways to justify its annual update.
The usual array of tourneys, online options and bite-sized challenges are in here, but, while I've enjoyed previous versions of the game, it still feels odd that you can pick up a new golf game and slam the ball to within a few feet of the hole without trying. It might be a whole lot of fun and it might be the best golf game you can buy, but unless you create your own courses, there's very little challenge here.