By Steve Wright
Reviewing a yearly sports game is quite easy, isn’t it? Play last year’s title, then this year’s, and comment on what’s changed. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 seems to realise this is how we do it, so it was nice enough to launch a “new features” video the second I’d put the disc in my Xbox 360.
Simply put, last year’s Tiger Woods title was all about Tiger’s legacy (on the green, not with the women). This year, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 is about celebrating the history of the Majors and the legends who’ve played in them.
For the first time in the franchise, all four Majors -- The Masters, the U.S. Open, the Open and the PGA Championship – are in the same game, and best yet, you can quick play the events without having to slog your way through a career mode.
With a lovely sepia filter over the screen, you can start the “Legends of the Majors” mode, beginning in 1873 with the first ever Open in St. Andrews. You’ll be able to progress into current day, all the while playing against golf greats Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros and Lee Trevino, to name a few. If you beat a golf legend, you'll unlock them to use yourself.
Other additions to the title include the addition of a number of LPGA golfers (much like the way in which NHL 13 added female athletes; go EA!), night golfing and an overhauled Country Club mode that puts you up against other online golfers to duke it out for the Club Championship. The Clubs now allow for 100 players rather than 25, and the inclusion of 24-player tournaments. If you can find enough golf fanatic friends, that is.
Online tournaments have been tweaked as well, allowing multiple players to compete in custom tournaments at the same time. You’ll be able to see competitors’ shots, and can obviously use their trajectories and strategies to your own advantage if they worked (or didn’t).
Like most yearly sports games, there’s a couple new features that fans of the franchise will get a kick out of. Whether or not there’s enough change from last year is entirely up to you; the basics of the skill stick golf swing remain largely the same as Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13, so it’s really the Legends and Majors content which will tip this as a buy or miss for you. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 remains a highly polished EA Sports title, so you can’t really go wrong if you decide to make it a part of your collection.