Review by DarkAngel13
"A Revolution in Golf Gaming"
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 raises the bar even further than it did last year. When you generally think of Tiger Woods, many think of him as the best ever. When you think of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004, it is safe to assume that this is the best golf game of all time. Tiger Woods PGA Tour captures almost every single element of the game of golf. The thrill of ripping a 300 yard drive down the center of the fairway, sinking that 30 foot putt for birdie, just walking down the fairway on the way to the 18th green, Tiger Woods PGA Tour is able to capture the thrill of all these elements, and many more.
Tiger Woods 2004 doesn't just capture all those above things, it also included many new features to keep those golf addicts busy. Gone are the days when your clubs are just clubs. Now, you can customize! Go buy yourself a Nike Driver (If you dare), buy yourself an Odyssey putter, go get some Callaway golf balls. Tiger Woods 2004 has included many actual golf products like those. Thanks to all the actual golf products, you can actually have your set of clubs. Say for example you use a TaylorMade driver and some Nike irons and other stuff, those are most likely in the game.
Also included in Tiger Woods 2004 is the new EA Sports Game Face. What this is basically, is your profile, with a twist. In your profile, you create yourself. That is right, you actually can create your own duffer and make him look exactly like you do. You also could go create a sumo, create a midget, whatever. You can actually create yourself, and go mano a mano with Tiger Woods himself. Create yourself down to your mannerisms, your swing style, a tee behind the ear, etc. Very in-depth and very fun.
Gone is the Tiger Challenge and tournaments (somewhat) in Tiger Woods 2004. The Tiger Challenge has been replaced by a better (in my opinion) version of it known as the World Tour. You travel from continent to continent challenging the world's best golfers to match play. Like Tiger Woods 2003, if you beat them, you unlock them for use in the game, and earn yourself a hefty share of cash.
The generic tournament modes are gone, replaced by the new PGA Tour Season mode. In this mode of the game, you go through an actual season of the PGA. Go through it and play every tournament, go through and only play for the majors, do whatever. You are able to go through this for up to 20 years, so you should be able to keep yourself busy with this mode.
Generally in golf games, there isn't much to hear. In Tiger Woods 2004, what there is to hear, they made sure it sounded very close to realism. The clubs generally sound good. For example, you could probably figure out what the opponent is hitting or hitting out of by just using the sound as a guide. The commentators on TW2004 are better than last years, but that's not saying a lot. The elderly sounding one says some witty things and keeps you entertained, but the one that talks during the flyby's of the hole generally sounds horrible. Nothing really cool he says. The EA Sports Trax on TW2004 are much improved over last years. Last year had a great soundtrack, and this years doesn't disappoint. The songs that play generally get you pumped up for almost anything, like, if DMX doesn't get you pumped, you should find a new sport.
TW2004 has some of the best graphics in any golf game of all-time. When playing you can see down to the details of your ball. Say if you're playing with a Callaway Red, when you hit the ball sometimes you'll get a view where you can see the Callaway written on the ball. Your clubs in general are also very detailed, take for example if you use a Big Bertha driver, the odds are that you'll be able to see the ''Big Bertha'' on it. Also the putters look beautiful. The Odyssey Two-Ball putter for example looks EXACTLY like it's real-life counterpart. Very great detailing.
The courses of TW2004 look incredibly life-like. From the 18th at Pebble Beach, to the 10 foot bunkers of St. Andrews, to the ''Warning'' sign of Bethpage Black, those are all in the game. The characters all also look exactly like their real-life counterparts. Tiger of course is about as close to being real as you can get on a PlayStation 2, but the other characters also bring out the realism. From John Daly and his ''Grip it and rip it'' swing, to Jim Furyk and his ''How the hell does he golf like that?'' swing. Tiger of course has his trademark fist pump as well.
A first time player of TW2004 might be confused by the controls of it. Unlike most golf games where it's just ''Tap, tap, tap'' to swing, TW2004 uses the analog capabilities to create a configuration incredibly close to real golf. You have to press down on the stick to bring the club back, and press it forward quickly to swing it forward. Accidentally moved it forward to the upper-left? Your shot will reflect that you didn't get a good swing, and possibly launch your ball into the deep rough. You use the square button to change the type of shot you're taking, from a flop shot, to punch shots, to chipping even. Circle is used to see where the ball should land assuming you hit it straight, it doesn't take wind, rough, or rain into consideration, so you'll have to do that yourself. You use the R1 and R2 buttons to switch your club, so if you don't think it's a good idea to take the driver off the box, change it and use a different club. During your backswing, you use the L1 button to add a power boost to your shot, beware though, because sometimes you can screw your shot up pretty good by doing this. While the ball is in mid-air flight you use the L2 button to put some spin on the ball. So if the ball is going over the hole, put some backspin on it and watch it roll back towards the cup.
TW2004 can both be tough, and easy. For the beginners it might be a struggle to get the swing down and win get under par in your first few rounds. While experienced Tiger Woods players can take fun in the World Tour and PGA Season modes, where it can actually become a challenge. Putting though can be a very easy thing to do on 2004. Just listen to your caddy, and you should be safe. The course difficulty is customizable. You can play from the easy tees, or go from the pro tees. You can play with easy pin spots, or tough ones. You also are able to customize just how deep the rough really is.
REPLAY VALUE: 10
TW2004 definitely has enough in it to keep you occupied for quite a long time. Just using a golfer that you created of yourself is a blast. There's plenty of game modes to keep you and your buddies busy, like the addition of Best Ball and Alternate Shot plays. There also is the addition of return of the Birdie Balls, even more than there were last year. There also is the addition of ''Tiger Tracking'' where you can compare your stats to Tiger's throughout his career, like beat his best round ever (59 in a practice round) and such. Of course, there's also the addition of online play. You can go online and prove that you're the best virtual golfer in the world. Take your game and compete in online tournaments and in match and stroke play games. You also can be invited to select EA Tournaments, which is cool.
If you like golf, you shouldn't even think of getting any other golf games other than Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004. Heck, if you like golf you shouldn't even give thought to renting this and just buy it, it is really that good. The realism of it and the real courses will keep hardcore golf fans coming back for more, while the arcade golf modes will keep those fans coming back for a while. All of the new additions to 2004 make 2003 seem almost obsolete. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004, should be regarded as the best golf game ever made (Till next year anyway)
FINAL SCORE: 10
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 09/28/03
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