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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is the first game to employ Nintendo's new Wii MotionPlus peripheral, an attachment that connects to the bottom of the Wii remote. You can purchase the Wii MotionPlus independently from the game, though it makes better sense to buy the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 MotionPlus bundle, which is $15 cheaper than buying the software and the device separately. The MotionPlus is not needed to play, but it does dramatically enhance the precision of the Wii remote, making true one-to-one movement matching possible. Note, however, that Wii MotionPlus does not work with any previous Wii games, and that it will only be compatible with future games that display the MotionPlus logo on the game's package. As for the software, questionable content is limited to a few animations that show golfers tossing balls and clubs in anger. Also be aware that virtual equipment bearing recognizable golf brands, including Nike, Cobra, and Taylor Made, can be purchased from the game's pro shop. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 supports online play with text chatting features. Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for children 12 years and under.
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What's it about?
TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 10 for the Wii isn't a complete reinvention of Electronic Arts' storied golf simulator, but it's pretty close. Thanks to the incorporation of the Wii MotionPlus attachment for the Wii remote, a device that dramatically improves the accuracy of the controller's motion detection (it's the first game to make use of this new peripheral), your avatars' swings now precisely correspond to your real-world movements. The upshot is that you can no longer blame your duffed shots on lousy controls; you bear full responsibility for all of your shots, be they brilliant or errant.
Aside from improved control, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 for Wii adds plenty of other fun new features, including real-world weather based on local forecasts obtained from the Wii's weather channel, online tournaments that pit players against pros' real scores each weekend, and new courses and modes, like disc golf, which has players flinging Frisbees around the links as though they were golf balls.
Is it any good?
The Wii's motion-sensitive controls promised great things for golf simulators. The notion of being able to swing a club in the comfort of one's living room and see an on-screen avatar mimicking that movement captivated fans of the game. Alas, the Wii remote's rudimentary motion detection technology -- which forced players to enact crude reproductions of their real world swings, and not always with the greatest results -- meant that the Wii's golf games repeatedly failed to live up to expectations.
That's all changed now, thanks to the Wii MotionPlus. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 acts as a terrific showcase for this new peripheral's capabilities. Not only does it allow swing tempo to be mimicked almost perfectly, it also offers players complete control over club angle at impact. Twist your wrists inward and you'll draw the ball, turn them outward and you'll slice it. The control over the degree of spin that can be applied is nothing short of remarkable. Simply put, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 is the game Wii golf fans have been waiting for since Nintendo's console first launched two-and-a-half years ago. It brings interactive golf into your living room like never before.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the Wii MotionPlus and how it affects play in this game. Do you think it significantly improves the accuracy of your avatar’s movements? If you play golf in real life, do you feel like you are able to use your real-world swing to play this game? Is the motion-technology deficient in any meaningful way? Do you think MotionPlus enhances play to the tune of its $25 price?
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