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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters is a golf simulation. You can tackle the game by yourself, against virtual competitors, or against friends and family, if desired. The game is meant to be an accurate reproduction of the real game of golf -- including access to some of the world's top PGA Tour courses -- and the ability to take part in the Masters Tournament at Augusta National. There is no inappropriate content in this game, but be aware online players can talk and hear others talk, which might include profanity or other potentially offensive comments.
What's it about?
As with past years, EA Sports' TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 12: THE MASTERS aims to deliver a realistic professional golf experience -- from the motion of the swing (now taking advantage of PlayStation Move and the Wii MotionPlus peripherals) to authentically-modeled courses ripped from real world locations (such as Pebble Beach and St. Andrews). While it doesn't look or feel much different than last year's offering, the new game features a revamped career mode, the addition of caddies (who offer helpful tips while on the green), as well as new golfers and courses to choose from. EA Sports says they've laser-scanned every hole at the historic Augusta National Golf Club to recreate the Masters Tournament down to every digital detail. Finally, the game offers a handful of solo and multiplayer game modes (for up to 4 players).
Is it any good?
Fans of Tiger Woods PGA Tour golf games are well aware that some years are bigger than others. While not remarkably different than past games, the new career mode now takes you from working your way up from an amateur to the coveted PGA Tour. A lot of the online buzz surrounds the Caddie Mode, where you're paired up with a caddie who gives you helpful advice based on the course, wind, and such (and they can "level up" like a role-playing game, too). Unlike past games, you can tackle fun "Masters moments," where you can relive some of the best moments from Masters history as you vie for the green jacket. Major fans of the series won't be disappointed with this sequel as there are enough new goodies to justify the purchase, but casual players might think twice if they're still happy with last year's game. Note: The Wii version supports the Wii Balance Board (primarily for balance), plus it offers 25 courses instead of 19, and minigames, too; visually it's not as good as the high-definition Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games (which can be played using the Move controller.)
Online interaction: In both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game, you can play online with 2 to 4 players. Plus, there will be downloadable content, says EA Sports. Gamers who play each other online can also chat using a headset microphone, which means kids could potentially hear offensive language.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about celebrity role models. Do gamers still want to play as Tiger Woods, or has the world's most famous golfer lost some of his appeal because of his widely-publicized personal problems?
Do you prefer to play sports video game on a system where you can be active? You can if you play this game using the Move controller for the PS3 or the Wii MotionPlus for the Wii.
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