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 14 is a family-friendly golf game. It lets you step onto world-famous courses, as or against celebrated golf pros from today or yesterday. There isn't any eyebrow-raising content to worry about in this game -- except for the option to voice chat during online play, and thus risk hearing inappropriate language (such as profanity).
What's it about?
Another year, another Tiger Woods golf game. Available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 14 is the latest simulation designed to celebrate professional golf. It allows you to play as or against the greats -- on many of the world’s most famous courses. Along with Tiger Woods and other contemporary pros, this year’s game lets you go back in time to challenge icons like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, and Bobby Jones. You can also rewrite history by reliving some of golf’s historic moments, beginning with the late 1800s. More than 20 courses are packed onto the disc – the most ever for a Tiger Woods game, plus EA Sports has added the LPGA for the first time (including 2012 LPGA Player of the Year Stacy Lewis), night golf with an illuminated ball, and the ability to participate in all four majors for Grand Slam: the Masters Tournament, the U.S. Open, the Open Championship, and the PGA Championship.
Is it any good?
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 a very good family video game. While it looks and feels very similar to last year’s Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 at first glance, EA Sports has added a lot more to the game to justify the purchase. The five new courses (including Oak Hill Country Club and Muirfield Village) and new PGA and LPG golfers (now totaling 35) will be a treat for golf fans, not to mention rewriting history by teeing off with the greats on classic courses and in up to 60 mini challenges (and if you like, in sepia tone or technical to give it that vintage feel). Some golf enthusiasts have taken to online forums to complain about EA Sports messing with history a bit -– like changing where major events took place and with whom –- but most will be forgiving of the liberties taken. And then there’s night play, an enhanced strike meter, the LPGA, Kinect for Xbox 360 support, and a Connected Tournament mode that lets you play with and see up to 24 other live golfer shot arcs (so you don’t have to wait for them to play the hole).
While more evolutionary than revolutionary, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 delivers a lot of bang for the buck. While not flawless, the introduction of the “Legends of the Majors” mode will sure to slap a smile on your face as you tee off throughout history, alongside golf's legendary pros.
Talk to your kids about ...
Like clockwork, EA Sports releases a new golf game every year. Do you think fans want an annual game or is it greedy on EA Sports' part? Do you buy a sports game every year or only if they add enough new content to justify the purchase?
Do you prefer games where you are active? What benefits does active gaming have?
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Social Studies: events, history
Math: geometry, measurement, statistics
Science: measurement, motion, physics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, strategy, thinking critically
Self-Direction: effort, work to achieve goals
Health & Fitness: exercise, gross motor skills, movement
Collaboration: meeting challenges together
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: EA Sports
- Release date: March 26, 2013
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, History
- ESRB rating: E for N/A
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