A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn how to play golf, including the rules, etiquette, and customs tied to the sport. The game models golfers or all races and sexes. Since kids can play golf with others online, they can enjoy taking on challenges with others. By taking on historic missions, players can also learn about some of golf's highlights over the past 150 years or so. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 is a fun way to learn about the game of golf, including its history.
This is a sports simulation that lets players step onto the virtual green as a professional golf player. Because it honors the sport, celebrates history, and showcases men and women of different races and colors, it gives a very positive message. It also shows physical activity and no violence or other inappropriate material whatsoever.
Positive Role Models
Aside from Tiger Woods' highly publicized personal transgressions, the cover athlete is shown in the game as a role model -- as are the other pro golfers from the PGA and LPGA in this game. Plus, this year's version also includes some of the greats from yesterday, including Arnold Palmer.
Ease of Play
The game has removed the caddy advice found in previous games, but at least the swing mechanic has been simplified for novice or younger players.
Products & Purchases
The game does show consumer brands, such as Nike and Red Bull, usually on the player's apparel (hats, shirts, shoes, etc.). This product placement mimics real life, however, as many players have sponsorships and endorsements.
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).
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.
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