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Review: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 - DS

by Nick Haywood on 21 September 2007, 14:36

Tags: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08, Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), PC, Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, DS, PS3, Wii, Sports

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Hit a ball 315 yards with a DS stylus

It seems to me that sometimes Electronic Arts gets a fair whack of flack for just releasing an updated version of game each year. Sure, if you look at the FIFA series in the past, it was getting silly with two games a year, obviously designed to jump on the current bandwagon and just sell a version with minor cosmetics changes from the previous one. But the Tiger Woods series has always been one area where EA seemed to be truly striving for new features making the game worth buying year on year and with this latest crop of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 games across the various platforms, it’s obvious that EA have made a real effort…

Now I’m all for multi-platform releases, especially when the game takes advantage of that platform's features. So the Wii version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08, currently under scrutiny by Steven, makes use of the WiiMote whilst you can expect better graphics and online play from the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. Of course, Trueswing on the PC is the only way to really play, but that’s just me being a traditionalist and I can’t wait to see how Steven fares on the Wii.

But what about this DS version I’m looking at today? Well if you cast your memory back to the launch of the original DS you may remember a Tiger Woods game from EA as a launch title. Now, to say that this was a bit, er, pap, would be putting it kindly. But then, to be fair, most of the DS launch titles were a bit poor with many games just rushed versions that hardly made any use of the DS features.

But now Tiger is back and this time around EA have gone to town. The graphics have had a serious overhaul, the touch screen is put to sensible use and isn’t just a gimmick and the variety of options and online play all promise something pretty special. EA have obviously completely scrapped the old Tiger and brought in a ground-up new build for the DS… so let’s don the stupid trousers, slip on the spikey-bottomed shoes and go buff our balls with some touchscreen goodness.