Tiger Woods: PGA Tour 13

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It’s starting to look like Tiger is getting his form back. Not only is he finding his way on the course again, but he’s also been allowed back onto the cover of EA’s blockbuster golf game after his notable omission from the front of PGA Tour 12.

In PGA Tour 13 you can use the Xbox Kinect motion tracking system for the first time. The idea is that the system can follow over 1,000 points to track your movement and golf swing down to the smallest detail. In reality, swinging like a man possessed or waving your arms in an airy non-committal way appears to make very little difference to your stroke. Playing with the PlayStation Move controller however, works fantastically. Similar to the Wii controller but with more sensitivity, the Move picks up the slightest nuances of your swing and really feels as though you are playing the game. Not paying attention will see the ball slicing into the rough and an over zealous putt will shoot the ball back onto the fairway.

In this latest incarnation there are 14 additional championship courses including the hallowed St. Andrews Links. You can play online with friends or strangers and even set up your own online Country Club, for those who take their digital plaid truly seriously. New courses and game tweaks notwithstanding, owners of previous versions of the PGA games may be hard-pressed to find a good reason to upgrade, but this is a great golf title for fans and casual gamers alike. If you stick with the regular controller on the Xbox and use the Move if you own a PlayStation, you are left with a challenging title that will let you don a garish pair of socks and escape to the fairway from the comfort of your living room.

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Publisher: EA
Format/s: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Age rating: 7+
Price: £29.99-£39.99

David Hutchinson

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