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  • Summary: This year's Tiger features dynamic, personalized gameplay via Tiger Woods' personal coach, Hank Haney. Looking to drive the ball long and straight? Trying to nail the pin with the approach shot? An all-new addition to this year’s game, Haney will assist gamers as they hit the links and try to advance their career to win the FedExCup. In Tiger Woods PGA Tout 09, a player's skill level is dynamic, constantly adjusting throughout the round just as it would during a real afternoon out on the links. Following each round, Haney will deliver customized feedback on a player's performance. This feedback system allows all gamers, rookies or PGA TOUR pros, to compete and enjoy the game at any level. EA SPORTS GamerNet is a ground-breaking online innovation that features a refined, easy-to-use interface in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09. EA SPORTS GamerNet challenges, such as long drive, approach shots and putting will be delivered instantly throughout all game modes and players have the ability to post their challenges from the fairways. EA SPORTS GamerNet also features an all-new daily leaderboard and challenges customized to fit an individual's playing style. Online play has also been enhanced with Simultaneous Play. This all-new online engine gives up to four players the ability to play each hole at the same time, allowing players to get in a rhythm, swing when they are ready and make one round of golf even faster and more competitive than ever before possible. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 100
    Tiger 09 is remarkably improved across the board.
  2. 90
    It's pretty hard to find serious fault with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09.
  3. In terms of visuals, features, quality of courses and online play, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 is a really great golf game. It would probably be easier to recommend if the series wasn’t prone to such inconsistent yearly updates, but at least EA has focused on making the game better than just bigger.
  4. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 is a solid improvement over its predecessor and a really good golf game.
  5. While Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 still suffers from a few of the glitches and lazy development that plagued its predecessors, the hugely innovative and perfectly implemented additions to the tried and tested Tiger Woods framework makes Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 very easy to recommend.
  6. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 is a good buy for anyone who loves the series and demands every update, and is a must-buy for players who have enjoyed this style of golf but have yet to add a Tiger Woods game to their collection.
  7. Certainly the impact of this year's improvements is less significant than those showcased in Madden, NBA Live and even NHL. [Nov 2008, p.82]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. DStewart
    Aug 28, 2008
    The demo was awful, and the marketing videos they released look terrible compared to 08 or even 07. I almost cancelled my pre-order but decided to give it a try anyway. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it plays quite well, and the courses are breathtaking! I miss the driving range in 07 that I would pop right into, but the real-time online play should be a blast (and speeds things up considerably) Very pleased, and relieved I didn't cancel my order. Expand
  2. NateR.
    Oct 26, 2008
    Dynamic player characteristics make the game challenging and keeps you playing for hours. One bad round can absolutely destroy your character and force you to rebuild your attributes. Very well done.

    The overall game play is not very realistic, but this has always been a problem in EVERY golf videogame. Something needs to be done in future iterations of the game to account for the RIDICULOUSLY low scoring. Players routinely shoot scores in the low 50's, high 40's, which is simply unheard of the PGA tour. The 2010 version should place obstacles (shorter drives, more water, higher trees) designed to prevent scoring rounds in the 60's. Also, the team at EA should put serious consideration into allowing for user-generated courses in the 2010 version. But all of these requests are spices which would make an already great game perfect.

    The online game play is fun, the inclusion of a shot-clock was brilliant! The ability to post your best shots and scores online keeps you playing the game once you've achieved 100% game completion.

    If you're a Tiger die-hard like me (I've purchased the game every year since 2000), you'll love it; this is the best version they've developed so far. If you don't like other golf series, the online play and ability to fully-customize your character should keep you interested. If you're on the fence, it's definitely worth purchasing (or at least a rental). Enjoy!
  3. GaryC.
    Sep 3, 2008
    A massive and I mean massive improvement on 08. Control is much more user friendly this time, graphics are nice , loads of options ie different types of games, ability to "tune" your clubs to suit your style of play and much faster online play. If your a fan of golf games and have bought previous Tiger games, then get this as EA have done themselves proud this time. Expand
  4. BillC.
    Sep 7, 2008
    It's a very good game and looks very good. The way you can fit your clubs to the way you play is great.I don't care for the bland announcers. Collapse
  5. BryanMatherly
    Jan 5, 2009
    New courses are great....and the club tuning helps stand apart from other players online. However, fix the online play.!!! Thousands of us faithful TW golfers get dropped from the servers left and right for no reason! There are tons of other online games that don't even have a fraction of the connection issues, so why does this one?!? Us "hardcore" players, don't care what courses you make available to us.....all we want, is a good, straight up game to play, without concerns of what glitches will hurt us!!!! Expand