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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: 40 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. 100
    Tiger 09 is remarkably improved across the board.
  2. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 is a fantastic entry into this series of games, and really restored some faith in what EA has been doing to the series.
  3. This is yet another solid improvement over its predecessor that nudges the series back into "must buy" status, even if it sometimes feels more like the game is taking steps forward rather then leaps.
  4. Tiger Woods 09 is like a visit to a strip club – you know what to expect, but it’s always worth a look.
  5. This isn't just an excellent introduction to the series, but a great expansion of it to keep veterans interested. Without Xbox Live you'll miss out on some of the really cool stuff, but for everyone else 2009 is definitely the year of the Tiger.
  6. Even though there are still a lot of things that needs to be addressed in the formula, this iteration of the Tiger Woods franchise is still the best one to date with spot on gameplay mechanics. For those who have been disappointed with the series latest iterations, this is a great year to get back into it.
  7. Tiger Woods 09 certainly has a lot of life in it. A good online mode and lengthy career will easily keep golf enthusiasts hooked until the next edition.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. KevinA
    Aug 30, 2008
    10
    Wow! What a difference. It just plays so much better than the last two iterations. It looks and feels great. When it comes to EA I'm quite cynical, but this year with Tiger Woods 09 they have delivered a game that balances 'fun' and 'simulation'

    Good job all round guys. This bodes well for Fifa 09!
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  2. MichaelM.
    Aug 24, 2008
    10
    I played the game at the GC in Leipzig for almost an hour and I think it's the best Tiger Woods game so far! The gameplay is much better than last last year and the new attribute system makes more sense. I really like the new graphics too. Expand
  3. Leroy
    Aug 25, 2008
    10
    The new club tuner is single handedly the most impressive addition in the entire tiger woods franchise and as a golfer its the coolest thing I have ever seen. Expand
  4. Adam
    Aug 27, 2008
    9
    Controls are way better this year. I like the way the stats work as well. Much Improvement EA!!!!
  5. JamesC
    Aug 27, 2008
    9
    This is a big improvement on TW 08 (which I didn't even buy because the demo had shown how horrible it was). The analog swing is much more refined - even better than TW 07. The new stats management system is great - the courses are fantastic and look better than ever. The simplicity of gamernet and how you can win gamernet points simply by playing a single player round shows fantastic implementation. Overall - I'd have to say this is the best TW yet - I'm so glad to be able to say that. Trading in TW 07 is finally an option. Expand
  6. ToddE.
    Sep 6, 2008
    8
    Plays well...but TOO easy to hit fairways and greens. The idea of player attributes needs to go away. Give a player a certain amount of points to spend on player attributes and let them choose what is important to them, that would be much more fun than playing maxed out players online EVERY match. Expand
  7. JamieC
    Sep 1, 2008
    4
    Nice graphics, although a tad 'boxy' at times. The gameplay is good, but not really that different then any of the other Tiger games. Putting is ridiculous as missing the hole by an inch when putting uphill can result in the ball stopping in its uphill motion and then rolling back down the hill past your original spot! The attributes system works in strange ways too as I managed to set a course record firing a -11, and yet all my skills decreased by at least .2 each. Tiger Challenge makes the game playable, as with all other Tiger games since the mini games and challenges are fun and rewarding. Match play against a cpu with no fast forward is tedious though. Tournament play also needs some serious tweaking as every single round at least 4 cpu players break the course record. -25 under for a 4 round tournament will get you approximately 30th place, wheres the realism? I shouldnt be able to drive the green of a par five after having the game an hour. Is this arcade style golf? Expand

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