Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. May 10, 2011
    100
    With the Masters as the game's primary focus, honestly you can't use another name as Tiger has had more accomplishments and Masters Moments than any golfer. So the choice was easy, has been made, and the result is near perfection.
  2. Apr 28, 2011
    93
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters is definitely taking the focus from the man and placing it on the event. While Tiger does still enjoy more than his fair share of attention, Augusta is the true star of this year's installment. Every hole is legendary, rich in tradition and history. There is a sense of awe as you make your way around the Amen Corner holes – almost like walking on sacred ground. Gameplay is refined, the career mode is polished, the caddie assist is seamless and cool, and the multiplayer modes and DLC will keep you playing until next year's inevitable sequel.
  3. Apr 20, 2011
    92
    The changes certainly shape a more comprehensive golfing experience and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters lives up to its name sake and delivers the best version so far but it does raise the question of where the series will go next.
  4. Apr 2, 2011
    92
    Simply put, this is one of the best golf games ever made, and there's absolutely no reason to pass it up.
  5. Mar 30, 2011
    90
    If you are one of the few golf fans that have held off the last year or two waiting on new features or courses, wait no longer; this is the year that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters contends for sports game of the year.
  6. Mar 29, 2011
    90
    I wouldn't hesitate to give this game the highest rating possible, if it weren't for this terrible marketing strategy, because that aside, it's a fantastic game and one of the best sports titles I've played. Don't hesitate to pick it up if you love golf, just understand the few drawbacks.
  7. Mar 29, 2011
    90
    Though gameplay mechanics and visuals haven't jumped far from last year's title, there's still enough 'new' here to make the purchase worth your hard earned money.
  8. Mar 25, 2011
    90
    Through the years the Tiger franchise has layered on more realistic tour touches like the FedEx championship, the Masters, or the U.S. Open. This year EA's lined things up and knocked the ball down the fairway straight and true.
  9. Apr 30, 2011
    85
    Even though the Tiger Woods PGA Tour franchise has no competition in the industry, it always delivers a remarkable golfing experience. And whilst the graphics engine is starting to show its age, the quality of the gameplay remains fresh and exciting.
  10. Apr 11, 2011
    85
    The best golf simulation available on the market. The Masters tournament is a truly nice addition this year, but maybe it's not enough if you already bought last year's edition.
  11. Apr 11, 2011
    85
    Overall, if you have never played a Tiger Woods game before, and are wavering between an older, cheaper title to ease yourself in, don't. Spend the extra money and buy this title, which doesn't leave you to sink and swim into playing like older titles do.
  12. Apr 6, 2011
    85
    Despite a lack of true innovation Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters is a solid and beautiful golf game. The game feels also fresh thanks to the renewal of game modes and the caddie feature that adds a lot of new prospective to the game.
  13. Apr 6, 2011
    84
    Strives to replicate the Masters, and it succeeds on an impressive level. It's got the sort of variety that'll keep you playing for a good long time, and its treatment of the Masters is slick and educational, doing honor to the venerable tournament.
  14. Apr 1, 2011
    84
    If you like golf, this is certainly the best game.
  15. May 21, 2011
    83
    Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The Masters stays on the usual high quality standards the series got us used to, with some very welcome new entries like the caddie and the Augusta Masters. We're just disappointed by a complete lack of support to Kinect the absence of any kind of italian localization.
  16. May 18, 2011
    83
    The Masters: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 is one of the better golf video games out there. EA Sports has refined the gameplay and added several features and courses. Putting can be a challenge, the analog swing isn't exactly new, and paying extra for the full career experience are the only bogeys in an otherwise fine round of golf.
  17. Apr 5, 2011
    83
    I'll come right out and say it. The inclusion of Augusta and The Masters makes this an automatic purchase for golf fans on its own. EA Tiburon has painstakingly worked with Augusta National Golf Club to create an incredible representation of the course, the tournament and its storied history.
  18. Jun 8, 2011
    80
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 provides features that won't be for everyone but is ultimately an enjoyable experience. If you haven't experienced the Tiger Woods franchise in a while, this is a great year to come back.
  19. 80
    Routine in the best meaning of the word. New PGA continues the tradition of progress within the limits of decency. [Issue#203]
  20. May 15, 2011
    80
    So another year, another Tiger game and if it has been a while since your last golf outing the Masters is a great addition to your game collection. However if you still have last year's game there really isn't a whole lot to get excited about other than the new additions of adding a caddie and playing in the Masters tournament. EA sports seems to be able to tweak just enough to their annual games to draw people in and it's easy to see that every detail is taken to recreate a solid experience from the controls to the genuine looks and sounds of golf.
  21. Apr 20, 2011
    80
    You'll spend tons of time attempting to beat the online GamerNet challenges, and pushing yourself closer to The Masters in career mode. The only annoying part of this game is its DLC course selection.
  22. Even pros will struggle to outsmart the caddy, but every other change is for the better. [June 2011, p.99]
  23. Apr 18, 2011
    80
    This time, golfing with EA is not only for old fans. If you've never played the series before but wants to start a digital golf pro career, then this is the right time to jump in. All in all a really good golf game for everyone.
  24. Apr 12, 2011
    80
    The Tiger Woods franchise has seen a lot of changes over the last few years and the improved Career mode, along with the inclusion of The Masters, are welcomed additions.
  25. Apr 8, 2011
    80
    It looks fabulous, the control system is exemplary in terms of both the control it gives and its flexibility, and the addition of both the Masters and the caddie system should make it more or less irresistible to golf nuts. While the player whose name it bears may still be making his comeback from a disastrous period, his video game at least still towers above all its peers.
  26. Apr 8, 2011
    80
    A must-have for golf fans, but it will be too of a simulation for novice players, as it doesn't include a comprehensive tutorial for those who have no experience in previous games.
  27. Apr 7, 2011
    80
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters is fresh in several ways. The caddy offers deeper gameplay, while the road to the US Masters is an interessting career mode. All in all a great golf game, with your cast as the star of the show.
  28. Apr 6, 2011
    80
    This new chapter of the PGA Tour adds a new Career mode with a final boss, The Masters, and a new (and welcome) caddie system to the original formula.
  29. 80
    EA Sports has given the US Masters its warmest possible welcome to video games with Tiger Woods 12 – doing justice to Augusta National can't have been easy, but the developers at Tiburon have pulled it off with great aplomb.
  30. Apr 2, 2011
    80
    Tiger Woods 12 is another great golf sim, in large part thanks to the addition of the Masters at Augusta.
  31. Apr 1, 2011
    80
    Focusing on the Masters rather than in the Ryder Cup, the Tiger Woods franchise delivers where previous instalments failed. The brand new career mode along with some fresh additions to the gameplay make PGA Tour 12 worth every cent to every golf fan.
  32. 80
    A good-looking and therapeutic dose of bird-tweeting, ripples of applause and gasps of mild horror. If you're happy paying the price of admission for a more streamlined experience and the Augusta National, don't let us stop you.
  33. Mar 29, 2011
    80
    To be sure, it's not a must-buy if you own last year's edition. (Well, unless you're a hardcore Masters fanboy. Do such things exist?) But it's another step in the right direction for the series, and an easy recommendation if you've missed a year or two.
  34. Mar 29, 2011
    80
    Doesn't play much different than last year's game, but the additions of a more fleshed out career mode focused around the long-awaited Masters Tournament, and a caddie system that welcomes new players round out the game more.
  35. Apr 8, 2011
    78
    Fundamentally a good game, but don't expect anything different from what you are used to.
  36. Apr 14, 2011
    77
    Aside from the focus on to the Masters tournament, there's nothing new here, and I clearly expected more from EA. The Augusta course, however, shows that they tried at least a little bit.
  37. 75
    EA seems to be the master at adding subtle changes to their yearly updates while never straying too far away from their tried and tested formula. The few tweaks do make Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters a more well rounded game, and one that is great for newcomers, but most golf fans will have seen this formula time and time again. If you like the Masters, and bucket loads of DLC, then give this a shot.
  38. Apr 12, 2011
    75
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters definitely uses the iconic tournament as an advantage and is a great golf game. But it needs more tangible reward and polish, with less fluff and gratuity.
  39. Apr 7, 2011
    75
    A solid game, but lacks of some great additions. This game is starting to feel too old and static.
  40. Mar 30, 2011
    75
    Your interest in Tiger 12 is pretty much dependant on your enthusiasm for the Masters, and your appreciation of its mystique.
  41. Mar 30, 2011
    75
    Streamlines and updates the franchise at the cost of some stiff features and aging presentation.
  42. Mar 29, 2011
    75
    Like golf, it's certainly a great game, albeit one with limited appeal.
  43. Apr 25, 2011
    70
    If you've fallen out with the series, then this may be the best reason in years to return. [Issue#108, p.110]
  44. Apr 16, 2011
    70
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters doesn't do anything wrong but doesn't have enough daring innovative features to make much of a difference. It's by far the best golfing sim out there, but it doesn't manage to warm our hearts.
  45. Apr 5, 2011
    70
    Ultimately, we tapped in for par what should have been a birdie – the best description we can come up with for Tiger Woods 12.
  46. Apr 2, 2011
    70
    Tiger '12 is the best PGA Tour in years and would be the last Tiger you'd ever need if EA didn't cleverly omit the caddy's off switch.
  47. Jul 15, 2011
    65
    In the end, The Masters is, in the purest sense, a golf simulator. It does not require extensive practice, nor does it have enough to entice people who have no interest in the sport. For those that do, however, your devotion will be greatly rewarded.
  48. 65
    Despite its solid on-course action, this franchise is starting to show its age. [May 2011, p.79]
  49. Apr 25, 2011
    60
    EA Tiburon may collect a handful of inexperienced fans with this release, but it'll lose a whole lot more from the other end of the scale. [Issue#71, p.78]
  50. Apr 1, 2011
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 6 out of 12
  1. Jan 3, 2013
    0
    the past games were good this one is pure **** don't buy this game you will be better off buying the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 one of the best games of Tiger Woods PGA Tours (: Full Review »
  2. Apr 18, 2011
    8
    Not an improved enough game to warrant your hard earned money. When will EA improve the crowds across all of their sports games?
    When will EA
    stop holding back completed courses as DLC?
    When you stop buying this kind of stuff. When you take your money elsewhere. RENT.
    Full Review »
  3. Apr 28, 2011
    1
    Don't buy this game. Caddie is awful. Putting is awful. You pay $60 for a game and then they want you to spend another $50 for more courses. Playing in the masters is not fun. Do not support this game. Full Review »