Ever Want to Play as a 2-Year-Old Tiger Woods?

The latest entry in EA's golf series gives you the opportunity to live the life of Eldrick Woods.

As a person who likes a little sports history in video games, I wholeheartedly enjoy the inclusion of a mode that focuses on the incarnation of a sport from years ago, and the latest game to give players a taste of history is the upcoming Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13. Rather than experience the great golfing moments of tournaments past, you are given the opportunity to play as Tiger Woods and relive his greatest moments throughout his life--minus that whole messy divorce thing--in Tiger's Legacy mode.

Fooling around your backyard as a 2-year-old.

Video games omit the past few years of his career for obvious reasons, so you begin the mode controlling Tiger at 2 years old and his famous appearance on The Mike Douglas Show. Starting off, the objectives are pretty straightforward. As the toddler, you have to complete fairly simple tasks, such as sinking a short distance putt and hitting a few balls into a net. These were the exact things he did when he appeared on the program. Later on, you're transported to his childhood backyard where you experience training exercises designed by Tiger's father, Earl.

Tiger's Legacy is broken up into segments, and each focuses on particular moments in his career. Of course, the early stuff as a young Tiger should be fairly easy to accomplish, but the later challenges (like the 1997 Masters or the Tiger Grand Slam in 2000-01) take a lot of time and effort to complete.

On top of trying to re-create moments already accomplished in Tiger's career, the developers have even gone so far as to do a "what if" scenario and predict how Tiger's career will end, including his eventual overtaking of Jack Nicklaus' record of most major titles. Unfortunately, we didn't have the opportunity to see how old they've made Tiger look when he accomplishes this feat.

Additionally, it will be interesting to see just how much detail EA Tiburon puts into this mode. While the level of detail used in designing Tiger's childhood backyard was impressive, how much more detail has gone into every other aspect of his life? History lessons in other sports games have failed to really go into detail about the importance of the players and events. While you can easily find footage of Tiger Woods on YouTube, it would be nice if some added unlockable content with Tiger discussing those moments were included.

I'm pretty certain I wore similar outfits when I was this age.

After completing the objectives for each phase in Tiger's life, you can access them for play in other modes, including online. It will be both cool and weird when gamers get to take a 2-year-old Tiger Woods and play courses like Augusta National a few weeks after the game is launched.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 hits the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March.

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smoothyplum26
smoothyplum26

I can't believe how people are whining about at Tiger Woods game coming out every year. This series is great and to those who have had problems I'm sorry but thankfully I haven't and really enjoy this series. Why don't people ask questions like why is there a Call of Duty game every year, or any other sports game every year? This years TW adds a new mode, more courses and for just $10 more you get 5 more courses, and additional in game content which includes Augusta practice facilities, Green Jacket presentation, and apparel. I can't wait to pick up my copy next week.

DaRq_MiNoS
DaRq_MiNoS

2004 Tiger Woods was an awesome game. Played the living heck out of it. I've bought most of the editions since, but I've got to say the quality control has gotten so incredibly horrible and just gets worse and worse. It's like they don't even playtest them with all the bugs and glitches. When my friend bought last year's Masters game, we went to play a match, and in the very first (and last) match we played, he got glitched and stuck in a position where he couldn't hit safely in any direction, and had to keep hitting the ball OOB in a complete show of futility until reaching the shot limit. These games just aren't worth buying or playing anymore.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

@micky Not only do they not put in any new course.... but EA now HOLDS BACK many of the course to CHARGE for them through DLC. Tigers PGA yearly reheat has probably become the biggest scam in gaming. This game should cost $40 tops.

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

How do they get away with releasing the same game every year? They don't even put new courses in anymore, just the same old ones every year (and they leave plenty out for there overpriced dlc of course). It's become quite a boring game now and a 2 year old Tiger isn't going to make the gameplay any fresher.

MagicMarker44
MagicMarker44

Do we get to see his exploits off of the course during his career as well. This guy is a punk. I will never buy his crap again. It is like all EA games which are highly repetitive. Tiger is an egomaniac. I don't give a crap about EA's portrayal of his prodigal life. I just want to play a good golf game. The hell with Tiger Woods. The hell with EA's garbage.

ZOD777
ZOD777

This isn't Fallout 3 for god's sake. Why would there be a need to play through the early life of Tiger? I guess we should hope for a basketball game next where you are Kobe Bryant playing with a basketball in the backyard as a 2 year old too. Then playing in High School, then Coll...oh yeah, Kobe went straight to the NBA.

FlamingFury
FlamingFury

They need to add a mode where you sleep with hundreds of different women all while hiding it from your wife. And then get drunk and crash your car.

shloob1
shloob1

Who cares what the guy did with his personal time,i care about him as golfer, if he wants to cheat and sleep with lots of different women that is his prerogative. Who are we to judge.

GalvatronType_R
GalvatronType_R

Will it also simulate cheating on your wife with pancake house waitresses and casino hostesses? Will it also simulate how he swears on the green at the top of his lungs when he misses a shot, how he throws clubs like a spoiled child when he misses a shot, how he pushes little kids out of the way while walking towards the next green, etc.?

Marshall1224
Marshall1224

Wow, stop bashing Tiger Woods. His career may have taken a turn in the last few years, but he's still Tiger Woods. Plus, this is just a game, we don't care how many women he has slept with.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Fooling around your backyard as a 2-year-old." He did a lot of fooling around when he got older as well, which confirms how much your childhood forms your adult self.

LEGOslayer
LEGOslayer

Do you get to play the parts where he cheats on his wife with dozens of women?

Elann2008
Elann2008

Tiger Woods: The Single-Player story.

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

Tiger who? That cheating A-hole? No thanks. However I am looking forward to the new EA game - Leisure Tiger Suit: Black Manaconda Adventure.

megakick
megakick

I thought EA dropped Tiger after the scandal?

Setsuka13
Setsuka13

His career may have taken a dive in recent years, but the games that EA puts out are still good fun.

vchadl
vchadl

They are really reaching at EA...the more I think about it the dumber and dumber this sounds to me. They hae a golf "sim" where a 6 year old can pick up the controller and fire a -20 and this is the stuff they're working on? Someone needs to be fired.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

Is this a joke? Do we get to change his poop filled underwear too?

spicoli420
spicoli420

I like this.....this should be quite fun

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

So if we get to live his whole life does that include crashing our SUVs while running from our wife?

Lothos_Delion
Lothos_Delion

Worst idea for a game period. Why would I care about playing gold as a 2 year old or teenage Tiger Woods. I play golf games for golf. Give us a decent golf game.

vchadl
vchadl

Dumbest idea ever. I may not buy the game just because it's dumb. Time to scrap Tiger and get back to the "PGA Tour" roots. Tigers a nimrod.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Guess they're going hard and really trying to make this one sell.

gurkagunner
gurkagunner

A refreshing idea, a new idea. Not sure if they can pull it off but it is certainly a feature that could add something extra to the game.

LokiHero
LokiHero

Honestly, I don't know why they're building the brand around Tiger Woods? He really did a lot for professional golf, proving that it's not just for "old white dudes", but there are other interesting and skilled golfers than Tiger who make the sport what it is, especially today. Jazilla said it best with the comment about rehumanising Tiger Woods and not only do I not think he needs it, I don't think a video game is the way you'd do that anyway. Just like an NHL game that builds itself around Wayne Gretsky's life story would lose the feel and focus of an NHL game, I just don't feel like EA is presenting a truly unique or increasingly compelling PGA experience.

dbene
dbene

this is really stupid. I hope they have DLC where your wife chases you with a 9 iron after being a sex addict.

fredwv
fredwv

I prefer to play the older Tiger that gets laid all the time by skanks.

richardcchaney
richardcchaney

Do you get to hire strippers and prostitutes as well?

jazilla
jazilla

This seems to me like it's trying to be the "Rehumanization of Tiger Woods Image" as opposed to Tiger actually trying to be human. I really wish EA would drop Woods and just make a PGA game.