Tiger 10 Exclusive: Tournament Challenge Mode Q&A

With the upcoming Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 releasing earlier than ever before--nearly two months before last year's game arrived, it's no surprise that information is coming quickly on the new golf game from the folks at EA Tiburon. Today, we've got the exclusive word on a new mode in...

With the upcoming Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 releasing earlier than ever before--nearly two months before last year's game arrived, it's no surprise that information is coming quickly on the new golf game from the folks at EA Tiburon. Today, we've got the exclusive word on a new mode in Tiger 10--Tournament Challenge, which looks to have the player recreate, or even rewrite, some of the great moments in recent PGA Tour history. To learn more about the mode, we hit up assistant designer, Travis Sailer.

GameSpot: What is Tournament Challenge mode and how did it come about?

Travis Sailer: Tournament Challenge is a mode where you compete against some of golf's greatest moments on the courses that they happened on. You will have to match or beat some of Tiger and our other Tour pros' greatest shots and rounds ever. It came about from us combining all our great courses, great golfers, and the technology to be able to re-create these moments in real golf using GamerNet technology. So, not only will you get the chance to beat these moments but you'll actually get to see the golfers hit the exact shots they hit and make the scores they made.

GS: What was Tiger's involvement in this mode? What kind of advice or feedback does he offer the player?

TS: Tiger was very involved with this mode. We spent a long time interviewing him about each of his challenges and, throughout the mode, when you come across one of his moments he'll be there to give you a video introduction. He re-lives each legendary moment, gives advice, and offers some amazing insight unique to each challenge.

GS: Do all of the challenges in this mode center around Tiger or are other PGA pros included? Can you only play as Tiger or can you use someone else, such as your created golfer?

TS: No, there are multiple Tiger challenges throughout the mode but you will compete against almost all of our great Tour pros from Vijay Singh to Camilo Villegas, and many more. You play as your created character as it is also a way to build up your golfer.

GS: How are the challenges organized? By course, hole, or individual shot? Will you be trying to recreate specific shots, comebacks, etc.?

TS: The challenges are organized by course. Each card is a course with four challenges in it, that range in difficulty. As you move left to right and top to bottom the challenges will get harder. But, there's many different challenges throughout each course including "follow me" challenges, driving challenges, short game challenges, matches, and scoring challenges.

GS: Can you give me some examples of challenges found in this mode? How many challenges will this mode contain?

TS: There are "follow me" challenges where you will have to match the golfer shot for shot (i.e. make birdie as Tiger did in the third round of the 2001 The Players Championship when he drained the "better than most" snake putt from the back of the green). Or scoring challenges (i.e. match/beat Tiger's front 9 of the final round at 2002 U.S. Open Championship at Bethpage where he hit seven fairways in regulation and seven greens in regulation and shot a +1. So, you not only have to beat a +1 for the nine holes but you can't miss a fairway in regulation and you can only miss two greens on Bethpage in tough U.S. Open conditions). There's other challenges too as I answered earlier… driving, short game, putting, matches against golfers, etc. There's [a total of] 64 challenges.

GS: Tiger has had great moments at Augusta over the years but because that course isn't in the game (that I know of) how are you choosing to handle his Masters moments in this mode?

TS: Augusta and the Masters are not in the game this but we do have a bunch of his Major moments though from courses such as Bethpage Black and St. Andrews, to name a few.

GS: Is there any sort of online component to this mode?

TS: There isn't any direct online component to this mode but it is a way to build up your character and refine your golfer and game before you take him/her online to battle against other users.

GS: Thanks, Travis.

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Which PGA Tour moments would you like to see in Tiger 10's Tournament Challenge Mode? Personally, the first one that jumps out at me is Tiger's remarkable win at last year's U.S. Open at Torrey Pines just before Woods went down for the count due to injury. Perhaps they can even mo-cap his bum knee...

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30 comments
mspranav
mspranav

how do you guys tolerate this game ......... its boooring .. graphics is god but what is the aim in this game ??? its damn slugggish ... its a game for losers

onthe_dl
onthe_dl

augusta will never be in tiger woods. the men of the masters are based on old fashion tradition. hell, there's only two black members on that golf course. they don't allow running on property. that place is so ridiculous on rules that they'll never agree to license the course for a video game.

elmared
elmared

I'm still enjoying TW 09, so I'll probably wait awhile for 2010 version. Hopefully they'll reduce the load times for the next game. EA is the king of loading screens.

MareInfinitus
MareInfinitus

I don't think any of the Tiger games have been as good as 04. That one felt so real and fluid and responsive. Hopefully, this one will be as good. It would be awesome if EA Sports could get Augusta in the game. Then you could watch Tiger make that amazing chip-in on the 16th. Maybe then you would have to match his shot by chipping it in yourself or something.

onthe_dl
onthe_dl

it would be amazing if they put st.georges in the game. the home of the 2010 canadian open. stanley thompson's best design. but since i work there and play that course every day i'd probably not want to see it after a long day's work haha.

brettak81
brettak81

wonder why they're bringing out it out so early this year. i don't think tiger '08 or '09 were all that good. i know it's not directly gameplay-related but the terribly drawn crowd makes the game look amateur at parts. like they all clap or do the same motion all in perfect unison. i dont know, its probably not on the top of many people's list of big deals, but just a thought. other than that i hope we could get between 20 - 25 real life courses to choose from. and it'd be awesome if the game would allow us to go to the clubhouse after a round of 18 and get hammered at the bar.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

I guess I'm not into golf enough to care for this mode. You know what I don't like about the EA sports games? They pretend you like watching it on TV and try to duplicate that experience... EA I like to PLAY the game, not watch it, so can you please focus on the game aspect and not the fake TV presentation layer...

BallOBaseSimmer
BallOBaseSimmer

Are they releasing this on the PC? I'm afraid the Tiger show may be headed downhill. His last big win he had to struggle for and fix a bum knee to come back. Now there are a lot of young guys waiting in the wings who grew up idolizing him and are ready to compete. If he goes through a drought he needs to revamp his video game series to include more legends from the past. Since none of his peers seem to be able to beat him, gaming fans would like to pit good old days oldtimers against him who didn't choke on Sunday and miss all the easy putts.

kngdmhrts2
kngdmhrts2

aww man i only just bought TW09...if i knew this was coming out soon i wouldnt of got 09 and would waited for TW10

Mitten123
Mitten123

Controls are fine...just fairly unrealistic in how far you can smash the ball

rh06
rh06

Hopefully the controls aren't too difficult. Ever since 07 they haven't been quite right. Bring back 06 controls!!

Mr_Fujiv1
Mr_Fujiv1

i think its a bit early for my liking but i understand why they are bringing it out but i bet it has been rushed i will stick with 09 :D

blackace
blackace

I'm still enjoying TW 09, so I'll probably wait awhile for 2010 version. Hopefully they'll reduce the load times for the next game. EA is the king of loading screens.

Iszdope
Iszdope

I'd love to go through the '87 Masters play-off where Larry Mize chips in to steal the win from Greg Norman but, alas, still no Augusta... Ah well, I'll definitely be picking this one up now anyway - this new mode has just tipped me over into 'must buy' territory.

Jettero-Heller
Jettero-Heller

Awesome. Can't wait to sit through 20+ load screens per game & eat 100lbs of crap sandwiches for what will probably be an excellent game overall. (once you push through your sandwiches that is.)

mydogchev
mydogchev

also, to the guy asking why it's coming out early, EA is trying to capitalize on tiger's torrey pines anniversary, as that was one of the most memorable wins in golf history. the release date also falls on the same day as round 1 of this year's US Open at Bethpage, with the US Open now being playable in the game for the first time.

mydogchev
mydogchev

sorry pal, there's probably a better chance that you'll play augusta in real life before they allow it in a video game.

nwonknU
nwonknU

Ugh, golf games...TW series is not too painful, though.

johnfrusciantex
johnfrusciantex

Can't wait to play Bay Hill tiger challenge when he won...it will be interesting.

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

Arggh!..why did I buy TW 08! I want 10!!

Summdoggy
Summdoggy

I can't find anything on the courses on TW10, which isn't a good sign. I hope there are some good fantasy courses or an editor, nothing I have read seems like a good addition to the game.

david1233
david1233

Why's the coming out so early?

david1233
david1233

Well i'm sure that Happy will appear in the next couple of years...

Gen_Warbuff
Gen_Warbuff

Awesome, can't wait! TW09 has been a blast.

Narutofan30
Narutofan30

Until Happy Gilmore is a Playable Character ill stick with PGA07(That I got for Free)

mechberg
mechberg

With the upcoming Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 releasing earlier than ever before--nearly two months before last year's game arrived, it's no surprise that information is coming quickly on the new golf game from the folks at EA Tiburon. Today, we've got the exclusive word on a new mode in Tiger 10--Tournament Challenge, which looks to have the player recreate, or even rewrite, some of the great moments in recent PGA Tour history. To learn more about the mode, we hit up assistant designer, Travis Sailer.

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GameSpot: What is Tournament Challenge mode and how did it come about?

Travis Sailer: Tournament Challenge is a mode where you compete against some of golf's greatest moments on the courses that they happened on. You will have to match or beat some of Tiger and our other Tour pros' greatest shots and rounds ever. It came about from us combining all our great courses, great golfers, and the technology to be able to re-create these moments in real golf using GamerNet technology. So, not only will you get the chance to beat these moments but you'll actually get to see the golfers hit the exact shots they hit and make the scores they made.

GS: What was Tiger's involvement in this mode? What kind of advice or feedback does he offer the player?

TS: Tiger was very involved with this mode. We spent a long time interviewing him about each of his challenges and, throughout the mode, when you come across one of his moments he'll be there to give you a video introduction. He re-lives each legendary moment, gives advice, and offers some amazing insight unique to each challenge.

GS: Do all of the challenges in this mode center around Tiger or are other PGA pros included? Can you only play as Tiger or can you use someone else, such as your created golfer?

TS: No, there are multiple Tiger challenges throughout the mode but you will compete against almost all of our great Tour pros from Vijay Singh to Camilo Villegas, and many more. You play as your created character as it is also a way to build up your golfer.GS: How are the challenges organized? By course, hole, or individual shot? Will you be trying to recreate specific shots, comebacks, etc.?

TS: The challenges are organized by course. Each card is a course with four challenges in it, that range in difficulty. As you move left to right and top to bottom the challenges will get harder. But, there's many different challenges throughout each course including "follow me" challenges, driving challenges, short game challenges, matches, and scoring challenges. GS: Can you give me some examples of challenges found in this mode? How many challenges will this mode contain?

TS: There are "follow me" challenges where you will have to match the golfer shot for shot (i.e. make birdie as Tiger did in the third round of the 2001 The Players Championship when he drained the "better than most" snake putt from the back of the green). Or scoring challenges (i.e. match/beat Tiger's front 9 of the final round at 2002 U.S. Open Championship at Bethpage where he hit seven fairways in regulation and seven greens in regulation and shot a +1. So, you not only have to beat a +1 for the nine holes but you can't miss a fairway in regulation and you can only miss two greens on Bethpage in tough U.S. Open conditions). There's other challenges too as I answered earlier… driving, short game, putting, matches against golfers, etc. There's [a total of] 64 challenges.

GS: Tiger has had great moments at Augusta over the years but because that course isn't in the game (that I know of) how are you choosing to handle his Masters moments in this mode?

TS: Augusta and the Masters are not in the game this but we do have a bunch of his Major moments though from courses such as Bethpage Black and St. Andrews, to name a few.GS: Is there any sort of online component to this mode?

TS: There isn't any direct online component to this mode but it is a way to build up your character and refine your golfer and game before you take him/her online to battle against other users.

GS: Thanks, Travis.

--

Which PGA Tour moments would you like to see in Tiger 10's Tournament Challenge Mode? Personally, the first one that jumps out at me is Tiger's remarkable win at last year's U.S. Open at Torrey Pines just before Woods went down for the count due to injury. Perhaps they can even mo-cap his bum knee...