Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 Designer Diary #1 - All About the Swing

EA's Wesley Culver talks about the new swing mechanics in the Wii version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07.

EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour series and the Nintendo Wii just seem to go together like, well, Tiger Woods and PGA Tour wins. The game, due for release in mid-March, will certainly be one of the most content-rich versions of the game out there, with 18 confirmed courses and more than 35 PGA golfers to choose from (as well as the ability to create your own virtual duffer using the game's powerful creation features). Beyond that, the game will play unlike any other Tiger Woods game before it, taking advantage of the Wii's unique controls to create a golf game that feels much like the real thing. In this first developer diary for Tiger 07 for the Wii, EA producer Wesley Culver gives us the lowdown on the swing mechanics in the game.

All About the Swing


By Wesley Culver
Producer, EARS

From the first official announcement of the Nintendo Wii console and the capabilities of its unique gameplay controls, we began developing a Wii-specific version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07, which was a no-brainer. Our number one priority during development was the swing. It was great to have such a clear focus, but it didn't mean that defining how the swing works would be a piece of cake.

Fore! Your real golf swing will determine how you hit the ball in Tiger 07 for Wii.

Early on in the project, we figured out that in addition to the Wii Remote's infrared "direct pointing device" the controller has the ability to pick up acceleration on a few different axes and rotational orientation. With a natural golf swing in mind, we started with an acceleration-based swing because it made the most sense.

We took a layered approach when implementing the swing into the game. The first step would be to get a basic swing in the game so we could have a "tee to green experience" and then build other functionality on top. After a number of iterations, we arrived at a basic swing that felt good.

The next layer was to add the ability to "shot shape" using the Wii Remote. Rather than presetting the option to perform a draw (right to left ball flight) or fade (left to right ball flight), we wanted to keep players engaged with the Wii Remote. The most intuitive control scheme for shot shaping was mapping it to the rotational orientation, or tilt, of the Wii Remote. If you tilt the controller counterclockwise, your ball will go to the left (thus, a draw). If you tilt it clockwise, it yields the opposite (fade) effect.

The more advanced shot-shaping mechanic is something that is intuitive to use and difficult to master. You may find that you'll have a tendency to hit the ball to the right or left depending on your natural swing. Personally, I have a horrible tendency to slice the ball while playing real golf, and it translates over in our game as a natural fade.

Other gameplay mechanics that needed to be redesigned for the Wii were our midair spin control, power boost, and aiming features. While the ball is in the air, you can select the direction of spin on the Wii Remote's directional pad and shake the controller to add spin. To get more power on your shot, you simply need to swing harder. A nice and easy full swing will get you 100 percent power, but if you give it some extra juice, you can get up to 110 percent power. Aiming is a piece of cake because you can use either the directional pad to adjust your target area or you can even grab and drag it around using the Wii Remote.

All in all, our goal was to make the swing very accessible and intuitive to use. Anyone, from a casual gamer who has never picked up a golf club to the hardcore gamer and golfer, will be able to pick up the Wii Remote and have a great golfing experience with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07.

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alangeorge
alangeorge

sounds like a right laugh, i'll rent it, seeing i've playing the 360 version

tastycasey27
tastycasey27

ohh and tiger woods looks great and will be fun to play (i forgot to write stuff about that)

tastycasey27
tastycasey27

nintendo said when they was making the wii that it will be more powerfull than the gamecube but nowear near as powerfull as the other two. the first batch of games for the wii are rushed to make quick money over the christmas period. if wot some people are saying is right that the wii is only as powerfull as the ps2 then why does RE4 runs perfects on the wii, if your right shouldnt the graphics downgrade to ps2 level. give it time and games will start to look great on the wii but get over it some people they will never look as good as the other 2 consoles. thats wot was said from the start.

funky_muzic
funky_muzic

I think this is going to be a must-have for the Wii. The Golf game on Wii Sports is a lot of fun...but this game sounds huge (especially compared to the 9 holes in Wii Sports). Also, you can control the hook and slice in Tiger Woods...SWEET! By the way, last night I shot a -5 on 9 holes of Wii Sports - Golf.

Darkside5675
Darkside5675

The verdict is in: This game will rock. Not to sure about the shaking of the controller for extra power, hopefully they will find another way around that to keep players in the game, but it's better then mashing the black button for roll on the XBOX version.

linkyshinks
linkyshinks

Who the hell cares about graphics, certainly not the majority of Wii owners, where this game will exel is in the gameplay, as it should do, but by the sounds of thing s they have spent a whole lot of time on fine tuning that swing down to a fine tee. LOZ TP was down specced severly so that it mirrored the GC version, and if that game is said to have the best graphics so far, that in effect means there are two steps up for the graphics to go, many people WILL be very suprised with the quality of graphics that the Wii will output later this year once developers get a handle on Ati's new hardware and realise what it does well. LS

einsp
einsp

6/8s the power of the 360, are you kidding me?? the wii isnt really a next gen console all it is is just a gamecube in a different box with a motion sensitive controller thats it, nothing more nothing less, nintendo has said since the gamecube came out that they wernt really going to focus on graphics but stick to what they do best and that gameplay. because really you can have the best looking game in the world almost real life but if the gameplay is horrible then whats the point??

SirFatalChaos
SirFatalChaos

"Because essentially it's not a great deal more powerful than a PS2. That's just the way it is. Get over it. Statements like that are so old hat." Errr... yes it is... the Wii's graphics are about 6/8s of the 360s but - some of the physics. They should have BETTER looking graphics, but since it's the "Wii" and "can't handle anything" they don't put good graphics. SSBB and Mario Galaxy look effing amazing. If I was a casual gamer and they said that SSBB and MG were 360 games, I would believe them cuz they look so good.

tibore
tibore

"why do wii games look like old PS2 games?" WELL MAYBE BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE DONT GIVE A FLYING $^&% ABOUT WHAT THE GRAPHICS LOOK LIKE. some people go for graphics, some people go for gameplay, i for one go for gameplay as i am not a graphics whore. also, what is wrong with the ps2 games graphics anyways, and so what if the wii doesnt have 7x3.2 Ghz processors it doesn't really need, and the overheating capability of a neuclear power plant. enjoy cooking your dinner on a ps3!

TehPickle
TehPickle

RiceCake ..... why do wii games look like old PS2 games? Because essentially it's not a great deal more powerful than a PS2. That's just the way it is. Get over it. Statements like that are so old hat. This looks like it could be great fun. If they nail the control mechanics then there's no reason why this shouldn't sell like the proverbial hot-cakes. I'm sure they can get the tee-off right, as well as standard fairway driving. It's the putting that worries me. To be frank, it's appallingly frustrating on Wii Sports Golf, I just hope it doesn't fall into the same trap of shots either being way too hard or the extreme opposite. As much as I wanted to like it, the game just wouldn't let me! It was way too simplistic with far too many control issues. Going off the pack in game, it struck me that the remote just isnt sensitive enough to pick up the delicate movements that putting requires. Maybe Nintendo just ran out of time and couldn't tweak it to the level they wanted before release. I have no idea, but it's pretty safe to say they failed to pull it off. As much as I intensely dislike EA, I genuinely hope they succeed with this. It could very well be the first game in long time from The Sequel Factory that might be worth a purchase... ...I cant believe I just said that. Maybe when I'm old and grey I'll be able to live with myself.

homsuplo75
homsuplo75

Been a huge fan of the TW series for a long time. Really looking forward to playing this one. I just hope the controls are a little better than what is there on the Wii golf.

RiceCake
RiceCake

..... why do wii games look like old PS2 games?

ZeroWil
ZeroWil

If Nintendo releases a demo channel and Tiger Woods is in there. I would definitely take it out for a spin (no pun intended). This game seems very promising, especially since I'm not a huge golf fan.

encryptkeeper
encryptkeeper

Hopefully this will be better than the Tiger Woods golf on the DS. The swing mechanic just didn't work there, and it sounds like this one might be better. The swing on True Swing Golf wasn't bad, but so far this sounds pretty good. Why Wii Sports had it so...off when it really is this simple is beyond me.

GrumpyMcNasty
GrumpyMcNasty

I hope they get this right. I am a golfer and the control in the golf in Wii Sports, particularly the putting, is awful. Tiger has always been the best golf franchise so here's hoping it continues because the Wii is the ideal platform

linkyshinks
linkyshinks

It does look truly brilliant, i like others have not played a serious Golf game for years but this one looks so sweet it will definitely be bought if reviiews are favourable , which i am sure will happen. LS

pdo4545
pdo4545

the gameplay is sick!

pyromofo
pyromofo

This game looks freakin awesome! i have played the wii sports golf game and it was ACCICTING.

DiscoJoy
DiscoJoy

I've not played a golf game in many years, despite a Leaderboard being one of the first purchases for my Amiga 500 back in the day. Although I typically find sports games uninspiring, the Wii promises to make it a little bit more fun - especially if they master the controls.

NextGenAdam
NextGenAdam

Wow, it sure sounds good. If the developers can implement the mechanic effectively then I would be very impressed. And damn "wow", all I think of when I say it is world of warcraft and Vista. Grr...

CornCake
CornCake

The diary makes this game sound promising. If the devs can pull off a reliable swing mechanic, then this game will rock... Until I hear otherwise, I'll withold the bold statements (some are making in this discussion) that this will be the game to end all golf games. Good implementation of the Wii Remote will make or break this game to me.

gigabrowser12
gigabrowser12

This is gonna be great, never done the real greens, so this might be the closest i'll ever get :cry:

vinster345
vinster345

I am a mixed of vry hyped for this and apprehensive. this is due to golf being the only game in Wii sports that wasn't any good. The swing mechanic on wii sports is particularly good and is the only part of wii sports that we don't paly in the house. I hope this is due to it being the first time it has been tried and that wii sports is still only a tech demo for the capabilities of the wii.

mithund
mithund

i've never really been into golf games but the Wii version will surely change my mind. :)

pdo4545
pdo4545

OMG this gameplay will be so freaky deaky awesome i cant wait!!

mpoulin
mpoulin

Buy EA stock. This one will sell out for sure.

Rickettsz0780
Rickettsz0780

games like this is what the wii was made for. you cannot possible choose a better game than tiger woods to convert to the nintendo wii system.

bstarter29
bstarter29

This is my next definate Wii purchase. I'll be there as soon as I can to pick this up when it comes out. I've been waiting for Tiger Woods on Wii ever since it was first announced.

slayer1090
slayer1090

meh... i don't care much for golf games but it would be fun as a virtual golf game and a great addition to wii

wii-man-23
wii-man-23

wow, 'i can't wait' is an understatatemt and a half...and so much more!

MiniBeas
MiniBeas

I mean this is the next step to virtual reality. I mean holy crap! I so can't wait for this game to come out.

CyleM
CyleM

This might be the first time that I actually buy a golf game that isn't Mario Golf....

CidStormwind
CidStormwind

Remember that they've put in various control schemes. The classic one is in there for anyone who might want to play that way.

Eloy
Eloy

Mmmm don't know...maybe I'll get enough with Wii Sports

smbius
smbius

I have never bought a Tiger Woods game. This maybe my first.

ultrahle
ultrahle

sigh .... something that we don't need.

zippofoe
zippofoe

yes. there is no such thing as 'sim golf' anymore. it's more like a rat pressing a button for cheese. i remember old jack nicklaus signature edition and jack 6 -- outstanding golf games where your average score and drive distances were actually real. back in the days when a 66 was a darn good score. EA sucks.

jergernice
jergernice

Well, I cant understand people when they say they play golf and like TW. The game is boring, easy and repetetive, even on the hardest settings. Dreadful. Ive owned almost all including 07. So the Wii version cant be worse i guess. Control spin in the air, phooey. i just played PGA tour III for genesis last week. MUCH BETTER GAME. GRAPHICS HORRIBLE. GAMEPLAY GREAT. MUCH BETTER GOLF GAME. IF they brought out an 08 version of that game i would buy 10 of them and pass them out. ARNOLD PALMER GOLF WAS MORE FUN.

ranman1990
ranman1990

one word describes what this game is gunna be : amazing ... i cant wait for it to come out me and my buds r gunna have a blast

fiercedeity901
fiercedeity901

i can't believe sony and M$ fanboys are still puttin down the graphics when they feel threatened by wii's gameplay abilities....tiger on the wii is gonna rock

jACkaTacK1107
jACkaTacK1107

i love to play golf in real life i love the tiger woods games i love the wii looks like this one will be a winner lol

dan_3
dan_3

Man, I can't wait, I love tiger woods, it's only the single greatest sports title of all time, and Madden is pretty rocking too, but I CAN'T WAIT.

ACbomber
ACbomber

chill, i know what my father's getting on father's day

KingKoop
KingKoop

Alright this is lookin good, it's gonna be more fun than playing it on the PS2/360. It should be fun with EA's game face as well.

lonelogan87
lonelogan87

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bminns
bminns

i cant wait for this game its gonna be teh goodness

Maltose
Maltose

@paronga: That's to be accepted, since these games are some of the first to come out for the Wii. Early PS2 games didn't' look very good either. The Wii's lack of power, relative to the other consoles, also makes it difficult to get very good graphics out of it.