Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 First Look

Real-time weather, a spruced-up presentation, and a new putting system are among the new features EA has unveiled for the latest in the Tiger series.

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Earlier today in San Francisco, EA held its EA Sports Season Opener to give the gaming press a chance to see some of the biggest sports titles on the horizon. Few games in EA's stable of sports games are as big as Tiger Woods, so with a new entry in the franchise having been officially announced just this morning, today was a prime opportunity to show off what's in store for Tiger fans. We took a look at a handful of new features, and though light on major gameplay details, our time revealed a few interesting bits of information.

Real-time weather draws data from the Internet to affect your gameplay.

The three main points that EA is letting slip on Tiger 10 right now are the new real-time weather, an improved presentation, and a new putting system. We'll start with the weather. You can elect to enable a setting in the game that pulls real-time weather data from Weather.com, and any course you're currently playing on will reflect those same conditions. So if you're playing in Bethpage State Park while it's raining in the real Nassau County, that ugly weather will affect the way you're playing a round of golf on your living room couch. Balls that would normally cruise along the fairway will only trudge if enough water is on the grass, and an extra bit of oomph is needed while putting to get the ball through that layer of water.

The game's improved presentation is visible (and audible) in a few different ways. The obvious one is that Scott Van Pelt has joined the announcer's booth, but you'll also see an added level of tournament-style touches to the game's courses. Crowd sizes have tripled, and you can hear the distant applause on a nearby hole if another golfer sinks a particularly nice ball. Also, more digital scoreboards and TV towers litter the courses while you're taking part in the PGA Tour. These are small touches, but they're certainly something golf fanatics are likely to pick up on.

Finally, there's the new putting system. EA is calling it Precision Putting, and it essentially takes the dynamic feedback system you get while driving a ball with the analog stick and applies it to the short game. While you're on the green, you'll see a tall rectangle on the screen with a yellow bar at some point within to indicate how far back on the analog stick you need to pull before pushing it forward again. A yellow tracer follows the club icon to let you know how true your path is, and if it's veering a bit too much to either side when you're swinging. It feels very similar to the driving system, which makes things a bit more tricky than simply pressing a few buttons at the right moment to get a good swing, but it's also something that should provide more rewards for advanced players. That said, novice players can turn it off and return to the old putting system.

The look we had at Tiger 10 wasn't as extensive as we'd have liked, but it left us feeling positive just the same. We should have more on new courses, players, online features, and everything else Tiger fans want to see in the very near future. In the meantime, you can expect to see the game arrive in stores on June 16.

Discussion

34 comments
rob_devitt
rob_devitt

Why can't they include the ryder cup. Thay have the fed ex cup. that would be the business.

boru
boru

I grew up in Augusta. They are real pissy about their course. Augustans were purposely pushed down the list just to be in the crowd. Of course, they let pretty teen boys have the 'honor' to volunteer various manual labor jobs on the course (apparently, just being there was compensation). I remember some Masters rep coming to my classroom asking for males wanting to 'work the Masters'. The room went hush. I innocently asked "How much does it pay?" Mouths opened and all eyes turned on me. Both the rep and the teacher gave me the meanest stink eye I've ever gotten. The rep said "It's a volunteer job." I laughed and said "Pass. Find another sucker." The rep left, but not before some morons tripped over themselves to give the rep their names. Of course, I snuck on the course a couple times...once in the day, to play a few holes, the other at night, to get drunk. It's a rite of passage in Augusta.

fly1965
fly1965

Whatever happened to the "Tiger Vision" option that was in the previous Tiger games? Hopefully, Tiger 2010 will have better player animations available for female player profiles

juwallace50
juwallace50

although you couldnt do it..i think it would be awesome to have online dynasty and compete with other people at the sme time the tourneys are going on. theyd have to switch some courses or play duplicate courses. it would good bc not all golfers play every week. anyone have a course list for tiger 10?

jkeefe
jkeefe

I agree with Hershal below, the tour mode is lacking, or perhaps better to say it could be much improved. What I don't understand is why you play alone. If it is supposed to be simulating the tour, then why am I not playing with 1 or 2 persons who are at same spot on the leaderboard. For those in a hurry, this could be turned off, but I think it would add to the excitement big time, esp if you are leading going into the final round, and playing with 1 or 2 who are right up at the top with you. Doesn't seem it would be hard to do, but I don't guess they ever will. Your right about Augusta too, for some reason they feel they are above that. Not sure I get it, but its their right of course. Its just too bad for us simmers. Looking forward to 10, putting is way too easy with the click system and really too hard with the stick. With about half inch of movement in the stick, how am I supposed to gauge "64%" etc. There has to be a better way. Theres just not enuf motion in the stick to break it down into little percentages like that IMO. And I hate using the click system for putting or anything, as I never miss LOL Its way too easy to putt with the click system.

Vendicators
Vendicators

09 pissed me off when they took out multiplayer in PGA tour mode it was fun when u and your buddies could play the PGA tour. I hope they have more multiplayer function in im 10, not just internet play. I think also they need to bring back and full player store like 08. to limiting in 09

HershalCrusto
HershalCrusto

I see they mentioned Bethpage in the article does that mean Bethpage is back. I sure hope so, love that course.

HershalCrusto
HershalCrusto

Tiger 08 what aweful, Tiger 09 fixed most of 08's issues in my opinion and I thought 09 was a pretty sweet game. I hope they stick to a similar formula that 09 had and just add more courses, like the sounds of the weather system. One big thing for me, is I hope they spice up the PGA tour season mode. Maybe keep you more informed of whats going on with other golfers, have more stats appear on the screen, stuff like that. I would love to see Augusta on a TW game, just like everbody else, but it's just not going to happen. Augusta National will not allow that, it sucks but its true.

glenair
glenair

fix the ridiculous low scoring , the sport is not easy in the real world , unless you are Phil or Tiger. Make sure tree moverment is included in the weather updates so that it reflects the changes that occur. Yes we want Augusta so that ladies can play on it too , end this discrimination in the exclusive Men's club!

efunk25
efunk25

I just want Trophies added. I couldn't believe that 09 didn't support them on the PS3 or even offer an update to add them.

Mr2k01
Mr2k01

I just want Augusta.

mooseman721
mooseman721

Sort out the online menus, playing with friends was a frikkin nightmare in 09. Just a simple way of playing, you know, LIKE ALMOST EVERY GAME THESE DAYS!!!! Thanks.

OnlookerDelay
OnlookerDelay

Tiger Woods console golf finally caught up to where Links 2004 was 6 years ago - a fully proportional putting stroke! I hope they've given the other swings in the game some attention as well. And yes, there will be a PC version of 2010; it will be along sometime later this year. Oh, Augusta won't be happening, The ANC will not license it for any price!

threedown
threedown

sweet, i cant wait, the realtime weather effects sounds like a cool idea

Amdisity
Amdisity

What, no PC version AGAIN?! EA are a joke.

lwilson014
lwilson014

Looks good, can't wait to swing that club into July!

simonsworld
simonsworld

yea it good to see it, the next installment but you have wonder just what changes and improvments will be made on this game, anyone remember the 08 tigerwoods saga? and here at gamespot, and ign noticed the sound files from the 04 game were just copy and pasted into the 08 files? and best of all, on EA.com the game stated that it had improved sound dynamics,dam EA anyway all things a side i looking forward to the games progression,if any of any great significance.

marki61422
marki61422

I hope the graphics improve,please,,MLB 2009 has shown how good graphics can be.

megamaster32
megamaster32

i hope the swinging will slightly approve and the crowd design either than that im excited and yes i want the augusta national course.

pinball69
pinball69

I hope they add Augusta National course.

tlsn4
tlsn4

EA needs to add Augusta National

H_U_R_D
H_U_R_D

lookin' slick, especially the weather effects

subzero2k2004
subzero2k2004

I like Tiger Woods game. I use to buy the whole lot for the ps2. When you could swing with the right analog stick cause I am right handed. But now in the editions for the PS3 you can't change the analog stick.

arodmell
arodmell

I'm looking forward to this

norfliver_basic
norfliver_basic

This time, i'm gonna get the Wii version even though 09 was good. I want to try the new MotionPlus and from what i heard, it has all the same features as on the 360 ! But don't worry, i'll be back home next year !

KBABZ
KBABZ

I bought 09 last year, and it might take a bit more than weather and larger crowds to entice me into it. Still I could just sell 08 due to the its-the-same-game aspect of it. Larger crowds and more ambient touches are things I love and appreciate, and making it more tournament like would be great. If I could request one course, it'd be Tourey Pines, mainly because it was on Microsoft Golf 1.0, and it's an old gem for me. Loved those Silly Sounds, like Arabian desert tunes playing when the ball went into the sand.

p8riot08
p8riot08

EA Sports needs to try something different with their sports games, I mean every year it is pretty much the same thing. Don't get me wrong I still think the game looks great. I really like the real time weather. Hopefully the other features are just as promising.

jshaas
jshaas

As for the comments on TW 08... most of those problems were fixed last year in TW 09. I'm not really sure why people are fussing about 08 here. Anyway, I loved TW 09 and I think this will be just as good. The real-time weather is a huge plus. It would be cool if we could play real-time with the PGA Tour... maybe next year.

pgmonkeeuk
pgmonkeeuk

I'm not sure about the new putting system, telling people how far back they have to go on an analogue stick takes all the skill & judgement out of it. Weather is finally here hurrah! My God, EA have done it!! It's only been, what, nearly a decade since PC versions of TW had weather conditions included and people have been screaming for it on consoles for years! Mid-June is a little early (although am expecting a bit later for us guys in the UK) - it's great don't get me wrong - but that would mean the gap between 09 and 10 would only be about 9months.....not really enough time to a) give us major improvements and b) test them all. I have a nasty feeling this game will be full of glitches......please prove me wrong EA!!

J2TheB
J2TheB

Why did they stop porting this to PC? :-( just because of piracy?

43n1m4
43n1m4

08 was more a less a disaster, the analogue controls sucked. I hope this new game can revive my hope in the series again. Otherwise MS must try to resurrect the old Links series... :) (Or Leaderboard)

Jettero-Heller
Jettero-Heller

And how many load screens do we have to sit through this time. In 08 it was 3 before the game even loaded up and then agaon one for EVERY danged hole. C'mo EA quit screwing around and update the same old tired interface you've been foisting for the last 20 years. I just want to play golf!! "Press Start" Really??? 2101 guys get with it.