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July 15 2006
Tiger Woods PGA Tour '07 - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
23/3/2007EA GamesEA SportsEA Redwood Shores
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
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Welcome to golf - next gen style!
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OK, so this isn't the most exciting screen.

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Tiger Woods '07 looks superb already.
When the Playstation 3 was first announced, and the XBox 360 was getting launched we did a preview of Tiger Woods PGA Tour '06 with the assumption that the title would be ported from Microsoft's system to Sony's - given that Sony were, at the time, still proclaiming an early 2006 PS3 launch. That never eventuated, and nor did that game, but now Electronic Arts have shown off Tiger Woods PGA Tour '07 and it puts last years title to shame - in almost every regard. If you like golf then it's hard to see you passing this title up.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour '07 is a unique game in the for the first time players see and hear the crowds around them with enhanced playing environments. You will compete for The FedEx Cup, the new PGA TOUR championship playoff system against the world's best golfers, including newly added Luke Donald, Michael Campbell, Steve Elkington, and Annika Sorenstam. In fact the game includes 15 of the worlds top players. As well as those mentioned look for Tiger Woods, John Daly, Vijay Singh, and Ian Poulter.

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That water looks simply sublime.
While last years XBox 360 game only included six courses, but that number has been doubled for this years version with the addition of new PGA TOUR licensed courses including Firestone Country Club, Glen Abbey, Princeville, Spyglass Hill, St Andrews, and Bandon Dunes.

In terms of game modes you can look forward to an enhanced career mode which sees you working on your driving to mastering your putting skills, craft your game with training challenges in the Practice Facility, then take on the world's best golfers on the World Tour. Other game modes allow you to play solo or take on a friend in Match Play, Battle Golf, 21, OneBall, and more. Online gameplay is going to be catered for with support for up to 4-players. Electronic Arts will be running online tournaments complete with full stat tracking, league leaders, and more.

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Now that's perfect mowing.
Presentation in Tiger Woods PGA Tour '07 looks second to none (not that there really is much competition from other console based golf games of late). Firstly, as you would have seen the fairways are now littered with crowds and onlookers who react to your every action. The developers have used an all-new universal facial capture (UCAP) technology to ensure the golfers look just like their real life counterparts while a picture-in-picture presentation showcases UCAP and Game Face characters on every swing.

Finally the game will include full 5.1 sound for realism around the course, birds chirp and crowds cheer on the hole you're playing as well as surrounding ones. The announcing Dream Team of David Feherty and Gary McCord provide commentary and irreverent observations during every round.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour '07 on the Playstation 3 is apparently still a way behind the XBox 360 version in terms of polish however with four months of development remaining we expect the games to be virtually identical upon release. If you like golf games then this game has plenty of potential to keep an eye on.