WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- In addition to the traditional additions of new characters and new courses, the latest edition of EA SPORTS’ Tiger Woods PGA TOUR will include a number of never-before-seen new features.
Legends of the Majors Mode
In this new mode, players will be able to go head-to-head against golf legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Gary Player, Sam Snead, Lee Trevino and Tiger Woods. The mode is broken up into six different eras (Dawn of Tournament Golf to Legends in the Making) and users will travel back through time to play each of these legends, meaning the visual effects, golf courses and equipment will be the same as what was used in their day. Translation: You’ll have to learn how to hit a persimmon wood if you want to defeat Jack Nicklaus.
Users will feel like they are watching a live TV broadcast with all of the new stats and graphics that will be implemented during gameplay. Frequently updating and appearing on screen, these stats will let players know where they rank against the field in stats like driving distance, greens in regulation and much more.
Never again will users have to share a title with a computerized opponent. For the first time, a playoffs system has been implemented into the game to settle ties at the end of a tournament. One of the struggles with implementing this feature was that each tournament and course has its own playoff system: The U.S. Open plays a full 18 holes, THE PLAYERS Championship plays 17, 18, 16 and so on. But each of those scenarios have been added into the new game for players to enjoy.
Go for the Grand Slam
For the first time, all four majors will be available to users, meaning the elusive Grand Slam is within reach. This feature will also be enhanced by the Playoffs feature described above, as each of the majors in the game will have the same playoff structure we see in real life.
In previous editions, players have been able to choose to play in the morning or afternoon, however in Tiger 14 a new feature, Night Golf, is also available. Players can watch glowing golf balls sail through the air just like a real Glow Ball tournament.
If you’re playing alone, the old “Play Now” feature of the Tiger Woods games could get a bit… boring.
“Nothing was really happening, you’re just kind of hitting the ball,” game designer Christian Brandt said.
That won’t be the case with the new Quick Tournaments mode, where users can load into a full tournament and even pick their scenario. Want to enter the final round of the U.S. Open tied for the lead? Three shots back? Choose your situation and chase down the leaders.
Tiger 14 will also feature an LPGA career mode, where female golfers can play through a season and attempt to capture a Kraft Nabisco Championship title.
Connect to Tournaments
Choose your course and tee it up with up to 24 of your friends, following all the action live in the Connect to Tournaments mode. As you make your way through the holes, you’ll be able to see your competitors’ shot arcs live as they play the holes simultaneously with you. If you finish the hole before everyone else, there’s even an option to watch your playing partners finish the hole like a spectator.
“You can start a tournament and call your buddies and say let’s all meet at the course at 5 p.m.,” Brandt said. “Then you can chat with each other and play through the holes together.”
The Masters Historic Edition
Featuring Bobby Jones and Bubba Watson on the cover, The Masters Historic Edition will allow users to dive even deeper into one of golf’s most famous events. Players will be able to tune their games on the famous Augusta National practice area, play the Par 3 course and even tackle the original course layout, the way it looked in 1934.