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  1. If only Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 could take a mulligan - The Globe and Mail
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Almost as if they knew there was something wrong with their once reliable analog swing, EA threw in an optional three tap swing method. Press A once to initiate a swing, again at the top of the arc to control power, and a third time to control ball striking accuracy.

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Aside from being an obvious step backwards in our current era of movement oriented controls, it's been badly implemented; the meter moves far too quickly to provide any hope of improved control or accuracy. In the end, the only control change that really benefits the player is a new method of hooking and slicing the ball, which involves tapping the left and right bumpers to adjust spin level.

As fate would have it, the best new feature in this year's edition of Tiger Woods PGA Tour is also it's most understated. The game tracks every shot you make throughout your career, ranking how successfully you make certain kinds of shots buried lies, carrying water, hitting narrow fairways , then adjusts the difficulty of that shot based on past attempts. Fittingly dubbed "Confidence," this feature effectively mimics the real world golf experience of standing over a shot with either trembling with trepidation or cool self assuredness.

When you see the circle representing the potential landing area of your ball shrink in size, you do indeed feel a wave of confidence knowing that you have the ability to throw the ball at the flagstick like a dart at a board.

Conversely, when you see a massive landing area that dips into water hazards, sand, and grass bunkers, your composure goes right out the window. Minor improvements like Confidence and simplified spin controls simply don't make up for EA cheaping out on course selection and messing with their proven analog swing system.

If only Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 could take a mulligan - The Globe and Mail

Perhaps I'll just kick back and wait for Ubisoft's upcoming golf game, which is apparently going to be headlined by Tiger's number-one rival, Vijay Singh. All they'd have to do to ensure I'm first in line on release day is deliver a dozen or so fresh new courses.

And maybe that's what it would take to light a fire under the butts of EA Sports' designers. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

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The usual TW08 is a full-featured title, a virtual necessity in a game that pretty much consists of whacking away at a tiny ball with oddly-bent sticks. Unlike the career mode of most other sports titles, players must do more than just win games - they must meet a variety of objectives, including the accumulation of money, hitting calendar events, improving their sponsorships, and even upgrading their hotel accommodations.

In short, players must become complete sellouts if they hope to place in the top golfers, which in turn will earn them a shot at the FedExCup Playoffs, the ultimate goal of TW08's tour mode. Starting off as a hack playing against friends, players will eventually work their way up through to the big time, paying exorbitant entry fees for tournaments in hopes of challenging some of the best in the world.

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For those that would rather skip all this mess and go straight for the glory shot, a FedExCup Playoff option is also available. Playing in a tournament setting is quite a different experience than playing against some unknowns on an unpopulated course. Throngs of people line each fairway, cheering or groaning depending on the success of your shots. Sometimes, in the background, you can hear other crowds doing the same for players on other holes. It's also a bit of a kick to hear your player be introduced to the crowd on the first hole.

The announcer commentary, in contrast, sounds a bit choppy, with sound bites being obviously triggered by in-game events, rather than sounding more natural and flowing. Said commentary can actually make putting easier in some cases, however, as they'll often end up analyzing the lie of the putting green for you. It should be noted that everything you see in TW08 is a potential obstacle. In short, players must become complete sellouts if they hope to place in the top golfers, which in turn will earn them a shot at the FedExCup Playoffs, the ultimate goal of TW08's tour mode.

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Starting off as a hack playing against friends, players will eventually work their way up through to the big time, paying exorbitant entry fees for tournaments in hopes of challenging some of the best in the world. For those that would rather skip all this mess and go straight for the glory shot, a FedExCup Playoff option is also available. Playing in a tournament setting is quite a different experience than playing against some unknowns on an unpopulated course.

Throngs of people line each fairway, cheering or groaning depending on the success of your shots. Sometimes, in the background, you can hear other crowds doing the same for players on other holes. It's also a bit of a kick to hear your player be introduced to the crowd on the first hole. The announcer commentary, in contrast, sounds a bit choppy, with sound bites being obviously triggered by in-game events, rather than sounding more natural and flowing. Said commentary can actually make putting easier in some cases, however, as they'll often end up analyzing the lie of the putting green for you.

It should be noted that everything you see in TW08 is a potential obstacle. This includes not only the usual hazards, but the surrounding vegetation and even the crowds if playing in a tournament setting. I found myself waving my fist more than once at a lunkhead in the crowd that just stood there as my wayward shot sailed straight for him, bouncing off of him and landing in some godforsaken area.