Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tiger's Latest Game the Best; Aiming, Swinging Mechanics Have Been Fine-Tuned

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tiger's Latest Game the Best; Aiming, Swinging Mechanics Have Been Fine-Tuned

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Byline: ROBERT McGINTY

Tiger Woods golf games have been around for more than a decade, and they've been pretty good throughout the run - unlike Tiger himself, who has been great for most of that period.

But this year as Tiger struggles on the course (and off it), his namesake title delivers its best offering yet, definitely a great game. Go figure.

What they're selling: From EA Sports - "Fight for honor, fight for country in the all-new Ryder Cup Challenge."

What we're telling: "Fight" isn't the first word that comes to mind when you think about golf, although the Ryder Cup is as hotly contested as they come.

The nut graph: The basic format hasn't changed much from last year, so the best part of the game is still creating your own golfer, building up his skills and taking him on Tour.

But the aiming and swinging mechanics have been fine-tuned, practically eliminating the frustrating moments - if you make a mistake it's easier to blame yourself and not the controller. Which is nice. Putting, in particular, feels just right.

The real variables come from judging the wind and the elevation, so a little bit of basic golf knowledge helps.

The courses look and play like their real-life counterparts (you also play on some courses created just for the game) and you won't be making the really low scores until you've had a little time to figure things out.

There are some excellent skills challenges to help you with that. Finish off all 48, and you're ready for anything.

And there is also a Ryder Cup mode (really only worth playing through one time, though), online team competition (up to 12 players per side) and plenty of ways to measure yourself against players from around the world.

It's worth a try, and one of the best sports games this year. …

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