Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11

On course for more swinging

Freshen up the graphics..

Tiger Woods 2011

Chip and in

Unfortunately, little has been done to freshen up the game's graphics. Always adequate, the series has never troubled current hardware, and this iteration is no different.

That said, it's nice to finally see clouds moving and the odd breeze stir up some ripples through your golfer's trousers. But apart from these, a change in menu design, and minor improvements to Game Face, graphics remain unchanged.

As you'd expect, all of the traditional modes are present in both online and offline. But this year they've been joined by the Ryder Cup, which offers 12 vs 12 competitions in all the Cup's formats. It's unlikely you'll be playing it much offline in single-player, where you have to rely on a CPU player for partnered events, but it should prove extremely popular online, where a good old bit of Europe vs U.S.A is bound to get the abuse flowing.

Not to start any conspiracy theories, but on that point, it's surprising to see EA released the game in the States some weeks ago. I'd hate to suggest its early release was based on anything other than marketing budgets, but with the actual Ryder Cup only three months away, European players of PGA 11 will be at a significant disadvantage when first playing online against American opposition.

Tiger Woods 2011

Swing like Tiger

Verdict

Unlike Fifa 2010 World Cup South Africa, EA's latest PGA Tour offers enough new features to warrant recommendation. The new XP and Focus systems should please just about everyone. And while True Aim probably won't, the fact that it's optional prevents it being divisive.

In fact, so good is PGA Tour 11 that, even though I know it's wrong, I'm off to play around with an 18-year old. Sorry, I mean I'm off to play a round of 18 holes.

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Tiger Woods 2011

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11

The successful franchise continues, with significant improvements all round. Available on Xbox 360 (tested), PS3 and Wii
Price: £50 RRP