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When EA announced that Tiger Woods 10 (TW10) would be shipping in early June, golf fans everywhere rejoiced. And fans of the Nintendo Wii are even more excited since this year's game marks the debut of the Wii MotionPlus peripheral.

The looming launch of the MotionPlus peripheral has created a lot of buzz for the latest Tiger Woods game. So could TW10 finally be the simulation sports Wii title that dazzles the "hardcore" sports crowd? We will have an answer to that question in a couple weeks. In the meantime, let's take a look at some of the hype surrounding the game.


What's Hot?


Wii MotionPlus

Ever since the Wii was first released in 2005, gamers have been asking for true one-to-one sports titles, especially when it comes to the golf games. While previous Tiger Woods games have done a nice job with motion control, none has ever been able to capture the subtle nuances of a golf swing. The Wii MotionPlus peripheral is supposed to be the answer to that issue.

Dictating draw and fade with a natural and realistic wrist motion is something this has this golf gamer salivating. What makes MotionPlus so appealing is that no longer will players be a slave to face buttons in order to make subtle shot adjustments. In the case of draw/fade, gamers will never have to remove themselves from the immersion and organic feeling of being on the virtual golf course -- something fiddling with various on-screen shot adjustment meters has the tendency to do.

The short game should also be improved by MotionPlus because it should now be easier to control your backswing power. I cannot wait to effectively chip with a loft wedge like Tiger himself.

Putting is the final aspect of the game that has me excited about MotionPlus -- I feel it was the weakest element of the last two versions of Tiger Woods on the Wii. The ability to have true one-to-one movement while putting is a huge advantage, especially when you consider how difficult it was in the past to judge putt strength on the old power meter.

Live Tournaments

Online play for Wii sports titles has been absolutely brutal. But last year's Tiger Woods game gave us an addicting and fun mode with four-player real-time versus golf. Aside from that feature, though, the online offerings fell short of many gamers' expectations. The announcement that TW10 would be including Live Tournaments may be just what the doctor ordered for Nintendo's inferior online console.

What makes Live Tournaments so interesting is not that you can play in daily and weekly tournaments, it is that you can actually play against the pros on a weekly basis. I cannot think of a cooler game mode for a golf game than actually playing the same course during the same week as the pros, all while attempting to beat their scores for that specific round or tournament.

You can actually live out your fantasy of being a pro golfer by going head to head with the best golfers on the planet. No other sports game gives you this unique ability, and I for one am extremely excited to take on real-life Tiger every week.

New Presentation

Real-time weather feeds, updated in-game presentation and spectators on the courses have all been confirmed for the Wii version of TW10. These additions get a big thumbs up from me, and I cannot wait to see how much these small tweaks add to the overall polish of the product. The presentation elements in previous Wii Tiger Woods games have been very bland and downright boring -- to put it nicely. This year's additions should finally add some life to the game, and the real-time weather feature will dramatically change how you attack a specific course on any given day.

Frisbee Golf

Yes, you read that correctly, TW10 on the Wii includes a fully fleshed out Frisbee Golf mode that can be played on any course in the game. Not only is Frisbee golf incredibly fun and challenging in real life, the addition of Wii MotionPlus has me ready to hit the Frisbee links year-round. Too bad this mode is not offered online as I think it would be a huge hit for the casual and hardcore alike.

 


What's Not?


Wii MotionPlus

OK, I know I put this feature in the "what's hot" category as well, but I had to express my main concern when it comes to this peripheral -- it may work too well.

I will be the first to admit that as much as I like to golf in real life, I am still borderline terrible. So I worry about whether or not the new MotionPlus implementation will handicap players who do not have proper real-life swing mechanics. If it does handicap players, MotionPlus would make the game inaccessible to many looking for a reprieve from their actual golf swings. I am not saying that EA needs to dumb the game down for the audience, but I am concerned that MotionPlus is going to lead to some frustrating gameplay sessions -- they could potentially be even more frustrating if your created golfer's attributes have not been properly boosted.

I am holding out hope that EA has addressed this issue by implementing some type of in-game handicap system for those with faulty swings like myself, but it is a major fear nonetheless. Let's just put it this way, I do not want to be spending time at my local driving range just I can play this game.

Lack of GamerNet Challenges

To be fair, I am not even sure GamerNet challenges can be coded into the Wii's online infrastructure, but it sure would be nice if they were available.

GamerNet challenges on the 360 and PS3 versions of Tiger Woods 08-09 were addictive and innovative. Also, in addition to letting you attack challenges any way you pleased, the developers also gave you the ability to create your own challenges for the entire Tiger Woods community. No sports game, outside of Golden Tee, has ever given me such a sense of challenge within an online community, and the mode alone made both TW08 and TW09 worth the purchase.

As fun as GamerNet is while playing with an analog stick, imagine how great it would be with the Wii's motion controls. The controls alone would make for an incredibly dynamic challenge system, and would only further solidify TW10 Wii as the Tiger game of choice for fans of the series.


There is certainly a lot of buzz surrounding Tiger Woods 10 Wii, mainly because of the MotionPlus add-on. However, I am psyched about the online tournaments, updated presentation and the addition of the Frisbee golf mini-game. This could be the game that revolutionizes the way gamers look at sports games on the Wii. Look for my full review during the week of June 7.

What's "hot and not" in the Wii version of TW10 to you? Sound off below.


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# 1 DivotMaker @ 05/14/09 05:32 PM
Why is this preview titled "XBox 360" and not "Wii"?

I have played an early beta of TW10 for the Wii at Tiger Woods Community Day and I can tell you that the swing with the Wii Motion Plus is outstanding. Best Golf swing interface I have ever played with. Too bad the Wii's graphics capabilities are so wek compared to the PS3/360, but it does a serviceable job....
 
# 2 Seymour Scagnetti @ 05/14/09 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by DivotMaker
Why is this preview titled "XBox 360" and not "Wii"?

I have played an early beta of TW10 for the Wii at Tiger Woods Community Day and I can tell you that the swing with the Wii Motion Plus is outstanding. Best Golf swing interface I have ever played with. Too bad the Wii's graphics capabilities are so wek compared to the PS3/360, but it does a serviceable job....
I've been waiting for a true motion swing for so long in a golf game I don't care if the Wii graphics look like Pong it's still the only version I'm gonna buy. It's like whne I first got my Logitech driving wheel and started playing Gran Turismo and Formula 1 with the wheel. You just can't go back to the joystick and I used to play with the joystick all the time before and thought it was great but now I find it unplayable.

DivotMaker I guarantee if you get the Wii version and the 360 version the 360 game will be collecting dust if the Wii online is any good.
 
# 3 OnlookerDelay @ 05/14/09 05:40 PM
I'll echo Divot's question... is this a Wii or and XBox 360 preview? I

I don't think anyone could draw any conclusions about the Wii Motion Plus' integration into Tiger Woods 10 until they've actually laid hands on it. If one is having trouble grooving a swing, I'm sure they could drop down a difficulty level or two until they find something comfortable.
 
# 4 OnlookerDelay @ 05/14/09 05:42 PM
I'll retract my opening comment, as I see the title has now been corrected. However, I think it's a bit misleading to use XBox 360 screen shots in a Wii preview.
 
# 5 DivotMaker @ 05/14/09 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by OnlookerDelay
However, I think it's a bit misleading to use XBox 360 screen shots in a Wii preview.
Agreed...there is a sizable difference between a Wii screen and a 360/PS3 screen....
 
# 6 ChaseB @ 05/14/09 06:28 PM
Are there screens in the article I'm not seeing? Or do you mean in the Image section?
 
# 7 OnlookerDelay @ 05/14/09 07:50 PM
The images are gone now ChaseB. They were in embedded in the article when I read it earlier this afternoon.
 
# 8 ChaseB @ 05/14/09 08:34 PM
Oh all right. Well sorry if there was any misdirection at work.
 
# 9 Dalsanto0026 @ 05/15/09 07:44 AM
Just because the guy previewing the game sucks at golf doesn't mean the rest of us should have to put up with another easy Tiger Woods game. We want a challenge. Previewers like you are part of the reason Tiger Woods has been more arcade than sim. If you're too uncoordinated to swing the wii remote the rest of us shouldn't have put up with a dumbed down version of golf to suit toddlers and nerd previewers. The swing mechanic should be realisic. If it is then I'm getting this game for the Wii.
 
# 10 Bumble14 @ 05/15/09 08:17 AM
I bet you're a scratch golfer right- are you on the PGA tour?
 
# 11 Seymour Scagnetti @ 05/15/09 09:44 AM
There's multiple skill levels so it's pointless to argue about this.
 
# 12 Bumble14 @ 05/15/09 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Dalsanto0026
Just because the guy previewing the game sucks at golf doesn't mean the rest of us should have to put up with another easy Tiger Woods game. We want a challenge. Previewers like you are part of the reason Tiger Woods has been more arcade than sim. If you're too uncoordinated to swing the wii remote the rest of us shouldn't have put up with a dumbed down version of golf to suit toddlers and nerd previewers. The swing mechanic should be realisic. If it is then I'm getting this game for the Wii.
I've got to really question what exactly I said in my preview that deserved a personal attack?

I'm extremely excited about the game, and simply pointed out a concern I have with Wii motion plus- I have not yet played the game, so this concern may not even be valid once I get my hands on the final build.

Please keep the negativity off the board, especially the unwarranted personal attacks.
 
# 13 Dalsanto0026 @ 05/15/09 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Bumble14
I bet you're a scratch golfer right- are you on the PGA tour?
Do I have to be on the PGA Tour to be able to swing a golf club?

Don't take this as a personal attack, for all I know you're probably a nice guy so I apologise for insulting you, but it annoys me when people complain about a mechanic that is designed to make a game more realistic. The majority of us on these boards don't want an arcade game, we want a challenging experience.
 
# 14 Bumble14 @ 05/15/09 10:50 AM
I don't want an arcade game either-I was just saying that I was a bit concerned if Wii Motion plus is as accurate as people are claiming. Like I said in the article- I don't want to have to hit the range just to shoot par in the game.

The whole reason I play Tiger is because it gives me an opportunity to compete with the Pros on real life courses- what fun would the game be if it completely mimicked anyone's real life golf game? You're telling me that you wouldn't get a bit frustrated with the game if you were consistently shanking drives or pulling putts because your golfer's attributes have not been completely leveled up?

Like another poster said- I'm sure there will be different difficulties that prevent motion plus from getting the point of frustration, but it is a valid concern none the less.

P.S. I am a nice guy! :-) PM over your Wii friend code if you want to hit the virtual links.
 
# 15 Dalsanto0026 @ 05/15/09 11:08 AM
I see what you're saying Bumble, if it were too realistic I would regularly be firing 85 - 90 (lol, I need to play more often) so in order to compete with the pros I guess we would need a little boost and difficulty settings should help with that. I just don't want to be firing a 64 at St Andrews in wet conditions that's all.

PS I had just polished off 7 Jim Beams with a friend when I sent the original post and I was in a whinging mood, so again I apologise for those comments.

Cheers mate.
 
# 16 DivotMaker @ 05/15/09 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Bumble14
I don't want an arcade game either-I was just saying that I was a bit concerned if Wii Motion plus is as accurate as people are claiming. Like I said in the article- I don't want to have to hit the range just to shoot par in the game.
I can state emphatically that there are scores of Wii users asking for just that. This is why they have 3-4 difficulty levels for online and offline play. EA has been loudly criticized (justifiably so by the hardcore/simulation users) for not offering more realism for those seeking a more realistic gameplay experience. In my short time with TW10 Wii, they have delivered on this with the WiiMote Plus and a 1:1 swing. I am one of those who relishes gameplay that forces me to concentrate and focus on my swing to achieve the desired results. I don't see the harm in offering gameplay that appeases the largest target audience possible and gameplay that is tunable to the users desired difficulty.
 
# 17 Bumble14 @ 05/15/09 02:10 PM
If I want a golf game that realistic I'll head out to the course for real and at least get some sun ;-)

To each their own! Regardless of your feelings on that issue there is some common ground- this years Tiger on Wii could be outstanding.
 
# 18 OnlookerDelay @ 05/15/09 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Bumble14
If I want a golf game that realistic I'll head out to the course for real and at least get some sun ;-)
Divot, I don't imagine you've ever heard this bromide before! It's code for "End of Discussion" in my experience...

Bumble14, I'm one of those of whom Divot speaks. I want a more faithful simulation. I have no problem with the game defaulting to a difficulty level that allows people who don't know how to swing a golf club to go out and shoot par. What I don't understand is the alarm registered by those who fit that demographic, when they learn that the game can be made to play a more difficult simulation style game. Sim-heads have to go into the menus to configure the game to play that way.

The bottom line is this - I want a golf game that makes me feel like I've accomplished something to break par.
 
# 19 sroz39 @ 05/15/09 04:35 PM
Here, here!!
 
# 20 Zinger @ 05/16/09 12:17 AM
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Originally Posted by OnlookerDelay
The bottom line is this - I want a golf game that makes me feel like I've accomplished something to break par.
Hear, hear, even!
 

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