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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11
E3 2010: Tiger Woods 11 & PlayStation Move First Impressions
Written Sunday, July 04, 2010 By Dave Olsen

Anyone that’s played golf knows how nerve racking it can be and trying out a new club for the first time is one of those occasions when the intensity ramps up. Gone is the familiar and it’s time to recalibrate. Standing on the tee at TPC Scottsdale on a beautiful sunny day is a sight to behold and it’s almost enough to settle the nerves. First things first though: a practice swing to get used to the weight of the club. Head down. Focus on the ball. Too much power or not enough means that I’ll almost inevitably be hampering my second shot. I need to relax and focus. As I finish my swing, I pull my head up to see where my shot ended up. In reality, I’d be thrilled, but this isn’t real.  I’m not holding a real club in my hands. Nestled inside my sweaty palm is a controller… The PlayStation Move.

Heading to E3, Sony’s PlayStation Move was a giant question mark. Could it be as good as Sony said? Will the technology work? How would it feel? When does it come out? How much will it cost?  Will anyone buy it? Many questions, but there were very few answers. Coming out of E3 2010 though is a whole different story.  

Getting the feel of the Move is the biggest obstacle. It’s roughly the same size as the Wiimote, but the curved shape feels much more natural in your hand and the ergonomic design seems to have paid off. The biggest hurdle though was operating it properly and although all of the buttons are within easy reach of your thumb, they are no longer in the diamond shape that we’re familiar with, so there is a certain amount of retraining involved – triangle is now top right, instead of being at the top.

Every motion that you make is tracked by the PlayStation Eye and is shown in the game as and when you do it. If you want to alter your shot to have it draw or fade, then you need to turn your wrists a bit in the relevant direction – much like Tiger using the Wii Motion Plus – and swing like you would swing an actual golf club. The whole setup is as intuitive as it gets.

The only issue that I had with the Move controller in Tiger 11 was with the aiming. That was difficult to work, but I suppose that can be chalked up to “user error”. Let’s just say it’s quite finicky and awkward to choose where you want to hit it. Everything else was simple, straightforward, and quite spectacular though, and it must be said, using the Move in place of a golf club felt pretty damn natural.

Given the choice between playing Tiger Woods 11 with the Move and a DualShock, I’ll take the Move every time. A Move skeptic has been converted. It’s about as close to being able to play golf in your living room as you can get and I recommend everyone gives it a try this fall.

Functionality for the Move in Tiger 11 will be available via a patch on September 15 when the Move launches in Europe and on September 19th in North America.



 
 

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Comment #1 by GoCanes
Sunday, July 04, 2010 @ 04:49:22 PM
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I can't wait... Been hoping for the next advancement since "True Swing" (which isn't at all a true swing, lol).

 
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Comment #2 by Eric B.
Sunday, July 04, 2010 @ 05:32:10 PM
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they need to not make the move.

 
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Comment #3 by Eric B.
Sunday, July 04, 2010 @ 05:33:03 PM
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wow just noticed this the move comes out on my birthday,

 
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Comment #7 by Telbee
Sunday, July 04, 2010 @ 10:26:35 PM
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I cant wait for the move and cant get my head sound people's beef with it. If it does work as well as we are being told then it will bring a new dimension to fuck ps3 gaming.

 
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Comment #9 by Badcompany87
Monday, July 05, 2010 @ 04:01:39 AM
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@7 i agree. It makes the ps3 a better all round console and the games being released for it look good so why are people dissing it? Dont knock it til you try it people.

 
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Comment #10 by evilsonic
Monday, July 05, 2010 @ 08:53:47 AM
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@ 7 & 9
People are knocking it cuz its already been done, created, & established by Nintendo & with Sony & Microsoft copying it, it makes ps3/360's look like wannabe Wii rip offs. If I wanted motion sensored gaming I'd play a Wii. People at Nintendo have already been dissing the crap out of Sony & Microsoft for doing this. I love Sony & their series of playstation consoles & The Playstation Move makes my gaming system look kinda weak & pathetic. I dont care too much though but I can see why some Ps3 fans arent happy about The Move.

 
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Comment #11 by Badcompany87
Monday, July 05, 2010 @ 10:29:01 AM
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@10 i understand that but the problem is people comparing it to the wii. The wii is a crap console with just 1 or 2 good games but the ps3 and xbox 360 are alot powerful and the games will be alot better thats why nintendo are dissing them because wii's arent selling no more and there worried. Sony aint goin against there hardcore ps3 fans there just giving people the option of motion controls which is added to the ps3 not taking away anything which. I aint passing judgement on it til its released but if it adds to my ps3 experience its a plus so far.

 
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Comment #12 by trophiehunter
Monday, July 05, 2010 @ 02:45:38 PM
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i love peripherals and have pre ordered 2 moves, looks like fun and anything to make gaming more interesting and fun is a great idea.

 
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Comment #13 by Dhughes60
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 06:28:21 AM
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idk i may check it out


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Tiburon
Publisher:
Electronic Arts
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Release:

US June 08, 2010
Europe July 02, 2010
Japan August 05, 2010

Resolution: 720p
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Players: 1-4
Online Players : 2-24
ESRB: Everyone
Collection:250
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