Tiger Woods PGA 13 Review: A Concentration Game

: Electronic Arts

Developer: Electronic Arts

Release Date: 3/27/2012

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360


Tiger Woods PGA 13 is good for: Concentration & Relaxation


We stated here on Arolemodel.com a short while ago that if Tiger Woods PGA 13 can master the sensitivity of motion needed to truly capture the essence of golf then it could become a great game for developing player’s coordination and sense of mindfulness (the state of being aware and paying close attention to their environment). To successfully pull this off, Tiger Woods PGA 13 would need a brilliant and highly sensitive control system as well as excellent presentation to make the player want to get good at the game. So, does Tiger Woods PGA 13 succeed? Yes and no.


Tiger Woods PGA 13 takes away the “show-off” factor of its predecessor and places all focus on the golf itself and on having players play the perfect round without distraction, which helps to relax players and makes the experience more realistic overall.


Coins are earned after each session and can be used to purchase perks or boosts or to pay a rental fee to play on one of the courses 19 downloadable courses. Should you be a truly committed golfer and master all challenges on these 16 courses you’ll permanently unlock them; BUT . . . playing one single round on one of the downloadable courses costs six thousand coins. It’s going to take a very long time to achieve that, which is where EA’s typical money-gobbling schemes come into play as you can pay for more coins or buy the courses outright.


Tiger Woods PGA 13 also features a country club option that allows you to create a clan and challenge other clans. Playing in the country club garners you loyalty points which translates into status for your country club. You can increase your club houses level, which allows members of your group to earn more points as they play.


Tiger Woods PGA 13 also includes a mode where you play Tiger Woods from a 2 year old to present day and beyond. The mode includes 53 challenges that offer some variety to the overall experience and these challenges allow you to unlock various items like new clothing.

Tiger Woods PGA 13’s swing system is challenging, with players flicking the analogue stick up or down like a real golf swing. . Player’s must track tempo, match a rhythm, speed and swing. The system is complex and sensitive enough to demand concentration and this does indeed create the sense of coordination and mindfulness we hoped from the game.


In putting, a vertical swing metre is displayed on the green. Players must rock the analogue stick back and forward to perform the put and the system involves finesse, once again demanding concentration.


Unnfortunately, if you don’t enjoy playing with the stick then you’ll be forced to use Kinect, which is clunky and unresponsive and probably best left alone.


Tiger Woods PGA 13’s is minimalist. The courses feel isolated and lonely, the commentators don’t offer much and the graphics are disappointingly drab.

Tiger Woods PGA 13 will keep you playing and will have you meeting and playing other gamers online. It offers complexity and finesse, making players concentrate and demanding focus. With a little more effort in the presentation, Tiger Woods PGA 13 would have been fantastic, as it is, it’s still a good game, just not a great one.


Tiger Woods PGA 13 Overall: 8 / 10

Paul Harrison

Paul M Harrison is an entertainment journalist, novelist, and blogger, and a specialist in the theory of storytelling. Paul Harrison can be contacted via his personal website or on Twitter or Facebook.

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