Graphically, the character models truly stand out and are amazingly lifelike - especially the facial expressions. Little touches like dimples, tiny forehead wrinkles and the faint shadow of a beard, really help push the realism to the max. Fans of golf attire should be going ga-ga over this title as well, as its wide array of polos, khakis, visors, caps, shoes and more are presented here with great authenticity. Animation is always key in sports games and EA does a splendid job here as well, with smooth strokes, deft putts and a myriad of celebratory exclamations we have come to know and root right along with, such as Tiger’s classic “Fist of Triumph.”
Courses are pretty nice looking as well, complete with lush greens, a sprinkling of woods and shrubbery, and the foreboding water and sand traps. The skyline is also rather gorgeous as well, with a full variety of cloud formations. Soft breezes stir the trees and the sun shines down on the patient “athletes” below. Overall, the visuals are top notch and very polished.
On the audio end of things, we have a good showing here as well. The broadcast team of Gary McCord and David Feherty provide spot-on commentary, often in those renowned hushed tones golf announcing is famous for. They will rip you for a wild bogey, or cheer you on for a near hole-in-one, and show a bit of good cheer at times. Rounding out the sound department, the soundtrack provides a dutiful backdrop to the game, but isn’t overly impressive. Also, the ambient noise of the surrounding green, from the lively fans shouting praise, to the various animal noises making a home on the multi-million dollar course, all bring you into the surroundings that much more.