Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters
once again tries to raise the bar with the new addition of the Augusta National Golf Club and the greatest tournament in the world, the Masters. EA dubs the new Season Mode "The Road to the Masters," which is a bit strange in the respect that the game was released only a handful of days before the tournament begins this coming weekend (at the time of this writing, of course). Still, you'll once again begin building your golfer's stats in an attempt to be the greatest of all time and take on the best in the world. You'll begin with EA's very own fictional tournament to get your start on the road to the PGA. As you progress through each section of this single-player experience, you'll be able to upgrade your golfer's stats, or change the difficulty level to suit your needs. Continue to win and you just may be invited to the Masters Tournament at Augusta National.
Another way you can automatically be invited to play in Augusta, GA is to successfully complete a series of challenges taken straight from the archives of the Masters. You'll have to recreate winning shots or game-changing holes from the likes of golfing greats from the past and present. There are other challenges available within The Road to the Masters as well, coming from your sponsors before each and every match.
I was highly disappointed, however, that in order to fully play everything available within Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters, you'll have to actually pony up additional money to download extra courses. If you choose not to, you'll just skip ahead in the season, likely leaving you with a feeling of betrayal as you do.
On the upside, another cool feature of this year's title is that you'll be able to play in live tournaments, whether they are as often as daily, or even playing along with the pros (again, if you want to play in the "real" Masters tournament, you'll have to get your copy of the game fast) in their tournaments from week to week, you can post your virtual scores against real scores.
Online features once again include the ability to take on other virtual golfers in Stroke Play, Match Play, or other standard types of games like a Skins Match. You can also hook up with a teammate and play Best Ball or Alternate Shot, among others. As before, you'll also be able to upload your own historic shots to EA's Gamernet for others to see and try to beat, which can be an addictive time waster (but fun at that).