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Quick: Name 3 active golfers on the PGA Tour other than Tiger Woods. I'll wait three seconds.
If that last trivia question didn't have you reaching for the aspirin, then you're probably a golf junkie (really, that's all it takes). You probably know all the Major Championships, every record that has ever been broken, and even what the review title is all about.
Ok, maybe that's a bit of a reach. But fortunately for you, being a know-it-all when it comes to golf trivia really won't help you too much in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010. That's right: you can compete with - and usually beat - your annoying friend who can't stop raving about Tiger's shot at the 2005 Masters, all while still maintaining an adequate social life. Hooray karma!
TW:10 is loaded with game modes and goodies to keep you occupied for hours, with 12 different golf games that can play on 16 different courses (and currently one additional course that is available for download). For the math guys out there, that's 204 ways to play, and we haven't even scratched the surface!
There is also eight mini-games that you can partake in, ranging from target practice to longest drive competitions.
If your friends aren't available to stop by for a round (or if you don't have any), you can always take any of the above mentioned game modes online and compete with up to 3 other players on the world wide web to boost up your virtual macho-ness.
But that's not all the online mode has to offer. You can also compete in daily/weekly tournaments against people from around the globe and even win prizes. The odds of winning such a tournament is tremendous, considering the amount of golfers in the playing field, but it's always fun to see where your score ranks among the world's elite.
Even with all of this, however, you'll still find most of your playing time coming from the bread and butter of the game: Career Mode.
The game's schedule is in conjunction with the PGA's schedule, and after each round you'll get an opportunity to build your dynamic attributes with private lessons from Hank Haney, Tiger Woods' swing coach.
Your skill level will fluctuate based on your previous performance, but in most cases, it will seem unfairly judged on why your attributes were changed. There are situations in a golf game that require certain shots, and the game does not take these instances into account when tinkering with your skill level.
But as the famous saying goes: it's not about what you have, it's about what you do with what you have. And all these game modes really wouldn't mean much if the gameplay itself wasn't something to brag about.
Thankfully, TW:10 saves par in that department as well.
Every aspect of the golf game is covered and at your disposal with the controller. Every draw or fade, every loft or punch, every club, every shot, every putt. The new precision putter is an awesome feature that makes putting even more challenging and realistic than it ever was before.
The spice of the game is the swing, controlled with the left-analog stick (although you can switch it to a three click approach if you have a weak stomach or a broken left thumb). Pull back, achieve desired power, follow through.
Once you've landed on the green, it's time to pull out your new putter. Luckily this year, you only need one. You will once again have to pick your landing area on the green like in year's past, the only difference is now you have a putting meter to the right of your screen.
The dynamic weather is also a cool new feature as well. Watch through the round as your opening hole has blue skies and sunlight, but that slowly fades into a cloudy drizzle. Or play in a downpour for a few holes, to have the rain finally stop.
At the end of the day, with a birdie putt on the line, I'll take Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010 on my side any day of the week (but specifically Sunday). Because quite frankly, it's better than most.
+ Tons of Game Modes
+ Online Tournaments
+ Addicting Career Mode
+ Precision Putting
- Spectators can be lame
- Dynamic ratings system flawed