Tiger developer EA Tiburon believed they had the full-motion golf swing down in 2009 using the addition of the Wii MotionPlus peripheral, but with this game, they affirm they have it dialed in. Seriously now, the franchise’s second bout with the MotionPlus brings a fresh dimension to your swing that gives greater results. In a curious way, it adds up the possibility of even more inconsistency to a swing without wrecking the whole experience. The series carries on to tinker around the edges, making minor improvements that are generally welcome.
In Tiger 10, the MotionPlus peripheral was primarily occupied with whether your wrists were bent or not as you hit the ball. Your wrists are still crucial, but now the game also registers your follow-through. It could be a subtle change that does not factor in all your swings, but it is most welcome for it further codifies what establishes a good technique and what that feels like. If you do not want to use the new motion you will be able to revert to the old one via the game’s detailed system of assists and difficulty levels that you could mix and match, like whether you want to use the waggle-style spin. One recommended turning on is the TrueView camera, which is a first-person view the ball as you size it up and watch it (hopefully) breeze through the air. Once more, the career mode (comprising of skills challenges against pros, a PGA tour schedule, and the Ryder Cup) has been fine-tuned, this time with a more calculated approach towards attribute points and modifiers. Clubs – and not shafts or clothes – are the only item that bestows stat bonuses, and you’re only granted to give one of your four attributes an impermanent stat bump prior to most challenges or tourney rounds. This approach lags the stat-jacked characters of the past, but it is also not as fun.The inclusion of the Ryder Cup is most welcome, but even though the tourney’s format is mostly the same, it’s a little weird that the CPU won’t abide by the nationality rules (Americans vs. Europeans) that make the Cup what it is. The Ryder Cup is also online, like is last year’s disc golf.
Tiger 11 is a full-fledged game having a motion-based swing and not just a flimsy curiosity.