It’s been a long wait for game-loving golf fans. The sport’s biggest gaming franchise, PGA Tour, has been out of action since March 2013’s Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, but after the seminal, yet controversial, player was dropped by Electronic Arts in a mutually accepted agreement, the sounds of the green have been silent. Thankfully though, there’s a new golfing title on the way; Rory McIlroy PGA Tour.
Set for release on July 14th on the Xbox One and PS4 gaming consoles, just in time for the start of the Open Championship at St. Andrews, the newest iteration of the franchise is looking beautiful. With the amazing high-definition graphics, controls and internet functionalities of the next generation consoles, it looks like this is going to be the closest thing sports fans will have to playing eighteen holes in person.
The choice of McIlroy is a perfect one for EA. The star has taken up column inches all year in both the press and via online sports news sites such as Bookies.com, given his ascension to the World Number One spot and successes in the 2011 US Open, 2012 PGA Championship, 2014 Open Championship and 2014 PGA Championship. The Northern Irish player is a poster boy for golf success.
Players will be able to emulate these many triumphs in highly realistic gameplay designed to provide the most emulative golfing experience possible. Courses located in different parts of the world will have turf programmed to be akin to that course; St. Andrews being firm and fast, for instance; and features such as the aiming arc and putt read features will give gamers complete control over the player, club and ball, showing ball flight projections and putt trajectories, respectively. Ball physics have also been beefed up, the dimpled spheres now interacting with plants, long grass and trees in a highly realistic way, something that has been generally missing from previous PGA Tour releases.
Three control schemes will be featured in the game. Arcade, where players control their swing with the left analog stick and can control the speed and spin of the ball, mid-flight; 3-Click, the classic scheme where one click starts the swing, second, the power, and third click, accuracy; and Tour, a highly challenging setting where length of backswing and follow through (both via the analog stick) determine the ball’s trajectory. The team behind the game want to make this one of the most inclusive PGA titles ever released, and it looks like they might just succeed.
Are you hankering for some golf excitement? If so, make sure to get your copy of the game on July 14th!
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