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Rory McIlroy PGA Tour Preview

Scheduled release date:
July 14, 2015
EA Sports
EA Tiburon
Number Of Players:
Release Date:
July 14, 2015

Tiger’s out, Rory’s in. After Electronic Arts dropped perennial cover athlete Tiger Woods for the long-running PGA Tour franchise, they needed a new star. They found him in the world’s current #1 golfer. The freshly re-branded Rory McIlroy PGA Tour not only features a new front-man; it also boasts a series of gameplay improvements and additions. Plus, because it’ll only be available for PC and new consoles, EA’s competent Frostbite engine should deliver the most authentic, dynamic golf simulator yet. Even courses will play differently, and EA Tiburon is prepping a host of new modes and features.

Even though we don’t have a lot of gameplay footage, EA hasn’t been shy about sharing up-to-date details. For instance, they just recently announced the game’s second playable character: 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth. Currently confirmed courses include TPC Sawgrass, Royal Troon, and Wolf Cree. The developers also released plenty of great gameplay information and for me, it all begins with the swing mechanic. In the latest PGA Tour iteration, we’ll have three options: Arcade, Classic, and Tour. This immediately enhances the game’s accessibility, as Arcade and Classic aren’t overly demanding and are in fact throwbacks to the golden age of golf games.

In arcade, you use the analog swing mechanic, which is par for the course (pun intended) these days. Your backswing determines the power and swinging through will dictate accuracy. The big change here is that you can actually control the flight of the ball after it leaves your club; slick features like power boost, spin, and an aiming arc makes this a fun, undeniably entertaining option. However, there’s also Classic, which utilizes the old-school 3-click system. Remember that? You tap the button once to start the swing, a second time to set the power, and a third time for accuracy. This is what all you Hot Shots fans remember, and it might make your transition to PGA Tour that much easier.