Tiger uses both motion and voice control with Kinect. You can change clubs, aim and change your shot and ask your caddie things. Your basic movement control consists of basically addressing the ball and then taking a swing as you would in real life. Itís a little difficult without a prop to really get any kind of technique down but you will get used to it. I do not suggest using a golf club as a prop. Bad things could happen! The results on the screen are usually pretty satisfactory of your swing as long as you have good tempo and a consistent swing. The only issue I had with the motion controls was putting. Putting is all about finesse and you just donít get that feeling when putting using Kinect in Tiger 13. Overall though, Kinect functionality is pretty good and a nice experience but if you are anything like me, in the end youíll end up using a controller once the new car smell wears off.
So the swing meter has changed completely from previous years and in my opinion while it has advanced forward I think itís using old school thinking. Golf is a game about tempo and EA has done a fantastic job incorporating tempo into the game. If you tempo is off a little you may hit a ball think or fat and cause an undesirable result. Holes in one and holing out from the fairway, while it can still be done, will be less few and far between. Now honestly, I did hit a hole in one within the first 2 days but ironically it was while playing the Masters which is played on the hardest difficulty. So that was all me baby! I really like the new swing meter and it really has a good mix of both the Tiger Woods arcade feeling as well as some solid simulation style play.
Where do I begin when talking about content in Tiger Woods and the abundant game modes and tasks you have at your disposal? EA packed it all into this yearís game and more. The vast number of courses is enough alone to keep any golfer busy for quite some time. There are pins to collect, courses to master, coins to collect to buy free rounds at DLC courses and so much more. Youíll even get to play as Tiger through the years from the age of 2 to the present and even to the future.
So you want a wide variety of courses? Well dependent on whether you get the normal or CE version of the game youíll have a large host of courses available to you. In the standard edition you get a total of 37 courses (16 of which are actually on the disk) but there is a catch I will get into shortly. The CE version gives you 22 courses on the disk and the other 16 courses are obtainable through DLC.The full list of courses that are available to play almost immediately includes: Atlanta Athletic Club*, Augusta National, Banff Springs*, Bethpage Black Course, Blackwolf Run*, Celtic Manor, Costa Navarino*, Crooked Stick, East Lake, The Els Club, Emerald Dragon*, Greek Isles*, Highlands*, Kiawah, Liberty National*, Oakmont*, Pebble Beach, PGA National*, Pinehurst*, Predator*, Royal Birkdale, Royal County Down, The Royal Melbourne, Spyglass Hill*, St Andrews Links, Torrey Pines, TPC Blue Monster*, The Old White TPC*, TPC San Antonio*, TPC Sawgrass, TPC Scottsdale, Valhalla, Waialae CC*, Whistling Straits*, Wolf Creek* plus a Bonus Course that is unlockable. In that list there are five brand new courses to the franchise.