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Tiger Woods PGA Tour for iPhone Is Out Now

Tiger Woods PGA Tour

EA Sports has launched Tiger Woods PGA Tour in the App Store today.

I just installed the app a short while ago, and have had just a brief try at it so far “ 5 holes.  Even so, I can already tell you that this game looks very, very good. 

Hit the jump for a brief features list and some very quick first impressions

Here are just some of the game ‘s features as listed on its App Store page, which seem very similar to the PC version:

  • Play as or against Tiger Woods “ each fairway comes to life with 3D graphics, dynamic camera angles, and realistic sounds
  • Cool Controls – swipe the screen to manipulate the direction of your ball spin
  • Choose your course “ featuring over 120 holes stretched across 7 of the most famous PGA courses in the world: Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, TPC Sawgrass, Doral, TPC Boston, The K Club, and Fancourt
  • Take On Golf ‘s Best Pros “ choose from a fun lineup of top golfers like Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, Vijay Singh, Natalie Gulbis, and Retief Goosen
  • Familiar Voices “ Listen to play-by-play commentary in real-time by former pro golfer Sam Torrance and The Golf Channel ‘s own Kelly Tilghman

And some very early first impressions:

The game looks great “ with fly-by views of each hole as you get to it, and really nice graphics throughout

I ‘ve only ever played Tiger Woods PGA Tour once or twice on the PC, and found it quite hard.  This iPhone version feels much easier to get the hang of quickly.  It offers good instructions and tips as you go along, and I found it very easy to dive straight into.

Setting up a new player profile was easy “ and I ‘ve started with that mode, not playing as Tiger yet. 

The quick guidance the game provides on how to swing is great and I found the swing routine very natural right away. At the outset, I ‘ve just tried to get the swing going full power and hitting more or less straight (no draw or hook efforts yet) “ and it ‘s going fairly well already.  Not surprisingly, getting the short game and putting going well seems the most challenging thus far.

As you can see, I got off to a rough start (5 over on the first hole) “ but settled down to 3 pars in the next 4 holes.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour on iPhone

I ‘ve got an audio issue with several apps under OS 3.0 Beta 4 “ so I can ‘t tell you anything about what the sound effects or play-by-play commentary are like “ I ‘m looking forward to getting that sorted out.

The game remembers your place “ so you can take a phone call and then jump straight back in right where you left off.

It ‘s a whopper in terms of app size, at 160mb “ so you may want to grab it via iTunes and sync it over to your phone, or be prepared to be patient on the WiFi install.

My overall first impression is that this game looks great.  I can ‘t wait to dive into playing as one of the pros and checking out tournament play and all the different courses.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour is in the App Store now, priced at $9.99.

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