The success of a sports game is to get people to feel like they need to upgrade the previous years game. Every other sport has an advantage over golf because you get rookies on teams along with new coaches and players. With golf you usually don’t get a big changeover year to year. Tiger Woods PGA Tour has been successful with getting people to buy it every year. Either they add new features or change the way you swing the clubs. This year they did both.

A great new online feature is Country Club. They made it so you can join or create your own country club. It’s a great way to compete with strangers or with your friends to see who is the best. You are also able to see how your country club stacks up against ones created by other users. This is great to keep you engaged and wanting to play the game.

Another new feature is the Tiger Woods Legacy. This lets you complete challenges from when Tiger Woods is 2 years old all the way to present day and the future. What should have been an interesting addition fails for multiple reasons. It’s challenging and frustrating, though that’s not the biggest offense. It would have been nice if the game would have given you advice about what you are doing wrong if you don’t complete the challenge.

If you have ever played Tiger Woods PGA Tour before then you have gotten use to using buttons to add draw and fade to your shot. With the completely redesigned swing control you have to pull back and push forward in an angle. It also tells you if you underswing or overswing. Another part of it is it tells you your tempo. All of this factors into how far your shot goes and how accurate it is.

On top of all this, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 has made it possible to use the Kinect on Xbox. It’s another way to enjoy and experience the game. I was worried I wasn’t going to get used to playing the game using the kinect and all the hand signals, but it was very easy to use. It’s the closet you can get to playing the actual sport from the confines of your living room.

I recommend this game to anyone who enjoys playing or watching golf.