March 5th 2013 6:05 am PT

Demo: Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 14Content: Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 – Demo
Price: Free
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Dash Text: Step onto the course as golf legend Arnold Palmer and unlock Palmer in the full version of the game! This demo lets you experience the brand-new Oak Hill Country Club, test out the Legends of the Majors mode, new ball physics, and preview the LPGA Tour as brand-new golfer Lexi Thompson. Download today!

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  • JoeGrahamcracker

    The last one was alright, but it was ridiculous the way DLC was implemented. I’m done with EA Sports, but I’m glad Arnold Palmer is on the cover. EA Sports it’s in the game (for an extra $50)

    • Michael Burden

      I actually preferred last year’s model and I don’t think a lot of people understood it which was why it got a lot of unnecessary hate. It was the first time you could actually EARN the DLC courses by playing instead of buying, but the option was still there to buy them if you didn’t want to grind out the necessary games. They did away with that model this year, but I think it was more due to the fact they sold less DLC as opposed to the resistance the microtransaction model as EA tried to claim recently.

      • Chris Grub

        Wait so if I get last year’s game I can just unlock the courses by playing through the game?

        If so I’ll buy a copy today.

        • Michael Burden

          That is correct, you can unlock all the DLC for free by playing the game and mastering the courses, which is easier than it was in TW12. But you have to be signed into Live in order to gain “coins” (the in-game currency for green fees) and you need the online pass to get them as well if I remember correctly. Just keep that in mind if you are waffling between a new and used copy. And the Masters collector’s edition already includes some of the additional courses (as well as the August Par 3 course), another thing to consider.

          It is a little grindy to get coins for green fees, but not too bad especially if you join a country club for coin bonuses. You can master a course in 6-8 rounds and can be done from any tee box or difficulty. Once you master a DLC course, it is yours to keep.

          I need to get about 6-7 more courses unlocked before the servers are taken offline, which shouldn’t be for another year at least but I don’t really trust EA on this game with the way it is set up. Wouldn’t surprise me in the least if they shut down that option with the release of TW14.

          • Chris Grub

            Wow – thanks for the insightful response. The last one I purchased was in 2009 and I’ve been holding off but now may be the time to grab a copy.

            Again, thanks for the heads up.

          • Michael Burden

            No problem, glad I could help. I’ve started playing this again on a daily basis to up my coins so I can finish unlocking the remainder of the courses. I’ve been unlocking the actual courses first instead of the fantasy ones because a) I prefer the real courses and b) they are easier to play than the fantasy one, requiring less rounds and green fees to master.

  • Bennijin

    >PGA 14

    We’re only two months and five days into 2013!
    Does anyone know the reason the PGA games come out so early compared to their denoted year? It just seems really odd.

    • Michael Burden

      All sports games are that way with the exception of the MLB 2K series. But initially the PGA games were launched in the fall but EA changed the release cycle a few years back to coincide with The Master’s and get the release closer to Father’s Day in order to boost sales.

      • Bennijin

        I understand all sports games do it but a lot of sports seasons are cross-year anyway so it kinda fits when the release is a few months away from the end of the year a’la FIFA, I just wondered why PGA does it so early.

  • ɾosɥ ɥɐɐs

    The last Tiger Woods game I bought was 09. I would love to get a new game, but they all seem to have half of the content locked behind a pay wall.

    • Michael Burden

      How? That may have been the case with some other EA games but I never found this to be true in Tiger Woods’ games. No courses were locked on disc and the amount of courses had stayed pretty consistent through this generation though I think they had more courses at the end of last gen. The annoying thing I found with the series was EA started selling unlocks for the game, making parts of it Pay to Win. Nothing more annoying than on day 1 playing someone online who has a Super Tiger unlocked with all boosts.

  • Dale Runkle

    I’m so tired of EA ignoring us PC gamers. I guess they don’t like making money.

  • Dylan Satterfield

    do we get to beat up hookers and drive expensive cars?

  • Louis Sutter

    Great, I haven’t even broken the seal on 13 yet. I hate annuals. You know, I can understand football, baseball basketball, etc games annually, but is it really necessary for golf games? I know the answer: no, but they make more money this way. Plus, it’s EA.