PGA Tour (series)

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PGA Tour
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PGA Tour is the collective name of a series of golf video games published by Electronic Arts and later their EA Sports sub-label from 1990 to 1998, when EA began publishing their golf games with the endorsement of Tiger Woods. After Tiger Woods '99 was released, subsequent titles were named Tiger Woods PGA Tour and released yearly.

The series were responsible for several innovations in the genre, such as the now standard three-click swing method, but unlike other games in the EA Sports label, the series were often shadowed by other competitors such as the Jack Nicklaus series, Links series, Microsoft Golf or The Golf Pro.

Games[edit]

The Mega Drive/Genesis version of PGA Tour 96 presented real 3D courses, which was one of the major achievements in the series.

PGA Tour Golf[edit]

Originally released in 1990 for DOS computers, 1991 for Mega Drive and Macintosh, SNES and Commodore Amiga and 1993 for Sega Master System and Game Gear. MegaTech awarded the game 93%,[1] and Mega placed it at #10 in their Top Mega Drive Games of All Time.[2]
The Mega Drive version features 6 professional golfers as playable or as CPU opponents; Fred Couples, Mark McCumber, Larry Mize, Joey Sindelar, Craig Stadler, Bruce Lietzke.

PGA Tour Golf II[edit]

Released in 1992 for the Mega Drive and in 1995 for the Game Gear.
The Game Gear version features 4 professional golfers as playable or as CPU opponents; Paul Azinger, Craig Stadler, Fuzzy Zoeller, Fred Couples.
The Mega Drive version features an additional 6 professional golfers (for a total of 10); Tommy Armour III, Bruce Lietzke, Mark McCumber, Mark O'Meara, Larry Mize, Joey Sindelar.
The Mega Drive version knocked Ecco the Dolphin from the top of the charts.[3] MegaTech gave the game 94% and a Hyper Game award, praising the amount of features and the control method.[4]
The following courses are featured; TPC at Avenel, TPC at Sawgrass, TPC at Southwind, TPC of Scottsdale, TPC at Eagle Trace, PGA West Stadium.

PGA Tour Golf III[edit]

Released in 1994 for the Mega Drive.
The game features 11 professional golfers as playable or as CPU opponents; Brad Faxon, Jim Gallagher, Jr., Lee Janzen, Tom Kite, Bruce Lietzke, Davis Love III, Mark O’Meara, Jeff Sluman, Craig Stadler, Fuzzy Zoeller.
The following courses are featured; TPC at River Highlands, TPC at The Woodlands, TPC at Avenel, TPC at Summerlin, TPC at Sawgrass, TPC at Las Colinas, TPC at Southwind, TPC of Scottsdale.

PGA Tour Golf 486[edit]

Released in 1994 for DOS personal computers; the name is a take on Access Software's Links 386.

PGA European Tour[edit]

Originally released in 1994 for DOS, Amiga and Mega Drive, 1995 for CD32 and Game Boy, 1996 for SNES and Microsoft Windows and a 2000 game of the same name for the Nintendo 64.

PGA Tour 96[edit]

Main article: PGA Tour 96

Released in 1995 for the Mega Drive and in 1996 for the SNES, Game Gear, and Game Boy; later also for the 3DO, Saturn and PlayStation Systems. It was the first game of the genre to use 3D courses, but had fewer courses and golfers to compensate. The game features 10 professional golfers as playable or as CPU opponents; Brad Faxon, Lee Janzen, Tom Kite, Bruce Lietzke, Davis Love III, Mark O’Meara, Peter Jacobsen, Jeff Sluman, Craig Stadler, Fuzzy Zoeller. The following courses are featured: Spyglass Hill, TPC at Sawgrass, TPC at River Highlands.

PGA Tour Pro[edit]

Released in 1997 for Windows; online play only.

PGA Tour Gold[edit]

Released 1998 for Windows; last title in the series before Tiger Woods' endorsement.

References[edit]

  1. ^ MegaTech rating, EMAP, issue 5, page 79, May 1992
  2. ^ Mega magazine issue 1, page 76, Future Publishing, Oct 1992
  3. ^ Official Gallup UK Mega Drive sales chart, May 1993, published in Mega (magazine) issue 8
  4. ^ MegaTech rating, EMAP, issue 22, page 100, October 1993

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