PGA Tour (video game series)

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PGA Tour
Tiger Woods PGA Tour current logo.jpg
Tiger Woods PGA Tour logo (1998-2013)
Genres Sports, Golf
Developers EA Sports
Publishers Electronic Arts
First release PGA Tour Golf
1990
Latest release Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14
March 26, 2013

PGA Tour is a series of golf video games developed and published by Electronic Arts and later their EA Sports sub-label since 1990, the series primarily features courses featured on the U.S. PGA Tour, and other notable courses (such as those that have hosted majors).

In 1998, EA began publishing their golf games with the endorsement of Tiger Woods. After Tiger Woods 99 PGA Tour Golf was released, subsequent titles were named Tiger Woods PGA Tour and released yearly.

Although EA Sports developed most games in the series internally, some SKUs have come from outside developers including the first edition, Tiger Woods 99 PGA Tour Golf, which Adrenalin Entertainment developed in conjunction with EA for the PlayStation and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2001 for the PlayStation, which was developed by Stormfront Studios. IOMO also produced versions of the game for mobile phones for the 2002, 2004, and 2005 editions.

In October 2013, EA announced that it would end its relationship with Woods, and be replaced by a new golfer on the next instalment. On March 16, 2015, it was announced that Rory McIlroy—the current top golfer in the world, would become the new title athlete of the franchise, which will now be known as Rory McIlroy PGA Tour.[1][2]

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]

Original[edit]

PGA Tour Golf (1990)[edit]

This first game in the series was originally released in 1990 for DOS computers, 1991 for Sega Genesis, Macintosh, SNES, and Commodore Amiga, and 1993 for Sega Master System and Game Gear.

MegaTech awarded the game 93%,[3] and Mega placed it at number 10 in their Top Mega Drive Games of All Time.[4] The Genesis/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 (1992)[edit]

Main article: PGA Tour Golf II

Released in 1992 for the Genesis/Mega Drive and in 1995 for the Game Gear, PGA Tour Golf II features the courses TPC at Avenel, TPC at Sawgrass, TPC at Southwind, TPC of Scottsdale, TPC at Eagle Trace, and PGA West Stadium. The Game Gear version features 4 professional golfers as playable or as CPU opponents: Paul Azinger, Craig Stadler, Fuzzy Zoeller, and Fred Couples. The Genesis version features an additional 6 professional golfers (for a total of 10): Tommy Armour III, Bruce Lietzke, Mark McCumber, Mark O'Meara, Larry Mize, and Joey Sindelar.

The Mega Drive version knocked Ecco the Dolphin from the top of the charts in the UK.[5] MegaTech gave the game 94% and a Hyper Game award, praising the amount of features and the control method.[6] Reviewing the Game Gear version, GamePro praised the screen layout, controls, and detailed graphics, but criticized the long loading times, weak sound effects, and music.[7]

PGA Tour Golf III (1994)[edit]

Main article: PGA Tour Golf III

Released in 1994 exclusively for the Genesis, 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, and Fuzzy Zoeller. The featured courses are TPC at River Highlands, TPC at The Woodlands, TPC at Avenel, TPC at Summerlin, TPC at Sawgrass, TPC at Las Colinas, TPC at Southwind, and TPC of Scottsdale.

GamePro's review stated that "Beautifully polished graphics and game-play refinements enhance the already-awesome action that has put PGA Tour at the top of the leaderboard." They particularly praised the detailed digitized backgrounds and the new Ball Lie window, saying it adds a new layer of complexity to lining up shots.[8]

PGA Tour 96 (1995)[edit]

Main article: PGA Tour 96

Released in 1995 for the PlayStation, Game Boy, Genesis, 3DO, Game Gear and SNES. It has fewer courses and golfers than previous installments. 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, and Fuzzy Zoeller. The featured courses are Spyglass Hill, TPC at Sawgrass, TPC at River Highlands.

PGA Tour 97 (1996)[edit]

Main article: PGA Tour 97

Released in 1996 for PlayStation and Saturn.

PGA Tour 98 (1997)[edit]

Main article: PGA Tour 98

Released in 1997 for PlayStation.

Tiger Woods[edit]

Tiger Woods 99 PGA Tour Golf (1998)[edit]

Released in 1998 for PlayStation and Windows; first title under the Tiger Woods endorsement.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2000 (1999)[edit]

Released in 1999 for PlayStation, Windows and Game Boy Color.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2001 (2000)[edit]

Released in 2000 for PlayStation, Windows and PlayStation 2.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2002 (2002)[edit]

Released in 2002 for Windows, PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 (2002)[edit]

Released in 2002 for Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 (2003)[edit]

Released in 2003 for Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance and N-Gage.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 (2004)[edit]

Released in 2004 for Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 (2005)[edit]

Released in 2005 for Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Xbox 360 and PlayStation Portable.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 (2006)[edit]

Released in 2006 for Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 (2007)[edit]

Released in 2007 for Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 (2008)[edit]

Released in 2008 for PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (2009)[edit]

Released in 2009 for PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 (2010)[edit]

Released in 2010 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and iOS.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 (2011)[edit]

Released in 2011 for Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and iOS.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 (2012)[edit]

Released in 2012 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 (2013)[edit]

Released in 2013 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3; final title under the Tiger Woods endorsement.

Rory McIlroy[edit]

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (2015)[edit]

Main article: Rory McIlroy PGA Tour

Released in 2015 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; first title under the Rory McIlroy endorsement.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EA Sports' golf video game returns as Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (Update)". Polygon. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Rovell, Darren (29 October 2013). "EA Sports, Tiger Woods part ways". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-12-23. 
  3. ^ MegaTech rating, EMAP, issue 5, page 79, May 1992
  4. ^ Mega magazine issue 1, page 76, Future Publishing, Oct 1992
  5. ^ Official Gallup UK Mega Drive sales chart, May 1993, published in Mega (magazine) issue 8
  6. ^ MegaTech rating, EMAP, issue 22, page 100, October 1993
  7. ^ "Slowdown Slays Solid PGA Tour II". GamePro (IDG) (68): 115. March 1995. 
  8. ^ "PGA Tour Scores an Ace!". GamePro (66) (IDG). January 1995. p. 116. 

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