Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 is just like your personal golf skills - all over the place. Sometimes it's sweet-lookin’ like a next-gen title oughtta be; sometimes it's wonky like a rushed game always is. If a game can be addictive, frustrating, and downright confusing all at the same time, this is the one.
In many cases, Tiger 06's prettier than ever. Water looks like, um, shiny water, while grass and sand traps are sharper than anything you've ever seen. But even the nice look suffers with the golfers - some of the characters are very detailed, but others look like they've come straight outta the 1999 version of the game.
If you're one of the people lucky enough to have an Xbox 360 but haven't played a Tiger Woods game in a few years, you may not notice that a lot of the "stuff" that's been de rigueur isn't anywhere to be found – things like minigames, traveling back in time . If you're familiar with recent Tiger titles, though, you'll be disappointed in a few ways.
First and foremost, there are very few actual golf courses. Generally speaking, someone who pays $60 for a game would expect to get some more variety for their cash. Greens fees are expensive, but sheesh! Secondly, your self-created character can earn lots of money by doing neat little things like hitting long drives or making eagle putts - and then spend it all on nothing. While there's a money system in the game, the "pro shop" in the game doesn't charge you to buy any of the things they have for sale... they’re all free. Putting Dire Straits’ "Money For Nothing" on your 360’s custom soundtrack never sounded more apropos. Thirdly, the putting mechanisms have changed a lot – and at first it’s tough... real tough. It will take you a lot of missed putts and agitated groans before you get your act together on the greens. Oh yeah - minigames? Fugghedaboutit. They’re nowhere.
Clearly, the best thing about Tiger’s first 360 foray is the ability to absolutely smash an unsuspecting spectator in the head, groin, and/or kneecap with an errant drive and see him double over in agony. It’s so much fun that this should have been its own game mode. Tiger Woods vs. John Daly in a match to see who sends the most gallery members to the hospital? You know you would pay for that.