Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 coming soon

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EA is expected to release Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 onto the iPad and iPhone in March.

The latest version of the Tiger Woods PGA golf simulator brings a few new changes to the mix. Apart from improved visuals thanks to Retina Display support, there are new game modes, golfers and courses to get stuck into as we found out when we previewed the game.

Of the new modes, Tiger Challenge has to be the best. There are 20 fun mini-games to be played, each one rewarding money you can use to upgrade your golfer’s attributes. These usually involve completing a hole in with a specific target.

The downside is entry to these challenges isn’t free but the most you will pay is $2,000 and there is plenty of scope to make a lot more if you play them well. We were awarded $400 just for landing a shot onto the green.

Another mode is Closest to the Pin. In this the idea is to be the closest to the pin – no prizes for guessing correctly – on a par-3 hole. Your result is then posted on Facebook, letting you see where you rank against your social networking entourage.

As the challenge is a daily occurence, it’s a nice way of keeping things fresh and sparking some competition between friends. We also like its punchy nature for those short gaming sessions.

For those who aren’t so keen on shelling out for games, a free version of Tiger Woods will also be released and this will let you play the Tiger Woods Facebook Challenge game without opening your wallet.

If you haven’t played Tiger Woods on iOS before, the gameplay is handled by on-screen buttons. You can check out the course ahead, aim your shot, swipe between clubs and add spin.

Taking a shot involves running your finger up and down a power bar in as straight fashion as possible. We prefer the feedback you get from a hardware joystick but not by much.

As said before, Tiger Woods PGA 12 looks good on iPad, but it isn’t spectacular. In fact, we have to say even the console games have a certain dated edge to them. In the iOS version’s defence, the gap between console and iPad isn’t too vast, at least until you start looking at tiny details like the water reflections.

Rounding off the extras are the new golfers: Anthony Kim, Camilo Villegas, Paul Casey, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson and Paula Creamer and new courses: the Predator fantasy course and the Old White Course at Greenbrier, home of the Greenbrier Classic.

As usual, EA won’t say a price. Expect it around the £3.99 mark.

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