Rory McIlroy PGA Tour - Xbox One

Release Date:

16 July 2015

Also on:

Xbox One PS4

Viewing UK:

Also on USA.
6.2

Summary:

Golf without limits in EA Sports Rory McIlroy PGA Tour. Usher in the next generation of golf with the power of the Frostbite 3 engine and play the most beautiful sports game to date with no load times, enabling you to explore authentic tournament courses or unique fantasy environments, opening up your golf experience like never before. Don’t just play the course, explore it. Break free from what you think a golf game can be. Frostbite creates a new world, where you experience every detail – breathing life into the courses, players and crowds in ways you’ve never seen before. Players will be able to hit the perfect shot and golf their way with three unique swing mechanics and fully customizable gameplay styles.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • EA Tiburon
  • Publisher(s):
    • EA Sports
  • Release Date(s):
    • 16 July, 2015
  • PEGI Rating:
    • 3+
  • Official Site(s):
  • Player(s):
    • 1-4
  • Online Player(s):
    • 2-4 (Xbox Live)
  • Online Play:
    • Optional
  • Series:
    • PGA Tour

Technical Information

  • Required Disk Space:
    • 35.8GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disk
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 35 Hours
  • Add-Ons:
    • Available
  • Engine:
    • Frostbite 3
  • Number of Course(s):
    • 18
  • Number of Golfer(s):
    • 17, (12) Real, (5) Fictional
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Posted:
2017-04-03

Jamie_Hall

Writer

Xbox One

6.2

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour was developed by EA Tiburon and published under the mega umbrella that is EA Sports. This refined golfing title made it to both the PS4 and the Xbox One with a release date back on July, 2015. Golf games are, almost by definition, some of the harder sports games for casual fans to get into. So, in order to succeed EA Sports decided to target the more niche golf fans who want a refined simulated experience that lacked any of the arcade like vibes that some lesser titles have been out. We picked up a copy after paying the hefty price and hit the links to see if the game was half as good as Rory McIlroy. What we found was a title worth playing for the majority of golf fans though it lacked in some major ways. Keep on reading for our review of Rory McIlroy PGA Tour.

The PGA Tour franchise has constantly been evolving over the years, as is the style of most EA Sports video games. Some years you get a better entry and other years you get a repackaged one. For 2015’s PAGA Tour we were hoping that EA Tiburon would quit playing it so safe with their newest release and opt for some bigger improvements. What we ended up getting, however, was a slightly glossier and more refined update to the popular franchise. This isn’t bad, as it was expected, but it definitely left a slightly stale taste in our mouth after hitting our first round of golf. Still, while the title doesn’t try to reinvent the club and ball it does bring about some much needed relief in certain areas.

Built on the Frostbite 3 Engine, the game suffers pretty noticeably in the graphical department. Certain sequences are pixelated, the character models lack refined details, and the look of the golf course is bland due to a lack of real action. There are also several graphical jitters, such as frames stuttering or pop ins as the level loads around you. This is particularly upsetting due to the fact that EA Tiburon had plenty of time to acclimate to the next generation which has showcased some of the finest graphical experiences that we’ve had recently.

Once you actually dig into the game, however, graphical issues fade to a mere background buzz. Rory McIlroy essentially looks right though he lacks any life behind his eyes. His swing is emulated perfectly and the other animations on the course are pretty much perfect. Ball physics look good off of the club and the nearby crowd reacts accordingly. The game is presented well, too. The minimalistic approach to showcasing the player UI is perfect. In the top right hand side we can see course information and in the bottom right hand side we can see out club information. The thumbstick is controlled on the left side of the screen, leaving the rest of screen’s space available for taking in the visuals.

As far as sound is concerned PGA Tour pretty much nails it. You have Rich Lerner and Frank Nobilo enlisted to do commentary and they do a great job. Perhaps better than their work is the fact that EA Tiburon recorded enough dialogue so as not to deal with repetition every few minutes. The guys are properly supportive when your game is tight and they are hilariously rude when your game is falling apart on the course. No matter how you are playing you’ll have a steady stream of commentary that is both interesting and actually relevant to what is going on.

When you first launch the game you’ll be placed into a 20-minute prologue that has you play through Rory McIlroy’s U.S. Open experiences. Here you’ll play along and be taught how to do everything in the game without it explicitly telling you. Between scenarios you’ll be treated to actual interviews or anecdotes from McIlroy regarding what just happened. The whole experience is entertaining but it lasts too long and can’t be skipped. By the end of the prologue we were more than ready just to begin our own journey on the course. EA should at least have implemented some sort of 'been here, done this - skip button'.

More important than any other aspect of this review is the fact that the game plays well. When you first start playing you can pick your control style from three choices: Arcade, Tour, and Classic. The different styles will change how you swing the club and they will each give you a different experience. The Arcade Controls come stock with the title and will stay that way unless you adjust them. To swing in Arcade mode, you pull down on the left thumbstick to start your swing and push forward to drive it. You have to keep your forward push perfectly in line or else you will hook or slice the ball. Mistakes are common when you first start out so understand that you will have issues and be patient as you learn better techniques. Otherwise you can go for single button Classic controls or hardcore Tour control modes, which add even more features and possible mistake laden swings.

There aren’t a ton of mode choices in PGA Tour but the ones that are there more than make up for the lack of variety. Play Now is your exhibition mode. Night Club Challenge has you trying to complete crazy tasks while playing in the dark. Pro Career is the flagship mode in which you create a golfer and push through an entire career, developing your golfer into a true great by the end of it all. You also can play competitive multiplayer both online and on the same console.

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is a wonderful experience if you are looking to capture golf in its purest form, however it struggles with dated graphics and a lack of interesting game modes.

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