At this point in time you’d find it hard to argue against the success of Nintendo’s Wii. Since it launched the Wii has sold by the bucket load, and it’s still hard to get hold of in Europe. Part of that success must certainly be placed at the door of Wii Sports, the bundled title that’s done more than any game to introduce buyers to the Wii experience.
Golf was just one of the sports featured in Wii Sports, and though it was a very simplified take on the sport it was clear that golf did work on the Wii. Naturally, it hasn’t taken long for EA to take notice of this and order the development of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 for Wii.
So, how does Tiger fare on the Wii? One thing it already has on its side is that the Tiger Woods series is a very successful one; both critically and at retail. Tiger Woods 07 was no different and the Wii edition, with the exception of online play, features the exhaustive collection of game modes and features found on other versions. Overall, there’s enough in the game to keep you busy for a great deal of time, especially if you dabble in the tour mode.
Of course, what sets this version apart from others is the control system, which makes full use of the Wii Remote. As one might imagine the basic system simply requires you to swing the remote to hit the ball, holding down the B button to indicate your intention to swing.
But, it’s not quite this simple. Unlike the golf in Wii Sports, Tiger Woods is a proper golf game and gives you far more options for controlling your shots. You can control the amount of hook or fade on your shots by tilting the remote when you swing, and this adds a more complex dimension to the game. For the most part this works well, it certainly feels natural, but it’s a system that isn’t without its problems.
By its nature swinging a golf club requires you to use your wrists, and when swinging with the remote one naturally tends to flex the wrist. However, doing this will make you tilt the remote and generally result in you hooking the ball. With a little practice this can be avoided, but to hit the ball straight without any right-to-left feels a little unatural. Alternatively, if you find this impossible to control, then you can turn it off by switching to the Easy control mode.