Rory McIlroy PGA Tour Review
Rory McIlroy is the newest version of EA’s PGA Tour. Is the game a hole in one, or is it just a swing and a miss? Check out this Rory McIlroy PGA Tour honest game review and make your choice!
Rory McIlroy PGA Tour Honest Game Review
I’m going to start by saying that I haven’t played a game of golf in about five years.
The game starts of with a brief tutorial that teaches you everything you need to know about the game. Here you will also get to choose from three different control types for you golfing. This was a great choice, because nothing is worse then bad controls in a sports game. I went with the arcade option, using the stick to swing at the ball. After you get through the tutorial you will jump into a game playing as Rory. This acts as a second part of the tutorial but then let’s you try to win on your own.
After you finish up there you can choose from a few different options. You can just play a round of golf with on any of the courses to try them out, this can be done with more than one person. You can also do some of the EA night challenges, these unlocks certain characters and you play during night. You can play online in a head to head match or in an online tournament, good luck if you are new to the series. Lastly you can do a pro career where most people will spend their time.
The pro career starts with you making you character. There isn’t many customization options but really it isn’t a huge deal for a golf game. After you make your character you are thrown into a tournament. The tournaments are broken up into four holes per day. Once you beat these four, you move onto the next day. This is a good way to break up the 18 holes up in case you need to take a break. You get to see the score of the top five at the start of each set of days so you know how good you need to play. It starts off pretty easy but quickly gets more challenging to catch up to the other golfers.
As you progress, you will level up and unlock new outfits, balls and golf clubs. The golf clubs will help you on the courses but the rest is just cosmetic. When you level up you get more attribute points into certain stats, you don’t choose which stats go up. You can use you character outside of career mode as well. If you plan to do the challenges you should upgrade you character to make it easier on yourself. You can also use you character online, this also means other players can as well.
While the Pro mode is pretty fun, online seems like it could of had more. If you are a fan of just playing golf against other players then it is fine. I feel like, the last time I played a EA golf game, they had a lot of different fun modes to play. I just feel like there could of been more to it. I will give them credit where it is due though. You do not have to sit through everyone’s shots, instead it is timed. As long as you finish the course within three minutes you are good. This makes the games go by a lot quicker and you know no one will AFK and ruin it for you.
Here are two key issues with the game. There are only 12 Golfers you can play with, outside of your own and only 13 courses (including the pre-order ones). This means you will always be cycling the same golfers and courses if you play with you friends on the same console. This also gives me the vibe of incoming DLC for more golfers and courses. I don’t need a ton of golfers and courses, but this is just too low.
Another thing is the putting. I’m not sure what it is but everyone that I know who plays it, finds it very difficult to land putts over 10 feet. It’s really hard to judge the angles and how much distance you need to put on the shot. I found myself preferring a chip shot to a long putt most of the time. I guess if you put a ton of practice in it you could master it, but I just couldn’t get it down.
Lastly is the commentators. They start off okay at the start of the course but quickly fall off. It seemed like they just kind of randomly loop certain messages, regardless of what you were doing on the course. To be fair, I’ve never been a fan of commentators in sports games. As usual, I just ended up turning them off and played some music in the house.
Despite it obvious lack of content, I still played Pro mode for a good amount of time and had fun with that. Ultimately I think you need to be a fan of golfing to enjoy this game.