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  Tuesday, 30 July, 2002, 14:40 GMT 15:40 UK
Let's play: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2002

Despite his third round blip in The Open, Tiger Woods remains the man the rest have to beat.

And don't EA Sports know it. Having secured a deal with the great man, they are releasing two editions of the popular golf game within the space of a few months.

While this may seem a bit daft, EA must sincerely believe the market is there.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2001 quickly established itself as the golfing game that every fan should buy.

  Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2002
Format: PlayStation 2
Price: 39.99
Publisher: EA Sports
Genre: Golf
Also Available: PC

The title impressed with its excellent realism and intuitive gameplay - but can this new version take things further?

For starters, this year's title boasts a brand new 3D engine, which offers more realistic player and environmental animations.

Uniquely, each golfer in the game has their own personality and this comes through each time a shot is played.

The courses are also more detailed - though many still look a little bland - and the camera angles are first class.

There's a total of six 18-hole courses - including Pebble Beach and Sawgrass - and several real-life PGA pros as well as a number of fictional characters.

Strength

All of the usual game options are here - including stroke, match, skins and tournament modes.

There's also a Play Now mode, where you are thrown into a randomly generated scenario.

Controlling your golfer has changed with this 2002 edition.

There's no power meter to gauge the strength of your shot - instead it's all down to moving the analogue stick on your PS2 gamepad.

Timing is the key here. If you move the stick slightly left or right when taking a shot, you add slice or fade to it - just like the real thing.

  Gibbon's verdict
Graphics: 87%
Playability: 86%
Sound: 74%
Realism: 86%
Overall: 84%

More power can be added to the drive by pressing L1 during the backswing and you can even determine the spin of the ball by rapidly pressing L2 and moving the analogue stick.

The controls do take a while to learn - but an excellent tutorial helps you grasp the essentials fairly quickly.

With graphical and gameplay updates, the 2002 edition of Tiger Woods has made the game superior to previous titles in the series.

Although not perfect, there's no other console golf game on par with this, making it a must-have for golfing fans.


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