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PGA Tour (video game series)

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Developers  EA Sports
First release  PGA Tour Golf1990
Genres  Sports game, Golf
Publishers  Electronic Arts
Publisher  Electronic Arts
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Latest release  Rory McIlroy PGA TourJuly 14, 2015
Games  Rory McIlroy PGA Tour, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, Tiger Woods PGA Tour

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PGA Tour is a series of golf video games developed and published by Electronic Arts and later their EA Sports sub-label since 1990, the series primarily features courses featured on the U.S. PGA Tour, and other notable courses (such as those that have hosted majors).

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In 1998, EA began publishing their golf games with the endorsement of Tiger Woods. Following the Tiger Woods 99 PGA Tour Golf release, subsequent titles were named Tiger Woods PGA Tour and released yearly.

Although EA Sports developed most games in the series internally, some SKUs have come from outside developers including the first edition, Tiger Woods 99 PGA Tour Golf, which Adrenalin Entertainment developed in conjunction with EA for the PlayStation and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2001 for the PlayStation, which was developed by Stormfront Studios. IOMO also produced versions of the game for mobile phones for the 2002, 2004, and 2005 editions.

In October 2013, EA announced that it would end its relationship with Woods, and be replaced by a new golfer on the next installment. On March 16, 2015, it was announced that Rory McIlroy—the current top golfer in the world, would become the new title athlete of the franchise, which will now be known as Rory McIlroy PGA Tour.

The series was responsible for several innovations in the genre, such as the now standard three-click swing method. In 1995 a critic stated in GamePro that "The PGA series flies high above the rest for two reasons: You can completely control a shot, and you play on the best courses around." However, unlike other games in the EA Sports label, the series was often shadowed by other competitors such as the Jack Nicklaus series, Links series, Microsoft Golf or The Golf Pro.

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PGA Tour Golf (1990)

This first game in the series was originally released in 1990 for DOS computers, 1991 for Sega Genesis, Macintosh, SNES, and Commodore Amiga, and 1993 for Sega Master System and Game Gear. It was developed and published by Electronic Arts for DOS and Macintosh, ported to Genesis, SNES, and Game Gear by Sterling Silver Software, to Amiga by Bluesky Innovations, and to Master System by Polygon Games. The Genesis/Mega Drive version features 6 professional golfers as playable or as CPU opponents; Fred Couples, Mark McCumber, Larry Mize, Joey Sindelar, Craig Stadler, Bruce Lietzke.

MegaTech awarded the game 93%, and Mega placed it at number 10 in their Top Mega Drive Games of All Time.

PGA Tour Golf II (1992)

Developed by Polygon Games and released by Electronic Arts in 1992 for the Genesis/Mega Drive and in 1995 for the Game Gear, PGA Tour Golf II features the courses TPC at Avenel, TPC at Sawgrass, TPC at Southwind, TPC of Scottsdale, TPC at Eagle Trace, and PGA West Stadium. The Game Gear version features 4 professional golfers as playable or as CPU opponents: Paul Azinger, Craig Stadler, Fuzzy Zoeller, and Fred Couples. The Genesis version features an additional 6 professional golfers (for a total of 10): Tommy Armour III, Bruce Lietzke, Mark McCumber, Mark O'Meara, Larry Mize, and Joey Sindelar.

The Mega Drive version knocked Ecco the Dolphin from the top of the charts in the UK. MegaTech gave the game 94% and a Hyper Game award, praising the amount of features and the control method. Reviewing the Game Gear version, GamePro praised the screen layout, controls, and detailed graphics, but criticized the long loading times, weak sound effects, and music.

PGA Tour Golf III (1994)

Developed by Hitmen Productions and published by Electronic Arts in 1994 exclusively for the Genesis, the game features 11 professional golfers as playable or as CPU opponents: Brad Faxon, Jim Gallagher, Jr., Lee Janzen, Tom Kite, Bruce Lietzke, Davis Love III, Mark O’Meara, Jeff Sluman, Craig Stadler, and Fuzzy Zoeller. The featured courses are TPC at River Highlands, TPC at The Woodlands, TPC at Avenel, TPC at Summerlin, TPC at Sawgrass, TPC at Las Colinas, TPC at Southwind, and TPC of Scottsdale.

GamePro's review stated that "Beautifully polished graphics and game-play refinements enhance the already-awesome action that has put PGA Tour at the top of the leaderboard." They particularly praised the detailed digitized backgrounds and the new Ball Lie window, saying it adds a new layer of complexity to lining up shots. A reviewer for Next Generation lauded the game's realistic digitization of the players and backgrounds, selection of courses, new features, and addition of an arc meter to help control backspin. He summarized that "Other Genesis golf games have looked better (like the first Genesis golf game, Arnold Palmer Golf), but none maintain the depth of play or the true PGA experience like PGA III has captured." He gave it four out of five stars.

PGA Tour 96 (1995)

Developed by Hitmen Productions and released by Electronic Arts in 1995 for the PlayStation, Game Boy, Genesis, 3DO, Game Gear and SNES. It has fewer courses and golfers than previous installments. The game features 10 professional golfers as playable or as CPU opponents: Brad Faxon, Lee Janzen, Tom Kite, Bruce Lietzke, Davis Love III, Mark O’Meara, Peter Jacobsen, Jeff Sluman, Craig Stadler, and Fuzzy Zoeller. The featured courses are Spyglass Hill, TPC at Sawgrass, TPC at River Highlands. The game has four modes: stroke play, match play, tournament mode, and practice mode. Golf clubs are assigned automatically by the caddy as the computer deems suitable for every lie and every situation.

Electronic Gaming Monthly's two sports reviewers gave the PlayStation version scores of 8.5 and 9.0 out of 10, remarking that it retained the excellent aspects of previous games in the series while dramatically improving on the graphics. They also felt that it successfully appealed to both novices and golfing pros. GamePro criticized it for having only two courses but highly praised the precise level of control over each shot, selection of players, three dimensional terrain, and digitized sprites. They concluded that "With spectacular graphics and amazingly comprehensive controls, PGA Tour '96 immerses you in intense armchair golf." In contrast, Maximum called it "the weakest of the series yet". While they too approved of the ability to control every aspect of each shot, they felt that the game was ruined by the unrealistic ball physics, particularly that balls stop dead with almost no rolling when they hit the ground, and that putted balls stop suddenly instead of gradually slowing. Next Generation approved of the game for its easy interface and numerous play options, though unlike GamePro and EGM they found the graphics to be "a little on the underwhelming side" by the standards of current generation consoles.

Reviewing the 3DO version, Johnny Ballgame of GamePro commented, "If you thought golf was boring, think again." He was pleased with the selection of modes, accurate controls, and sound, and said that the graphics, though slightly grainier than in the PlayStation version, are stunningly lifelike in absolute terms. A reviewer for Next Generation found the game was an effective "jump in and play" experience, but lacked the realism and level of content that serious golfers would expect from a golf video game.

Air Hendrix of GamePro gave the SNES version a lukewarm review. He said that the game fails to outdo the Genesis's PGA Tour Golf III, due to the weak audio and absence of features like backspin and 3D terrain, but is superior to the Genesis version of the game and makes an overall "good round of golf". He praised the detailed backgrounds and fluid movements.

PGA Tour 97 (1996)

Developed and published by EA Sports for PlayStation and Sega Saturn in 1996.

PGA Tour 97 received mixed reviews. Aggregating review website GameRankings gave the Saturn version 67.00% based on 2 reviews and the PlayStation version 63.25% based on 2 reviews.

PGA Tour 98 (1997)

Developed by NuFX and published by EA Sports exclusively for PlayStation in 1997.

The game received an average score of 70.00% at GameRankings, based on an aggregate of 1 review.

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Tiger Woods 99 PGA Tour Golf (1998)

Developed by EA Sports and Adrenalin Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation in 1998; first title under the Tiger Woods endorsement.

The PC version received "favorable" reviews, while the PlayStation version received "average" reviews according to video game review aggregator GameRankings.

Early copies of the PlayStation version contained a hidden file called ZZDUMMY.DAT which was an unauthorized copy of the South Park episode Jesus vs. Santa. The file was not actually viewable in game, but could be viewed by placing the disc in a PC. The game was recalled and subsequent versions did not contain the file.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2000 (1999)

Developed by EA Redwood Shores for the PlayStation version, Xantera for the Game Boy Color version and Rainbow Studios for the Microsoft Windows version and published by EA Sports for PlayStation in 1999 and Game Boy Color and Microsoft Windows in 2000.

The game received "mixed or average" reviews on all platforms according to video game review aggregator GameRankings.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2001 (2000)

Developed by Headgate Studios for the Microsoft Windows version and Stormfront Studios for the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 versions and published by EA Sports for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation in 2000 and PlayStation 2 in 2001.

The game received "mixed or average" reviews on all platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2002 (2002)

Developed by Headgate Studios for the Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 2 versions and Rebellion Developments for the GBA version, and published by EA Sports in 2002.

The PC and PlayStation 2 versions received "favorable" reviews, while the Game Boy Advance version received "mixed" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 (2002)

Released in 2002 for Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 (2003)

Released in 2003 for Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance and N-Gage.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 (2004)

Released in 2004 for Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 (2005)

Released in 2005 for Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Xbox 360 and PlayStation Portable.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 (2006)

Released in 2006 for Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 (2007)

Released in 2007 for Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Wii and DS.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 (2008)

Released in 2008 for PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (2009)

Released in 2009 for PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 (2010)

Released in 2010 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and iOS.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 (2011)

Released in 2011 for Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and iOS.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 (2012)

Released in 2012 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 (2013)

Released in 2013 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3; final title under the Tiger Woods endorsement.

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (2015)

Released in 2015 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; first title under the Rory McIlroy endorsement.

PGA European Tour (1994)

Developed and published by Electronic Arts for the Amiga, Sega Genesis, Amiga CD32, Game Boy and SNES in 1994.

GamePro gave the Game Boy version a rave review, saying that it "delivers almost everything that made its 16-bit relative the best." They applauded the selection of courses, effective controls, strong realism, and the graphics, going so far as to state that when played on the Super Game Boy the game looks "almost as good as the Genesis version."

PGA Tour Pro (1997)

Developed by EA Sports and published by Electronic Arts for Windows PC in 1997.

The game received an average score of 58.00% at GameRankings, based on an aggregate of 1 review.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour (2009)

Developed by Exient Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts under the EA Sports branding on April 23, 2009 for iOS. The game features commentary by Sam Torrance and Kelly Tilghman. The game offers five golfers: Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen, Annika Sörenstam, and Natalie Gulbis. For courses, it has Pebble Beach Golf Links, Old Course at St Andrews, TPC Sawgrass, The K Club, Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Fancourt Links, and TPC Boston.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online (2010)

An online streaming version of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour franchise. Players may take part in single player modes or in tournaments. Tournaments are split into weekly and daily competitions, and are sometimes based on events currently happening in the PGA Tour. For example, during the US Open, the courses that have had the US Open have a discount on points.

Players can choose between monthly and yearly subscriptions with unlimited access, or choose to pay for individual rounds through microtransactions.[1] Players who don't subscribe are still allowed to compete, although they are usually allowed to play only one or two rounds each day. Each day a player logs in, on their first login they receive 10 micro-transaction points and they receive 5 micro-transaction points for completing the first round of the day. Game testing was provided by former Gravediggaz member and golf aficionado, Vince 'Bonecrusher' Santos

On September 6, 2011, it became integrated with the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 PC version. EA Sports retired Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online on July 6, 2013.

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