Tiger Woods 07 for the Wii made a good first impression. Now, just six months later, the series is back for another go in the form of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08. Once again, it's a good game, but like you'd expect from a sequel that follows its predecessor by just six months, it's only a slight improvement over Tiger 07.
It takes a round or two to get used to the controls, but once you do, they work well.
Tiger 08 has a few new game modes, though many of them have appeared on other consoles and are only "new" for the Wii. Traditional games include: stroke play, match play, bloodsome, greensome, skins, stableford, alternate, best ball, and four-ball. There are five minigames: miniputt, target, T-I-G-E-R, capture, and target2target. Miniputt is nothing more than minigolf, but it's kind of fun, even if the putting grid is completely worthless on the over-the-top greens. Rounding out the game modes are five arcade games: elimination mode, battle golf, one-ball, team one-ball, and skills 18. Elimination is the only one of these that will be new to veteran Tiger Woods players. Here, you create a team of as many as eight players, which are eliminated one at a time with every hole lost. It's good that so many of Tiger 08's game modes are geared toward multiplayer because unlike EA's other recent sports game, Madden 08, Tiger Woods 08 doesn't have online play.
There are a healthy number of golfers and courses in the game, but it's disappointing that much of the new content came at the expense of old content. Camilo Villegas, Morgan Pressel, Ian Poulter, Paula Creamer, and a few others bring the roster of pros up to 23. It would be 26, but Appleby, Beem, Leonard, and Campbell are MIA this year. It's a similar story with the courses. There are still 18 of them, but many of the fantasy courses have been replaced with real locations, such as Cog Hill, TPC Boston, Westchester, Firestone, Doral, TPC Scottsdale, and East Lake. It's great to have so many real-world courses, but it's a shame they couldn't have been added to what was already there.
Not a whole lot has changed with the career mode. You can play tour events, the Fed Ex Cup, and Tiger challenge. Like in the 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, the Tiger challenge is arranged in a honeycomb pattern, which gives you a bit of freedom to choose the next challenge. Unlike those versions, the challenges haven't been shortened significantly and get old far too quickly if you're a series veteran. You'll still improve your golfer by earning and dispersing attributes, as well as purchasing new equipment or clothing in the pro shop. As usual, the create-a-character feature is limited only by your imagination. The photo face mode that lets you import a picture of yourself on the PS3 and 360 is nowhere to be found.